How I Play: Mr Bill + KJ Sawka, The Future Of Live Controllerism?

It’s rare that a duo comes along in the dance music world and does something completely rebellious and unique – but after a recent Mr Bill and KJ Sawka interview we were inspired and excited. See how live drumming, Ableton manipulation, and finger drumming all are combined in their behind-the-booth video inside this article.

Without a doubt KJ Sawka and Mr. Bill are doing something really cool here – not only are they performing live, they’re focusing their entire set on recreating their own songs and remixing them together. It’s a collaborative process that seems unparalleled (although Keys N Krates live setup and performance style has some similarities) in the dance music community.

You might be wondering who these awesome dudes are – KJ Sawka actually is a part of two very different other live band projects, playing in both drum and bass’s Pendulum as well as bass music’s Destroid. Mr. Bill is a prominent Ableton educator as well as a producer in his own right.

Check out more of each of their music below:

Special thanks to both KJ and Mr Bill for allowing us to film with them, and to Oakland’s own Wormhole Presents for opening up their soundcheck and warehouse to us for this shoot. 

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