Synthbits: Django Django’s Tommy Grace and his Yamaha Electone D85

We found this gem over at and had to share. Django Django’s keyboardist Tommy Grace shows off his vintage Yamaha Electone D85. The 253 lbs D85 had two 49-note manuals, a 37 note mini synth keyboard, 16 built in rhythms with 4 variations and more. It’s amazing how cool this behemouth sounds and the design similarites to the amazing GX-1. Check out Tommy Grace as he takes you through the D85:

Blake Angelos

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 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.

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