Nothing about Oliver Tree is conventional; whether it’s his music, his look or his image, all have a unique slant to them which make them immediately “Oliver Tree”. It should go without saying then, that his live show is equally unconventional.
Transforming Oliver Tree’s vision into a live show is the responsibility of Musical Director and Drummer, Amir Oosman. A remarkable drummer and musician in his own right, Amir orchestrates the performance and playback tracks from behind his drum kit.
Joining Amir on-stage is keyboard player and guitarist, Casey Mattson, who rounds out the terrific tryptic of musicians making up Oliver Tree’s unique performances.
Whilst traditional instrumentation is prominent in the music of Hirie, it also contains strong electronic and modern pop elements.
Fusing those electronic aspects of the band’s sound with an energetic and exciting seven-piece live band has proven to be a challenge for the band’s drummer, Matt Benoit. Matt is responsible not only for holding down the band’s groove, but also looking after the backing tracks necessary to translate the sound of Hirie from the studio to the stage.
Translating the band’s sound to the live arena involves instruments and technical logistics beyond the scope of a regular rock band. It also involves an epic computer rig along with some of the most innovative live processing and MIDI implementation you’ll ever see on a live show.
Enter Musical Director and playback genius, Tyler William Johnson Fortney. Tyler is the man responsible for designing, operating and understanding the band’s incredible playback rig, dubbed “Gargantuan”.
One Step From Falling
It was 2017’s breakthrough single, “I Like Me Better” which brought Lauv’s romantically tinged blend of hip-hop, R&B and pop music to the mainstream. Lauv’s music quickly gained global airplay with major tours following suit.
We were fortunate enough to catch up with Lauv and his Musical Director Rob Ernst just as they were announced as the main support for Ed Sheeran’s tour of Asia. At this exciting time Rob was kind enough to take the time to walk us through Lauv’s live rig, which features exclusively iConnectivity audio and MIDI interfaces.
One Step From Falling is an East Coast band hailing from Syracuse, New York, USA. The band peddle their own unique take on the modern-metal genre, “Heady Metal”.
Formed in 2011, the four-piece band now count three albums under their belt along with a string of successful gigs across the East coast and Mid-West.
We recently caught up with their bass player, Joshua Skellett, to chat about how he uses iConnectivity interfaces as part of his unique bass-rig.
Eilish writes her own songs along with her brother and live band member, Finneas O’Connell. At the time of writing in 2019, Billie Eilish looks set to dominate the pop scene in a short space of time. A sold-out European tour and international airplay promise astonishing things ahead.
As you’d expect from a modern pop act, Billie Eilish’s sound comprises a mixture of traditional acoustic instruments and electronic sounds, all of which combine with her beguiling vocal to produce a distinctive pop sound infused with R&B and Hip-Hop. Reproducing this live takes a great team of musicians, engineers, and of course the right kit to do the job. Billie’s playback tech Eric Downs, turned to iConnectivity and the PlayAUDIO12 for their touring playback rig, for a number of important reasons…
With a strong fan base, capable of selling out stadium arenas, Snow Patrol’s live shows demand rock-solid equipment to back them up. As is becoming more typical for live bands, everything except the vocals and guitar runs directly to the mixing desk.
Snow Patrol’s live shows are a deceptive blend of traditional rock band arrangements, with cutting edge equipment backing up the live show. Kemper guitar amp modellers plus a complex keyboard rig of controllers and virtual synths, all require the best MIDI integration available.
As with most live acts nowadays, Snow Patrol employ playback to enhance their live sound and performance. Very much the “icing on the cake”, every performer plays to their own personalised click-track, and to pre-recorded elements impossible to perform live.
With a string of Gold and Platinum albums, along with multiple No. 1 chart singles to his name, there can be no doubting that Wiz Khalifa is one of the biggest names in the world of Hip-Hop.
With a style, image and personality as big as Wiz’s, it should come as no surprise that his live shows are just as wild. The responsibility for pulling that show together lies at the feet of Wiz’s musical director, Kenneth Wright.
We were recently invited by Kenneth to come and check out one of Wiz’s amazing live shows, and why iConnectivity interfaces are his one and only choice.
The world has taken notice, with KORMAC’s last album resulting in a nomination for the Meteor Choice music prize. KORMAC’s played festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival, Electric Picnic, Sonar and toured the UK, Europe, Eastern Europe, Australia and Canada alongside luminaries Portishead, Nas, Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, Snarky Puppy, and a host of others.
When KORMAC needed a rock solid and dependable choice of Audio/MIDI interface for his recent Equivalent Exchange shows, he turned to iConnectivity to provide the solution. We recently interviewed him about his choice, and why only iConnectivity interfaces made the cut!
With a live show that's as energetic and diverse as their music, Cafe Tacvba need audio and MIDI solutions which can keep up with whatever the band throw at them! Cafe Tacvba's playback rig was designed in collaboration between Cafe Tacvba's keyboard player, Emmanuel del Real, their FOH Engineer, David Parra-Breton, and their playback tech, Armando "Hobbit" Garcia.
When looking for Audio and MIDI solutions, Cafe Tacvba turned to iConnectivity. Our range of MIDI and redundant playback audio/MIDI interfaces a featured extensively as part of Cafe Tacvba's live playback rig.
Eric Morris is a sought after live MIDI & audio wizard that has been behind the scenes of many of the world's greatest performers. Eric's MIDI and playback skills have been in demand for the last 25 years, and have led him to work with Grammy and Gold/Platinum winning top flight performers and acts such as Lady Gaga, Usher and Keith Sweat.
Florence + The Machine
MØ’s live shows mix traditional and modern instruments and technologies. Acoustic drums rub shoulders with state of the art keyboard rigs and a live guitarist shares the stage with a DJ.
With a live show as energetic and eclectic as this, MØ’s playback tech, Paul Docherty, turned to iConnectivity. MØ’s show makes use of multiple iConnectMIDI4+ MIDI interfaces; Paul was kind enough to give us a rig rundown from the stage of Coachella 2018.
Spearheaded by Florence Welch's powerful and dramatic vocal delivery and lyrics, Florence + The Machine's music fuses a blend of traditional and eclectic instrumentation to produce a powerful and emotional sound.
Kendrick Lamar is one of the biggest stars in Hip-Hop and almost certainly one of the biggest stars in modern popular culture. If you haven’t heard of Kendrick Lamar (a difficult feat in itself) 30 seconds with an internet search engine will quickly tell you why he was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most Influential people in the world.
Luiggy Santiago is a Latin Grammy-nominated, touring musician, playback programmer, and musical director.
Unit Sound & Graphic
In addition to her work as a professional composer for television, CK is an active experimental electronic musician, with a body of performance works spreading back over two decades. We're thrilled to be the choice of CK!
Unit Sound & Graphic, helmed by Sean Wynne, create sound solutions for the marketing and games industries, based in the famous University city of Cambridge, in the UK. Their choice of Audio and MIDI interface is the iConnectAUDIO4+
Master sound-designer Reek Havok posesses an incredible client list including Madonna, Microsoft, REM and Disney. Remember Tommy Lee's famous flying drumkit he used with Motley Crue? Reek was the man behind the technology making it happen.
Fusing elements of rock, metal, pop, dance and electronic music, Enter Shikari are as far from the traditional image of long-haired rockers as you could imagine.
Howard Jones burst onto the 1980s Pop Scene with iconic synth-pop singles such as "New Song" and "What is Love?". Uniquely for the time, Howard was a "self-contained" act, utilising cutting edge technology to enable him to write, record, compose and perform his own songs.