KRAZ

Bio

Founding member and guitarist of beloved bands Soulive and Lettuce, Eric Krasno is taking his fifteen plus year career in a new direction with his first solo record, Reminisce (Royal Family Records). 

Recorded in Brooklyn, NY and at Soulive drummer Alan Evan’s PlayOnBrother studios in Western Massachusetts, the album features longtime collaborators Adam Deitch (drums) and Nigel Hall (bass, keys and vocals), as well as Royal Family artists Neal Evans, Ryan Zoidis and Alan Evans.

Since forming Soulive in 1999, Krasno, organist Neal Evans, and drummer Alan Evans have toured the globe spanning small rock clubs to major festivals, in Africa, Japan, Russia, Brazil, and more.  With releases on Velour Recordings, Blue Note, Stax and their own Royal Family Records, and a resume that includes opening spots for the Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews Band, it’s little wonder the group has developed a reputation as one of the most celebrated instrumental soul-funk trios in the world.

Known throughout jazz, funk, and hip-hop circles, Krasno has the opportunity to work with jazz icons Joshua Redman, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Chaka Khan as well as hip-hop visionaries 50-Cent, GZA and Talib Kweli.  Now in his eleventh year performing with Soulive, the studio and record label owner, and sought after producer (Ledisi, Matisyahu, 50-Cent), has distilled years of musical experience and influence into a reverent homage to the greats: “Reminisce is a collection of tunes I recorded over the last few years,” says Krasno.  “I called it Reminisce because I felt like the record represented many different eras and styles of music and guitar playing that influenced me growing up. From covers like “Manic Depression” to originals like “76”, the record is a nod to those greats that came before me while adding our flavor to the music”

Krasno will take the music of Reminisce on the road with his new band, Chapter 2, featuring Krasno on guitar and vocals, Nigel Hall on vocals and keys, Adam Deitch on drums, and Louis Cato on bass and vocals.  With guest appearances from luminaries such as Derek Trucks, Questlove, Warren Haynes and George Porter Jr. of the Meters, Chapter 2 is a band to be seen and heard.

KRAZ steps into the mixtape game to present "The Funky President" where he mixes and remixes everything from James Brown (title track) and rare soul cuts to Jay Z and The Black Keys while throwing in exclusive original tracks from Fyre Dept and Lettuce to create an ultra funky soundtrack.

Founding member and guitarist of beloved bands Soulive and Lettuce, Eric Krasno aka KRAZ is taking his fifteen plus year career in a new direction with this viral DJ set.  With over 10,000 plays and 1,500 full album downloads in under twenty-four hours (all with no publicity and nothing but word of mouth) KRAZ will be taking this dance party on the road.

Since forming Soulive in 1999, KRAZ has toured the globe spanning small rock clubs to major festivals, in Africa, Japan, Russia, Brazil, and more.  With releases on Velour Recordings, Blue Note, Stax and their own Royal Family Records, and a resume that includes opening spots for the Rolling Stones and Dave Matthews Band, it’s little wonder that KRAZ has developed a reputation as one of the most celebrated soul-funk artists in the world.

Known throughout jazz, funk, and hip-hop circles, KRAZ has the opportunity to work with jazz icons Joshua Redman, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Chaka Khan as well as hip-hop visionaries 50-Cent, GZA and Talib Kweli.  Now in his eleventh year performing with Soulive, the studio and record label owner, and sought after producer (Ledisi, Matisyahu, 50-Cent, WAX), has distilled years of musical experience and influence into a an undeniable party starting DJ set. Most recently, KRAZ produced Vieux Farka Touré's latest album with guest spots from Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks & John Scofield. He's currently working on his next solo release.

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Download the mixtape (29 tracks)

Mixed & Mastered by Eric Krasno

Art Direction by Root Down. Illustration & Design by Charley Robinson III

 

Funky President Mixtape

Records

The Funky President Mixtape

KRAZ-001 [2011]

Reminisce

rfr-0904 [2010]