Crankdat – Reasons To Run
2017 was a massive year for Christian Smith, aka Crankdat. From being his first full year touring (the US and Asia), to crushing the festival scene, to finally releasing his first single, he kept real busy. And he was fittingly included in our Breakout Artists of 2017 list. Now he’s back to kick off 2018 right; with a new single entitled ‘Reasons To Run‘.
One of the reasons that made Christian such a successful producer is his versatility and his ability to produce quality tracks through a variety of genres and sounds. And this track is a perfect example of that. Pulling elements from future bass, pop, and more, he creates a bouncy track with a message. So give the music video a watch below and be sure to keep an eye out for his next big move.
Crankdat – Reasons To Run
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