Cuatro Kruse and FutureFolk – The Durango Herald

Durango native Cuatro Kruse is many things. He is a permaculture builder and chocolate maker, glass blower, archery coach and farmer. All of these hobbies, skills, and pursuits in life also tie into what he is perhaps best known for in these parts, and that is as a musician.

Kruse, (the man who made the cob bench that stands in Buckley Park opposite The Herald of Durango offices), is on a lifelong quest to learn, and learning music came first, dating back to the 1990s when his band Fresno Smoothie was disqualified from the Miller Middle School talent show because a kid decided to scuba dive and was not caught.

“In our eyes (it) made us win because we were infamous then,” he said.

Then in high school came The Randibles, a rowdy punk band that held skateboarding events and house parties on bills with older bands like The Thirteens.

After Randibles, he led the reggae band A-Dub-Rock Band, the band Kruse calls “the funniest band I’ve ever been in”.

His love of punk and reggae went hand in hand, two socially conscious music forms steeped in rebellion with a DIY spirit at its core.

Punk rock was a perfect fit for us as angsty teens, giving off a lot of that energy, but my sister Gracie Bassie and I also grew up listening to reggae,” Kruse said. “I’ve always liked reggae music and punk rock music, I think for the same reasons. They have this message of righteous rebellion and a lot of political overtones and things that really interest me.

Reggae, punk rock, agriculture, alternative energy sources and permaculture are all linked to his latest musical project. Registered as FutureFolk, it’s an amalgamation of all his activities, interests and lifestyle, all compressed into a musical package of weird folk, punk, hip-hop and reggae in one electronic music package.

He’s been developing those sounds since A-Dub-Rock Band decided to quit, as Kruse bounced around from South America to California, northern New Mexico and the Front Range. Learning self-directed, non-musical skills, he had this musical project percolating through his ever-active brain, as the pandemic kicked the project into high gear.

“It was a way for me to deal with isolation,” Kruse said. “I’ve always loved 80s music, I’ve always loved reggae music and roots reggae music. I also like electronic music and started to feel more attracted to European electro-dub and French artists. I bought my first synthesizer with a sequencer and started learning how to create sounds from scratch on a synthesizer. And it became a healthy obsession to get me through COVID. It grew and grew into a huge sound machine that I built, so FutureFolk is basically kind of a retro, futuristic solo looper band.

These synth-heavy, reggae-driven DIY experimental dub sounds are all recorded via a solar-powered studio, so it’s only natural that it’s devoid of any kind of digital technology; this corresponds to the overall mission.

“I don’t use any computer to record my music. I have nothing against it, but for me it’s not as inspiring as being able to get your hands on real knobs and faders,” he said. “It just gives it that kind of gritty, retro feel that I like. I like analog gear.

Since Kruse moved to land outside of Pagosa Springs, he’s built a farm and will soon be a permaculture education center by day, recording music by night. Lots of music. Right now, he has a handful of singles ready, with plans to release an album down the line.

“I’ve got probably two or three hundred songs that I started on that I pick now and pick the ones that I want to focus on,” he said. “So an album is in the future for sure.”

Bryant Liggett is a freelance writer and station manager KDUR. Contact him at [email protected]

Corina C. Butler