What is your philosophy when building a live set?
Tame the chaos !
More specifically, are you more on the side of pre-planning or improvisation?
Improvisation, which means a lot of practicing before. I do have prepared grooves (Digitakt), ready to serve as nets when things go wrong or a base to be modified.
Do you work with loops? Full stems? Nothing at all?
No stems, I find them too frustrating in the improvisation context.
Does it involve audio files? Or is everything synthesized on the spot?
Song mode? Patterns? Looper?
Like I said, some grooves on the Digitakt, a drum machine with no prepared patterns (TR8S) and a modular synth not pre-patched as well, with it’s own sequencers (no patterns stored)
Does it involve a computer? How much do you “audio engineer” yourself?
No computer on stage. Don’t want them, don’t need them. We already have many specialized computers with great sound and interface AKA elektron, roland and korg boxes