Crookid is an experienced DJ on the soulful house music scene. He was born and raised in New York State but has resided in London for over a decade. It is here that he has recaptured his love for djing and uplifting soulful house music.
He started djing as a teenager where he was introduced to New York clubs and an opportunity of taking over the decks developed into a passion that was to be rekindled in London almost a decade later. His flair for music started at a young age, he was classically trained to play the clarinet and to read sheet music. It was these melodic sounds that captured his spirit setting him off on his musical journey!
Now, the name DJ Crookid has become synomous with great music selection and djing talent playing at venues from Ministry of Sound, Pacha and other clubs across the UK and Europe. His musical influences include the likes of Masters At Work (MAW), Kerri Chandler, Frankie Feliciano, Alix Alvarez and Franck Roger to name a few. His radio debut started on London’s pirate radio station circuit starting on Select UK, then a residency on London’s Unknown FM. Now you can catch his live show every Monday 10PM(GMT) on www.qhradio.nl playing the best in deep, soulful, minimal, funky and afro uplifting vocal house music making it a smooth and tight blending session/show for all his loyal listeners.
2012 has seen Crookid start his journey through the production world. With the first 2 remixes coming out in the last month on Broadcite as well as having an original picked up by Soul Heaven Records. Crookid is a person to watch out for!
1. Network and build solid relationships – The reality is that you will never achieve what you want to achieve on your own! You will always need help. This could come in all forms from direction and coaching from someone further along and having more experience with what you are trying to do through to having the right people around you to get the word or your message out. So make sure you surround yourself with the best people in each field you are focusing on and nurture those relationships as they are key.
2. Be humble & truthful to yourself – The biggest gripe I have is meeting an Artist who I love there music, but then when you meet them they are so arrogant that I want to slap them (There artists that I will not play their music for this reason!!) For me personally I have the most respect for the humblest people and I try and emulate those same values. As far as being truthful to yourself be realistic about what you can and can’t do. Hire people that can or get educated on what you can’t do to improve in those areas and continue to do what you are good at. An example of this is in my road to becoming a good producer I need to learn the mechanics and the engineering aspect. Right now i have hired an engineer to help me finish my projects and in doing that I am also learning the tricks by watching him and constantly asking questions.
3. Work with a purpose – There is a difference between working hard and working with a purpose. Always have a plan and make sure the effort you are putting in has a deep seeded purpose of how it fits into that plan.
“take currency with you to foreign countries and don’t wait to exchange when you get there, just incase you cant”
“Try hard and dont give up” 😉
What has been one of the toughest music related experiences you’ve faced?
The snakes you end up running into in your journey…There are too many people I have run into that will try and take advantage of you financially and emotionally. The fact is, is that you will be screwed at some point by someone.
How did you get through or deal with it?
By slowly finding the right people to surround myself with.
What did you learn?
I think I learned more about myself and not to let my passion for what I want to do cloud my judgement on the people who I am dealing with.
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QH Radio Monday 10PM(GMT): http://www.qhradio.nl