The Glitch Mob, originally a four-piece including Kraddy, was formed in 2006 within the burgeoning Los Angeles bass-driven ‘beat’ scene. The group made a name for themselves playing live, choosing to perform with laptops and MIDI controllers like the Lemur. They won fans through showcasing their chosen technology during solo performances, and after gaining attention in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the group eventually toured more widely along the West Coast and then to various festivals worldwide. After citing “creative differences,” founding member Kraddy left the group in 2009.
The Glitch Mob’s first album Drink the Sea peaked at number 57 on the CMJ Top 200 Chart for College Radio. The album’s debut led Electronic Musician to run a cover story on the trio. Their single “Drive It Like You Stole It” was number 2 on XLR8R’s Top Downloads of 2010 list. Their single “Warrior Concerto” was used in the official trailer for The Crew. The sophomore Glitch Mob album Love Death Immortality debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Their remix for “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes was featured in the trailer for the World War I first-person shooter, Battlefield 1. Their song “Skullclub” was featured in an advert for Amazon Echo.
During their 2014 tour The Glitch Mob performed with a new musical element they called “The Blade.” Built by movie set designers, it is a customized, painted set piece that houses both lights and instruments. In an interview with Sound of Boston Josh Mayer explained, “It really represents who we are and what we’re trying to say, and it’s just a functional thing that lets us play our music the way we want to play our music.”