Loop stations and the concept of live looping are mostly unknown to the broad project as far as I can say. This is why I decided to make an attempt to explain in a few words what it is all about.
The loop station, or looper, is an essential part of the project. Actually it is my band, my best friend and worst enemy at the same.
It allows me to record myself live on stage. Furthermore it will start repeating these mini-recordings over and over. (=loops). Then I can go on and record and overdub these loops to create whole songs. There’s also a possibility to play pre-recorded tracks, although I prefer building the song one step after another, which makes it also easier for the audience to follow and understand the music.
Earlier I said that it can be your worst enemy too. Let me explain:
Loopers have great functionality, but they do also require a lot of concentration. It’s not all about playing the right notes. You’ll need the same focus to push the right buttons in the right moment.
Especially when creating the loops, there is no space for mistakes, unless you want to redo anything. If you do a mistake at the beginning of the song, you’ll better start again, otherwise your mistake will be repeated every 10 seconds for the next 5 minutes. Which can be very annoying.
But hey… that’s part of it.