Yo, The Party at Wahoo's in ATX was off the chain this weekend and I am glad that people represented to the fullest. So you know Central Booking has been bringing down the out of town homies, and this one is going to be huge! Krames has steadily been making moves across the country and online with some of freshest remixes and edits. Apparently there must be something in Virginia's water because my man's production is retarded. This time we have a special treat for all of our readers. Krames laced us with an exclusive Texas mix for his upcoming Texas tour. I'm saying, always on the hustle. Texas is in full effect, Cobra Kai style. Krames is going to be in Houston this thursday at Rock Box with our dudes Witnes, Dayta, and Squincey Jones. Then my man comes to austin to guest spot on my friday night at the beauty bar, and he finishes the tour in Dallas at The Party!
INTRODUCE YOURSELF, WHO YOU ROLL WITH, WHERE YOUR FROM
Well, my name is Sean Krames, Cobra Krames or just Krames. I roll w/my partner Nick the Duke, together we make up Cobra Kai, which is a dj/graphic/promo party duo you could say. I am from Connecticut but I live in Richmond, VA for the time being.
HOW DID COBRA KAI COME ABOUT? WAS RICHMOND NEEDING SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING?
At first I would say yeah. Nick and I had been doing parties in the city for a while and wanted to step it up into something that people could rally behind and support locally. Whether or not Richmond needs it, this town is pretty dried up at this point. Not a lot of people are into the things you would expect a so called hip crowd to be into.
SO WHAT'S THE VA SCENE LIKE?
Well, to elaborate, there is a lot of competition here now. We had a core following of like 2 or 300 people who were all about our parties. Lately, there has been some new jacks and bobo djs who are tryin' to ride off our coat tails so to speak and throw parties on the same night as ours. In a city this small that is not a good look for both sides.
I KNOW THAT YOU ARE CONSTANTLY REMIXING AND MAKING TRACKS, ANYTHING NEW IN THE WORKS THAT WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO?
Lets see, I just recently finished a remix for Ocelot, they are from Texas actually. I am working on finishing remixes for 215 the Freshest Kids and The Gaskets. After that I am doing some work with San Serac, and working on an ep with a female artist Tiombe Lockhart to be released on SEED, so I'm looking forward to all that.
IS THERE GOING TO BE A VINYL RELEASE FROM THE COBRA KAI CAMP ANYTIME SOON?
I'd like to do a vinyl release but I gotta come up with a good concept. My boy Nick Catchdubs does a label with A trak called Fools Gold and we've talked about releasing some vinyl in the near future for sure, so its definitely possible.
HOW DO YOU THINK THE INTERNET HAS HELPED WITH WHAT YOU ARE DOING?
Thats a good question, I think it has given me amazing opportunities that in the past would have been far more difficult to secure. Doing shows all over the world was like a dream, and I think the internet has definitley helped with networking, access to music, image creation, hype, as well as ibeef and so called "top 8 drama." Its a tool, like many others, and with ichat, friend forums, blogs and all that stuff there is a lot opportunity to meet people that are into the same scene as you and that are supportive of what I am doing, so I think it helps a lot.
IS THERE ANYONE THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO WORK WITH AS FAR AS PRODUCTION GOES?
I mean there is a lot of producers out there that I think are making really dope tracks right now. On the "underground" scene I would say Crookers, Sinden & Herve are all really amazing and innovative in there sound. xxxchange is doing dope production right now and I really like what Blaq Starr is doing for the club scene. I would obviously love to work with any of them. In terms of "commercial" production I like Young ill , I also like Swizz Beats and Mr. Hanky... he does stuff in the south kinda like nitty.
Some of my older influences that got me into djing and remixing are Z trip & Dj Shadow. Both of those guys are heavy into remixing and doing it live. That is something that I have always tried to incorporate into my set. I like a lot of djs but someone like Z trip really stands out because of his live manipulation and because he was one of the first djs to really bring the mashup out into the mass audience. Dj Shadow is someone I have been influenced by in terms of a live set. Shadow always incorporates a lot of hardware/equipment into his sets and I am getting more into that. Another person that has influenced me, although he is not a dj, is Arthur Russell. He made great music for djs and crossed genres to
work with a lot of artists. I think he's an amazing musician and writer.
TOP FIVE TRACKS RIGHT NOW?
Tamborzuda - Sinden & Count de Monte Cristal
Bang Bang - Audio Bootys
Genesis - Justice
Like This - Kelly Rowland
Fresh - Nu World Hustle
FEEL FREE TO SAY ANYTHING YOU WANT HERE, WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE PARTY, SHOUTS...
I'll keep it short, but basically what to expect is a lot of energy and action. I play a lot of my own re-edits, remixes, so expect to hear a lot of exclusive material. I play for the ladies so dudes gotta step back and enjoy the ride. I gotta thank all my peoples in Texas for giving me the opportunity to come party with y'all, and basically bring some "party favors" cause that's how we roll. I hope these clubs have good lights.
FREE MIX :: KRAMES MIX
WEB SITE :: Gold Whistle
H - Town - Knockin' Da Boots
Pimp C & Project Pat - Cup Raised Up
Master P - Burbons & Lacs
Pymp Tyte feat. ESG - Can I Get A What What
Rasaq - Swangin Dine
Lil' Flip - Time After Time
Scarface feat. Lil' Flip - Platinum Starz
Scarface - Southern Nigga
ESG feat. Bun B & Chamillionaire - Ride Wit Us
Rob G feat. Lil Keke, A3 & Fat Pat - Road To Success
Bushwick Bill - Inhale Exhale
Kiotti - Confusion
Z-Ro feat. Big Moe - Swang On 4s
Chamillionaire & Three 6 Mafia - Doe Boyfresh (instrumental)
Play-N-Skills - Get Freaky (acapella)
Slim Thug - Woodgrain Wheel
Paul Wall - Break Em' Off
Young Capone & Bow Wow - Don't Know Bout That
UGK feat. Outkast - International Players
Trae feat. Lew Hawk & Pimp C - D. Swang
Lil' Troy feat. Lil Keke, Fat Pat, Cl' Che, T2 - We Swangin'
Basswood Lane - Ciabatta Bread
Pimp C feat. P.O.P. & Keke - Knockin' Doorz Down
Mims feat. Bun B & Bad Seed - They Don't Wanna Play
Brooke Valentine - Ghettolicious
LIl Keke feat. DJ DMD & Fat Pat - 25 Lighters
Chingo Bling - Lasso
Tum Tum - Caprice Music
Mike Jones feat. Bun B & Snoop Doog - My 6-4
Beyonce - Ring The Alarm (instrumental)
Lil' Flip - Busta Clip
Kelly Rowland - Like This (instrumental)
Geto Boys - Yes Yes Yall (acapella)