Interview: Andrea “Phra” Fratangelo (Crookers)

Hello Bot and Phra, how have you guys been?
We’re both great thanks!
Born and bred in Milan, how’s the scene kicking these days?
We don’t live in Italy no more. I hope it’s all good though.
No more? You guys must be busy with projects. What’s new?
We are finishing our new album/project called Dr.Gonzo (first EP out April 11) with a couple of amazing producers. And we’ve been touring a lot!
Both you and Francesco “Bot” Barbaglia have been at it for 8 years now as Crookers. How is the relationship like?
We are like an old couple… that means all good!
What’s the weirdest thing you guys have ever done together?
Nothing really weird, we are pretty normal guys.
Your debut album Tons of Friends released last year featured works with many A-list acts including Pitbull, Drop the Lime, Major Lazer and Kid Cudi and was a major success. How has that helped shape your career?
Its all about music. I think our career is helped more with not getting stuck into a  musical genre and always try to do new and excithing stuff.
Describe a typical Crookers set.
Bum, clap, bum, clap… break, bum, clap… pull it up!
Is that the same thing that’s going to fire up the dancefloor on your upcoming gig at Zouk?
Bum, clap, Dr.gonzo, melody, bum, clap, weird break, dubecho…pull it up!
Bum, clap and then some at Readysetglo with the Crookers on Apr 23, 10pm. Zouk, 17 Jiak Kim St., 6738-2988. $25.00-30.00 includes two drinks.