Check out Nicholas Semrad playing MODX7 with The Lesson GK, live fom Yamaha Artist Services NYC.Nicholas Semrad and The Lesson GK put on a great show during the MODX Livestream Event on September 14. The groove from drummer Lenny "The Ox" Reece and bassist David Cutler provided an amazing underscore for Nick to sail over.
Nick uses the MODX7 realtime controls in an engaging and musical way. Note how he controls effect sends, filter and evelope as he plays. His incredlibly expressive pitchbend technique is so cool (He discusses this in the interveiw after the performance) and his use of compressor sidechaining to achieve a "produced" effect in a live setting is really unique. Check out the performance and interview with Nicholas Semrad and The Lesson GK below:
For more about Nicholas Semrad see his NAMM 2018 interview where he discusses his music, his work with The Lesson GK and his keyboard technique.
Yamaha Synthesizer Product Specialist Blake Angelos has over thirty years of experience with music hardware and software. An expert in music technology, Blake has conducted numerous clinics, master classes and presentations throughout the United States, Europe and Canada. In his role as Product Specialist for the Synthesizer Department Blake appears in many product videos and artist interviews, writes many articles for YamahaSynth.com and co-hosts a regular Podcast called “Behind the Synth”.
Before his work with Yamaha, he taught music theory and jazz studies courses at Arizona State University; managed a technology-focused music store in Seattle and was a production supervisor at Microsoft, where he led a team that developed groundbreaking interactive music content for the Microsoft Network. Blake holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. Blake currently resides in Bellingham, Washington with his family, and between his travels around the world for Yamaha, he performs as much as possible with several jazz and creative music groups in Bellingham, Seattle and other places in the Pacific Northwest.