Push 1 stop
Push 1 stop is another VJ we had a chance to chat with at Igloofest when we started adding more than just DJ/producers to our interview rotation. She talked a lot about which software programs work well, which she prefers, and the best one to start with. Read on to hear her VJ advice.
How did you get started doing this?
►I was about 15 or 16 years old the first time I saw a VJ and I just knew right away it was exactly what I wanted to do because I was always into music. But, I was a visual person, and when I saw it was possible to dance with video, to dance with your mind, I knew it was exactly what I wanted to do. Then I started to play with videos from movies, or video clips, and I didn’t really like it because it wasn’t my footage. So, I wanted to create my own footage, and that’s how I started to do photography and movies and film stuff, then 3D motion design. You have to be a little geek to be a VJ if you wanna have fun.
Did you have a mentor or did you take classes? How did you get started?
►I had a mentor! VJ MA” was such a role model for me. When I saw her for the first time, it was on TV and I thought she was amazing. Then I went to go see her when she was playing, but I was too shy to talk to her. Once I was drunk and was like, “VJ Ma! VJ Ma! Can I talk to you? Can I have your email?” She was so nice to me, and decided to have a drink with me and have a chat. She believed in me and she made me play, and I was really happy about that. I work in post production so I do visual effects for a living; for sure it helps.
Which software do you use?
►I have one that is my favorite, but I use them all. I use After Effects, Cinema 4D, TouchDesigner, Smoke, Final Cut, Resolume, Modul8. you name it. I like them all. For me, it’s a tool. It doesn’t matter if it’s Cinema 4D or After Effects. I use them all for one part and another part. I’m really into generative design lately. I like stuff that reacts to music and that can be created when you’re doing it live.
Tell us about your live setup.
►I use Resolume and TouchDesigner at the same time to do the mapping and to do some generative designs and effects. I also use midi controllers and iPhone.
So it sounds like you prefer using your own content. Are there ever scenarios when an artist you’re VJ’ing for will send you graphics ahead of time to use during their set?
►I usually refuse when they do that, but it depends. If it’s Igloofest, I’m really happy to use their logo; this year, I put fur on it to play with it. We were doing a gig in the 360 environment so it was cool. I don’t really use what people are giving me. Usually, they send me their music and I create for the music. I like to create my own stuff.
If somebody decides they want to get into VJ’ing, how do you advise they get involved?
►To start, I think they should play with a software like After Effects and start designing. VJ’ing is designing at start. I think you should be able to create your own design to play. Or, you can start playing with a demo of Resolume or Modul8 and use other clips. The fun part is designing though, I think, and After Effects is a good software to start with.