Electronic grand wizard, Francesco ‘Phra’ Barbaglia, aka Crookers launches the summer season with a brand new single "Able to Maximize" out now via Ciao Records. Renowned for his high-octane, no-holds-barred live shows and productions, this incendiary release is currently setting dance floors ablaze, with a remix package from Chuckie, franskild, MAO set for release on June 2, along with bonus remixes from Digi and Suck Fake.
"Able to Maximize" is a reflection of where Phra is with his sound at the moment. Fully immersing himself with his songwriting craft, experimenting with different effects and approaches until he was sure that he had the sound he was was looking for. "The idea for the track came about one night when Dilligas and I were hanging out at home,” explains Phra. “We were in the studio playing out old dub records and discovered this little mad MIDI file.”
He goes on to add, “I lifted the drum sounds and distorted the hell out of it, adding my own little signature.” The end product was a resounding success with Crookers making it a staple tune in his new live sets. “It always puts a smile on people's faces. It's probably a good thing because as my grandma used to say, It’s impossible to see an ugly face if it's smiling.” Wise words.
Phra’s previous singles, “Ghetto Guetta” and “Heavy,” went back to the old school formula that gave Crookers its imitable sound and racked tens of thousands of plays on Soundcloud. The recent remix competition in conjunction with Sennheiser and Soundcloud for the single garnered 300 entries with the winner to be selected by the man himself.
Crookers remix of Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘N Nite” reached #2 on the UK sales chart and Crookers’ debut album, ‘Tons of Friends,’ featured an all-star lineup that included Miike Snow, Pitbull and Major Lazer. Not one to rest on his laurels, Phra has already begun work on his next album planned for release later this year.
May 16 Warsaw, Poland @ Sen Pszczoly
May 23 Paris, France @ Nouveau Casino
May 30 Chicago, IL @ The Mid
May 31 Red Rocks, Colorado @ Bassnectar
June 5 Santa Ana, CA @ Yost Theater
June 6 San Francisco, CA @ 1015 Folsom
June 7 San Diego, CA @ BASSMNT
June 14 Italy @ Holi Festival
June 20 & 21 Germany @ Hurricane Festival & Southside Festival
June 29 London, England @ Holi Festival
July 6 Barcelona, Spain @ Row 14
July 12 Salzburg, Austria @ Electric Love Festival
August 14 Belgium @ Pukkelpop Festival
August 16 Mannheim, Germany @ Holi Festival
August 22 Germany @ Moosburg Utopia Island Festival
August 28 Zurich Openair Festival
September 6 Ibiza, Spain @ SpaceSeptember 12 Barcelona, Spain @ The Loft
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