Baltimore producer, laptop battle veteran, DJ, & co-founder of Quantum Groove Records – Ryan Stinnett a.k.a. K-Rai creates & spins music across a wide range of styles, treading territories such as IDM, Future Bass, Garage, House, Down-Tempo, Juke/Footwork, Techno, Indie, and Electro. The range of early musical influences runs wide: Eric B. & Rakim, De La Soul, 808 State, Yuzo Koshiro, Aphex Twin, NIN, Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Front 242, Underworld, Kraftwerk, Boards of Canada, Autechre, μ-ziq, Bjork and so on. Spending time during the formative years out in the rave and industrial club scenes also had an impact.
K-Rai has featured mixes on Juke Bounce Werk, Bassota, and Expansion Broadcast. Releases include a debut Footwork EP on FUSION, singles and remixes on Space is the Place, Funktrap Records, & EDM.com in addition to releases on Quantum Groove. Always working on new original material & remixes which show a depth rarely found. K-Rai’s club remix of Aligning Minds “Ether Perfect” reached the #1 spot on FutureGarage.net. What started out as tinkering with sample manipulation using music tracking software at an early age back in 1995 has turned into a lifelong career in Electronic Dance Music both solo and with duo project The Megadrives. For over 2 decades K-Rai has consistently played gigs on a regular basis, from clubs & warehouses to festivals such as Freeform & Moonrise – sharing the bill with such acts as: Alex B. (Paper Diamond), Aligning Minds, Alvin Risk, Beats Antique, Blockhead, Bluetech, The Crystal Method, Die Antwoord, DJ Dara, Ghostland Observatory, Glitch Mob, Hi$to, Machinedrum, Porter Robinson, R.A.W. (6Blocc), Sideswipe, Soohan, Spinscott, Starkey and more.
“This dude’s music puts warehouse grime under my fingernails. It’s that authentic. …Think Squarepusher meets Boards of Canada. I love that this stuff is coming outta Baltimore. It’s great to see somebody’s making moves to put that lawless, pirate attitude back into the beats.” (88DC Music Blog Review)
K-Rai was a participant in laptop battles for several years, a finalist at the Mid-Atlantic Laptop Battle and the victor of Philly Laptop Battle #7. The Megadrives currently have music on soundtracks for several critically acclaimed indie video games and film soundtracks, such as Gunlord & Redux: Dark Matters by NGDev. They have been sponsored by Skullcandy and did the music for for Acura’s “BOOM” campaign TV spots.
“…world-class Electronica. The Megadrives are two of the most diverse and masterful laptop maestros playing the game these days.” (What Weekly)
You can trace a path in history of offbeat musical exploration: banging on pots and pans, violin, hearing “Switched on Bach” on vinyl, scratching parents records, experiencing a huge ARP/Moog like analog synth performance visit school, scratching cassette tapes, having an original Sega Genesis with that headphone jack and going through sound test menus, guitar, to finally getting a PC capable of tracking music. The experimenting, creating, and producing hasn’t stopped since.