Don’t Debrief

Finished work on Friday and felt equally excited and nervous about the first leg of my tour in London that evening. The nerves mainly down to it being a good few months since I’ve played live and having built up a shed load of new material I’d not had a chance to test on any humans, apart from my very enthusiastic one year old daughter, who would happily bop along to a dog barking given the chance.

The drive to ‘Norf Lahnden’ from Norwich was stressful; dark, wintery and a lot of traffic and sleet. So I was relieved to arrive in Tottenham to find big open gates and free parking space awaiting me. The venue ‘Five Miles’ is a wicked kind of micro brewery/bar situated in a street of studios and the like. Decor has an industrial chic going on and the craft beer selection was annoyingly amazing (annoyance only due to having to drive home the same night) AND they serve the beer in proper pint glasses, no squishy plastic cups or warm cans of red stripe here folks.

The music is hosted in a custom designed space out the back, accessed by pitch black corridor. As I was there to sound check early on, it was nice to have a proper nose about the room. It’s been built in a similar shape to a music studio (kind of resembling a flared horn design) and based around a series of front-loaded PA speakers mounted in the wall behind the dj booth. This makes the sound in the room loud, yet really clear wherever you are standing and negates the need for DJ monitors, as you are kind of inside a big speaker cab!

The horn shaped room, front-loaded drivers are mounted on left hand wall behind dj booth

Jerome has carved a special niche in the London scene with his Don’t nights, six years and going strong – the loyal crowd is super friendly and well up for it. I settled in quickly and the 3hr warm up set by Boycey was a masterclass in how to introduce the rave.

By the time I fired up the noisy boxes, the room was rammed with a nice mix of dancers covering a range of demographics. I really enjoyed playing live on the quality system and it was an unusually pleasant change to play with a relatively sober mind state! All my previous anxieties dissipated and the set chugged along as planned. A few ‘happy accidents’ mainly due to pressing the wrong buttons in the dark environment, but that’s half the fun really. Ed DMX was up next and I caught a couple of his first tunes, played live off MPC and tb303 and could already tell it was going to be something special. Sadly I had to hit the M11 home, so couldn’t appreciate the full shebang, although we are both on the same bill in Berlin next month, so I’m hoping to fill in the gaps then.

All in all, a very successful evening by all accounts. BIG thanks to big boss Jerome and all the Don’t ravers. I’m buzzing for the next leg of the tour, in which I’ll be playing an improvised ambient/drone set in an old American airbase in Rendlesham, Suffolk – AKA the ‘UK Roswell’, thanks to a well documented UFO sighting in the early 80’s.

The recording of my full live set is on soundcloud now:

 

Audified DW Drum Enhancer

Czech plug-in developers Audified, known for their meticulous recreations of rare outboard equipment, have teamed up with DWe (Drum Workshop Electronics) to create a new drum-focused processor. Designed to speed up your workflow when processing drums, the Drum Enhancer has specifically designed parameters designed simplify and speed up working with drum and percussive sounds.

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2018 Tour dates – First Wave

2018 Dates:

London – Feb 9th (LIVE)

Rendlesham (U.S. Air Force base) – Feb 17th (DRONE)

Norwich – March 2nd (DJ)

Berlin – March 29th (LIVE)

Manchester – May 4th (LIVE)

West Ireland – May 11/13 (LIVE)

Prague – June 15/17 (LIVE)

These are all confirmed, although there should be more to add in the near future! If you would like to book me in 2018, please use the contact form.

 

Taking bookings for 2018 – New Luke’s Anger live set!

2017 was a quiet year for me in terms of gigs, as I’d shifted my focus onto some studio and sync projects. Anyway, this is looking to change next year.

I’m currently writing a hefty new Luke’s Anger live set which has more bounce to the ounce 😮 and will be touring it in 2018! 

Already got some tasty bookings around Europe + beyond, which I’ll announce in the new year. If you want to get in on the action, use the contact form and lets chat ya!

Peace and hair grease!

Get Mangled With Eventide!

Eventide return with another one of their great algorithms lifted from the H9 effects pedal. I first came across the MangledVerb in their Space pedal. It combined nice distortion with strange modulated reverb tails, I actually always preferred this algorithm to the more famous ‘Black Hole’ setting also on the Space and H9 pedals. This is part of a series of plug in releases from the aforementioned H9 pedal (you can see my UltraTap review here)

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Newfangled Music Elevation!

I wouldn’t call myself a mastering engineer by trade, although I have mastered a lot of tracks for different labels and artists over the years and continue to do so. I also taught audio mastering for a number of years at a higher education college. So I have a fairly good handle on what sounds good to my ears and how various tools are used for the process of enhancing audio, in the digital domain at least.

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