JFK of MSTRKRFT Guest DJ Set
Get ready to splash around all weekend long at Liquid Pool Lounge. Saturday kicks it off with JFK, half of the international superstar DJ duo MSTRKRFT, as he spins poolside.
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.