Ahead of this years festival we caught up with Kasra, the founder of Critical Music, for a chat about the history of his label. Founded 15 years ago in London the label is widely regarded as being at the forefront of the modern underground drum and bass scene.
“Kasra is a gatekeeper to what is under the surface in drum & bass. He does what he does with passion and care. He is a kindred spirit.”
How did Critical Music come about?
I had been a long time fan of the genre and was hearing more and more music by unsigned/new producers. I wanted to get involved in the scene so decided to try my hand at running a label.
When did you know or feel that your label had become a staple in the Drum & Bass scene?
I wouldnt like to say, i suppose thats for others to acknowledge. We’ve been doing this quite a while now and i think its something we are good at, we just keep on doing our thing.
What is your most memorable performance to date?
Probably our MainStage takeover at Boomtown last year or my first set at Glastonbury.
When you’re not making music or DJing, what are you doing?
Overseeing the running of the label, spending time with my girlfriend and friends or thinking about music!
Which artists do you look up to and why?
Anyone who sticks to what they believe in.
What is your favorite tune atm, apart from your own?
Probably a forthcoming Critical tune called “Blej’ by Halogenix.
What are your future plans for Critical Music?
This year is a big one so focusing on the releases in the forthcoming months including our 15 special anniversary album.
What can we expect for ’20 years of Critical’?
Ask me in 4 years when i start thinking about it !
What three things can you not live without at a music festival?
Sun Block (even in the UK) , inlfatable mattress (if camping), the missus