Monday, February 7, 2011
CRAZY WHITE BOY
Crazy White Boy is the brainchild of local house producers Ryan Murgatroyd and Kosta Karatamoglou. Both experienced and successful DJs and producers in their own right, the pair met and decided to collaborate. Labels include Kontor, Onelove, Ministry of Sound, Cr2, Toolroom and local power house Soul Candi to name a few.
Many years as head lecturer at the Soul Candi Institute of Music saw Ryan influenced by the deeper, more soulful style of house music—made popular in South Africa by Soul Candi Records.
Compelled to try and add a fresh twist to this style of music, Ryan set about writing the first hit ‘White Men Can’t Dance’ in early 2007. The track turned into a huge success being the draw card for the ground breaking Electro Candi album. It also earned its way onto many local compilations as well as being aired extensively on both local and international radio.
The momentum grew in 2008 when Ryan met fellow music enthusiast and producer Kosta Karatamoglou. A winning collaboration resulted in Crazy White Boy’s second single ‘Phati’. The track was immediately picked up by Soul Candi records and debuted on Soul Candi Sessions 4 which went on to sell over 42,000 units—hitting platinum status and cementing the duo’s status as hit-making producers.
Crazy White Boy have spent many hours in studio updating and developing their characteristic Crazy White Boy sound. The results: Are multiple Gold and Platinum selling albums featuring their tracks namely Electro Candi 2, F.eU (Fresh and Euphoniks Latest Album), Kent: I Cant Survive and the forthcoming Soul Candi Sessions 5.
To compliment the production Crazy White Boy have woven vocal magic of several key artists: multi SAMA-winner Tasha Baxter, Bang Bang’s front man, Rue-Groove and new-comers Thumi and Buhle.
There latest single Love you Better is the fastest growing record in 5fm TOP 40 history sitting at number 1. It has also been picked up by ONELOVE for Australia and KONTOR for the World.