Hey Guys, I find myself in the somewhat unexpected position of being asked to play some electronic / DJ sets and have basically got no idea how to do it.
When i Say DJ i really mean, play my own material in a DJ environment, so its not just a straight up matching two records setup which i'm already ok with. I mean more a boiler room type session (thought not actually boiler room alas). I actually record most of my stuff as live takes, but the gear setup is big :and not really practical to get to most gigs with the setup time i will have so im trying to think of a more practical solution to play live in a DJ environment and came up with the following idea
Basically i think i want to split each of my tracks into 4 stems,
2) other beats
3) pads and samples
Play them back and manipulate the streams differently. I'll run everything through my modular and process them there to make some interesting loops / sounds etc.. so kind of live remixing my stuff using the same processes i used to create the audio in the first place. I'l probably add a synth for jamming along for good measure ;)
Anyways, my question is this. I dont like using my laptop onstage for reliability concerns and i really dont like using the octatrack as the workflow doesnt suit me at all, so what other option are there for doing multi track playback in this kind of Context? Perhaps a multi track recorder of somekind? I was thinking perhaps a 4 track casette may also work. Any ideas or thought welcome!