Jeff Kite

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Jeff Kite
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Jeff Kite backstage in Philadelphia.
Background information
Birth nameJeffrey Kite
Born (1979-03-19) March 19, 1979 (age 39)
OriginChicago, Illinois
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Keyboardist
  • songwriter
  • composer
InstrumentsKeyboard
Synthesizers
Guitar
Drums
LabelsCult Records
Associated acts

Jeffrey "Jeff" Kite (born March 19, 1979) is an American musician and member of The Voidz.[1]

Career[edit]

The Sick Six[edit]

In 2009, Julian Casablancas released his debut solo record, Phrazes for the Young. To celebrate the release, Casablancas performed a series of shows in October 2009 at The Downtown Palace Theatre in Los Angeles with his live show band, The Sick Six. Other members of The Sick Six included Nelson London (synthesizer), JP Bowersock (guitar), Danielle Haim (percussion) and Alex Carapetis (drums).[2] Casablancas then toured with The Sick Six throughout Europe, United States, Australia and Japan from November 2009 until July 2010.

Julian Casablancas+The Voidz[edit]

After touring extensively with Julian Casablancas in 2009, Jeff once again joined forces with The Strokes frontman on his new project, Julian Casablancas+The Voidz. The band, also composed of Jeramy "Beardo" Gritter (guitar), Amir Yaghmai (guitar), Jacob "Jake" Bercovici (bass guitar, synthesizers) and Alex Carapetis (drums), began recording in 2013 in New York City in a DIY studio above Strand Book Store. They completed their first record, Tyranny, in 2014 and released it worldwide on September 23, 2014 to favorable reviews and press, including a covers of NME Magazine,[3] Plugged and Alt-Citizen and TV appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Le Grand Journal. The band toured extensively throughout late 2014, including stops in the US, South America and Europe.[4] In 2015, the band will continue to work on new music and tour, having already confirmed dates in Barcelona[5] and Paris. On December 8, 2017, the band announced a name change to The Voidz.[6]

Beat Club[edit]

In 2012, Jeff teamed up with Jon Pancoast, Anthony Polcino and Joseph Seiders to create Beat Club. Jeff acts as the lead vocalist and also plays keyboards. Their first single, 'Something Better,' was released in February 2013 on Boombox Recordings (PCM/Mom+Pop). In Fall 2013, Beat Club toured the US with Fitz and the Tantrums and Capital Cities.[7] In February 2016, Noisey released the band's most recent single, 'New Age Kid,' citing the tracks 'psych-pop swagger' and the 'Lennon-lean of his [Kite's] voice.' [8]

Studio Work[edit]

In 2013, Jeff worked in the studio on Vicky Cryer's debut release, The Synthetic Love of Emotional Engineering. Vicky Cryer is helmed by Jason Hill (of Louis XIV). Also recruited for the project was fellow Sick Six member (and current drummer for Julian Casablancas+The Voidz) Alex Carapetis, along with Dominic Howard (of Muse), Mark Stoermer (of the Killers), Nick Fyffe (of Jamiroquai) and Dave Elitch (of Mars Volta).[9]

Film Work[edit]

In 2008, Jeff Kite composed the score for No Subtitles Necessary, a film that follows the lives of renowned cinematographers László Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond as they escape from the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary to present day. It premiered at the 2008 Cannes International Film Festival and was a part of the Independent Lens series on PBS.[10] He also composed music for the documentary, Rio Breaks; a film that explores surfing and slum-life in Rio de Janeiro.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Murray, Nick. "Hear Julian Casablancas + the Voidz' Wonderfully Bizarre New LP 'Tyranny Rolling Stone , September 19, 2014.
  2. ^ Strokes Julian Casablancas Debuts Solo Tunes Spin , September 1, 2009.
  3. ^ Perry, Kevin EG. 'Julian Casablancas+The Voidz - Tyranny - Review' NME Magazine , 13, October 2014.
  4. ^ Pelly, Jen. 'Julian Casablancas+The Voidz Expand Tour' Pitchfork , July 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Carley, Brennan. 'Primavera Sound 2015 Line Up Announced' Spin January 21, 2015.
  6. ^ "The Voidz Release Woozy New Song 'Leave it in My Dreams': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  7. ^ Yahr, Emily. 'Concert Review: Fitz and the Tantrums, Capital Cities' Washington Post , October 31, 2013.
  8. ^ Bennett, Kim Taylor. 'Beat Club - New Age Kid' Noisey , February 2, 2016.
  9. ^ Martins, Chris. 'Vicky Cryer Synthetic Love Video' Spin April 5, 2013.
  10. ^ No Subtitles Necessary Credits PBS
  11. ^ Rio Breaks: Official Site

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