Last night I played an important gig. Important for me, anyway. A friend was launching an app and asked me to play support for his amazing multimedia set. In my hometown. With people actually listening rather than just having a beer and shouting over the music.
Musically, I think it went okay.I set up, went to get some dinner, returned to play and my monome wasn’t responding. Not usually an issue, it often happens when I’m using my cheapo USB hub, unplugged it, plugged it back in, kinda got it working again, if laggy. Then my APCmini stopped working mid-set. Unplugged it, plugged it back in again, all good, but it totally stressed me out.
The rest of the set was… fine. Not great, but fine.
It just made me miss the days that I used to play with my laptop and an original launchpad, and a cable with 3.5mm jack on one end plugged into the headphone socket, and rca on the other plugged into anywhere I could find.
These days I take my laptop, monome, apc, microbrute, focusrite soundcard, dj mixer and sometimes a volca or two. Occasionally I inexplicably launch samples from an MPC, even though I could just do it all from ableton. The music isn’t any better. the performance might be a bit more interesting. It’s harder to set up, and sometimes I run out of space on the table or in the booth provided.
Oh, I know, poor little rich boy has too much gear to decide what to take… I understand this is a very first world problem.
Anyway, how do you guys decide what to take out live? What inspires you in a live situation? What has been relegated to studio use only?
Big love fam!