Saytek: How I Play Live

Though increasingly more artists are bringing dwell components into their tech riders, Saytek is not any bandwagoner. His first reveals have been in 2003, when a Roland MC-909 was on the coronary heart of his setup. 15 years later and the core values are the identical – deep, hypnotic home and techno, all carried out dwell and closely improvised. 

With supporters together with Carl Cox, Kevin Saunderson and Maceo Plex, we caught up with the London-based producer to search out out extra about his evolution as a dwell digital music artist. Check his recent release on Carl's live-specific label Awesome Soundwave here and for extra dwell digital music perception, verify our How I Play Live options with Ross from Friends and Detroit Swindle

Why was it vital to you to develop a dwell present alongside DJing?
"Well really I by no means DJ’d, I skipped that stage utterly! I learnt to supply on drum machines, synths and grooveboxes and once I was making tracks in my studio again within the day, I might spend ages jamming out elements on the analogue mixer, muting and unmuting elements. I discovered it enjoyable and the gear had a great deal of knobs and faders so I might get misplaced on this course of and would procrastinate for hours. When Ableton got here out I cherished that as effectively and coincidentally it was the time of the vinyl crash when everybody instantly stopped promoting 1000's of data in order that spurred me on to take my sounds out dwell. That was 2003 and I've been centered on dwell ever since!"

How did you initially intend your setup to work?
"Pretty a lot the identical method as now! Ableton Session View sync'd up through MIDI to grooveboxes, analogue synths and drum machines with outboard results. However, intending it to work and it really working that method took a little bit of time!"

How has the setup modified over time?
"Ah it is advanced and morphed massively through the years – completely different , a number of laptops. There was a interval of practically 10 years the place the Roland MC-909 was the primary little bit of . I cherished that field, it was very highly effective and nice for dwell however after eight years my authentic machine packed up and I purchased one second-hand that broke as effectively and after my third machine I gave up and switched to Elektron. It was an excellent transfer, very completely different method of working however an enormous inspiration."

Saytek: How I Play Live

What’s your setup now and the way does it work?

• Elektron Analog Four mk1 
• Elektron Analog Rytm mk1 
• Korg Kaoss Pad
• Macbook Pro 
• Ableton Live
• Novation Impulse 25 keyboard
• Novation Circuit drum machine
• ERM MIDI Clock 
• Pioneer RMX-1000
• D16 Silver Boxes (808, 909, 303 emulators) 
• Pioneer DJM 900 Nexus

"So principally, I run all of the onboard sequencers on the Elektron gear and Novation Circuit and I slave all the pieces to the ERM MIDI clock. This method I can name up patterns on the gear as I have to – offers me a whole lot of room for improvisation and I really love sequencing on . It's extra restricted however finally extra rewarding and I are likely to provide you with music I would not essentially provide you with on a pc. I run the D16 emulators dwell in Ableton alongside a great deal of loops I've made in Native Instruments Maschine.

"I bounce these out as particular person elements so I can organize all the pieces dwell. Audio sensible, I run two channels of Ableton into the DJ mixer and the Analog Rytm goes into the third channel and the Analog Four into the fourth and the Circuit goes into the again to be processed by the onboard FX. I daisy-chain the Kaoss Pad and RMX-1000 out of the ship and return of the mixer and I've put my very own samples within the RMX so I can programme new beats and grooves in real-time. The method I've it arrange means I can create dynamic, lengthy units with the identical form of management and FX as a DJ would, which means I can reply to a crowd and the identical components will be carried out in several methods. For instance, I can go deeper with fewer breakdowns and extra FX or I can go more durable with huge breakdowns and drops."

What are the primary challenges within the setup?
"The predominant one was and nonetheless is to an extent transporting the equipment to worldwide gigs, though these days I might say I've it fairly locked down with all the pieces becoming into one hand baggage and one maintain bag! But nonetheless, lengthy journeys with no sleep and heavy baggage is unquestionably the toughest factor about what I do. Sometimes I've to stroll for what looks like miles with a backpack filled with analogue synths at airports, unpack all the pieces at customs and so on."

What recommendation would you give to somebody who desires to take their music dwell?
"Make the music you like and do not get sucked into the concept that shopping for all the most recent equipment will make you a greater artist. Learn to make use of the equipment you could have just like the again of your hand earlier than including to it! There's additionally this concept floating about that you simply shouldn’t use Ableton – I see lots of people hiding laptops on stage as a result of they do not suppose it is cool, however a few of the greatest acts use it and I'm seldom impressed by the music of people that at all times shout about being " solely" or "DAW-less". What issues is the music itself and the gear is simply device for this!"

"I purchased a brand new bit of substances lately and despatched it again as It hampered my creativity"

What do you suppose is behind the present rising development in dwell digital music?
"I believe there are a selection of causes for this – DJ expertise has grown so folks [have an] urge to do one thing completely different. Also Ableton modified a whole lot of issues and the current swing again to corporations making live-friendly . One of the largest elements although is social media and YouTube – a couple of years again hardly anybody knew what it was to do a dwell set, now with Boiler Room on YouTube and all of the clips on Instagram and dwell streams on Facebook, I believe folks have change into much more conscious of dwell digital music." 

What piece of substances would you like so as to add to your setup and why?
"At the second I would not add something, in reality, I purchased a brand new bit of substances lately and despatched it again as It hampered my creativity I'm pleased with what I've obtained for now!"