Another great NAMM Show has come and gone—my 7th show! Every year we do this WHAM BAM event it gets bigger and better and we have more support. Electronic Creatives is all about inspiring people to create their own art, whether it be music, visuals, instruments and the enjoyment of this art. WHAM BAM provided a cutting-edge environment for people to learn, dance and play and showcase products from boutique companies as well as more established ones like Ableton and Roland. Our goal is to create an environment for people to come to outside of the typical convention setting where you can really see the products in use by established artists and presented to a very eager and inquisitive audience.
This year every room was packed with those hungry for knowledge, attending the workshops with Gareth Williams from Liine, Moldover with his Minimasher creation, Futuristic Performance Techniques moderated by me, jamming in the sponsor room with Ableton, Roland, Native Instruments, Livid Instruments and other sponsors, dancing up a storm to electronica pioneers like Richard Devine, Derek Michael, Jimmy Edgar, DJ Kero, Eezir, Dubspot instructors Steve Nalepa & Thavius Beck and watching visuals from VJ Culture and CPU. We put a lot of time and effort and I feel excited to inspire others to create in this type of environment and community.
I moderated the panel on “Futuristic Performance Techniques” with EC friends Timo Preece, Moldover and Brian Trifon, as well as Gareth Williams and Dubspot friends Pat Cupo and Steve Nalepa. Then I got a chance to show off a new set full of live looping, using controllers by WHAM BAM sponsors like Akai, Keith McMillen Instruments, Native Instruments and software by Ableton.
I also attended the actual NAMM show but didn’t get to see much this year because of a multitude of meetings and networking. NAMM in recent years has been much more for the connections than the gear.
I got the chance to interview some of my favorite EC cohorts, musicians and technologists like Brian Trifon and Moldover, part of a new series that I’m doing focusing on what inspires musicians to create and how to help others to be inspired.
We got lots and lots of video and photos. Check all of this massive stuff out!
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Photos by Dean Paul De Leon www.Bit23.com
Photos by Drumcell www.drumcell.net
Here are some videos of the event! Special thanks to Matt Pappas www.pfunkproductions, Shelley ShellShock and Nika Offenbach for their footage.