£3 / 9 pm
On Thursday I played a gig at Thekla supporting the wonderful Uh Huh Her on their European tour. I arrived at Thekla to Uh Huh Her sound checking. I have to admit I found it strange being in Thekla in the day time, and when it was empty. When i set up i was surprised how everything just fell in to place and worked perfectly, having a fixed projector and a permanent screen helped a lot. I didn’t really feel ready for the gig as I had to rush down straight after my day job and my head wasn’t really in the mode I needed it to be, and seeing people queuing up outside the door at 6.30pm (to see Uh Huh Her) didn’t calm my nerves. Getting on with the set, I began whilst the crowd were already positioned right the front of the stage to see the much anticipated performance of the headliners. After i’d got to about six minutes into the set I started to really get into it, and I suddenly heard someone behind me playing live drums along to my track. I was a little too confused as to who it might be, because I only know one drummer who can drum like that and she’s rarely in the country. Without wanting to take my eyes off what i was doing I just continued playing and really started getting into the live drums mixed with my wonky beats. The chap stood up after we’d jammed out for a while and picked up the microphone, – turns out it was Josh the drummer for Uh Huh Her. He gave a big hello and shout out to the audience for me which really was more than I could have hoped for from the band. The rest of the set flowed along and I managed to make a better stab at my Lana Del Rey cover this time, and also snuck in a little cheeky Celine Dion (My Heart Will Go On) with respect to the recent anniversary of the Titanic’s voyage. This seemed even more suitable as we were playing this gig on a boat.
By the end the crowd were dancing and cheering and I really felt well recieved despite being a fairly different genre to the headline act. As I usually stand and bob around facing the front I never get a chance to see the visuals in their full glory but luckily I have some great footage and photographs from the night too so I can sit back and watch it from the audience’s view.
Big thanks to Camila, Leisha, Josh and Jamie. It was wonderful to meet you all , you really made my night a lot of fun and I really hope we cross paths again perhaps on your side of the pond….
Also cheers to Mike, Harriet and Patrick.. thanks for having me was a real pleasure to play on Thekla and I’d love to come back anytime you’ll have me.
My next show will be in Newport’s venue Meze Lounge.
This is going to be an evening of experimental delights. The night is going to be hosted by Newport University’s Creative Sound and Music students. Being a graduate from this course myself I’ll get to see how the current students are pushing the boundaries of formulaic music, exploring sound, performance techniques, composition approaches, or any other variable you can think up.
I have played a Salon night before, last time I played it was held in Cardiff Arts Institute
Cardiff Arts Institute – February 2011 – Photography Nic Finch
The set up I will be using at Meze Lounge, Newport 16.02.2012
I was very kindly donated the APC40, and have enjoyed getting to know it.
The APC40 is a control surface designed to work with Ableton Live, the program I use to create my live sets. Its very easy to map keys on the device to effect variables with just a few clicks. This bit of kit enables some really exciting experimentation with effects, looping and chopping up clips. Something which I love about Ableton is the ability to switch between aspects of one track and another with everything sounding smooth and professional. This is down to Ableton Live being a piece of software that snaps everything to a tempo you set it to. Of course you can alter this as well, if you wanted to have the tempo jumping all over the place you could. The beauty of things staying in time is the freedom you get to mash up your own tracks, which when doing live gives you a chance to be really creative and compose a new song out of your existing songs. This is a very rewarding process for me, and it means the audience get a unique version every time you play live. I have probably only just scratched the surface of possibilities with these two things. But I am always exploring and accidentally stumbling upon new things you can do.
Drawn Recordings got in touch with me and invited me to play a gig at Mr Wolfs, Bristol.
This was my first gig with them and it was a lovely night, I played alongside the talented Uberphonic System, and Spaces Between. Hopefully I’ll be playing for Drawn Recordings again soon.
Yourmusic Productions also came along and filmed the night, thanks for sharing!