Artist Focus: Steinberg Endorsee London Elektricity
Ron Blanco on Apr 21, 2011
Tony Colman aka London Elektricity is one of the most recognisable faces in the drum and bass scene and is respected globally as a DJ, producer and label manager. Having founded the hugely successful Hospital records with then studio partner Chris Goss, Tony’s influence on the world of dance music has been immense as Hospital is one of the few independent dnb labels that have succeeded in crossing over into the mainstream consciousness without compromising credibility. His own musical output as London Elektricity has been widely praised and he has built up an enviable back catalogue of anthems. This week sees the release of his 5th full studio LP ‘Yikes!, described as having ‘a much more cohesive sound’ than his earlier albums and already generating huge interest amongst the DJ community as well as his many fans. This time around In the studio, rather than becoming over reliant on existing samples, he applied a much more organic, songwriter-style approach favouring the use of traditionally played and recorded instruments plus live vocals from talented singer and collaborator, Elsa Esmarelda.
In a recent interview for Steinberg, Tony explained that while he was deeply passionate about Djing, the process of writing and producing would always be his first love. As with his prior work, Yikes! was made using Cubase as his main sequencer / workstation. “Cubase has always been my weapon of choice ever since my Atari 1040ST, I’ve stuck by Cubase through good times and bad times”. As a Mac user he’s also now been able to take advantage of the most recent incarnation of Steinberg’s all conquering Wavelab software and is clearly relishing the new challenges and possibilities it offers. “It has transformed my ability to master tracks. Before, I honestly didn’t really understand what I was doing. I was kind of stumbling around in the dark. Now I can be precise, and I learn so much about a tune in Wavelab that it informs me what I’m in doing in Cubase too – Been a total revelation to me!”
When asked what it was that made Steinberg gear so great to work with, he explained “With Cubase it’s all about workflow. It’s great for working with MIDI and audio, and it gives me exactly what I need. There are some surprises in there too, like LoopMash and the Pitch Correct plug-in — they can be a lot of fun to use. Sidechaining is great in Cubase now and is very easy on processor.” Going on, he confided, “WaveLab is incredible. I’m probably only using about 10% of what it can do, and am still learning. I would love to have lessons on WaveLab”