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Afro Monk’s First APC Mix

time December 30th by John-Michael authorTags: , , , ,

Since early December I’ve been working real hard. I decided to put all my free time into learning Ableton and using the APC40.

I knew it wouldn’t be an easy task but with great support from some friends online I was guided in the right direction.

I was invited to play at a house party and had made a promise by the time that party I’d be ready. I spent countless hours finding the right tracks that would fit. This party was most likely going to consist of people who have not heard much glitch so I consintrated on the glitch hop style.

After many nights of watching videos, having discussions with other DJs, asking for help, and overall just playing with Ableton I decided I had reached my goal.

The only problem was the party was moved to my house and I hadn’t been sleeping for the past 2-3 weeks more than 5hrs. I have been treating my body like crap and staying up late prepping tracks for the APC40. When it was time to preform I couldn’t for more than 20mins. I felt horrible but I wasn’t going to preform when completely burnt out and it’d come out liek crap. Also I realized I was missing something quite important, a laptop stand. Bending over the laptop and APC was killing me after 20mins. I had been sitting down when practicing and working on my laptop.

I was disappointed with myself in the end but knew I’d record something. A few friends came over later to play some Fifa. I figured this would be the perfect time to record while they were playing. Not to mention see how they’d react to the music while playing a game. To my surprise everyone was digging it.

I have over 3-4 mess ups that I’m quite frustrated with but it’s a learning experience. Never had I played an entire set through with the APC. After going through a whole entire hour set I know what definately not to do and where to be careful. There are even some new tricks I picked up while in the zone. This was more of a trial and error mix.

Check it out and feel free to give some feedback. The reason I’m posting this now is because it’s a preview of the type of stuff I’m working on. Come January I’m going to modify the overall feel a bit to more of a IDM feel instead of hip hop feel.

Miami, it’s time someone has a try at this glitch thing. Hopefully this will be the start of something fresh! Wish me luck because I’ll need it!

Afro Monk’s First Mix with Ableton & APC40

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