Drawing from influences of house, hip hop and beyond, Crookers blend
their beats with the kind of fidget house finesse that gives Potty Mouth
Music its soiled swagger. Since 2003, DJs Phra and Bot have been
drawing upon their collective musical backgrounds to create tracks that
twist, startle and surprise with synthetic pop.
Before their collaboration as Crookers, Bot and Phra pursued their music interests on a separate tip. Bot took up the piano and guitar at an early age, later moving onto synths, turntables and sequencers. Phra had already started DJing by age 11, when he was introduced to the Italian hip hop scene. Soon, he morphed into an MC and became fully immersed in a culture that would shape his future production career.
“Both of us started getting more involved in music when we used to listen to hip hop,” Phra says. When the two artists met, both were trying to branch out of their genre success and explore dance music. The experiment worked. “It felt natural to team up, seeing that we had the same musical tastes … which isn’t that easy here in Milan,” he says.
After having released two EPs earlier this year (“Knobbers” and “Mad Kidz”, both exclusively containing original tracks), they are currently working on their first album, which is due for september 2009.