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Keys N Krates - Cura Tour
Keys N Krates formed as the brainchild of drummer Adam Tune, synth/keyboard aficionado David Matisse and internationally award-winning turntablist Jr. Flo. The Toronto trio came together in 2008 with the desire to bring their blend of live electronic instrumentation to the stage.
They’ve often been referred to as the worlds only “trap band,” a title they reluctantly accept. Tune says it best: “At the end of the day, people are going to call us whatever they want. We are referencing everything from classic house music to Timbaland in our beats, but I think the trap references tap into what the current sound is, and we are okay with that.”
Having toured their unique blend of hip hop and bass music extensively across North America, Keys N Krates put out a slew of original music in 2013. Their most recent body of work, titled SOLOW EP, was released via Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records in September 2013.
The EP features KNK’s banger “Treat Me Right,” which launched with the support of figureheads like Diplo, Major Lazer, Flosstradamus, and TNGHT. It went to number one on Hype Machine, continues to chart on the Beatport Hip Hop Chart, and remains a fixture in DJ sets and car stereos across the globe.
Premiered by Annie Mac on BBC Radio1, their second single off SOLOW EP, “Dum Dee Dum,” experienced a similar kind of success on the charts and has solidified the trio as creators of anthemic party music with a quickly growing fan base.
KNK has since explored their love for rap music by creating a remix of “Dum Dee Dum.” Featuring G.O.O.D. Music’s Cyhi The Prynce, King Louie, and Tree, the track has received glowing reviews from the likes of Fader Magazine, Vice Mag, and NahRight. “We had so much fun doing that rap remix,” says Flo. “We can’t wait to work with more rappers and vocalists in general.”
Perhaps what truly separates Keys N Krates from the mass of Electronic and Hip Hop producers out there is the unique show they create by performing their bassy beats as a band, completely live. When you go to a KNK show, you will see their music and the music of others morphed and turned on it’s head using only drums, keys, turntables and live sampling. This unique style creates not only a crazy dance party, but an experience and vibe like no other.
As a result, KNK have found themselves playing some of the world’s largest Festivals, including Lollapalooza, Electric Zoo, Ultra Music Festival, Osheaga, and Sonar Festival (to name a few.) As Matisse says, “Our favourite thing is playing live and bringing people into our world.”
Promnite was born in a Los Angeles studio in 2014, but PJ (last name)’s career in music began years before that. Inspired by the underground sounds of Low End Theory and the Los Angeles beat scene, the New York native moved to the West
Coast in 2011, where he quickly linked up with a group of producers who would go on to form Team Supreme.
Known to the world as Colta during these years, PJ repurposed his early influences in everything from punk and skate rock to electro and drum & bass, and the project gained momentum quickly thanks in part to a debut Boiler Room performance in spring of 2013 and production work for Diplo’s Mad Decent outfit alongside the likes of Mr. Carmack, Djemba Djemba, and Penthouse Penthouse. A year later, PJ made the pivot to Promnite, which allowed him to explore a new range of sounds, genres, and tempos. Club, downtempo hip hop, and hard beats were now all on the table, and not long after Promnite’s inception, PJ was producing for Denzel Curry, playing a London Boiler Room with Danny Seth, and co-founding the club-focused collective, Athletixx, with fellow LA producers Hoodboi, Kittens, and Falcons.
Heading into 2017, Promnite will continue to produce with the dark, metropolitan- inspired undertones he’s become known for while employing a graduated, songs-over-beats approach reflective of his personal, real world experiences.
Snakecharmer, the forthcoming EP featuring Denzel Curry, Mark Johns, Mr. Carmack, and more, is a self-described “labor of emotion” and the next step in PJ’s ever- evolving progression as a musician and creative.
In the X-Men universe, Jubilee is known for prowling around the mall with neon shades on, breezing by with effortless cool. Given that one of her superpowers involves conjuring fireworks, the moniker couldn’t be more appropriate for Jess Gentile, the gifted DJ and producer known as Jubilee. Her preternatural sense of what’s popping off far ahead of the curve is only surpassed by her ability to make sparks fly in whatever room she’s in.
Growing up with the sounds of Power 96, 99 Jamz and local pirate stations in her ears, Jubilee soon stormed onto Miami’s rave scene as a teenager, drawn to the community that the dance floors inspired. Even if she had to go by herself, she’d rage at weekly drum ‘n’ bass nights, and zipped to and from raves in both Miami and West Palm Beach, bumping mixtapes from locals breaks DJs there and back.
The road eventually took Jubilee to New York. There she supported herself working at a makeup counter, all the while trading music and making friends through drum ‘n’ bass message boards. Jubilee’s curiosity about what was moving clubs across the pond and down the street was apparent; an early mix of hers combined Miami bass with grime, dancehall and club music.
Jubilee got her real start when she was given command of the downstairs room at drum n bass party. People would lose themselves and take shots while listening to DJ Assault, and news spread of Jubilee’s talents. Soon the versatile, forward-thinking DJ—who seamlessly moved through rap, UK grime, dancehall, R&B and more—started throwing and playing parties all around the city and beyond.
Reading and working a dance floor eventually translated into creating music for the very space she started in, releasing a trilogy of EPs on Mixpak Records, run by her former roommate Dre Skull. Much like her DJ style, her productions propelled her forward as a respected artist known for her ability to balance party with progressive music.
A nightlife expert in front of the mixing board and behind the decks, Jubilee is a unique force in club culture, injecting as much fun as technique into her sets & productions. Her debut album, “After Hours,” weaves together the many threads of her musical experiences into an effortlessly restrained artistic statement that works as an atmospheric ode to her home state, a confidently crafted nightlife narrative unified by weighty low end and expertly wielded drum machine workouts.