WIFE (musician)

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WIFE live at Amplifest Porto.jpg
WIFE live at Amplifest Porto 2015 © Nuno Bernardo / CVLT Nation [1]
Background information
Birth nameJames Kelly
Also known asWIFE
BornCork, Ireland
Years active2012 –present
LabelsTri Angle (record label), Left_Blank
Associated actsAltar of Plagues, Holy Other, The Haxan Cloak, Elliott Power

WIFE is the solo project of Irish musician and singer James Kelly, formerly of the group Altar of Plagues. The first WIFE single was released in October 2012 when Pitchfork premiered "Bodies".[2]

The debut WIFE album, What's Between, was released on Tri Angle (record label) in June 2014 and featured additional production from The Haxan Cloak and Roly Porter. The video for lead single "Heart is a Far Light" was released in July 2014.

Kelly participated in the 2014 edition of the Red Bull Music Academy,[3] which took place in Tokyo, Japan.

Early life and education[edit]

Kelly grew up in the village of Ballinhassig. He studied environmental science at University College Cork and gained a masters in Conservation at University College London.[4]


In 2014, WIFE made its debut in the United States, performing at Decibel Festival in Seattle as well as in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia. WIFE has toured with the acts Zola Jesus and Liars (band). In September 2016, WIFE will tour with Animal Collective [5]

Further Musical Work[edit]

In 2014, WIFE remixed The Dillinger Escape Plan single "One of Us is the Killer". In 2015, WIFE co-wrote and co-produced the track "Waves" for Haleek Maul [6] In 2015, WIFE remixed AlunaGeorge single "Supernatural".



  1. ^ https://www.cvltnation.com/cvlt-nation-capturesamplifest-2015-day-one/
  2. ^ "Altar of Plagues' James Kelly Unveils Electronic Project WIFE With Ritualistic "Bodies" Video | News". Pitchfork.com. 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2015-06-17.
  3. ^ http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/2014/07/2014-participant-announcement
  4. ^ http://www.thefader.com/2014/06/06/wife-interview-triangle-records
  5. ^ http://pitchfork.com/news/64282-animal-collective-announce-festival-expand-tour/
  6. ^ http://www.factmag.com/2015/10/14/haleek-maul-prince-midas-saul-williams-shy-guy/