June 2014 saw James Lavelle’s Meltdown come to fruition at London’s South Bank. Celebrating 21 years of his Mo’ Wax label, Lavelle assembled a stellar line-up including Jeff Mills, Trentemoller, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Shadow, James Holden, ESG, and Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra performing “Timeless” for the first time. As part of the Meltdown Sessions, Ableton and CDR joined forces and hosted a series of workshops and seminars at the Royal Festival Hall, which included guests DJ Shadow, Heritage Orchestra, Si Medway-Smith, as well as Mo Wax alumni Andrea Parker, Kirk Degiorgio and Attica Blues.
The Heritage Orchestra came through ahead of their performance of Goldie’s “Timeless” to discuss the creative process that went into that and previous projects such as Giorgio Moroder and Joy Division re-workings. It was a great insight into interpreting a classic piece of work – the need to get into another artists’ head space; lengthy debates on the all important reverse snare sound in “Inner City Life”; and how they recreated the white noise on the snare hits in “I Feel Love”. One of the most impressive was how they transferred their hybrid classical-electronic performance to a live scenario involving upwards of 40 people, as they put it, “5 years of talking about it, and two months of actually getting down to it”!