In the latest edition of ‘In The Studio’ we catch up with Melbourne DJ royalty Mike Callander at School of Synthesis in Melbourne. Mike gave us an overview of his current live setup and talked us through the way he combines traditional DJing with live performance.
Anyone who knows Mike Callander understands the impact he has had on Melbourne’s underground nightlife. From his brilliantly crafted techno and minimal sets at the iconic Honkytonks in the early naughties, to current collaborations as part of Zero Percent (With Kim Moyes of the Presets) and Broken Acid Experiment (With Honeysmack and T-Rek), Mike has cemented a legacy as one Melbourne’s elite.
Beyond the Dj booth Mike has diversified his talents as a co-founder of Haul Music alongside Christian Vance and Craig McWhinney. In addition to housing a series of releases from the three Australian techno stalwarts, the label has featured tracks and remixes from Child, Tornado Wallace and Alexkid. Mike is also a certified Ableton trainer and has been an integral part in bringing electronic music creation to the Melbourne masses, co-founding one of Australia’s leading electronic music schools School of Synthesis (SOS).
Recently Mike has been touring a hybrid live show – combining DJing with live elements including drum machines, synths and sequencers. While he often chooses to change up his gear, at the time of filming Mike was using the Arturia Beatstep Pro and Mircrobrute SE, Roland TR-8 and JU-06, Moog Minitaur, Korg Volca FM, Boss DD-500 and the Pioneer usual suspects. We made our way down to SOS and asked Mike to talk us through his current live setup. Check out the video below.