How I Play: Keys N Krates Live Setup Explanation

We’ve had lots of DJ-oriented How I Play interviews, but today we’ve got a special treat – Keys N Krates explain their full live band setup, featuring a drum kit, Ableton Live, Serato, and a whole lot of collaborative practice between the three band members. Put it all together and you get awesome live trap music performances, a truly unique experience for the genre of music that is usually full of traditional DJing.

In the Keys N Krates band, there are three distinct players, each of whom have a unique role that they take on.

  • Adam Tune is the drummer, rocking a set of Roland electronic drums, playing in time with the triggered samples on the other two setups.
  • David Matisse rocks an Akai MPK61 with custom laid out samples across the keyboard for each individual song, all triggering in Ableton Live. It’s a very non-traditional setup, but it works well for what he needs to do.
  • Jr. Flo is the most “DJ” oriented of the entire band – with a set of turntables running Serato control vinyl. He scratches samples and manipulates them with effects on an Akai MPD26. He also has a guitar reverb pedal (watch more on using guitar pedals in DJ sets here) which allows him to apply some solid reverb to samples when needed.

More Keys N Krates Tunes

We love sharing new music from the DJs and producers who we get to interview, so here’s a taste of what the guys from KnK are putting out right now:

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Special thanks to 1015 Folsom for the header photo and allowing us to shoot at soundcheck.  

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  • Alfred Dawson

    The one thing I couldn’t figure out from the video is what Audio interface David Matisse is using, or how he gets the audio out from his laptop. The Akai MPK61 is a midi controller, so where’s his sound come from?

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  • Tyler Snow

    So good!

  • timtam

    This is the future of DJing. I use traktor, maschine, and a mininova, but they’re totally right about synth layering. I started out 100% analog with a bunch of amps, synares, etc., to layer over tracks, but analog just doesn’t have the flexibility you need for live performance.

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  • Dj Anubus

    For those of you youngin’s who aren’t familiar with Jr Flo, check this video out:
    Particularly the part at 1:24 is probably my all time favorite piece of a battle routine. Sorry I couldn’t find a better quality version.

  • Prof_Strangeman

    Where do they store the streaker? Haha

    Really awesome video!! Always wondered how it worked up there for them,

  • Chris Wunder

    They are not real djs because they dont play vinyl! joking lol, Key and Krates always deliver a fire show. EDC 2015 they brought the fire!

    • Ronald Dixie

      My buddies and I came across them ad edclv 15 and we loved every minute of their set. It’s amazing how these guy have to work together and coordinate their sets! I have so much love for knk.

  • Super Truper

    Keys n Krates are so good! I fell in love with them when they released their Every Night EP, and then even more when I found out how they perform.

  • mczanetti

    awesome video 😀

    just love the how I play series