So I'm bringing back the thread because my NAWM kind of spiraled into some other stuff. It was the catalyst to kick my ass and it did just that. In the midst of November while eating at one of my favorite local restaurants I got a text from a friend asking me if I wanted to do a show with him towards the end of December. I said yes and about the only thing I did in preparation was write/work on tunes trying to get an all hardware set together. I took it town poundtown and got about 22+ minutes of original tunes together and I was ready to DJ the rest of the night. Here's the disaster which ensued.
I called my friend who booked the show and he didn't know what all the venue was going to provide/wanted which was pretty typical. Then I got a call from my friend who books at this restaurant/bar shortly there after saying he wants us on the first floor, which doesn't have a PA but there is
one on the 2nd, and what my other friend in mind. The guy who contacted me about the show if from here but now lives out of town and was traveling with only his gear to play with. So it's up to me to piece mail a PA. I get my buddy on the horn and rent his mains on the stipulation that the door is all we got and he'd get a cut. So I get it all together but did I mention that the night before my MPC got turned off in the midst of saving while unplugging my gear? Yeah, so my set is shit and now I'm feverishly fixing all the mistakes in my sequences. It's like 6 hours til it's time to start this shit.
I get it together. My sequences are working, my gear is accounted for, the PA is together, and it's an hour til it should start. I get there to set everything up because 65% of all the equipment is mine. My buddy starts playing his tunes and shit's working. Also it's 9 o'clock and they just started the dinner service. Also, the management didn't know that we were solely electronic cats that would be going all night - the booking/promoting guy failed to mention that initially. I start my set and I'm hearing the PA. My bass is everywhere, percs just aren't popping right, 808's are pounding, and Volca is cutting through the mix like a serrated knife.
Now I've played out as a DJ on some massive systems and none of my tracks sounded remotely as good as some super slammed bullshit. The individual parts were just too raw from the sampler to really sit as well as a mastered mix through the PA. But I made it and some people gave me some props and I'm real appreciative of that - I just wasn't happy for myself.
Well then the manager comes up to tell me they're cutting out at 11, that no one's there, and the night's a bomb. She gives me the door the of so far $70, it's 10 o'clock. Keep in mind that all of my local downtown was overflowing with people checking out the cover bands that were way louder than we were at 10....it would've filled up. Instead I get to break down all this shit. I gave $15 for speaker rental to my friend, $30 to the dude who promoted, planned, set up, and played most of the night, and pocketed $25. Everything was packed back up by 11:40. Total bust.
So since I've started to record/mix/master what I did during this last project and after a little finagling, and I don't mean a lot in that regard, the tracks are starting to stand up how I wanted initially. About the only way the makes sense to me to play these tracks out live on hardware without piles of outboard is to re-sample/re-mix my tunes for live play. That I'd have to make a VIP version to play out so all my parts would actually sit in the mix correctly. But if that's what I've learned, it's been a lot.
Thanks motivation of QAWM. I'll get my tunes together and post them soon but here's something rough. Thanks y'all.
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