Death From Above 1979's Jesse Keeler: "When I first tried a Dan Armstrong bass, I was like, 'Wow, this neck is so small, and I’ve got all these extra frets. This is awesome!'"

Jesse F. Keeler of Death from Above 1979 performs onstage during the 2021 Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival on September 19 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(Image credit: FilmMagic/FilmMagic for Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival)

“I’ve been a farmer for a while,” says Jesse Keeler, bassist with the Canadian duo Death From Above 1979. “I live in a 198-year-old farmhouse, about halfway between Toronto and Ottawa. When I was a kid, I was interested in the concept of having a place out in the country, because I wanted to make my own Big Pink.” 

Keeler’s referring here to the Big Pink country house in New York state where Bob Dylan and The Band recorded in 1967.

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.