Saturday was a busy night for the newly introduced Electro Stage at Ottawa Bluesfest, showcasing the talents of Matt Dorgan Project, Philly Moves, DJ Illo, Nobody Beats the Drum, Mustard Pimp and MSTRKRFT. There was competition from Mainstage act Iron Maiden but fans still flocked to see the mostly Canadian lineup of electronic musicians.
Toronto duo MSTRKRFT (pronounced Master-Craft, they removed the vowels from their name to avoid a trademark infringement lawsuit with Canadian toolmaker Mastercraft) took to the stage around 9:30 and the swelling crowd wasted no time getting on their feet and dancing. MSTRKRFT consists of Jesse F. Keeler from Death From Above 1979 and Al-P formerly from Girlsareshort. The two have been close friends and musical collaborators for many years, with Al-P putting his production skills to use on Death From Above 1979’s album “You’re a woman, I’m a Machine” as well as other records with Keeler.
It is easy to see that this friendship has paid off as both artists seem to almost choreograph their movements on stage to keep the non-stop beats pounding. MSTRKRFT spent the evening showing us why artists like Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Justice, Metric and many more commission the duo to do official remixes for their songs, adding an EDM heavy flair to already popular tracks.