The eighth installment of our 12 Questions segment features Kieran Krohn aka Verve. The Aussie producer founded the FutureForm imprint just about a year ago and with just four releases has built the label into one of the most respected in the electronic music underground. Kieran’s productions for Mesmeric, Blendwerk, Lowbit and Silk have also been getting some very solid recognition over the last year with support coming in from Hernan Cattaneo. Verve has a new remix out this week of Rich Curtis ‘Latitude End’, you can check out a review of that in our Essential Purchases section and please enjoy our 12 Questions segment with him below.
1. If you had to pick one track which solidified your love for electronic music early on what would it be?
Verve: That’s a tough question to answer because, for me, it was more of a collective experience rather than a single track. My older brother introduced me to UK hardcore, freeform and the rave scene when I was in the later years of high school. He had a pair of turntables and a solid collection of wax that I used to mess with when he was out of the house.
2. What was your first and last DJ gig?
Verve: First gig I can remember would have been playing breaks at the on-campus bar at my University in Brisbane. My last gig was playing with the Instinct crew, supporting Jamie Stevens in Melbourne. One of the best crowds I’ve played too and been part of, Herc and Mish know how to party!
3. What was the first and last record you purchased?
Verve: First – the name evades me now, but it would have been a release on NU Energy Records
Last – Underground Sounds of Miami Series 3 on Bedrock
4. What would you say is the highlight of your career thus far?
Verve: Again, tricky to pinpoint one in particular, but playing outdoors on a Funktion 1 system in outdoor Queensland was wicked. Launching the FutureForm Music label and being able to work with a legend like Quivver would be up there too.
5. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people?
Verve: I’m a town planner slash development consultant by way of education, and both my parents were born in Africa.
6. Who are some of the best undiscovered talents in your eyes?
Verve: There’s a handful that come to mind. PHM, Digital Mess, Matter and Huminal are two names to keep an eye on (forthcoming on FutureForm). Loads of talent in the Eastern European space and Russia of course. Float from Serbia has impressed me.
7. Which producers consistently inspire you?
Verve: So many!! Despite spending most of my time listening to dance music I have a pretty broad taste in that I enjoy listening to any sub genre, quality music holds no boundaries. People that I draw inspiration from are for example, Peter Horrevorts, Trentemoller, Solee, Orbital, Underworld, Guy J, FM Radio Gods, Matt Lange, Maya Jane Coles, Babicz, Seb Leger, Stimming.. the list goes on forever!
8. What artist or track would you love to remix? and who would you love to be remixed by?
Verve: Artists I’d love to put my hand to a remix would be Orbital, Faithless, Digweed or Sasha. If BT, Matt Lange, Stephan Bodzin or Guy J were to remix one of my tunes I’d be able to die a happy man.
9. Record labels are a dime a dozen these days and the majority of people feel most of them are mediocre music factories. Which ones if any standout for you?
Verve: There are more than a few I follow regularly, of those I can recommend microCastle, Perspectives, Bedrock, Crossfrontier Audio, Proton/Particles, Herzblut, Open Records, and Kompakt.. but yet again this is just a small selection of the labels that have a high regard for quality control.
10. What would you say is the best mix compilation of all time?
Verve: The Renaissance mix series has always been pretty inspiring to me
11. Current Favourites (you can list more than one per category if you like)
Food: thai curries, Lebanese chargrilled chicken and shrimps on the barbie
Drink: zubrowka & cloudy apple juice, and green tea the day after to bounce back
Drug: melodic music
Animal: salt water fish
TV Show: entourage, breaking bad, just getting into true detective
Movie: fear and loathing, wolf of wall street
Video Game: don’t really play much of these
Album: Gui Boratto – III
Track / Song: Arnas D – I Got You (Omid 16B Remix)
Producer / Band: Disclosure
Record Label: Perspectives
Nightclub: Ivy & Chinese Laundry
DJ: Eric Prydz (because he destroyed Ivy the other week)
12. If the final DJ/live set of your career was next week what would your last track be?
Verve: Something magnificent that would have people smiling and crying at the same time
Verve’s remix of Rich Curtis ‘Latitude End’ is out now on FutureForm Music, you can purchase the release: here