Keys N Krates

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Keys N Krates
Keys N Krates
Background information
Origin Toronto, Canada
Years active 2008 (2008)-present
Labels Dim Mak Records, Mad Decent
  • Jr. Flo
  • Matisse
  • Adam Tune

Keys N Krates are a Canadian electronic music band formed in 2008 out of Toronto, Ontario. The group consists of drummer Adam Tune, keyboardist David Matisse and turntablist Jr. Flo (Greg Dawson). The band started as a live hip-hop act reliant on rough a cappella loops on top of heavy bass-driven beats, and have since become a tight-knit trio of producers/performers.[1]

In 2013 Keys N Krates released their EP titled 'SOLOW' on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. The first single off of SOLOW EP 'Treat Me Right' was premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 program and received support from electronic music artists Diplo, Major Lazer, Flosstradamus and TNGHT.[2] Their second single off SOLOW EP 'Dum Dee Dum' was also premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 program.[3]

The music video for 'Dum Dee Dum' was directed by Amos LeBlanc.[4] The video was nominated for a Prism Prize in Canada as well as a Berlin Music Video Award in Germany.[5][6] Keys N Krates later remixed the track which featured G.O.O.D. Music’s Cyhi The Prynce, King Louie, and Tree.[7]

In June 2014 Keys N Krates teamed up with Canadian producer/DJ Grandtheft and released the single 'Keep It 100' on Diplo's Mad Decent Records. The single was later featured in a TV ad for the animated film Minions (2015).[8]

In September 2014 Keys N Krates released their second EP via Dim Mak Records titled 'Every Nite'. The first single off of Every Nite EP titled 'Are We Faded' was premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 program as well as the YouTube channel All Trap Music. The release of Every Nite EP ran in conjunction with the band's first headline tour across North America.[9]

In June 2015 Keys N Krates released the single 'Save Me' featuring British pop singer/songwriter Katy B. The single was featured by Pitchfork Magazine and was later nominated for 'Dance Recording Of The Year' at the 2016 JUNO Awards.[10][11] The Fader premiered the single 'U Already Know' online and announced the release of 'Midnite Mass' EP and the coinciding tour.[12] The track 'Nothing But Space feat. Aqui' off of Midnite Mass EP was premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 Radio program on January 6th 2016.[13]

On January 15th 2016 Keys N Krates released 'Midnite Mass' EP to make it their 3rd EP release on Dim Mak Records. The release ran in conjunction with the Midnite Mass Tour, with dates across the United States and Canada featuring support acts Stooki Sound, Hermitude, GANZ and Jesse Slayter.[14]



  • Blackout (2011)
  • Lucid Dreams (2013)
  • SOLOW (2013)
  • Every Nite (2014)
  • Midnite Mass (2016)


  • Treat Me Right (2013)
  • Dum Dee Dum (2013) (US: Gold)
  • Keep It 100 (2014)
  • Are We Faded (2014)
  • Save Me feat. Katy B (2015)
  • I Know U (2015)
  • U Already Know (2015)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Nominated Work Result
2014 The Association for Music and Innovative Arts Prism Prize Dum Dee Dum Nominated
The Berlin Music Video Awards Video of the Year Nominated
Much Music Video Awards Dance Video of the Year Nominated
2015 Much Music Video Awards Best EDM/Dance Video Keep It 100 - Grandtheft & Keys N Krates Won
Best Director Nominated
Best MUCHFact Video Nominated
2016 JUNO Awards Dance Recording of the Year Save Me (feat. Katy B) Won


  1. ^ "Bio". Keys N Krates. Retrieved 2016-01-12. 
  2. ^ Grimalda, Matthew. "Keys N Krates New Single ‘Treat Me Right’ Out March 5th + Free BBC Radio 1 Guest Mix". Mix Junkies. 
  3. ^ Gauthier, Tim. "Out Now: Keys N Krates – Dum Dee Dum (Single)". Dim Mak Records. 
  4. ^ Saunders, John. "Keys N Krates – "Dum Dee Dum" [Video]". Earmilk. 
  5. ^ Hudson, Alex. "Videos by Arcade Fire, Drake, Shad Nominated for Prism Prize". Exclaim!. 
  6. ^ "The first Nominees for the Berlin Music Video Awards 2014". 
  8. ^ "MINIONS - TV Spot #4 (2015) Despicable Me Spinoff". Monde Animation. 
  9. ^ Buerger, Megan. "Exclusive: Keys N Krates Announce New EP and Major U.S. Tour". Billboard. 
  10. ^ Lau, Melody. "Keys N Krates - Save Me (feat. Katy B)". Pitchfork. 
  11. ^ "2016 JUNO Awards Nominess" (PDF). 
  12. ^ Thomas, Amara. "Keys N Krates Announce Midnite Mass EP, Share "U Already Know"". 
  13. ^ Yau, Jeffrey. "Keys N Krates Debuts New Single On Zane Lowe Beats 1, EP + Tour To Follow Soon". Your EDM. 
  14. ^ Middleton, Ryan. "Keys N Krates Midnite Mass Tour: Ganz, Hermitude, Stooki Sound Supporting N.A. Dates". Music Times. 

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