Though one of the most acclaimed live acts out there, it's not easy to do a Live Essentials with Max Cooper, the Belfast-born, London-based DJ, producer, and scientist explains. "I focus on the experience of the people attending rather than the kit I use," he explains, adding that he limits his setup as much as possible to allow him to fit it into his hand luggage. "It smoothes my travels and avoids lost or damaged equipment so that my shows are reliably delivered." Detailing the gear behind his work would, therefore, be a very short read, so we had to adapt the format somewhat.
In truth, even if you've seen Max perform more than once, there's a high chance that they were rather different experiences. Having launched Emergence—a highly ambitious and visually-focused project that tells the story of how "everything comes from (almost) nothing"—around four years ago, he's since developed four other live sets, which he performs at different venues around the world depending on the venue and the occasion—all while maintaining a setup that requires no extra luggage at the airport. Thus, instead of detailing the minimal setup behind Cooper's work, this month's Live Essentials explores the technicalities and processes behind each of his different live performances.
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