It’s a new year, what better time for a change of scene? So, inspired by the ‘play live every month’ musical resolution suggestion, I thought it was about time I made more of an effort to play live a bit more, rather than the usual dj set.
Being currently without an acoustic guitar, and not being completely convinced by the general appeal of deep house music, I went back to a style of music that first got me heading towards the electronic side of things: trip-hop-inspired downtempo electronica. I thought I’d take chance and try out a local open mic night and see if they’d let me play in amongst the singer-songwriters. They did (thank you!).
I may have taken over an entire table with my laptop running Ableton Live, APC20, Akai MPK Mini, Maschine Mikro and Apogee One, but, after overcoming the initial nerves of my first improvised live set in many years, I started to enjoy it. Maybe electronic music at anopen mic night does have its place.
Most importantly perhaps, I got talking to a few people, exchanged emails, and hopefully future collaborations may come from it (which I think was resolution number 4). You don’t really get that in the studio…
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