Join Daniel Mintseris for an in-depth discussion in this video Daniel's role in St. Vincent, part of Performing with Ableton Live: On Stage with St. Vincent (Preview).
I met Annie Clark of St. Vincent through a mutual New York friend, so it grew out of that New York scene. She was looking for someone to run a show, be a sort of technical enabler. I make things happen that the music calls for. A musical director can mean many things these days. Traditionally maybe it was someone who was responsible for writing arrangements and directing musicians to do one thing or another.
With St.Vincent I see it as a slight different role, because Annie is so incredibly hands on about the music. And it's actually great when someone who is the kind of visionary that Annie is has an idea without, necessarily realizing how possible or impossible or difficult or easy it might be on the technical front. She's not held back in that way and it becomes my job to, just make it happen. Ableton is a great platform that is commonly associated with playing back audio.
But the great thing about Ableton is that it can also serve as a sort of hub for your midi set up, however complex. Which in our case is quite complex. And it can host your plugins, it can act as a sound generator synthesizer, sampler. Very usable, incredibly stable, that's what you want for your live platform. And it's not about playback. In some cases playback really is warranted. There are some sounds that just cannot be reproduced on stage.
However, to me it's a great challenge to find ways. Sometimes, you don't think there's a way, but you find a way, and you play it. And, to me that's better in every case. St. Vincent shares that philosophy with me, which I'm quite happy about. So, we work hard to play every note, make every sound that comes from the stage. Generally I like to treat technology as an extension of our musicianship.
I like to make sure that it's very much subservient to the way we think about music, to the way we play it on stage. I want to make sure we keep it about that unique human experience that happens on stage every night that fans come out to see. That's the beauty of live music. That's the beauty of music, period. It's the fact that it's made by humans, and it means something to them as they make it and, to the fans as they hear it.
We'll reveal the full course at the end of August. Enjoy this sneak peek until then!