Redshifter LIVE | Ambient Techno

Since I’ve started producing music, when I was very young, I’ve always had a fascination with deep pads, spacey bass and heavy doses of reverb and echo. I guess it was just growing up in the 80s when every decent film had a synth soundtrack and Pink Floyd and Jean Michel Jarre were being played on 1 in 3 stereos.

This clearly led into my music today but up until recently it’s all been pretty fast paced really. I recently started playing around with my tunes and, I will say discovered but I guess I already knew, that a lot of it’s very suitable for ambient works. In fact I’ve always produced ambient versions of my tunes so I’m not sure why this took me so long for me to work on it properly.

I got the opportunity to run the downstairs at Whiteline in Bangkok for a night. What to do? It’s a bar and was an early start, and to be frank, Bangkok has more than it’s fair share of empty nights playing what people call, but isn’t really, techno.

So instead we decided to put on an ambient/intelligent electronica night called Luk means Deep (Luk is the thai word for deep if you hadn’t worked it out).

Anyways, to cut a ramble that is starting to go on too long short, I played live for a couple of hours pivoting my club techno set into ambient. Dubbing down the drums, playing sub 100bpm for the first time in about 20 years and washing the music with lovely echo and reverb. And fuck me I think it actually sounded really interesting. I still got ‘into the zone’ as they say and totally enjoyed it.

I will of course still produce my techno in the same way because I don’t really know any other way but it’s nice to know that it can serve two different ideas and maybe this might be more suitable for the day time festivals I’m trying to get into. Can’t think of anything better than playing an ambient set to a half full field of chilled out ravers and families in the sun.

Here is the set on Youtube..

And if you want the mp3 to listen to offline it’s here.

Hope you enjoy and please follow me on Youtube as I will be posting all of my live sets up there eventually.

New EP and new Live Set

I’ve been a little quiet since the winter holidays because I’ve been working hard in preparing my live set. This has been collecting everything that I’ve produced over the last couple of years and making it suitable to take out with me. Just long hours of chopping, re-editing and tidying up really as well as practice of course. It’s been pretty cool to go over some tracks that I liked but were maybe not suitable for dancefloors and I’ve found hundreds of tracks and loops that I never finished or couldn’t get to sound right.

I reckon it’s been a good solid two months to get this sorted out, which isn’t bad because now I have it then I never have to do that part again and my new tracks can fit in. With a bit more preparation I should be able to play anywhere from hard-ish techno to ambient with a deep flavour throughout using the same set but with different parts.

I’m debuting this tomorrow at Glow in Bangkok. FunktionOne soundsystem so where better?

Also, I have a new EP coming out soon. I’m releasing it on RedPhase after holding on for it for a bit. There was some interest from compilations but I’m still trying to get my head around digital compilations, in fact digital releasing in general is giving me a headache. But that is a post for another day.

FREE DOWNLOAD Tech-Noir 006 2nd June 2016

Not a hugely attended night but we were expecting that since it’s way out of the peak season. Hopefully will start to fill up from September onwards.

https://soundcloud.com/stugrant/stu-grant-tech-noir-006-2nd-june-2016