THE CREDENTIALS: A Day Backstage w/ Keys N Krates


Our creative director Grant Spanier got down at Summerset Music Festival last weekend in the Midwest's cheesiest state, Wisconsin. He had the chance to kick it with our Canadian neighbors-to-the-north, Keys N Krates for the day—the group consists of Adam Tune (drummer), David Matisse (synthesizer/keyboardist), and Jr. Flo (turntablist)



PLAY-BY-PLAY:

 

FRIDAY AFTERNOON

3:30 PM *~
ARRIVE AT TICKET COUNTER, GET PRESS PASSES, WANDER INTO FESTIVAL GROUNDS

4:15 PM *~
MEET UP WITH THE CREW'S MANAGER, JARED JACKSON, & POP BACKSTAGE TO HIGH-FIVE THE KEYS DUDES

4:20 PM *~
DRUMMER ADAM TUNE ASSURES ME THEY'RE NOT VERY INTERESTING AND I'LL HAVE A TOUGH TIME GETTING ANYTHING GOOD TO WRITE ABOUT. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED, TUNE.

4:40 PM *~
PRE-SHOW BAND MEETING THAT TURNS INTO A DISCUSSION RE: THE QUALITIES AND DIRECTION OF VISUALS (FLO AND MATISSE HAD SEEN A JAMIE XX SHOW THE WEEKEND BEFORE AND APPRECIATED THE VIBE-Y SIMPLICITY)

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5:11 PM *~
WEBSTER X STOPS BY TO SAY HEY TO THE CREW (HE'S PLAYING THE SET BEFORE)

5:22 PM *~
DINNER WITH THE BAND. CONVERSATION HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED: KANYE & CHRISTOPHER WALKEN JOKES, REMINISCING ON THE KEYS N KRATES' B-DAY PARTY THEY JUST THREW IN TORONTO, THE ORIGIN STORY OF MATISSE & ADAM AT A LONDON MUSIC SCHOOL (INCLUDING THEIR VERY FIRST BAND TOGETHER, ALLEGEDLY NAMED "SNAP CRACKLE POP"), AND ARGUING ABOUT AN UPCOMING DJ SET—MANAGER/MUSICIAN JARED CHIMES IN & SUGGESTS THEY DON'T "SHIT THE BED" AS DJ SETS FROM LIVE ACTS ARE REALLY SUSCEPTIBLE TO CRITICISM. ADAM TUNE, WHO DOESN'T HAVE AS MUCH OF A ROLE IN A KEYS' DJ SET SUGGESTS HE "WEAR A BATHROBE" AND WANDER OUT ON STAGE (lol TUNE....)

6:04 PM *~
THE CREW ROLLS OUT TO THE GREENROOM (hey, that's us) TO CHILL BEFORE THE SHOW... IT WAS REALLY FUCKING HOT IN THERE 

7:03 PM *~
BAND HEADS OVER TO THE STAGE FOR FINAL PREP AND HANGING OUT

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7:17 PM *~
ADAM TUNE MAKES A HORRIBLE, AND ESPECIALLY ILL-TIMED JOKE MEANT TO BE PUNCTUATED BY AN AIR HORN ON HIS CELL PHONE. THE GUYS, AND MYSELF, LAUGH AT TUNE. OH, TUNE.

7:21 PM *~
JR. FLO LOOKS AT THE MASSES OF PEOPLE SITTING ON THE HILLS SURROUNDING THE STAGE AND SPECULATES HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE UP THERE, SPECULATES IT HAS TO BE "LIKE FIVE THOUSAND OR SOMETHING," AND I ASSURE HIM THEY'LL MEANDER OVER BEFORE THE SET STARTS

7:25 PM *~
TUNE TELLS ME HE'D RATHER GO SEE A RUSH CONCERT THAN AN EDM SHOW. OH, TUNE. 

7:30 PM *~
BAND HITS THE MAIN STAGE TO ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE

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7:58 PM *~
CUTE BABY STOPS BY TO LISTEN IN

8:12 PM *~
THE BASS DROPS ON "DUM DEE DUM" AND THE CROWD GOES WILD

8:28 PM *~
THE SET IS WRAPPED UP, THE FELLAS COME OFF LOOKING FAIRLY PLEASED

8:36 PM *~
VICTORY BEERS & FAMILY PHOTO

9:05 PM *~
CALL A GOLF CART TO GO CATCH ODESZA'S SET (WHICH THE FELLAS KINDLY INVITED ME ALONG TO)

9:30 PM *~
SNEAK OUT OF THE BACKSTAGE ENTRANCE TO CATCH ODESZA FROM THE HILLS SURROUNDING THE STAGE

10:08 PM *~
BID THE DUDES FAREWELL TO GO FIND MY PPL ON THE DANCEFLOOR ♥