TABLES TURNED: Mako Names 4 Artists Who Are Transforming the Live Dance Music Scene
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Meet Mako, the electronic act coined by Alex Seaver – a skilled Juilliard School graduate classically trained in musical composition. Beginning as a songwriter and producer for some of your favorite video games, Mako has also created original music for both television and film.
As a recent breakaway from DJ and bandmate Logan Light, Mako now takes on new life as a solo act. With his most recent release, “Breathe,” also the first release since the duo’s separation, Seaver’s hope is to characterize a bolder and more authentic approach to the Mako sound.
To date, Mako has amassed 150 million combined streams on Spotify alone and has worked alongside and remixed some of the world’s elite EDM artists including Avicii, Steve Angello, Hardwell and more. Hence we handed him the reins as the expert on which artists are transforming the live electronic music scene. Scope his picks below, and catch Mako on tour as he hits his last few west coast stops of his fourth live tour here.
These guys need no introduction. At the top of their game and setting the tone for the rest of us who are striving to combine the beauty and raw humanity of organic instruments with the sheer power of electronic music in a live setting. One of my colleagues from Juilliard has been playing Tuba for them, no further props needed….they have tuba on stage.
I’ve been bumping Mr. Carmack for a while now, and I don’t know him at all personally but I’ve been super excited to witness his live tour take place as we speak. Dying to catch a set, he’s got such great chops and soul in his work I’m excited to see how he evolves from here I think it’s an amazing space for him.
I hope this counts. I caught a set of James’ recently in Los Angeles, and it felt very much like a hybrid electronic/live set to me. There is something so unbelievably profound about his music, voice, and aesthetic. I think James Blake is an artist that keeps the rest of us honest. Live music is a living breathing energy - we can all press play on giant mastered tracks, but there is such an opportunity to create something special in only a live setting. I always leave his shows incredibly inspired to figure it out.
On our first tour out with a band I was totally clueless and honestly pretty terrified about the transition out of the DJ booth and onto a stage with a microphone in hand. I didn’t grow up watching bands (was always a classical nerd) so I didn’t have a lot of context about what I should be doing up there. We played a small festival in Phoenix where I caught a set by Youngr, and it completely set my imagination on fire. This guy is a one man wrecking ball; I can’t say I have a fraction of the live chops he does, but I learned a lot about maintaining the fluidity of a great electronic set while still performing it on instruments from watching him.