Artist in Profile with Afterparty

1. Who are you?

I am 1/6th of the Toronto based band "disco-punk" Afterparty, my name is
Keith Heppler and I play the drums. The band has been around since 2006,
when keyboardist Idan Erez met our lead singer Kristina B. at a party. The
current line up of the band has been in place for about a year.

2. What do you do?

All we try to do is make the music we all want to hear and be the band we all would want to see. We all come from diverse musical backgrounds and we throw them all in a blender, turn it up and turn it on.

3. Where can someone find you?

4. Where do you live and work and why?

The band is officially based out of Toronto Ontario, which is were we all wound up and found each other. But I don't think any of us were actually born in Toronto. Idan is from Israel, Juan is from Juarez Mexico, our new guitar player Josh is from Alberta, Ben is from Caledonia, Kristina grew up in Newmarket and I’m from Waterloo. As far as working most of us don't anymore, maybe an odd job here and there but the band takes up the majority of our time and energy.

5. When did you start making music together?

That's a tricky one. Afterparty has been around in some form since about
2006, when Idan and Kristina started writing songs together. I auditionedabout a year ago and Juan started playing guitar with us around then. So we did it as a foursome until about a month ago when we added Ben and Josh to help thicken up the sound live for all the shows we will be doing in support of our debut album "The Army You Got" in stores March 30,2010 on Sound of Pop Records.

6. How would you describe your music?

Blondie meets the Clash in rehab.

7. What inspires you?

I get inspired by anyone out there doing their own
thing. I'm not impressed by people lost in trends, people who are so hip
it hurts. It's pretty easy to separate the trendsetters from the

8. What's the nicest things someone has said you to after a show?

Kristina once told me I smelt good.

9. What's the worst thing someone has said to you after a show?

"I need you guys to settle your bar tab."

10. What are your current obsessions?

I can only speak for myself but I am really into the new Jay Malinowski
record. I've also probably worn out all of my Nirvana records by playing
them so much.

11. When someone says "Kingston" you think...

I've been lucky enough to play in Kingston a few times with a few
different acts. The one thing that always sticks out in my mind is how
crazy your frosh week gets. I've never seen anything like it, it was

12. What are you currently working on?

We are constantly on tour in support of our new record "The Army You Got", which is available March 30th,2010 on Sound of Pop Records. Besides playing tons of shows, promoting the record we are starting to write some new songs as a six piece and trying to push our sound forward. Other than that we all love a good party!

Afterparty play Clark Hall Pub tonight!

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