MSTRKRFT at Bliss Pop / 9:30 Club

Author: Raul


Last Saturday two of the most popular dance parties in town hit hard at the 9:30 Club as Will Eastman‘s Bliss Pop hosted a guest set by Nouveau Riche DJs Gavin Holland, Nacey, and SteveLove.

The guests of honor, MSTRKRFT, topped off the night with a crushing set played to a packed floor. Everything about the night was large, including their tall tales and tongue-in-cheekiness all revealed after the show with Al-P & Jesse F. Keeler (MSTRKRFT).

Will Eastman sat down with MSTRKRFT after the show to talk about the tour, the star-studded new record, their thoughts on our fair district, and Michael Jackson — who also happens to cameo on the record… apparently.

Jesse has said that, “Indie rock is as dead as Latin.” And he explained to us why he thinks electronic music is really the successful version of punk rock.

(Live video mixing during the show by Kylos)


  1. nice video boyz

  2. i mean you might say that to create electronic music, one must access a line of products that are all sold within a system of consumerism by which products are built to fit into a plan of future obsolescence….where as a guitar is a static icon that can be purchased for next to nothing….i mean to argue that computers are somehow more punk rock than a guitar is simply absurd and…omg he is so cute with that MOUSTACHE PLAY MORE BEATZ PLEASE AHHHHH!

  3. I understand the gist of this, and on a certain level I would agree with Jesse that because of technology, a lot of people (myself included) have benefited from being able to create music and gain access to the channels of distribution for not much money. And so sure, I’d say that electronic music has done a pretty good job of undermining the institutional establishment on that level. But I would also say ‘electronic music’ in reference to the format, and not limited to the genre. The ability to record tunes and distribute them with less reliance on the physical means is pretty remarkable. But, it doesn’t change the fact that I like writing songs with my guitar.

  4. Oddly enough I have the first JFK record from MTM 1996 from the Standing*8 ajax ontario hc collective. fucking crazy that he was in dfa1979 and huge. nice guy and i kissed his ex-girlfriend once when i was 18 or 19 in toronto.

  5. On a more serious note, I think that websites that allow the download of music free are a great way to market your group with little or no resources. Pretty much every band I have been in was totally DIY so I can’t really say what it’s like to have a label particularly a major behind your group. I’m quite certain it makes things much easier, but in general, I think that doing-it-yourself may be a more strenous activity, but in the end, it can be more rewarding. In general, I’ve kind of found majors to find a formula that sells and move units. Generally, an independent is putting it out because they genuinely like the music and artist.

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