The beauty of playing one track at a time


#1

played a local talent night and was impressed with the experience of performing one track (with OT and se02), then stopping and introducing the next song.

it was cool and really showed the different character of the songs, how the vibe of each song effected the atmosphere and then to notice how the crowd would respond.

only played two tracks/songs, and it was easy to note that the first one “worked” in its style within the context so much better than the second song’s tempo and style.

performing seamless progressive mixing style of tracks is most likely more a “requirement” or at least more “regular” if playing a club.

anyway just mentioning that it’s also a great feeling and experience to just play one song at a time with space in between.


#2

I had an embarrassing moment due to seamless mixing.

It was back in 94 or 95. I was dancing around on stage, whilst the guys from Black Dog were setting up. I walked over to one of them to ask what time they’d be starting. He said we’ve been on for 20 mins. Oops!


#3

did you ask them if they were playing covers of your tracks?

haha but seriously, seamless mixing does have its benefits.

mixing original content seamlessly is something i’m not quite ready for yet.

researching quality headphones, and still figuring out how to actually mix a “song”. currently trying to achieve a “song” by choosing 7 or 8 prepped audio loops.

in some ways it is enough, and in other ways i need more.
perhaps a couple of sequenced midi tracks to go with the 8 song sections is going to add some variety options.

freestyle playing the se02 really brings quite a lot to the gig performance experience. the live element, something to relate to i guess … or the ‘energy’ of being directly musically creative on stage.


#4

I wasn’t on stage performing music. Just dancing around like an imbecile.


#5

i forgot the Machiendrum was playing and pressed stop when playing at a club.

that was awkward.

talking of awkward, i have thought about it a number of times and every time have not found a solution: is it possible to dance about enthusiastically behind the decks or behind drum machines whilst performing, and not look overly awkward, for want of a better word?

i just don’t think there is any way around it.

when performing electronic tunes the only recommendable span of movement would be in the range of what a singer guitarist could achieve, while holding a large acoustic steel string. in other words … not much.

it seems painfully stringent and yet possibly prevents the emotional pain of watching video footage the next day of oneself bounce about solo behind electronic devices the night before.

i think the Zoo crew in Ibiza have a cool idea, they have groovy dance people hang out with the DJ and sometimes walk about, slightly tipsy on the table. very laissez faire (direct translation being “let do”).