March 24, 2012
A Happy Accident. Winter Music Conference is about more than just the parties, its a chance for artists to get together and talk about the state of electronic music. It is a place for artists, DJ’s, and producers to get together and network as well as find out the ways in which they can make themselves relevant and noticeable in a genre dominated by a plethora of artists. Where has it been, where is it now, and where is it going are the questions that artists want to know and there are plenty of people within the industry who have insight and predictions about these elements. I was fortunate enough to attend one of the panels at WMC and hear insights into the culture and industry surrounding electronic music.
The panel consisted of 7 people from diverse backgrounds within the industry.
Rod Carrillo owns an independent record label (Carrillo Music) which has up …
DJ Scott Mad Flip
March 22, 2012
SXSW in Austin, Texas brings together arguably the hottest indie talent from all over the world to the center of the live music universe for a couple of weeks with incredible showcases, networking, and partying. All genres of music are pretty much represented, even electronic producers and remixers. One such event we covered was Exploded Drawing XIII at The Volstead on Thursday, March 15th during the festival. Exploded Drawing is a semi-monthly event in Austin hosted by Butcher Bear & soundfounder with Visuals curated by Nait Ntropy. It’s aim is to encourage creativity and stimulate conversation in the electronic music community of Texas. Each session consists of 6 twenty minute sets by six different beat makers, sound collectors, and electronic composers. The one rule is that performers are only allowed to play their own work during their set. No DJ sets allowed.
The essence of making beats and remix production …
DJ Scott Mad Flip
March 22, 2012
Direct from Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Reloop announced their newest prime time controller, the Beatmix. This is a hot new 2-channel Virtual DJ controller coming with a version specifically for the Beatmix. It boasts shiny new, ultra flat, 14cm aluminum jog wheels, designed for deadly scratching and quick browsing of tracks. The large transport section is clean and minimal and the (3) Hot Cue panel allows triggering and remixing whilst having a double functionality via a shift layer for all control elements.
The effects and looping sections are also grouped very nicely above the large platters making it very easy to loop and tweak with ease with dedicated knobs for loop size, effect parameter, select, and filter. There are also dedicated buttons in this area for auto loop, FX on, and the super cool Beat Mash.
Beat Mash closely emulates the popular Beatmasher effect in Traktor Pro, allowing you to chop and glitch out …
March 21, 2012
South by SouthWest is, quite frankly, always a bit of a brain fry. I don’t mind, simply because I have never been there not working. I can’t imagine just attending as the amount of decisions to be made when no one is paying you to be anywhere are just too much. Lucky us, we were working. We were on the job for one of our sponsors, Sennheiser, who were sending us artists from the Paste Magazine showcase at SXSW. Our team split up; with Ariff and Zack off to cover the remainder of the Ambassadors’ performances and Taylor and myself (Lonely Paul) tasked with running the sessions on the bus.
We discovered our rhythm in these sessions as well. My position, while continuously addressed as engineer in the planning phase, really amounts to producer. Taylor, on hand to film the sessions, had spent the previous year working with everyone who …
March 20, 2012
As Lonely Paul has lauded, the Ambassadors are amazing in the studio, but what he didn’t dive fully into is how they sound live. We had the pleasure of covering their shows in Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston and Austin during SXSW, and they killed it, every time. Thanks primarily to Lights ever growing fan base, Ambassadors have been opening shows to hundreds of young, impressionable ears and leaving with dozens of new fans. Every day, their Facebook and Twitter pages get fans posting and tweeting about their performance, and the response is only positive. Since recording on the Mobile Studio commenced we were able to cover their remaining shows while also being able to sit back, and enjoy them as a fan.
To give an idea of what to expect, Sam is the front man who switches between a floor tom and bass while singing. Casey, his brother, plays on …