How we use e-drums

Tuesday, 6 August 2019 1:47 pm

Hailing from Perth, Australia, Feels – comprising Elise Reitze-Swensen and Rosie Taylor – started as a duo in 2016. Blending unique percussion elements with lush electronic sounds, the duo creates a sound like no other.

Feels’ debut single Prior Engagement received international praise from Red Bull, Spotify (‘Fresh Finds’) and Apple Music (‘Best of The Week’). The duo recently won the 2018-19 West Australian Music (WAM) Song of The Year Award for their song They Need Us, featuring Stella Donnelly. They currently have several singles out, including Assemble (feat. ZĀN), Bad4me (feat. MISSY), and Piha.

The duo has close to10,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and a collective play count of over 300,000.

Feels has performed at Australian music festivals Listen Out, Falls Festival, Laneway Festival, Groovin The Moo, Perth International Arts Festival, Kickstart and Hyperfest.

They are passionate about gender equality in electronic music and are spearheading action in Australia through the creation of their Ableton user group community, record label and booking agency, WOMPP (Women of Music Production Perth).

Feels has received consistent industry recognition and has been personally invited by Ableton to attend Ableton Loop Berlin, undertaken studio residencies in Sydney and Auckland at Red Bull HQ as well as presenting to Ableton user groups worldwide. They also delivered a TEDxPerth talk in 2018 to an audience of over 2,000 attendees. They were given a platform to discuss the positive change their work with WOMPP has had on the Australian music scene.

As percussionists and producers, Feels loves to use creative tools that connect them musically to their production. They both have a Bachelor of Music, Elise majoring in composition and Rosie majoring in percussion.

They use an Alternate Mode MalletKat grand (four-octave electronic marimba) and a Roland SPD-SX to perform live and occasionally as production tools. When they are producing in the studio, they use a Macbook Pro with Ableton Live Suite 10, Focusrite 18i8 Scarlett interface, Push 2, and plug ins such as Serum, Izotope and Fabfilter. They are also huge MaxforLive fans and always use the extensions live devices in their production.

The MalletKat allows Elise to perform as a trained classical percussionist but be in control of dense sound design rather than just one marimba acoustic sound. Elise will play up to six different synth leads, pads or basslines in any given live track. She can also play drum samples on the MalletKat and use drum sticks as well as mallets.
Rosie has the ability to perform live with her skills in classical percussion and drumline, but has the option to use several different drum samples at a time - rather than just a drum kit or snare drum. She will play 11 different sounds in each track and sometimes actually switch to an additional 11 pads seamlessly during a track. As for current projects and recordings, they are releasing two singles: Circles, featuring Joan and the Giants, and Fake Fur, featuring MISSY. The duo also have an album due out in late November.

Feels Live Set Equipment List: 

  • MacBook Pro running Ableton Live 10 Suite
  • Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 audio interface
  • AlternateMode MalletKat KS Grand
  • Roland SPD-SX Drum sample pad
  • Two Roland tom pads
  • AudioFly Pro Series AF120 in ear monitors