cEvin Key

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cEvin Key
CEvin Key 2011.jpg
cEvin Key performing in Santa Rosa, 2011
Background information
Birth name Kevin William Crompton
Also known as Kenny King, Scaremeister
Born (1961-02-13) February 13, 1961 (age 57)
Origin Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist
Instruments Drums, vocals, guitar, bass, synthesizers, violin
Years active 1980–present
Labels Subconscious Communications
Synthetic Symphony
Nettwerk Records
Metropolis Records
American Recordings
Associated acts Skinny Puppy
Tear Garden
Images in Vogue
Doubting Thomas
Website Subconscious Studios

cEvin Key (born Kevin William Crompton,[1] February 13, 1961) is a Canadian musician and founding member of the industrial music band Skinny Puppy. In addition to his work with Skinny Puppy, Key has had several side projects, including Doubting Thomas, Cyberaktif, and Hilt. After Skinny Puppy disbanded in 1995, Key's main project was electronic noise group Download, as well as some solo releases.


Much of 2001-03 was spent on his own solo material, Music For Cats, The Ghost Of Each Room and The Dragon Experience, as well as an undertaking of an exclusive subscription-only music service entitled the From the Vault series—seven CDs of previously unreleased material from his various projects (Skinny Puppy, Download, Tear Garden, PlatEAU, and Hilt) Key also served as a drummer on ohGr's 2001 tour. 2004 brought about the reformation of Skinny Puppy for a new album, The Greater Wrong Of the Right, and they embarked on a worldwide tour until 2005. Work began underway for their next LP, Mythmaker, shortly thereafter, and was released in 2007. Key worked on another From the Vault series for 2007–08, before embarking on yet another Skinny Puppy tour.

2009 saw Key working on new Skinny Puppy and also on several new albums by his existing side projects, as well as the creation of several new projects. Key collaborated with long-time friend and engineer Ken 'Hiwatt' Marshall on a project entitled Scaremeister, which focuses on "mini-scores" for television, movies and video games. He went on a series of Download/platEAU-based DJ sets across America as well as Japan. In 2009, Key embarked upon the Skinny Puppy In Solvent See tour across the U.S.

In late 2011, Key began a new project for Subconscious Communications by going into Eurorack synthesizer manufacturing, starting with a rare license of an Oscillator and LFO from a defunct company called Plan B, Key redesigned the modules to be built by machine. Moving forward into 2012, Key partnered with Metropolis records for the reissues of many of the Subcon titles including Doubting Thomas, The Infidel, Download Furnace and Fixer and PlatEAU's album Kushbush. Key returned to Subconscious Studios in 2013 for Skinny Puppy's Weapon album. He returned to Japan for another mini tour with Djoto and Utero ZZZAAA, and then brought a trio of bands from Japan to introduce to the U.S.[citation needed]


with Skinny Puppy

with Download

with platEAU

with The Tear Garden

with Images in Vogue

  • In the House

with Doubting Thomas (Canadian band)

with Hilt

  • The Flu, 1987, EP (as the Flu)
  • Patsy: A Collection Of Absolute Insanity, 1988, LP (as the Flu)
  • Call the Ambulance (Before I Hurt Myself), 1989, LP
  • Orange Pony, 1991, EP
  • Journey to the Center Of the Bowl, 1991, LP
  • The Worst Of the Flu, 2003, LP
  • Minoot Bowl Dropped the Ball, 2007, LP

with Cyberaktif

  • Tenebrae Vision

with Twilight Circus

  • DUBCON - UFO Pon Di Gullyside, 2013, LP



  1. ^ Reed, S. Alexander (2013-07-11). Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music. Oxford University Press. pp. 172–. ISBN 9780199832606. Retrieved 16 August 2014.

External links

  • Subconscious Communications, the official cEvin Key web site
  • Scaremeister, a scoring & remix team based out of Subconscious Studios
  • cEvin Key discography at Discogs.com
  • cEvin Key at Last.fm
  • Interview at Billboard Magazine
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