Illustrated Tapes 019: Bad Influence
Curated by Kraggy

Kraggy is a designer and artist based in London..

Hey Conner! Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

It’s gig season! Nights are getting colder, no more day festivals, we’re moving inside to the dark mood lighting and confined space of a venue; I love it. I Listen to loads of different genres, mainly more chill electro / hop stuff most of the year, but something about it getting darker makes me go see actual bands more. Proper fuzz, high energy, improv, raw sound, maybe even… a pit?

It seems like a lot of the bands I see with mates around this time are Aussie or from West Coast and I think this brings a different enthusiasm than local artists, something the audience picks up on, I hope this comes through in the playlist. Essentially what I’m trying to curate here is ‘the gig’; fast openers, followed by long jams, slower songs, then bringing the pace back up at the end and maybe a fun encore, finishing with the last two tracks for after the show… Perhaps a taster of the bands I’ve seen recently and some I’m yet to.

How did you go about the artwork for the tape?

I guess the obvious inspiration is the gig paste ups all around us; I knew I wanted to incorporate the ‘tearing down’ element as a canvas after walking passed some accidental poster layering the other night. From there I also wanted to convey some of the shapes and textures that I’d picked up from seeing Khruangbin last week, like the smoke clipped into bold spotlights from above and below.

I play a lot with type and vector drawings in my own work, and wanted to add a rough texture to this, taking influence from decaying posters.

What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

Ergh so many… too many. All in different genres. I’m still in awe of anything Leif Podhajský makes (The Horrors special edition vinyl he made is permanently on my desk). Yeah too many… so I’m going to narrow it down to ‘from bands on the playlist only’ to help me

DZ Deathrays - Shred for Summer [single]
2017, I Oh You

Tasty little illustration there.

Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy
2011, Self-released


Fidlar - FIDLAR
2013, Mom + Pop Music
Artwork: Milo Ward

Great raw type.

Violent Soho - Hungry Ghost
2013, I Oh You
Artwork: Sam Dunn

I never make anything like this, so I really respect this style.

What did you listen to growing up?

Nu Metal. You know it. We all know it. No Shame.
And yes I still have those sessions.

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

Recently I’ve finished quite a few apparel and merch designs for brands. The best I’m still yet to post but will soon, but was given a lot of freedom which is always great.

After that I’m still continuing to make apparel graphics and some single covers for artists, alongside starting a new personal project exploring mental health and expectations. For this I’m going right back to re-looking at how I work and rediscovering my own visual experimentation.

Where to find Kraggy:

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︎ kraggy
︎ @kraggy


01. Car Seat Headrest - Bodys
02. FIDLAR - Wait For The Man
03. Joy Again - Kim
04. Z Deathrays - Bad Influence
05. Thee Oh Sees - The Dream
06. Violent Soho - Viceroy
07. Together Pangea - Badillac
08. Alex G - Sportstar
09. DZ Deathrays - Total Meltdown
10. Bass Drum of Death - Crawling After You
11. Wavves - King Of The Beach
12. JEFF The Brotherhood - Camel Swallowed Whole
13. Mk.gee - Roll With The Punches
14. Vundabar - Darla
15. DIIV - (Druun)
16. Goth Babe - Sometimes
17. FIDLAR - Cheap Beer
28. The Chats - Smoko