man ... I'm f***ing devastated. 3mins before my set my equipment stopped working ... everything was screwed throughout my whole set.
-- Zedd (@Zedd) March 9, 2013
I've been following Zedd, the new wünderkind producer ever since I heard the track Spectrum and its brilliant hi energy production. Turns out Zedd is also a pretty highly trained classical pianist with a strong musical background. He also DJs - although this weekend things went a bit awry at Friday night's gig in New Orleans at The Buku Project.
Picture this, 3 minutes before you are due to go on to a packed house, the laptop which holds your DJ bonks and there's nothing there...
Got to be a pretty terrifying prospect right? Reminds me of a recurring dream I have where I'm on stage in a massive stadium after having agreed to help out, suddenly finding myself in front of a load of keyboards - with a 1,2,3 4 count and being completely clueless about the song, the key, and of course lacking in any ability to play to any sort of standard...
To his credit Zedd pulled the set together by borrowing couple of friendly DJs laptops and doing the show mixing between them running iTunes. Apparently the results were a happy crowd.
I hope that now Mr Z will be taking a full redundent backup on the road with him - and the moral of the story is?
Do I need to spell it out?
BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP!
So whats your worst pre-gig nightmare?
Using Chains and automation to switch keyboard setups