Keeler started off playing in a number of different Toronto based punk and hardcore bands, his best known early project being Black Cat #13. Black Cat toured with The Locust and released several, now collectible, 7" records. Once Black Cat split, he formed his own 7-piece music project, Femme Fatale. Keeler recorded all 3 of the released EPs himself, which were produced by longtime friend Al Puodziukas, with whom he would later go on to form MSTRKRFT.
In 2001, Keeler had recorded three bass and drum instrumental demos which he showed roommate Sebastien Grainger, who then expressed a desire to sing on them. After trying to find a drummer with no luck, Grainger tried singing and drumming at the same time, the result of which became Death from Above 1979.
After touring extensively for 4 years, Death From Above 1979, the band took time off. In this time Keeler finished building MSTRKRFT studios in East York, Toronto, and started up MSTRKRFT along with producer Al-P. On 4 August 2006 Death From Above 1979 officially announced their breakup via their website, at which point Keeler admit the breakup had actually happened a year prior. Since then, MSTRKRFT as well as solo production and DJing as JFK have been Keeler's full-time occupation.
MSTRKRFT has helped define and create a whole genre of electronic music. Working with more indie and disco influenced ideas on their first album The Looks, gradually introducing more Hip Hop and R&B influence leading to the Fist Of God LP. They have performed at almost every major music festival around the world, and have amassed a legion of hardcore fans. Since day one, MSTRKRFT has maintained a message board where they personally answer fans questions.
At present, Keeler and Al-P are touring as MSTRKRFT, doing select remixes and are working on their third LP.
We don't know who's been spiking the San Pellegrino but we hope they never, ever stop, because Italy has been producing a slew of interesting ... (more) new electronic producers as of late. The latest and greatest of these rave exports is Rocco Rampino, better known to partygoers around the globe as Congorock, and Fool's Gold is proud to introduce his bleeped-out, bass-heavy brand of club sonics to the world at large.
Congorock's debut single "Runark" is a buzzing four-and-a-half minutes of heart-attack breakbeats, ghetto house thump, and Sega Genesis synthesizer madness. The chunky anthem serves as a perfect calling card for this young producer, who in the space of a few months went from drumming in a hardcore band, to chopping up beats with his mentor Bob Rifo of the Bloody Beetroots, to producing hyperactive remixes for the likes of Rex The Dog and Boys Noize Records' DJ Edotronic while touring the globe off the strength of his sweaty and imaginative DJ sets.
"Runark" comes backed with an awesomely proggy remix by FG labelmates Jokers Of The Scene, as well as the jacking Congorock originals "Exodus" and "Hybro," all wrapped up in psychomystical sleeve art from Dust La Rock. The digital release also features an exclusive new "Runark" mix by His Majesty Andre (Cheap Thrills). More new Congorockers coming soon, so stay tuned...