Show & Tell is where we get artists to tell us about a piece of gear that they cherish and use as a part of their live or studio setup. In this instalment, we caught up with local jazz-funk lords Sunnyside ahead of their upcoming Japanese tour, which includes a show at the infamous Fuji Rock Festival. Dive on in!
What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
Drum roll please…. We bring you the Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad! It’s the ultimate sampling pad, electronic drum kit, and looper all in one. Okay, we’ll stop with the advertising speak now, but you can tell we love this little machine.
How did you come across this particular item?
Our drummer Callum first got this sample pad in 2015, originally with the intention of using it to add another percussive dimension to our live performances; claps, 808s, and other effects, but since then we have experimented with it more and discovered its boundless potential.
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
As well as the percussive stuff mentioned before, we now use it for playing ambient samples that help act as transition fillers between songs, helping bring the mood down with a looped, whacked out sample then the band comes back in with the hard groove.
What is it that you like about it so much?
No live performance of ours is complete without the elements it brings. We can literally sample any sound and trigger them at any point through our set, how sick is that!?
Tell us a little about what you have coming up.
We are currently rehearsing hard in preparation for our big show at The Night Cat in Fitzroy July 12th as well as our Japan tour and two shows at Fuji Rock festival, which is getting us more and more excited in the upcoming days, you can catch all the information for our shows at the links below. We hope to see you there!
Keep up to date with all Sunnyside's overseas exploits here.