Joker – Sound Surgery Masterclass

Venue: Rough Trade Bristol
Date: Thu 22 Feb 2018
Time: 18:30
Price: £5.00 incl. booking fee
Presented by Multi-Track
Ages 16+

In the first of Multi-Track’s new series of Sound Surgery Masterclasses, dubstep/grime ‘king of bass’ Joker gives 1-2-1 advice on how to tweak your beats, learn new techniques and pick up totally new skills.

The British record producer Liam McLean, AKA Joker, will unpick the complexities of the subgenre “purple sound”, showcase his sizeable collection of vintage synthesisers and share guidance on how to be heard above the noise in the underground grime world.

Hosted by producer and DJ Kayla Painter at Rough Trade Bristol.


Doors: 18:30
Masterclass: 19:00 – 20:00
Q & A with Joker: 20:00 – 20:30
1-2-1-Feedback: 20:30 – 21:00
Networking/sharing: 21:00 – 22:00

1-2-1 Feedback opportunity
There will be some time to receive 1-2-1 feedback on your music from Joker; please bring along any examples of your work on USBs or SoundCloud links etc, and register your interest on arrival.

Due to time limitations this will be done on a first come first served basis.

Post-event networking / music sharing
The café/bar at the Rough Trade venue will be open until 10pm if you would like to  spend time networking or sharing your music with others after the session too.

How to get to Rough Trade Bristol
Rough Trade Bristol is located at 3 New Bridewell, Nelson Street, Bristol BS1 2QD.
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Featured artist

Liam McLean, better known by his stage name Joker, is a British record producer who creates music in genres such as dubstep and grime and was known for creating the subgenre “purple sound”.

He has contributed to two releases produced by the London-based record company Hyperdub and also runs his own label known as Kapsize Recordings. His debut album The Vision was released in 2011 through independent label 4AD and his LP The Mainframe was released in 2015 through his own Kapsize imprint.

He has collaborated with Jessie Ware, Freddie Gibbs and Newham Generals plus created remixes for Goldie, Rustie and Redligh

Kayla Painter


Practicing in the more academic reaches of sound design, Kayla Painter is a composer, producer and sound design artist. If you caught her set at Simple Things Festival or her debut at Glastonbury (Glade Stage) in 2017 you will no doubt have witnessed her unusual array of audio samples adopting field recordings as an intrinsic part of her live performance and recorded works. As a Masters graduate and a multi disciplinary artist Kayla’s works are part evolutionary, part exploratory with various media such as stop motion animation, installation, and film.

Kayla has been chosen by Gilles Peterson as a Future Bubbler, a scheme which provides mentoring and a host of industry opportunities for 10 emerging artists around the UK. She has spent two years as a lecturer at the University of South Wales and is currently the Course Leader of Songwriting at The British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) in Bristol.

DATE: 22nd February 2018
TIME: 18:30
VENUE: Rough Trade Bristol

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