Crookers are Italian ‘Fidget House’ maestros Bot and Phra. Hailing from the Milan the fashion capital of the world, Crookers are one of the hottest names in dance music right now.
Before their collaboration as Crookers, Bot and Phra pursued their music interests on a separate tip. Bot took up the piano and guitar at an early age, later moving onto synths, turntables and sequencers. Phra had already started DJing by age 11, when he was introduced to the Italian hip hop scene. Soon, he morphed into an MC and became fully immersed in a culture that would shape his future production career. Crookers burst on the scene in 2006 with the release of their End 2 End EP, which featured 3 tracks of electronic goodness. The EP was a fusion of house, hip hop and beyond, blending their beats to create some fidget house and synthetic pop finesse. The success of this EP put the Crookers boys on the map, and a string of remix requests followed, with the boys remixing an impressive roster of international acts such as, Chemical Brothers (their remix of ‘Salmon Dance’ features on the Ministry of Sound 2008 Annual), Moby, Bonde do Role, Brodinski, Rodion, Edu K, Armand van Helden, Azzido Da Bass, Bumblebeez and The Whip to name a few.
If this wasn’t enough to make people stand up and take notice, the release of their following two EP’s, the ‘Massive EP’ and the ‘Knobbers EP’ (which featured ‘My Penny’, which features on Ministry of Sound Mashed 4) certainly were. They also feature on Ministry of sound sessions 5 with there remix of Kid Cudi's track Day 'N' Nite.
When Crookers are not crafting their dirty crooked beats in the studio, they are busy holding down their residency with MTV Italy, and when they are in the studio, the result is generally a twisted blend of glitch, tech and distortion that leaves us all salivating for more.