Beatmaker / Instrumentalist.
Kruger James raps over his own beats, that use no samples. He plays violin, piano, guitar, percussion, the list goes on. As a beatmaker he's highly regarded, as a rap instrumentalist he is revered, and as a rapper he has been at the forefront of Perth music for over a decade.
He's about to release 'Emptybars Vol. 3', which features an absolutely monstrous collection of instrumental rap music where he has written and played everything.
His album 'Slouching Toward Nirvana' was released in November 2017, and featured the single 'Portrait In Rap'. In the single video you can see Kruger James in a single take move through the actions of working at his local studio Rada.
If that wasn't enough, Kruger James also runs the bi-weekly live freestyle event Colab. It features a band that draws from a pool of over 50 perth musicians from bands all over Perth, and combines them with a guest singer and two co-host freestylers that lead you through a two and half hour live freestyle. It's become known as one of the highlights of the Perth music scene.
He's written and scored the music for many live band projects, such as 10 piece Soul-Hop WAMi award winners 'The Typhoons' or 7 piece String-Hop phenomenon 'The Empty Cup', and single-handedly wrote, performed and recorded all the music for short films Rays of Sunshine & The Little Astronaut.
As a violinist Kruger James is also accomplished. He's played for small independent projects like Rachael Dease's 'City of Shadows' (which won the 2012 Martin Simms award), for professional orchestras like WASO and the PSO, and even featured in The Hilltop Hoods String Quartet at MS Fest in 2008.
He is a stalwart example of Perth's rich and varied music scene, and each subsequent release marks a unique step in an undeniably powerful discography.