Live And Direct with Krisna Floop


Bali based multi-instrumentalist Krisna otherwise know as FLOOP crafts his unique sound by combining different elements of music and expressing them through his music.

The former lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and all-rounder of the band ‘The Mangrooves’ has now embarked on a solo career. Using the loop station, an acoustic guitar, a bamboo flute, and his voice, Krisna produces a combination of layers to create a soulful mix of funky grooves and uplifting rhythms.

Having been brought up here in Bali, by an Australian mother and Balinese father, his experience of growing up with the eastern world and western influences can be heard through his wonderful music.


TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND GEOGRAPHICALLY AND CULTURALLY?
Well, geographically I’m Bali based, born and bred. Culturally I come from a Balinese Father and Australian Mother. But I like to consider myself as a citizen of the Earth.

HOW WAS THE TRANSITION FROM FRONT MAN OF A BAND TO SOLO PERFORMER BEEN FOR YOU? 
It has been really interesting actually. It’s very different performing solo as opposed to a full electric band backing you up. With a band, I felt like whenever there was a vacuum on stage, there would be someone there to back you up and start jamming something so it kept the audience interested. Whereas on your own, you really have to be aware of keeping the communication with the audience flowing. I guess maybe that’s where the looping part of the show becomes interesting.

YOU USE THE LOOP PEDAL A LOT IN YOUR PERFORMANCE, HOW HAS TECHNOLOGY ADVANCED IN RECENT YEARS ON THAT FRONT AND WHAT DOES IT ALLOW YOU TO DO AS A PERFORMER?
I believe the technology has been around as far as the late 80s? maybe early 90s? But for sure its advance a lot since then, in terms of mobility, efficiency and control. Musicians out there can surely understand the struggle of lugging around masses of equipment from gig to gig, and with companies coming up with these super compact loop stations, makes it so much more practical for the working musicians.

HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE THE MUSIC YOU PLAY?
Ah… I always struggle answering this question. In terms of genre, I still incorporate some reggae into my set. I do a bit of beatboxing in my loops as well, and its kind of like a hip hop style and some songs even using a dancehall beat. You can say its ambient and experimental-soul I suppose, because some parts of my performance are completely improvised that come from the soul, so I never know what’s going to happen!

WHO ARE YOUR MUSICAL INSPIRATIONS HOME AND ABROAD?
So many, locally I have to mention the late Aray Daulay & The Island Souls have inspired me a lot recent years. I love the sounds of Gus Teja, Nosstress, Relung Kaca, Sandrayati Fay, Manja, Matajiwa, Navicula, Zat Kimia. All these bands have really inspired me in one way of another. From abroad, artist like DUB FX, Tiki Taane, Mike Love, have really inspired me to go into the art of looping. Artist such as Jose Gonzales, John Mayer & Tom Morello are real inspirations for my guitar playing.

WHO WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL DINNER GUESTS DEAD OR ALIVE AND WHY?
Hmm…. I’ll probably start with my family, because family comes first, always. But, if I had a chance to resurrect from the dead, I’d love to have dinner with The Wailers, because I find they’re movement so interesting and so ground-breaking. I would love to hear their stories. Also to have dinner with Bung Karno would be such an honour, to hear about his journey through taking Indonesia to its independence.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN PROS AND CONS BETWEEN THE MARRIAGE BETWEEN EASTERN AND WESTERN CULTURE?
One way or another I think its inevitable that the eastern and western world are getting closer together and almost creating a sub-culture from the combination of the two. I think it’s a beautiful thing, it creates more diversity, unity, and understanding of ourselves as a civilization. Although, I feel that the cons come from when one culture is holding onto their roots or beliefs too strong, which then creates less space for growth, that’s when problems start occurring. I think the potential for collaboration between these two cultures can create a great harmony, but it must be done with an open mind, respect and understanding.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BALINESE MUSIC CULTURE BOTH TRADITIONAL AND CONTEMPORARY?
Traditionally music has been a part of Balinese culture for a very long time, but I feel like it was never really used as a tool for ‘entertainment’ so much, but more so an occasion during ceremonies and sacramental practises. Now with the intertwining of eastern and western worlds, the pop culture has really inspired the contemporary music scene here in Bali. Incredible bands and musicians are coming out of Bali all the time, and its no wonder coming from a place where music and arts is like second nature.

IF ANYONE IN THE EXPAT COMMUNITY WAS LOOKING TO REALLY EXPLORE BALINESE MUSIC AND ART AWAY FROM THE USUAL TOURIST SPOTS, WHERE WOULD YOU SUGGEST THEY SHOULD GO?
For Art, I believe Ubud has incredible art museums where you can study both traditional and contemporary Art and how the scene has grown throughout history. For music, the art center in Denpasar are always showcasing interesting traditional performance and even contemporary fusion between modern and traditional music. I think that’s a great space to explore the local music scene.

SUM UP BALI IN 3 WORDS?
Black, white & grey.

lASTLY, WHERE CAN PEOPLE CATCH YOUR MUSIC ONLINE AND LIVE?
I’m actually releasing my album this week on the 8th of November which will be available on Spotify, iTunes, etc. But in the meantime you can find my single here and for videos, you can subscribe to my YouTube channel.
For live performances, you can catch me every Sundays at Rumah Sanur, and Saturday mornings at Parachute markets, in Canggu. You can also follow my Instagram page for updates in my schedule and online releases.



Thank you so much, Krisna! Goodluck with the album release and hopefully we'll see you perform soon!