Crada (producer)

Christian Kalla,[1] known professionally as Crada is a Grammy-nominated [2] and multi platinum award-winning producer, instrumentalist, mix engineer and songwriter from Marktleuthen, Germany. He has produced and written for artists and groups such as Drake, Kid Cudi, Jay Rock, Talib Kweli, The Lox, Culcha Candela, La Fouine and Tim Bendzko among others. He is currently one of the most sought-after producers in Europe.[3]

Birth nameChristian Kalla
OriginMarktleuthen, Bavaria, Germany
Occupation(s)Record producer
Years active2005–present
Associated acts

Early lifeEdit

Born and raised in a small town in northern Bavaria, he started DJing at the age of 13. 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. After leaving his hometown he studied music at Mannheim's University of Popular Music and Music Business, where he graduated in 2009.

Crada was influenced by many kinds of music including uk breakbeat records, rap and electronic music in general.[3]


Crada was producing and djing in a three piece band called Sceptic from 2001 to 2005. After the group split up he went on to work with his mentor Ali Rasul (formerly front man of rap group Square One) on his 'Opium' Mixtape series. In 2005 Crada enrolled at Germany's most prestigious music school Popakademie Baden-Württemberg in Mannheim. He also worked with several other German artists by that time including Samy Deluxe, Curse, Olli Banjo. Following the collaboration with Ali Rasul he was introduced to his managers DJ Kitsune and Markus Ernst who he worked with until early 2017. 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. In the following years he contributed music for the debut albums of Drake and Kid Cudi and gained international recognition.

Crada has received 3x US Platinum Award, 1x US Gold Award, 3x Platinum Award Germany, 4x Gold Award Germany, 1x Platinum Award Canada, 2x Gold Award UK, and 2x Platinum Award France until 2016.

On November 20, 2013 Crada signed to Starting Lineup Music Publishing/BMG Rights Management (Berlin) for an exclusive worldwide publishing deal.[4]

In 2015 he announced via Facebook and Instagram that he became a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.[5]

Discography (excerpts)Edit

Song Artist Credit Album Release Date Charts Certification
6 Songs for the Soundtrack This Crazy Heart Production, Writing, Mix, Keys Dieses bescheuerte Herz OST December 2017 #1 Germany -
Cash oder Liebe Genetikk Co-Production Fukk Genetikk December 2016 #7 Germany -
Tornado Jahméne Writing/Production Unfathomable Phantasmagoria September 2016 - -
Call Me Troi Irons Production Turbulence September 2016 - -
Jenga Jennifer Rostock Production Genau in diesem Ton September 2016 #2 Germany -
Darkest Hour Lyves Writing/Production - September 2016 -
Lovers & friends Bobii Lewis feat. Stefflon Don Writing/Production Blind In The Summer July 2016 - -
What If Bibi Bourelly Writing/Production Free The Real Pt #1 May 2016 - -
I'm All About You Rea Garvey Production Prisma May 2016 - -
Entire Album (14 Songs) Adesse Production Fechnerstrasse March 2016 - -
"Left, Right" Jordin Sparks Writing/Production Right Here, Right Now May 2015 #11 US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums -
Entire album (13 songs) Cassandra Steen Writing/Production/Executive Production Spiegelbild October 2014 #34 Germany -
"America", "Runaround", "Body Language" Marlon Roudette Writing/Production Electric Soul August 2014 #16 Germany -
"Balance" Teesy Writing/Production Gluecksrezepte August 2014 #34 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
"Nicht Drüber Reden" Yvonne Catterfeld Writing Lieber So November 2013 #8 Germany 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
"See you soon' Jake Miller (rapper) Production/Writing/Arrangement The roads less traveled April 2013 #6 US Billboard Charts -
"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 Gold
"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 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 2x Platinum
"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. ^ Grammy Nominations by Drake. Accessed September 12, 2017
  3. ^ a b [2] Archived February 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Interview on Accessed on February 5, 2010.
  4. ^ [3] Producer And Songwriter Crada Signs To BMG. Accessed on November 20, 2015.
  5. ^ [4] Crada at Instagram. Accessed on October 30, 2015.

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