A-Trak Blasting Disco-Dance Jams and Manipulating Time Codes at LIV on June 20

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Take some coarsely chopped fruit, a bit of apple juice, some water, apricot preserve, and a little soy sauce. Add a few pinches of garlic powder, dry mustard, and a half-cup of brown sugar. Now you've got yourself some edible duck sauce.

For sonic Duck Sauce, however, it only takes equal parts Armand van Helden and A-Trak, the duo behind electro bangers like "Big Bad Wolf" and "Barbra Streisand."

On Wednesday, June 20, the latter half of the group will take over LIV, dropping heavy disco-dance jams on the Fontainebleau spot via his Serato.


Though he's traded analog mixing for digital files, A-Trak is still a monster on the decks. In fact, he was the first DJ to use Serato software outside of New Zealand, the program's birthplace.

"I was Kanye [West]'s tour DJ for four years, and the entire music of the show rested on my shoulders," Alain "A-Trak" Macklovitch explained in 2011 NPR interview. "It took a while for me to convince his team to let me use Serato because again, everyone was like, 'What if the laptop crashes?'"

A-Trak is an expert of the craft, and started mixing records when he was 12-years-old. By his 16th birthday, he'd already been crowned the DMC DJ world champion, and by 20, he knew that virtual turntables were the future.

"Everything that you do on a record is reflected the same way as if it were a real record. If you increase or decrease the pitch on the turntable, which is what you do when you mix records, that information gets transferred as well (to the computer)... If you scratch a record, which just means that you're moving a record back and forth, well, you're moving the time code back and forth."

Catch him manipulating time codes on Wednesday, June 20.

A-Trak. Wednesday, June 20 at 11 p.m., LIV (4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach). Tickets are $30-$40 plus fees via wantickets.com. Visit livnightclub.com.

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