The Scottish musician based in Berlin Jim Kroft recently released the first EP of his new project called “Journeys”. One more reason to introduce this wonderful musician to you. Jamie Croft moved from London to Berlin with his Band “Myriad Creatures” in 2007. Only three years later Jamie decided to quit and began working under the name “Jim Kroft” as a solo musician. His first album “Between the devil and the deep blue sea” was released in 2010. His debut “Memoirs of the afterlife” was played by important German radio stations. Jim Kroft is the only musician without a record deal whose single was placed in the Top 100 of the national mainstream airplay charts.
The same goes for his second single “The Jailer”.
In 2011 his management became Manta Ray and he started recording his second album “The Hermit & The Hedonist”. Both albums were recorded in London. For promotional purpose he started a video series where he worked with musicians like Livingston, Lea Johnson, Martin and James, and many more.
Finally, in 2012 he supported the Swedish band “The Pusher”. That is where I met Jim Kroft the first time and I immediately fell in love with his music. Since then I nearly went to every tour or supporting tour and we grew some kind of friendship. Jim Kroft is a musician who is still interested in what the admires of his music think. The music is still honest and true. Everything is about the music and nothing else. Something that is very rare in today’s music world. Later in 2012, he supported Martin and James and Sunrise Avenue on their European Tour. Supporting Sunrise Avenue could be seen as kind of a breakthrough for Jim Kroft. He gained a huge audience around Europe and signed a record deal with EMI in the same year.
However, he lost his record deal only a year later. This was caused by Universals takeover of EMI. Sadly, he released his third album “Lunatic Lullabies” only a few days before that and a lost all of the money. Jim Kroft wouldn’t be Jim Kroft if that would have stopped him. So far he already had two Headliner Tours. One in 2012 and the second one in 2013. In October 2013 Jamie started his own film production company “Kroft Films”. He, again, toured with Martin and James later that year.
2014 was an interesting year for Kroft. He started several journeys to Los Angeles, Russia, China and in 2015 even Africa. His experiences and impressions are documented in short videos and the new EP’s he released and produced without a label. Journeys #1 is now released and can be bought on Amazon or Itunes. Firstly, this EP was released on its own and the money was used for the second EP. So more or less a non-profit project.
In autumn 2014 Jim started playing several acoustic shows all over Berlin. Jim is a solo artist but also plays full band shows with Ben Barritt (he also plays solo shows and plays the guitar), Dan Telander (drums), Lucas Dietrich (bass).
2010 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
2011 The Hermit & The Hedonist
2013 Lunatic Lullabies
2015 Journeys #1 (EP)
03.06.2015 Knust Acoustics (Hamburg)