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My Keys N Krates Experience at Electric Forest

November 18th, 2013


Keys N Krates Live
Even at a festival where every moment feels magical, there is the opportunity for one experience to outshine them all.
I will never forget the moments following Pretty Lights on the very last night of Electric Forest. Using Peter Penguin as a beacon, the gang of us gathered together and we began our march towards the Tripolee stage, where Keys N Krates were closing out the festival.
As we neared and the booming bass faded in from across the festival grounds, it started to sink in that Keys N Krates would be our final hoorah at the Forest.
With the stage coming into sight and the feeling of urgency rising, we began to quicken our pace. Our post-Pretty Lights euphoria was rapidly converting into raw energy, and then suddenly we broke out into a full-on sprint to the party. The ten of us barreled to the front lines, with Peter leading the charge!
From that point on, my memory splinters into bits and pieces because that was probably the hardest I’ve danced in my entire life. As more people arrived to the stage and the energy in the crowd swelled, Keys N Krates themselves got more and more into it, creating a true synergy between crowd and performers that can often be found in live music.
If you’re unfamiliar with Keys K Krates, the group is a Canadian trio comprised of turntablist Jr. Flow, drummer Adam Tune, and keyboardist David Matisse. They play a blend of live instrumentation that mixes hip-hop, trap, and bass into a mash of uplifting, body-shaking vibrations. If you give these two tracks a listen, you’ll see what I’m talking about.



Keys N Krates’ euphoric synths and vocal samples contrast their fat 808-driven bass lines and trap aesthetic culminating in an explosiveness that takes the listener on an emotional roller coaster ride. Their BBC Radio 1 mix for Annie Nightingale is an incredible display of their energy and versatility and gives you a solid idea of what to expect from one of their sets.



Anywho, back to the story.
As the set progressed, more and more friends joined us. Before we knew what was happening, a large portion of our campsite and loads of new acquaintances had congregated around us in the center of the dance pit; we were all engaged in an full on tribal rage-fest for the ages.
All around me, my friends were exercising their right to party. Adam was running around collecting handfuls of glowsticks and tossing them at every big drop; Mike Tran launching himself into the air like Superman; and John and Rachel are pumping their elbows like their doing the dougie. At some point, Adam and I locked arms and started dancing around in circles, kicking our legs in the air, when out of nowhere someone busted out a can of silly string and began spraying us while the confetti and C02 from the stage blasted overhead. Silly string? How could this possibly get any better?
Seeing Keys n Krates at Electric Forest was like hitting the big red reset button. In that field I danced away all my worries and internal conflicts that were hanging over my head prior to entering the festival.
There is something about live music and dancing with friends that rejuvenates the soul and leaves you feeling more alive than ever before, especially in an environment like Electric Forest where there is nothing to worry about and no barriers on your ability to express yourself. At Electric Forest, you can just be.
Looking back now at what was possibly one of the happiest moments I’ve ever had with my friends, I couldn’t be any more excited to see Keys N Krates hit the East Coast this week. Hopefully see you on the floor!


11/20 (Wed): The Middle East Downstairs, Boston
11/21 (Thu): Toad’s Place, New Haven
11/22 (Fri): Pearl Street Nightclub, Northampton
11/23 (Sat): Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park