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Take some coarsely chopped fruit, a bit of apple juice, water, apricot preserves, 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 takes equal parts Armand van Helden and A-Trak, the duo behind electro bangers like "Big Bad Wolf" and "Barbra Streisand." This Wednesday, though, you'll have to settle for a partial serving when the latter half of the EDM group takes over LIV, dropping heavy disco-dance jams 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 a 2011 NPR interview. "It took awhile 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 began 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," he's explained. "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 you're moving a record back and forth, well, you're moving the time code back and forth."
Go catch A-Trak manipulating time codes this Wednesday. And maybe he'll serve up a spoonful of sonic Duck Sauce too.