Crada (producer)

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Birth name Christian Kalla
Origin Marktleuthen, Bavaria, Germany
Genres Hip hop, RnB
Occupation(s) Record producer
Instruments Keyboard, drum machine
Years active 2005–present

Christian Kalla, better known as Crada,[1] is a German producer, instrumentalist, mix engineer and songwriter from Marktleuthen, Germany. He has produced and written for artists and groups such as Drake, Alicia Keys, Kid Cudi, Kendrick Lamar, Emeli Sande, Tinie Tempah, Conor Maynard, Clare Maguire, Jay Rock, Talib Kweli, The Lox, La Fouine, Tim Bendzko among others. He is currently one of the most sought-after producers in Europe.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in a small town in northern Bavaria. At the age of 13, he started DJ-ing. By the age of 18, without any formal musical training, he started using the Magix Music Maker beat-making program. A few years later, he produced his first major record on the very same producing software.

Crada was influenced by many kinds of music including uk breakbeat records, rap and electronic music in general.[2]

Early career[edit]

Crada was producing and dj-ing in a three piece band called Sceptic from 2001–2005. After the group split up he went on to work with his mentor Ali Rasul on his 'Opium' Mixtape series. He also worked with several other German artists by that time including Samy Deluxe, Curse, Olli Banjo. Following the long time collaboration with Ali Rasul he was introduced to his managers DJ Kitsune and Markus Ernst who he worked with ever since. In 2008 Crada started doing several writing/production trips to New York. Crada's first US Single Release with The Lox is known to be a direct result of those sessions.

Crada has received 1x US Platinum Award, 1x US Gold Award, 2x Gold Awards Germany, 1x Platinum Award Canada, 1x Gold Award UK, and 1x Platinum Award France until 2012.

Discography (excerpts)[edit]

Song Artist Credit Album Release Date Charts Certification
"Left, Right" Jordin Sparks Writing/Production ByeFelicia November 2014 - -
entire album (13 songs) Cassandra Steen Writing/Production/Executive Production Spiegelbild October 2014 - -
"America", "Runaround", "Body Language" Marlon Roudette Writing/Production Electric Soul August 2014 #16 Germany -
"Unter die Haut" Tim Bendzko feat. Cassandra Steen Production/Keys/Arrangement/ Unter die Haut (Single) December 2013 #16 Germany -
"Tears Run Dry" Tinie Tempah ft. Sway Clarke II Production/Keys/Writing/Arrangement Demonstration November 2013 #3 UK Gold
"Programmiert", 'Vergiss es', 'Noch nie', 'Um jeden Preis', 'Give a little' Tim Bendzko Production/Keys/Writing/Arrangement/ Programmiert (Single) August 2013 #21 Germany -
"Ich steh' nicht mehr still", 'Ohne zurück zu sehen', 'Programmiert', 'Es geht wieder vorbei' Tim Bendzko Writing/Arrangement Am seidenen Faden May 2013 #1 Germany Platinum, 3x Gold
"Donne Moi" La Fouine Writing/Production/Keys Drole De Parcours February 2013 #1 France Platinum
"Drowning" Conor Maynard Writing/Production/Keys/Mix Contrast June 2012 #1 UK Silver
"Fly Away" Talib Kweli Writing/Production/Keys Attack the Block September 2012 - -
"My Everything" Jonathan McReynolds Production Life Music September 2012 #4 US Billboard Gospel -
"Das Leben Ist Sch..." Die Orsons Writing/Production/Keys Das Chaos und die Ordnung September 2012 #12 Germany -
"Morgen Fliegen", "Hands Up" Culcha Candela Writing/Production/Keys Flätrate November 2011 #17 Germany, #25 Swiss, #44 Austria Gold
"Freedom" Clare Maguire Writing/Production/Keys Light After Dark February 2011 #7 UK Silver
"Du Bout Des Doigts" La Fouine ft. Leila Writing/Production La Fouine vs Laouni February 2011 #1 France Platinum
"Diary of a Broke N***a" Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar Writing/Production Black Friday November 2010 - -
"General" Culcha Candela Writing/Co-Production Das Beste October 2010 #18 Germany Platinum
"Fireworks" Drake ft. Alicia Keys Writing/Co-Production Thank Me Later June 2010 #1 US, #1 Canada Platinum, 2x Gold
"Hyyerr" Kid Cudi ft. Chip tha Ripper Writing/Production Man on the Moon: The End of Day August 2009 #4 US Billboard Gold
"Get That Paper" The Lox Writing/Production/Keys No Security May 2009 #3 US Rap Albums


  1. ^ [1] Crada at Myspace. Accessed on November 25, 2009.
  2. ^ a b [2] Interview on Accessed on February 5, 2010.

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