Live @ NEW FACE Bar, Zhanjiang City, China

16th July 2005 NEW FACE Bar, Zhanjiang City, China,
After a very long journey by bus, 10 hours, which was a big oversight, arrived in Zhanjiang, knackered, just in time for the gig to start. Sound check was bollocks. I actually had to unplug in the middle of playing, kept having people say to me your set up is wrong, no it fucking isn't! It's so simple, you just plug in and go. Lo and behold the guy hadn't plugged it in properly (left & right how hard is that?), or checked the gain so I was overpowering the speakers. Next time I will take control of the soundcheck and have a prepared ableton file ready for a test. When I had finished the guy couldn't get the CD deck working again, with people complaining about the silence! Terrible, last time I give benefit of the doubt to anyone. The gig itself, I didn't play as well or as tight as I know I can, and again not happy with the smoothness. But it's the best so far. I kept my head up and watched people intently, to try to figure out what they like. Eventually people started to dance. I played techno in my style (recording to follow as I screwed up my minidisc so I have to wait for it). It gradually started to work. I played with the speed and watched 2 people sit down when it went too fast, around 145BPM is ok I think. I don't care what anyone says, after I threw in some teched up electro beats, they responded, slowly, but they did. I then got told to play techno again, a mistake I think, but I did. Yet I know what my eyes saw, and I will be ready to throw that again, as that's what I prefer to compose live and in the studio. I'm still not at the stage I want to be (technical audio glitch problems as well, just need to go back to an eariler ableton version), as it must be as smooth as a rehearsed set would be. But I now have a good guage of what people may respond to , as well as communicating with them and seeing what they like, actually working. When finished a few people told me they really liked it, couple of drinks bought for me, and I think it seemed to go down well. So it tells me I am on the right lines. What's disappointing is what was played by the Dj's afterwards got more response. As well as the DJ shouting (bollocks in any language) over the tunes, the music was bullshit cheesey crap. Couldn't play that if I tried, wouldn't anyway, I have to flex, but not bend over for this. I never was stupid enough to think I could be a smash here, but I could be at the forefront of building something new here. This will take some time.

Live @ Auxilec, Leicester, 26th April 2005

Auxilec , Leicester, 23/04/05
Played the live gig at Auxilec in Leicester on Saturday 26th April. The camera they used got lost, and I have no recording yet. Next gig I'll be equipped with my own camera and recording, so you can hear and see what it was like.
The gig went pretty much as I expected, no surprises.
A little rusty at first, it has been a while, but warmed up nicely towards the end of the set.
As I thought , I need to keep to a structure map, and to get much faster switching between beat, bass etc, but that will come next time.
I also need to follow a rule on beats, simple one loop, then complex next, third one being a combination of both, then back to the beginning.
That should stop it sounding repetitive, although that is more related to time out of practice . The new live demo uses all of that and works very, very well.
The sound was strange as well, some of them I couldn't hear, and yet they are properly eq'd and spectrum analysed at home.
I've invested ina Sennheiser HD280 Headphones, they are much better suited to live use, and bring out the best in anything you listen to, perfect for live.
Also the power of the Edirol FA101 dissapeared as soon as it was plugged into the mixer provided for live use.
Again, there is so much power available if you remove the mixer, so I wish I could have plugged straight into front of house.
The sounds themselves are fine, so I'll have to look at kicking up the gain or doing something next time.
I don't think the problem lies with my kit.
But I will try the new Edirol FA66 interface and see if it's got more welly.
The crowd seemed to appreciate it, with a few cheers and whistles when done.
I also had a few people say they liked it a lot and an offer to play at a gig on Sunday, but work gets in the way on that one!
I sold a couple of CD's, but I'll have to think of an easier way to shift them.
In a loud club it's tough to talk or sell the benefit of it.
I think T- shirts could do well , as they are easier to shift.
Some kind of selling area, even displayed behind the bar would help.
This would help all the artists and the night themselves, but no one seems to want to bother, despite saying there is no money.
There would be if it was pushed, just no one is pushing.
I might play there again, if my expenses are fully covered.
I think all artists should be given that, since there is an effort required to play live.
That's not an unreasonable request, especially since it took 5 hours to get back and a round trip of nine hours!!
I'll also produce a contract next time, so there is no mistake.
Enjoyed Dexcorcist's set, proper full on energy electro
I'm going to try and get on Haywire ( his agency), although my profile may not be high enough, but I will always be banging on doors until they let me in!
The CD was a good promotional tool, as it gives you the excuse to go and talk to people.
This worked very well, and I'm sure some of the leads will be worthwhile.
There will of course be the inevitable blag or two, but hey, I'm getting good at spotting those.
It's very hard to pull the wool over my eyes, so when someone bullshits , me I tend to know. So be warned!
You just have to use your instincts and follow them, it saves a lot of wasted time.

Film and Dark Electronic Music

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