The UK dance band Rudimental brought BLOCKS to London’s Regent Street Apple Store this week. Kings of musical collaboration, the four friends have worked with accomplished vocalists from Ed Sheeran and Bobby Womack to Emeli Sandé and Lianne La Havas.
The crowd gathered to watch the ‘Today At Apple – The Art of Beat-Making’ event were treated to an interview charting Rudimental’s inspirations and creative process, followed by an entertaining performance on BLOCKS.
With two UK number ones and a Mercury Prize nominated album under their belt (2013’s Home), the band told the audience that they are now working on album three in their East London studio.
Relaying their first experiences making music to interviewer Tom Thorogood from Beats 1 Radio, Rudimental said that they first came to create using different instruments, from the bass guitar that inspired the band’s singer Amir Amor, to the DAW FL studio. But now that BLOCKS exist, band-member DJ Locksmith explained, it’s that much easier for an aspiring musician to get started.
One of the best things about BLOCKS is that they are portable added Piers Agget. ‘Lots of Rudimental’s most interesting musical ideas came out travelling on the road and BLOCKS supports this type of creativity.’
DJ Locksmith also joked that because the modular music studio is so accessible that anyone can create interesting musical motifs, he might have to start stealing ideas from his younger relatives using BLOCKS.
After the interview Rudimental joined Italian producer duo Parisi for two awesome BLOCKS jams. Jack Parisi laid down a beat and Marco Parisi provided some melodies, while Rudimental improvised with different sounds on Lightpad Blocks and the NOISE app.
Watch one of the jams filmed by a member of the audience here: