Wednesday, June 12, 2013 7:10:57 AM
I've done few gigs where it was me basically fiddling with knobs and improvising on top of a backing track.. those gigs took a whole 2 hours to put together.. It was way too easy and i missed the emotional content that i couldn`t deliver. Haven`t done solo gigs after those few, i need about 6 people and ton of arsenal to get to the "real" level of communication thru music...
If you don`t have the talent or willingness to train hard to perform live, keep it indoors. You DON`T have to be an excellent performing artist to be a good composer. Most of these successful artists that press "play" have enough resources and money to hire the capable musicians. They just choose the easy way..
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 7:04:59 AM
Most of the disrespect towards eletronic artists (lol, not ea...) comes from the live performances that are not so much performance than pressing "play" and wiggling few knobs. Note, i've used syntheziser and sequencers from circa 1988 so i might have some insight on this.
Personally, i feel that all the parts that are suppose to get an emotional reaction, should be played live. There`s a sense of danger and the performer can react to audience, make those small details that make you feel. It`s a question of skill, good planning and balls. You play the wrong note: everyone knows it. You adjust filter cutoff 30% wrong: maybe 1 from 100 can catch that... Timbre is way "safer" than tones.
Skrillex is one those who does primarily DJ gigs and it is BS to say he is performing his own music, he`s a DJ (not dissing real DJs, it`s a different artform). Orbital, Kraftwerk, those kinds of artists really have their hands full on stage, using techniques that ARE
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:59:19 AM
It's one of those topics that can be very frustrating for producers. The truth of the matter is most people have no idea the level of work that it takes to create a decent sounding electronic song. People assume it`s easy because they have downloaded `fruity loops` and chucked some pre-made loops together. Trust me, that isn`t fooling anyone and certainly won`t land you a record deal.
For me a good analogy is to ask someone how to build a computer. Many people will say, `oh this is easy. You just buy the parts and slot them together.` Whilst some of us appreciate that these parts themselves are extremely intricately produced, others will refuse to recognise this and assume that they just magically appeared in a cardboard box at the electronics shop.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:51:05 AM
@CrakrJak - I assume you are just trolling here or being sarcastic in order to prove the ignorance of those who don't believe electronic artists have talent.
However, if not, I fully welcome you to post some of the `half decent` music you`ve made for us all to judge.
@5cats - Yes, regretably that is my nickname 0.o Also, I didn`t want to discredit the skill of the violinist. It takes a great deal of talent and practice to play an instrument well. It just should be noted that people take this for granted when listening to something electronic. However, all of these notes/chords/sounds have been engineered to sound the way the artist wants them to. Staccato, crescendo... whatever, it`s something that a musician will play, but a producer must create.