LEAF | 06.03.2015
Last Friday we headed down to the day one of the London Electronic Arts Festival (LEAF); conversations. Held in the stunning Tobacco Dock the warehouse’s upper floor was the perfect setting for the event with the airy rooms set up for various talks and demos. When we arrived Nile Rodgers had the largest of the rooms completely packed out for a full three hours, it was so packed we couldn’t get in (our fault for being late) so we wandered about getting our bearings and checking out the Native Instruments room set up with hardware and software for anyone to try out.
The first talk we caught was The Ambient Revival; a discussion on ambient and it’s place in the current electronic landscape. The panel discussed the call for the return of the chill out room (a campaign fronted by Mixmag), we’ve got to say they could be on to something there – yes, London clubs have chill out areas but we need some tunes in there too to complete the vibe.
We caught some of Busy P discussing his time managing Daft Punk then headed over to see B.Traits State of Mind talk. We developed a crush on the very cool Professor Fiona Meacham who is pioneering drug testing in UK clubs. The discussion focussed around how to make clubbing safer for all parties involved and we were really impressed with promoter Simon Denby’s (Percolate) attitude to the issue and the steps he’s taking at his nights, such as by providing on site medical vans. It’s a highly interesting and sensitive topic that could be discussed for hours and the Q&A section certainly threw up some interesting characters. It was great to see promoters, artists and researchers coming together to pioneer practical solutions.
Our last call of the day was at Dusky’s production demo where they stepped into Logic Pro to show us some of the elements behind their killer tune ‘Inta’. Here we were given an insight into how the percussion, bass, strings and piano sections were composed and the various add-ins and filters were applied to give it that distinctive Dusky sound. The duo charmed the crowd and answered questions from budding producers who were keen to learn more, sharing tips on mastering and the use of plug-ins. Even if you weren’t a producer and had no idea what they were talking about half the time, it was a rare chance to get up close and personal with the Dusky boys and gain an insight into their dynamic and sound.
This was an excellent event; meticulously organised, cool crowd, good vibes. Brought together by our love of and interest in underground electronic music, we explored, listened and learnt in great company. If you love the scene you will love this event.
LEAF CLUB | 07.03.2015
Our pals went to LEAF’s day party, LEAF CLUB the following day and had good things to report back.
“As always the venue was great. LWE have got the organisation at Tobacco Dock down to a T, from entry and lockers (no need to queue for cloakroom!) to capacity and flow. The event was busy but not too crowded, especially the main room which had lots of space to dance and we really can’t emphasise enough how important this is for a good party! Highlights had to be Pan-Pot who delivered their usual energetic and bouncy style, Chris Leibing, who, despite the previous warm up sets, played dark and hard in true CLR style, and Modeselektor…blowing the amps several times but still keeping the crowd wanting more! Our one criticism? Please stock your bars more guys! Other than that, we can’t wait for the next party here!”
Track of the night below…