It’s very rare in this day and age to find new pioneers who work hard, day and night to constantly push the boundaries of harder music. Hard Dance & Hardcore’s newest superstar & people’s favourite Kutski aptly fits this title and is without a doubt the most exciting cross over talent to emerge from the U.K scene in the past decade! His popularity within the scene recently earned him 3 prestigious awards in the 2010 hard dance awards, picking up best UK Dj in the 2010 hard dance awards, outstanding contribution to the scene and best Album for his Goodgreef Xtra hard disc!
2009 was Kutski’s busiest year to date, despite the credit crunch circumstances that hit so many industries. He performed at more UK/Ireland festivals than ever before as his summer schedule saw him play at Godskitchen’s Global Gathering, Creamfields, Parklife, Planet Love, Slammin Vinyl as well as picking up a residency for Judgement Sundays in Ibiza and continued residencies at Goodgreef & Inside Out. Kutski also stepped up his international profile with ground breaking high energy sets at the infamous Monday Bar Sweden, Ground Zero Festival in Holland, Tunnel rave in Germany, Quartz Festival in Norway and tour’s of U.S.A, Canada & Australia.
Kutski’s weekly BBC Radio 1 show has grown from strength to strength, reaching new heights. This is the first time Hard Dance & Hardcore has had a weekly format to reach new audiences and it’s an honour, but also a well deserved plaudit for a true hard working professional. The show now fills a more peak time slot over his previous monthly Radio 1 show format with a 1am to 3am schedule every Friday night/Sat morning. The show has given Kutski another outlet and opportunity to showcase his ability to combine underground beats on a commercial stage keeping his diversity as an artist and in depth knowledge of all genres of harder edged dance music.
This unique diversity and musical knowledge caused Dj Magazine to approach Kutski to become they’re newest hard dance and hardcore column writer. Now writing monthly reviews representing the harder scenes on a truly global platform, which emphasises why he is becoming a legend in the making, as well as a true ambassador for the scene, continually giving something back. Also as a legend in the making for dance music Kutski has been asked to become an ambassador for Dance4life this year.
Kutski also generously shares his technical and musical knowledge with the dance music community online via his Youtube video tutorials. Demonstrating all of the latest dj equipment hardware, software, tricks of the trade and production techniques, his tutorial’s and other videos are clocking up ten’s of thousands of hits, often getting his channel into the top 10 list of most viewed musicians on Youtube. His channel currently has over 1000 subscribers, which is no mean feat!
The success of these tutorials and mass online presence has caused many of the world’s largest manufacturers to get in touch and send in they’re latest kit or software to test out online. They include Vestax, Serato, Stanton & Akai and more recently world’s giants Pioneer, where he will join the dance music elite alongside James Zabielia, Armin Van Buuran, Carl Cox, Eddie Halliwell and Roger Sanchez in new product development. Not content with just dominating the hard dance scene, Kutski has established himself as a credible hardcore artist too which has led to him being supported by the scene’s leaders. HTID, Fantazia, Uprising, Masters of Hardcore are amongst many other hardcore promoters who request Kutski as a regular headliner for their events, with his profile outshining many hardcore artists in the scene. Kutski has mixed several commercial compilations including Bonkers & Hardcore Underground as well as producing countless anthems with Al Storm. On top of his weekly radio one show, dj magazine reviews, Youtube tutorials and full gig diary, Kutski still makes time to hit the studio with several releases under his belt, including his recent collaboration with BRK3 ‘4th Dimension’ on the legendary Detox Records and a remix of Mark Sherry & James Allan’s ‘Blood Moon’. Both topping download charts worldwide and featured on numerous compilations including Defqon One!
Kutski has also launched his own label, ‘Free Range Muzik’, set up to showcase the diversity of his sound and his love of the European flavours of dance music. His debut release ‘One’ picked up plays from hardstyle scene leaders such as The Prophet, Showtek & Zany and features a remix by Dutch Hardcore Legends’ Endymion which has been causing quite a stir already in the hardcore scene, picking up plays from Evil Activities, The Player, Nosfuratu, The Viper, Tommy Knocker, Art of Fighters and Madog.
On the album front Kutski has mixed the 2010 Hard Dance Awards Euphoria disc for Ministry Of Sound Recordings as well as having mixed two albums in 2009, Goodgreef Xtra Hard’ alongside Lisa Lashes & Showtek and Hardcore Underground alongside Brisk & Al Storm.
On a performance level his natural exuberance and awe-inspiring deck-man ship ranks him up there among the true greats. The ingredients for a superstar are all in there, the ability to mix anything with anything have left crowds confused with a general “how did he do that” look across there faces. Technical skill with cuts and loops using every beat and bar of a track keep everything about Kutski’s sets fresh and devastating to behold. Then there’s scratching……On that front he is truly unmatched on the hard scene. Prepare to be amazed and you wont be far wrong.