Since first experimenting with music software in 1995, Baltimore based DJ and producer Ryan “K-Rai” Stinnett has continued to create and release music with over a dozen albums, EPs, and remixes across a range of styles. A pioneer in electronic music, performing original, Techno, Breaks, & IDM influenced material live with laptops and a DJ mixer before the term “laptop DJ” entered the general lexicon. Along the way meeting fellow laptop musicians, a crew known as Cytoplastik. Deep in Baltimore’s warehouse art-scene, they put on gallery openings with full-on after-parties and released a compilation “Pods” in 2003. That year K-Rai also started participating in the Philly Laptop Battles presented by Seclusiasis. Later, a finalist at the Mid-Atlantic Laptop Battle in DC, 2005. Always hungry to create and push things further, K-Rai is no stranger to collaboration. After forming a duo dubbed The Megadrives with Joseph Clark in 2006, both of whom had just switched to using Renoise production software, K-Rai then became victor of Philly Laptop Battle #7 in 2007. Under this new project they released multiple well-received albums on their label Quantum Groove, consistently gigged, and have appeared on various film and video game soundtracks, such as the documentary Fagbug, and the retro inspired game Gunlord (CGR 2012 game of the year).
Since 2012, K-Rai’s focus shifted to blending the sounds of Juke, Jungle, Footwork, and Drum&Bass, while touching on Techno, Down-Tempo, Garage, Grime and Bmore Club. Melding these seemingly disparate influences until something new emerges. K-Rai has featured mixes on Juke Bounce Werk, Bassota, and Expansion Broadcast. Notable releases include the Footwork debut EP “Up the Ante” on FUSION, Techno single/remix EP “Brokken” featuring remixes by Micfreak and Keny99 on Funktrap Records (made beatport’s Top 5 Hard Dance releases), an exclusive remix of Normaling “Ignobiles” on Space is the Place Records, Quantum Groove compilations, and a remix of Aligning Minds “Ether Perfect” on EDM.com (reached #1 on the Future Garage charts). With new tracks always in the works, K-Rai will continue to push the boundaries with his own genre-defying electronic music.
“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)