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Italian DJ rocks at Phuket's Illuzion nightclub

Originally from a small city called Latina in Italy, this creative man goes by the name of DJ Kraiz, real name Christian Coccato. DJ Kraiz is a resident DJ for the popular Illuzion nightclub on Patong’s Bangla Rd and he plays there most nights. The Phuket News recently attended an Illuzion event and had the pleasure of interviewing the talented DJ.


By Dalia Hilmi

Friday 13 November 2015, 06:00PM


DJ Kraiz

DJ Kraiz

From the age of 17, DJ Kraiz has had a flair for music. He became so fascinated with what DJing was all about and how one could get in touch with the crowd that he began to teach himself how to do it.

With the help of a friend he eventually became a resident DJ for a club in Italy, and from there he spent the next few years developing his sound and building his career.

After venturing to Thailand seven years ago he instantly fell in love with the country, as so many people do.

DJ Kraiz travelled between Italy and Thailand for some time, all the while continuing his passion for graphic design, and also playing gigs in his hometown, before finally making the move and making his debut in Phuket’s music scene just under two years ago.

His music style can be best described as DJ brings Italian vibes to Phuket music scene underground, but having played various instruments as a child, including the piano
and guitar, he remains focused on being creative with his sound.

Although DJ Kraiz prefers a particular genre, he explains that because music is ever-changing, “You have to be flexible. The role you play when you are a resident DJ involves you constantly thinking about your audience.

“You have to focus and warm the place up and create an atmosphere. Because if you don’t, nobody will dance.

“Something I always try to do is at least make people dance to your style.”

His international experiences brought him from Italy to Indonesia, and from USA to Thailand, and every set he plays has its own story – and that’s what makes his performances so electrifying.

He has released tracks with various labels including D:vision Records, Funky Juice Records,Redland Records and many more.

Outside of DJing, he also has a passion for sport. He even spent some time surfing in Bali, Indonesia, and now continues his love for this in Phuket.

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Looking ahead, DJ Kraiz says, “I feel like I found my little paradise, so I can definitely imagine staying here for a while. This will be my future for sure.”

Indeed, his warm personality and passion for music is easy to see and no doubt will carry him through the rest of his career.

“Italians have a big heart,” he says with a smile.

“So having been able to play music for such passionate people, particularly for the underground scene, has been amazing.

“I was fortunate enough to DJ for some of the best parties there.”

From the very first start as a teenager until now, DJ Kraiz’s development as a DJ has been admirable. Some of his tracks have even featured in the Italian Top Singles Chart, while others in the best vinyl shops in Italy.

To top that off, DJ Kraiz also won the “Music Culture“ award at the “NotteINsonne” Wave Italian National DJ Contest in 2005.

He has played with many big artists and DJs from all over the world including O.T. Genasis, Louie Vega, Paul Trouble Anderson, Jesse Garcia, Lush & Simon, Cirillo, and Aaron James to name a few.

With such a fabulous career to date, fans can look forward to many more exciting and explosive performances.

You can see DJ Kraiz in action at Illuzion nightclub, or for other party information be sure to visit facebook.com/kraizdj/

 

 

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