I’ve had quite a few people ask me about my setup and how I play lately. I could have done a video walkthrough but I figured I’d do something different. So, I put together some vectors and type. Check the PDF in link:
A couple weeks ago a played at our local underground spot. It’s a small room, no bar, dark, and cozy. It’s a great place to play because the people that come to the show are there to dance and hear the music. No bullshit.
A lot of this set is freestyled. Almost everything from the TR8, Tb3, and eurorack is done on the fly.
A remix of a song from the band I play in.
New release available on my Bandcamp page
No major issues this time out. Everything went pretty smoothly and people seemed to enjoy the music. After discussing the set with my friend a bit I think I need to slow down and let the parts of my song play out more. I find myself rushing through things because I feel like they get stagnant but in hindsight, I think there is too much changing too quickly. I forget there really should be an element of trance to techno so you have time to get lost in the rhythm.
I was set to play a show on Saturday and shit went totally sideways on me. Soundcheck had some issues I battled through like, my sub-mixer in my eurorack fell apart and one of the cables went bad. I managed to get everything back on track and played a track and a half with no issues. Fast forward to my set time a few hours later and all hell breaks loose. The main cables seemed to be shorting out and only playing one chanel. Swapped cables and then my TR8 would not play through my soundcard into the Octatrack. I tried every trick in the book and could not get things running properly. Packed everything up and walked out with my tail between my legs. To say I was embarrassed and frustrated is an understatement.
I spent the next few days trying to figure out what the hell went wrong and the best guess is a lack of clean power to my MOTU AVB Soundcard. Every other connection and cable are totally fine.
I’m opening for Developer on Saturday and extremely nervous something is going to go wrong again. If something does happen I’m going to have to rethink this setup. You only get so muny chances.