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Illustrated with Technology
c You’re rightly lauded for your live show. But is it a tricky thing to pull off as an electronic musician?
I must admit it’s not easy, and it’s definitely taken me a while to get right. I’ve chosen to approach the live show in the same way as say, Underworld, Chemical Brothers or Daft Punk, with the intention of making it feel like a one-off event rather than someone fiddling with their laptop on stage. So I’ve become really interested in new technology – I use bespoke software for iPads so I can rearrange the tracks live, change the drum beats and so on. And I’m also using custom-made motion sensors which allow me to move my hand around in the air to control different sounds and pitches.
c That sounds like some kind of brilliant, Minority Report-style future!
Well, I really want to try and find a way of illustrating live electronic performance. Bands are lucky because guitars are outward facing. But synthesizers, keyboards and so on don’t often allow a crowd to see what’s happening. What we’re trying to do is make our show as open and visual as possible.
c The new tracks aren’t all so in-your-face. Was that deliberate?
Mixing the tempos was definitely important. The first album was essentially music for clubs – no bad thing but I was really keen to make this one feel a bit more song-based. I want to make it more of a listening experience, which is why there are more vocals this time around.
c Is there a unifying theme though?
Because the tracks are united by having a fairly dominant bassline, I guess I’d categorise it as bass music.