Crookers: Twisted Club Music

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Phra and Bot are Crookers, the Italian duo who came together in 2003 and quickly carved out a big name for themselves. Most would already be familiar with their music – an eclectic mix of electro, rap, house and trance that has seen them consistently fill floors and sell out gigs across the globe. We caught up with the slightly groggy (hell, he had just stepped off the plane from a 20 gig tour of the U.S. 6 hours prior) but ever-friendly Phra about the new Crookers album, an upcoming Australian tour with Stereosonic and why vinyl still rules the world.

Thanks for talking with inthemix, Phra. So how is life treating Crookers at the moment?
Life is treating Crookers really well, but jet-lag is treating me really shit! I’m almost dying actually. We just got back from a US tour, we’ve been touring for about four weeks and I only arrived home about six hours ago.

Ah – so you need a little sleep, I’ll try not to make this too painful for you.
Yeah, I need a little sleep!

So whereabouts are you? How was your US tour?
I‘m in Switzerland now. The US tour was great, it was a huge tour. We sold out New York and L.A, Chicago, Toronto and Mexico City, and we also played some of the smaller places, like Phoenix, as well. We did something like 20 gigs in 18 days!

And how were the crowds in The States?
Yeah, they were great. I thought that they might be getting used to more commercial pop kind of stuff, which is kind of boring for me. But we went there to play our new stuff, and the new album, and the crowds were really open-minded and really into it. And this was the first time we ever played it! It was really cool to see people who knew songs from the EP that had only been out a few months. They were really nice crowds.

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davecw said on the 12th Oct, 2011

It is hard to think of a act which went from hot as hell to kinda nothing as quick as Crookers.

Remember the hype for their first show in Aus at one love being massive. Now they are just some dudes who are chasing former glory.


GoodLove said on the 12th Oct, 2011

^^ Agree. They were one of the best, if not the best at Stereo 2009. New collab-saturated album was average at the most.


Tim-BO said on the 12th Oct, 2011

@davecw. im not sure that that is teh case, rather they didnt want all that attention. idk just my $0.02


mlirosi said on the 13th Oct, 2011

i have to agree with Tim-Bo, although they never hit the hight of we are prostitutes with there latest EP (royalty i think it was) but they didnt like the hype and hysteria that had become around them and decided to hide away from the tour scene...the presets did this to a lesser extent after apocolypto blew up and didnt tour for over a year to let the hype go the artists a bit more credit i think than always trying to be in your face