Artist Profile: Kryptonite!
Here’s our first DJ “feature” or “testimonial” for the blog, a recent new friend of the SHORT-KUTS™ family who sent us his feedback via the SHORT-KUTS™ Facebook Fan Page along with some ill shots of his MacBook Pro and SHORT-KUTS™ For ScratchLIVE™ 2.0. Also, Josh happens to be one of the world’s most dedicated Serato Control Record collectors, I dare to say, in the whole planet? More on that at the bottom of this post!
Josh “Kryptonite” McGinn
City: Woodstock, Atlanta
Style: Electronic Music
Tools: 2 Technics 1210M5Gs, 1 Pioneer CDJ-400, Pioneer DJM 800 w/ Innofader, Korg Nano and Kontrol, Video-SL, Ableton Live 8, Zero SL MKII, Launchpad, Macbook Pro 15″ 2.66ghz dual core (unibody), 500gb internal, 8gb RAM, Serato ScratchLIVE™ with SL3, over 200 serato control record collection (at the time of this post)!
Bio: Atlanta based DJ Josh “Kryptonite” McGinn has been a member of the electronic music scene since late 1998 when he was drawn to the sounds of Drum and Bass. His love for hip hop drew him to the heavily sampled sounds of Aphrodite and other popular jump up artists of the time. His tastes quickly changed, however, once he heard the Dieselboy CD, “A Soldiers Story.” He loved the dark, rolling basslines of labels such as Renegade Hardware, and quickly knew he had to become a DJ. He bought his first pair of turntables in early 1999 and began spending hours on end practicing and searching for new tunes. It was in late 1999 that Josh helped form the Dark Force Camp DJ collective along with his good friends DJ Kain and MC Hubz. They proceeded to smash dancefloors across the Southeast for the next 4 years and shared the stage with the likes of DJ Craze, Adam F, DJ SS, Twisted Individual, Sinthetix, Ed Rush & Optical, Juju, Empress, and Reid Speed. Josh took a break to start a family in 2003 when his first son was born, but continued to play parties on a one-off basis for the next few years.
In late 2007 Josh’s love for music was reinvigorated in an instant when he happened upon discobelle.net while searching for an A-trak remix he heard on a mix. He was instantly drawn to the electro sound in the same way he had been initially attracted to the Drum and Bass sound back in the late nineties. He knew immediately that he had found his new calling and began scouring blogs and online record stores to get his fill of new music. With the purchase of Serato, he decided to dedicate his time an energy once more to destroying dancefloors with his electro sound. Since that day, he has already played along with the top names of the genre, on an almost every weekend basis. Kryptonite is a fast rising star in the Electro scene, getting bookings near and far, and getting them often. Thus making him one of the most sought after names out there right now. Josh is known for his smooth layered mixing, with crisp levels. The kind of mixing that can only come from having a veteran’s ear. When he is mixing, he does not give up and does not relent, rarely if ever, giving you a break on the dance floor. You can catch him playing Electro/Fidget/Bassline/Crunk, and Baltimore Bass, on any given night of the week, and in any given city of the country. Make sure that the next time you see Kribby on a bill in a town near you, you get your ass to the show, and prepare to have it shaking all night long.
“Simply put, Short-Kuts is THE BEST product on the market as an accessory to SSL. They are easy to apply, extremely durable, eye catching, and most importantly FUNCTIONAL!! I have enough things to think about when I am playing out than to remember 100 keystroke commands. Short-Kuts make it possible for ANYONE to be able to perform keystroke short cuts accurately and on the fly. EVERY time I play out I get people asking me, “those are sick, where did you get those??!!” I am happy to tell them that I got them from BIS @ Short-Kuts. I have used them on both a Mac and a PC and couldn’t be happier. If you are serious about stepping up your use of the multitude of functions that SSL has to offer, BUY SHORT-KUTS!“
BONUS: Kryptonite’s Serato Control Record Collection
I thought I was on top of the “custom control vinyl” game, then I ran into this guy’s collection and realized I knew NOTHING. A little added research showed that *some* of these records have been sighted on the web for $300 each (sold $600 as a pair)!
Here we are lucky to get an exclusive glimpse of Josh’s stash, one which I understand is kept inside a special bomb shelter he had custom made for his growing DJ treasure…
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