Kraak & Smaak is a DJ/producing trio hailing from the Dutch city of Leiden, consisting of Mark Kneppers (also known as DJ Knuppelhout and one half of retro-party DJ duo DJ Wipneus & Pim), Oscar de Jong and Wim Plug. As owner of a local record store, Mark Kneppers started out in 2003 with sampling all kinds of soul, jazz and funk. With the aid of his friends Oscar and Wim, they produced a demo which got them signed to UK label Jalapeno. Their first single Money in the Bag got picked up by Annie Nightingale from BBC Radio 1 and since then Kraak & Smaak are known for their live-shows with band and energetic DJ-sets revolving around funky breakbeat, electro, house and hip hop. Furthermore Kraak & Smaak are sought-after remixers, boasting Jamiroquai, Mark Rae, Karl Moestl and Max Sedgley among their clientèle.
In 2005, their first album Boogie Angst was released in Europe, followed by a 2006 performance at the Dutch Pinkpop festival and an American release of the album at Quango Records. After extensive touring, the trio hit the studio again with Plastic People as a result, launched in April 2008.
Contrary to popular belief, Kraak & Smaak did not choose its name to phonetically resemble the words crack and smack. Kraak & Smaak comes from a Dutch proverb which means crunchy and tasty. The actual proverb is ‘kraak noch smaak’, which means if something has neither crunch nor taste, it’s like it’s nothing. They changed that around and made it sound more positive.
Official website: www.kraaksmaak.com