DJing and controllerism routines have the same issue that a lot of other digital media have online: getting heard amongst way too much noise. For a fun Friday article we thought it would be great to round up some of the most under-appreciated (low in views, high in talent) routines that we’ve seen on YouTube recently. Watch all of our favorites in this article.
“Some Will Sing” on Midi Fighter 3D
Kloosless is actually set to become one of the next creators of DJTT soundpacks at this rate. He’s been crafting fun and original finger drumming packs and then making videos of them in use on the Midi Fighter 3D, and giving them out for free! We’re big fans of all that – plus he takes full advantage of the gyroscope in the 3D in this routine – rad.
“Murder” – Jungle finger drumming on MPC1000
Gear Used: Akai MPC1000
Simply because you’re playing a genre of music that’s fast doesn’t mean that it has to be looped or quantitized. Just ask Spinscott, who has made jungle/dnb finger drumming routines for years. But as he notes text over the video, “Speed without technique is just fast noise.”
“HaveToMakeSomeArt” on Midi Fighter 3D + Arduino
Gear Used: Midi Fighter 3D, Arduino DIY controller
Hey, look, a Midi Fighter clone! We’ve actually seen so many of these that we’ve asked a crack team of creators to work on an updated version of the classic “How To Build A DIY MIDI Controller” video that Ean published back in 2008. Keep an eye out in the next month on the blog for that new piece.
“The Cake Is True” on Push + Launchpads
Gear Used: Ableton Push, Novation Launchpads
Anyone remember how Bandesnaci’s sense of humor helped him win a Midi Fighter 3D from us three years ago? He’s continued to create live controllerism performances, and this one has a great funky vibe to it.
“Family Affair” Live Remix on Z2, F1, Traktor
There’s something great about DJ routines in unique and unusual places. An overhead shot full of delicious-looking asian food surrounding Flavours’ DJ setup really seals the deal on this live remix of a classic Mary J Blige track. He notes in his YouTube description that the video is a collaboration with a photographer, Cory Johnn, and it really shows in the mouth-watering cinematography.
“I Got U” Live Mashup on Kontrol F1, Korg Nanopad
Gear Used: Kontrol F1, Korg Nanopad
Software: Traktor Pro 2
This is another instance of video that keeps the viewer entertained – not only is it a solid live mashup of Duke Dumont’s “I Got U” against some vocal samples and Remix Sets, but FROTO set the entire thing against shots of footage that he filmed during a trip to Thailand. On the vocal technique, he writes
“I took short chirps from the vocal, slapped on some reverb/delay to make a trail so I could create brand new melodies. The goal is to mashup the songs in such a way that one would think they were a brand new song together.”
Have a recent favorite DJ or controllerism routine that you think we should feature here or on the blog? Share it in a comment below and vote up your favorites.