Mentor My Mix Ep. 013 with Shane Hazleton – From conceptualizing the original APC 40 to Mentoring LMFAO

Shane’s seven years of education (including studying with Miller S. Puckette, inventor of MAX MSP) at UCSD, where he received his undergraduate degree in Music Interdisciplinary Computing in The Arts followed by his MFA at Cal Arts in Experimental Sound Practices and Integrated Media, led him down a path of visionary development.

His idea for creating a matrix-based touch controller for clip launching and integration with Ableton Live led him to share that vision with multiple developers and was eventually embraced by Akai, and led to the creation of the APC 40.

Pre-college he was influenced by the likes of Marilyn Manson and Nirvana and then discovered Raves, Psychedelics, and the intense desire to create electronic music.

A few of the talking points we cover:

  • Inspired by Brian Crabtree at UCSD, inventor of The Box, led to shopping around the idea for a matrix controller.
  • Going to work for Allesis/Newmark/Akai and developing Max patches to test their audio products.
  • Making a video for the APC to “get shows” and having Steffen Gordy (The son of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy) from LMFAO reach out to hire him to come to Las Vegas to help develop their live performance with Ableton.
  • Partying with the duo in Vegas but being influenced by his girlfriend to make a bad career decision and the backlash that brought him to the SF Bay Area.
  • Being influenced by the level of consciousness in the SF Bay Area and a noticeable “psychic field” that was creatively stimulating.
  • Working with the “Mind Machine” and Performing in Quad to create a different kind of live performance.
  • Breaking down his track “On Top Of The World” and discussing MAX For Live and custom patch creation.

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