Shows are supposed to inspire. Shows are meant to make statements. Shows are meant to be therapeutic, not just for the performers but for the fans as well.
Last week was pretty epic. I got to showcase two projects I've been super passionate about for the last year and change. Monday night 2/19 my band ALKE opened up for the Sunset Jam. I finally got to try out a playback set up prototype that I custom built out of an aluminum briefcase I found on Craigslist. It consists of a very simple focusrite 2i4 interface, a 4 out headphone amp and a three port power strip. My laptop sits on top and all the cables drape very cleanly down a one inch diameter hole I bored out of the bottom. I successfully mounted an SPD stand hardware piece to the bottom so I can mount it to an SPD- like stand and have it sit neatly beside my kit. The whole show went great with the whole band locked into a click sent out of my headphone amp. We lost the click in one song but I haven't been able to troubleshoot why since it was our lead guitarists computer and haven't had access to his protools session since. ALKE powered through the set like pros and I can't wait to see the growth of this project.
Tuesday 2/20 was one for the books as well. My good friend Angela Mukul finally made the debut of her show and new moniker, LeyeT at the Peppermint club. When I got behind the drums for sound check I noticed that this place came equipped with 4 DIs behind the kit. I immediately felt at home. This place gets me. I had played a show there about a year ago but didn't run tracks for that one. After getting through the LeyeT show with only 4 rehearsals and a quick preproduction timeline, I was very pleased with our performance as a 3 piece (Guitar, Vocals, and Drums).
After the adrenaline from the shows wore off I found myself in very pragmatic mood. I was searching for reasons as to why we lost the slate in the 2nd song and click disappeared half way through the song. It seemed to be there for the rest of the set. And finally, during the 6th of 7 songs we lost the bass track which I was sending separate from my stereo L/R on channels 3/4 to front of house. All of these problems and ones that hadn't even occurred kept running through my mind. It gave me anxiety. After all, when shit goes wrong with play back...it's on me. That's a lot of pressure. Now, I've been running playback for a couple years now but never from my computer and my system. And many of those shows I was running them through triggering the wavs from my SPD. My systematic need for answers to these problems began to grow.
Call it law of attraction or whatever else you want but I just received an opportunity to join a master class in programming live shows with Ableton less than one week later. I'm excited to meet Laura Escude and her team of professionals at Electronic Creatives. I am so ready to take this skill to the next level. I'm gearing up and stripping down all of my previous ways of thinking, doing, and believing. This is my wave and I'm paddling stronger than ever. I've had my wetsuit packed for this trip for way too long.
LAURA ESCUDE! If you find yourself on my website and are reading this, just know that I am the perfect candidate for your master class and am taking this opportunity very seriously. My bags are packed. Let's go!