I met Kaaaaatastrophic (Katrina Quackenbush) in Buffalo, New York in 2007. I was immediately attracted to her warm personality, and unending love for all types of music. By the Summer 2008 we were hitching a ride to Lollapalooza where we cemented our friendship and love of eclectic music festivals. I was thrilled to find that she had begun creating her own sounds two years ago, and since then have been following her unique productions. With her love of Hip Hop, Jam Bands, and Electro, her widespread tastes have formed an incredible experimental vibe that entrances you from the get-go. Her productions are entirely improvisational , creating a raw, dreamy atmosphere that lets you look deep into her psyche.
She has had many of her tracks featured on The Upstate Soundscape radio program, receiving critical acclaim for her ability to create a refreshing, unique, boundry-pushing genre. Her soundcloud lists her genre as “Electronic – Experimental | Abstract | Psychedelic | Noise | Not sure what to call it– Improv”, which sounds about right. It’s difficult to put her work into words, and that’s why I took the time to interview her so our readers can get a better feel for this very cool, very different producer. I recommend playing THIS TRACK while reading the interview…
My best friend is the Maschine by Native Instruments.
This was a hard question. Only Buffaloians would know who the “Bubble Guy” is. I find that bubbles make everything better.
I do not like this question. There is too much music for me to select my favorites. Not in any order…
1. J-Dilla – Donuts
2. Led Zeppelin – The Untitled Album
3. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
4. The Black Keys – Brothers
5. Do Magic Tapes count? If so all of The Magician Magic Tapes.
Every time I go to a show, concert or a festival, it is honestly a life changing experience, as music MOVES me. I was especially affected by Lotus “Summerdance” in Ohio. It was a two day festival last summer, in the beautiful Nelson Ledges Quarry Park. Lotus playing on a beach with a few close friends; That sealed off 2011 for me. Conspirator is a roller coaster ride of a show if you want inspiring.
Hang on, gotta count them all … I would say 15-20. Cannot wait to finish out the rest of 2012!
I like to prowl. RARRRR!!! Tiger.
I stay RUDE by doing the complete opposite… I am all about ☮ ♥ and MUSIC!
I highly recommend chilling out to Kaaaaatastrophic’s tracks in a quiet, dark and breezy room. Experiemental and ambient soundscapes will fill your surroundings and take you into a different world. Many of her productions, when listened to properly, hold some ASMR qualities to them–literal Braingasm.
This Hip Haze refix does exactly what the genre says: breathes you into a hip haze where dreamscapes are your new reality, and real life is lost in the details. Absolutely beautiful.
I always knew Kaaaaatastrophic to be a massive fan of Lil Wayne (before the “Lollipop” days, thank you.) and it’s great to see her getting back to her roots and sampling the man she’s loved for so long. Hazy, sexy, this is a great relaxing track to keep playing in the office or throughout any mundane task.
This hazy tropical fix to the slow and sexy ballad creates a new environment for “Climax”. I love that it starts so slow and unassuming, and then she starts to chop up the drums. Just the right amount of vocal usage. Less sleepy than most of her mixes, and more of an urgent vibe.. perfect for a song retitled (Deep) Climax…
This trip down memory lane mashes the fondness for yesterday with the intensity of the digital age we have come to know and love indifferently. Ooh Baby Baby keeps the romantic vibe, while again pulling at your breathing patterns and heart beat. I dare you to turn this on in any make out session–be prepared to fall in love.
I’m not even a fan of Drake, but I adore this refix. Romantic and unrelenting, this is the sound of a Summer romance blossoming.
Kaaaatastropic does not use Twitter or Facebook, but you can follow her progress on her Soundcloud.