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BotandPhra

The Crookers duo. Bot is on the left, Phra on the right.

The Crookers is a duo of real-life DJs from Milan founded in 2003 by Andrea Fratangelo and Francesco Barbaglia, whose respective nicknames are Phra and Bot. They are primarily known for being the DJs of Electro-Choc in The Ballad of Gay Tony, as most of the playlist of the radio station in this game features their own mixes.

Biography

Both of them started playing the guitar at a young age, before moving on to synthesizers, turntables, and sequencers. Phra himself was introduced to the DJ world at the age of 11, being on the Italian hip-hop scene. When the two met, they were both trying to branch out of their genre and explore dance and electro styles. Phra comments about their first collaboration, which was a success: "It felt natural to team up, seeing that we had the same musical tastes… which isn’t that easy here in Milan".

In-universe

The duo exist in the GTA IV universe, and are said to be broadcasting live from Maisonette 9 - except, unlike Bahamas Mamas from Vladivostok FM, they cannot be seen in person in-game.

Trivia

  • They have a tendency to speak in Italian in-between songs, although some would believe they're also mixing in some Spanish or Portuguese.

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