It’s not often we get the opportunity to listen to a group of artists and performers discuss their performance practices with EDI’s and electronic music performance. Join Berklee faculty members, Daedelus, Claire Lim (dolltr!ck), and Thavius Beck, with Mark de Clive Lowe and Quantic in a discussion around electronic music performance, their practice and approach. Moderated by Berklee faculty member Rishabh Rajan.
Panel Discussion: A Conversation with Electronic Music Performers, Moderated by Claire Lim
Claire Marie Lim is a music technologist and electronic musician who is active under her artist project, dolltr!ck. She specializes in instruction for live electronic performance, production, and programming, and is an advocate of Asian representation and women in music technology.
In music education and arts activism, Lim collaborates with the Girls Rock Campaign, Beats by Girlz, and the Queens Public Library network, and she has received support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Queens Council on the Arts. She develops curricula for various ages and experience levels, having consulted for the International Center of Photography, Queens College, Coursera, and the Berklee network. Lim also independently runs the doll troop, a mentorship experience where K–12 girls can shadow her in electronic songwriting sessions and live shows.
Daedelus (aka Alfred Darlington) is concerned for all things resounding. During a 20+ career synonymous with controllers and Los Angeles' Beat Scene they have performing over 1,000+ shows worldwide, from underground raves to festival mainstages. Producing on labels like Brainfeeder, Ninjatune, Warp, and important upstarts like Albert's Favourites and Dome of Doom. In 2019, just before the world closed, they were founding faculty at the Berklee College of Music's EDI principle instrument program and in 2020 became an artist in residence at S.E.T.I.
As a multi-instrumentalist, producer, emcee, and electronic music educator, Thavius Beck is a man whose life revolves around music and technology. With a focus on bass-heavy rhythms, dark, emotional melodies, and twisted sample manipulation, he has released numerous albums of his own (both as Thavius Beck and under his previous moniker, Adlib) and collaborated with or remixed artists such as Saul Williams, Nine Inch Nails, the Mars Volta, Skylar Grey, and Nas, just to name a few. His ability to both perform and produce has earned him much recognition in the electronic music community.
His love of music and technology led him to Ableton Live, and in 2009 he became a certified Ableton trainer. He began running free electronic music workshops in downtown L.A. that were open to people of all ages, and soon helped develop course curriculum for an electronic music school called Dubspot. Through his many online tutorials, he quickly became one of the most recognizable faces and voices worldwide for Ableton Live education.
In 2016, Beck left L.A. and moved to Brooklyn, New York. In addition to being an assistant professor at Berklee, he is available for private instruction in New York City or online.
Rishabh Rajan is an Assistant Professor in the Electronic Production & Design Department at Berklee College of Music. He has been teaching music production, sound design and electronic music performance in India, Malaysia and United States for over a decade. He has created close to 90 video courses for MacProVideo, culminating in over 8000 hours of educational content. He has also developed courses for Electronic Music Collective, Yousic Play and Berklee Online. His course on Electronic Music Performance Techniques, available on Coursera won a Telly Award in 2020. Rishabh has produced music alongside singer/songwriter Natasha Ejaz that won indie music awards in the South East Asian region. He also works as a sound designer and sample library developer having developed content for Bela D Media, Crypto Cipher & Twisted Tools. Currently Rishabh is a mentor for the Grammy U program by the Recording Academy where he is mentoring students who aspire to build a career in the music industry.
Japanese-New Zealander composer, jazz musician, remixer and electronic music producer, Mark de Clive-Lowe is an internationally established artist with more than 20 years of experience spanning multiple genres and continents. L.A.-based since 2008, de Clive-Lowe has released close to 20 solo albums and hundreds of collaborations on stage and in the studio with musicians, artists, and DJs including Kenny Dope, Jody Watley, DJ Spinna, Sheila E., Kamasi Washington, Pino Palladino, and Harvey Mason. His remix productions include Shirley Horn, Hiatus Kaiyote, and the Blue Note Records catalog. Recent works have seen Mark take deep-dives into his Japanese roots, interpreting ancestry through the lens of jazz and electronica, and pioneering projects in the web3 music space. He is the founder of Mashibeats—a creator/collector DAO in-the-making; a recipient of the 2021 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship, and an active curator and educator.
"Way before jazz hybridity became a worldwide phenomenon, de Clive-Lowe was busy designing its blueprint.” — Jazziz
"(The) avant-garde soulful pianist/DJ/producer delivers his lifetime of journeys to different musical ports in a concise package, seamlessly... transporting not just in genre but in emotion and spirit." — Huffington Post
The dance orientated sound of British musician, producer and DJ Will “Quantic” Holland has enchanted fans and tastemakers across the world for nearly two decades, showcasing his artistry and rare ability to intertwine the electronic with the orchestral. Now based in Brooklyn, New York after recent years along the Colombian Pacific Coast, Holland has developed a sound that embraces his own love of travel, bridging gaps across cultures and genres.