Well, summer’s coming up fast and I’ve already got a couple gigs lined up that I’m really excited about this year. I’ve been asked to play Photosynthesis again, this times perhaps doing two different sets over the weekend. As readers of my blog will know, I’ve recently switched to using the Elektron Octatrack in place of a laptop and the APC40 I have been using for years now.
The first couple of trial runs I posted online I was happy with, but at the same time I knew I had really rushed some of the prep work because I was excited to try out the Octatrack in a live context. I knew going into those early attempts that the drums were barely sketched out, and the track order and mixdowns were just done real quick and needed more attention. So, with the summer gigs coming up, I decided it was time to dive back in and get all my new live material prepped and ready for the summer.
The last couple of weeks I’ve been going through my back catalog of tracks, looking for ones I could use to fill in the holes in the current set, as well as just to give me more material to use live. I ended up adding about 8-9 more tracks overall, giving me about 2 hours of material total to perform if needed. Once the new songs were prepped and ready to go in the Elektrons, I went and did a lot of touchups in pretty much all of the patterns. Just fixing the small things that were still bugging me about some of the song mainly, and re-mixing all of the new ones too.
Once that was done, the tedious part was next, mixing and re-ordering everything so that it flows better from one song to the next. This is pretty time-consuming because I have to do it all manually in the Octatrack ,cutting and pasting one song and all it’s presets at a time. But…. it’s worth it, everything flows better overall and the set makes more sense as a complete piece of work too.
I still need to keep fine-tuning the mixdowns for each song, the Elektrons are capable of such deep bass, I’m always tweaking the low end to get it deep but not over-powering. Could be worse I guess!
Anyway, after a couple of weeks of work, I finally got to record a couple new trial runs of the material this weekend. I had to split it up into two seperate videos on consecutive days because I’m still learning the the new camera I bought to record these videos 🙂 Oh, and I’m sitting down because last year at Photosynthesis they had us sit to perform in the chillout tent, and I want to get used to that. Was kind of weird at the time when you’re used to always standing to perform.
Downtempo Live PA recorded April 14, 2012
Downtempo Live PA recorded April 15, 2012
I’ll post the time-slots I’m playing once I get the final info about that. You can find out more information about the Photosynthesis Festival here:
If you’re in the Pacific Northwest I highly recommend it, I had a really good time last year. The other big gig I have lined up I don’t have dates for yet, but I’ll talk about that some more once everything is finalized. If you have any questions about the sets above, or want to book me for any parties, send me an email or drop a note in the comments. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy!
Peace and beats,