One of the most obvious places for controllerists to appear is behind a drum kit. Drummers have been working MIDI controllers into their rigs for over 20 years. Today we’re sharing a performance by a drummer, DJ Seap, who’s integrated an Ableton setup into a live performance drum routine. He writes:
“I’ve been working on creating a full “one man band” style #controllerism / Live Drumming / DJ show as an ongoing project quite a while now. Finally getting to the point where I have the gear worked out, the raw musical material, and the method (based in Ableton) […] Here is a little rehearsal video of one of my tunes arranged for live playability “Pizzo Discipline”.
In this video I’m using a minimal setup powered by Ableton Live with a DJ Tech Tools Midi Fighter 3D controlling a drum rack and effects, a Roland SPD-30 “Octopad” with a few extra triggers controlling a series of Ableton drum racks for the all drum parts, and an Akai Ableton Push to control clips and some effects. The full show will incorporate some acoustic drums with triggers but this is the portable setup, ready to hit anywhere.”
Want more to watch? There’s a ton more great DJ/controllerism routines here.