M4SONIC was propelled into the international dance scene spotlight as a result of a series of groundbreaking YouTube performances featuring the Novation launchpad. The 25 year old Australian discovered the Launchpad when he read an interview with his music idol Deadmau5 entitled “Dance DJs are Glorified Button Pushers”. The article was a typically blunt explanation by Deadmau5 about the ease of modern DJ’ing and the common assumption “by the audience [that] there’s a guy on a laptop up there producing new original tracks on the fly. Because none of the “top DJs in the world” to my knowledge have [done this]. Myself included.”. Determined to give the concept of creating a truly live DJing performance, M4SONIC purchased a Novation Launchpad the next day.
At only 6 years old M4SONIC started experimenting on the piano. Unable to read music at the time, his eagerness to create was evident even at this young age. Now, 19 years later, with 10 years classical training in piano under his belt he has not lost this experimental edge but he has swapped the piano for a Novation launchpad.
His first Mashup – “Weapon” samples 15 tracks, from some of his favourite artists; Deadmau5, Skrillex, Nero, Porter Robinson and Knife Party. By using a drum rack to launch samples that are < 2 seconds in length the mashup has a truly original sound. Unlike Launchpad prodigy Madeon who generally uses the “trigger” function to cue and launch tracks that sync with each other as the launchpad buttons are pressed, M4SONIC wanted his live performances to replicate the experience of producing the music on an instrument so he uses the “user 1” setting, which enables the user to play each sound as the pad is pressed. This setting relies on frenetic hand activity, muscle memory, and timing. If he isn’t touching the pads, no sound is coming out, making it a truly instrumental electronic performance.
He uploaded a self made video to YouTube on July 10th, 2012 of his mashup “Weapon” under the moniker M4SONIC, and within less than 3 weeks the video had received 1,000,000 views. Subsequent videos of Skrillex’s “Bangarang” and solo demos have received similar acclaim. In his next video “Virus”, uploaded 6th December 2012, he upped the ante and introduced a 2nd launchpad in a totally original composition. The track was infectious with 1,000,000 views in less than 10 days! Nick has released 4 videos via YouTube. In the last 6 months, these videos have a cumulative total of over 88,000,000 views to date for this YouTube sensation.
Now developing his new live show and releasing new original tracks, M4SONIC is an artist to watch for 2017…