Before I developed a “live” schtick with the laptop and/or mobile devices I performed DJ sets with the First Ladies DJ Collective. It was a great way for me to seek out new club mixes and see how my own material either fit in or didn’t. I would intersperse CDs of my tracks with vinyl. Here are a few sets i recently found archived on an old hardrive. Glad i don’t have to lug around so much gear anymore!
An evening of hunching over my laptop during a gig sent me on a search for a computer stand to help my posture, which led to one of the most practical yet exciting gear expenditures I have made this decade. Although the name itself was reason enough to justify its purchase, the Stanton Uberstand has become an indispensable part of my rig. It elevates the laptop to eye level, provides a shelf for an audio interface, and makes room for a midi controller below. With the resulting tabletop space I can monitor my Petcam via my netbook. The Uberstand folds into its own nylon bag for easy transport. The only drawback is that a cable tie is required to keep the shelf from toppling over. The solid metal construction nevertheless conveys stability. I consider the Uberstand a must-have for the laptop musician–the $79 price tag is much less than a bill from the chiropractor!
Here is some video from Crazy Quilt 2009, held in the New Deal city of Greenbelt. Members of Playa Del Fuego are fire dancing for the grand finale. Hope to see you next year!!!