Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Keys N Krates

Self-proclaimed "re-inventers of the remix" Keys N Krates is a trio from Toronto consisting of DJ Jr Flo, Matisse on the keys and Tune the drummer. The concept of their band is simple but not easy to execute: remix tracks live. For a DJ alone, this is hard enough but throw in real instruments and the level of difficulty has exponentially multiplied. Needless to say, these guys have no problem with a challenge.

Keys N Krates opened for Kid Cudi at the Sound Academy earlier this month, they have travelled all across North America and continue to delight audiences with their energetic performances and solid mix of electronic and instrumental grooves. Heads up to the Ottawans reading this, Keys N Krates are playing at Ritual on New Years' Eve so if you're looking for somewhere to jam, head over! They also have a few more dates in Montreal and Quebec City in the new year before heading off to Whistler to play at the Olympics. We know they'll have the snow bunnies going nuts and the club bumping.

If you can't make it to any of the shows, hopefully Chicago's @superfun video can tide you over. @superfun caught up with them after a gig in the Windy City and had a few questions about what it is exactly they do.


And you can download their free mixtape "Re-mixing 101" here. It's definitely worth a listen. These guys have a great vibe and I can't wait to see them live myself.

Just for good measure, here's a video the band uploaded on their blog this morning of some great live footage.

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