Andreas Schuller and Jay Nagel founded crouds in 2017 with the common goal to create improvised performances of electronic club music. Previously, both were producing and performing livesets on their own. Andreas has been hosting events in his hometown Munich, including his latest and biggest one in early 2019, the Sonic Ground Festival for electronic live music. Jay’s background in experimental music composition enabled him to stay abroad multiple times as artist in residency, leading to an extended network and collaborations with local artists in Latin America and Asia.
When combining their experience on stage, crouds are presenting an extended spectrum of genres, from house influenced slow-burners to full-on techno. Unexpected turns are willingly provoked. While always preserving the flow, the mood during a set can change drastically if the crowd is in sync.
During their performances, Andreas is working his modular system providing basslines and sequences, while Jay is responsible for polyphonic sounds and percussion grooves – recently incorporating break-beat elements. They are driven by continuously refining their setup, undergoing numerous iterations.