Jesse F. Keeler

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Jesse F. Keeler
MSTRKRFT @ Wellington Square (27 9 2009) (3987061348).jpg
Performing in 2009 at Wellington Square
Background information
Birth name Jesse Frederick Keeler
Born (1976-11-11) November 11, 1976 (age 38)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock, dance-punk, electro house
Instruments Bass guitar, guitar, synthesizer, vocals, drums, saxophone
Years active 1998–present
Labels Teenage Riot, Ache, Sound Virus, Last Gang, Vice, 679
Associated acts Death from Above 1979, MSTRKRFT, Black Cat #13, Femme Fatale, Casino Steel, Standing 8
Notable instruments

Ampeg Dan Armstrong Lucite
Rickenbacker 4001
Gibson Grabber
microKORG

Nord lead

Jesse Frederick Keeler (born November 11, 1976) is a Canadian musician. He is known as the bassist of Canadian dance punk duo Death from Above 1979 and one half of the electronic music duo MSTRKRFT. He is able to sing and play drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, and saxophone, as well as produce and write; this has led him to create music of a variety of styles over the course of his career, including punk, hardcore, rock, house, and electro.[1]

Biography[edit]

Keeler started off playing in a number of different Toronto based pop punk outfits, his best known early project being Black Cat #13. They 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 with Death From Above 1979, the band took time off. In this time Keeler finished building MSTRKRFT studios in Moss Park, Toronto, and started MSTRKRFT alongside producer Al-P. On August 4, 2006, Keeler officially announced Death From Above 1979's breakup via their website, at which point he admitted the breakup had actually happened a year prior. MSTRKRFT as well as solo production and DJing as JFK were Keeler's full-time occupation until Death From Above 1979 reformed in 2011.

Working with more indie and disco influenced ideas on their first album The Looks, MSTRKRFT gradually introduced more Hip Hop and R&B influence leading to the Fist of God LP. They have performed at many major music festivals around the world, and have amassed a dedicated group of hardcore fans.

On February 5, 2011, it was officially announced via the Death From Above 1979 website that the band would be reforming. Their second album, The Physical World, was released on September 9, 2014.

In 2011, Keeler produced and composed tracks for the Mortal Kombat reboot.

Discography[edit]

Femme Fatale[edit]

Death from Above 1979[edit]

MSTRKRFT[edit]

Solo (as JFK)[edit]

  • TBA Baby Techno (EP)

JFK and St. Mandrew[edit]

  • 2010 Beehive/Towel Swinger (EP)
  • 2010 Face Pump (EP)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jesse F. Keeler". Last.fm. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  2. ^ "Right On, Frankenstein ! / Death From Above 1979". 1001 Records. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 

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