Think of modern trendsetters in jazz, and Mark de Clive-Lowe's name is among the first that springs to mind. Despite being in the underground consciousness for the best part of two decades, his sounds remain fresh and boundary-pushing. His live show gear setup mirrors that completely, combining piano, Fender Rhodes and a plethora of powerful electronic tools that let him improvise on the fly with instruments and electronically created sounds.
MdCL's resident party CHURCH is a hybrid of jazz and electronica. Mark performs alongside a drummer, bass player, and saxophonist, plus singers, rappers and MCs. His rig centers around a computer running Ableton Live, from which he triggers loops. He is also sent live feeds from all his co-musicians on stage. To ensure maximum stability and pristine audio quality, Mark uses a Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 audio interface, which connects via USB 2.0 to the laptop. A handful of effects processors gives him hands-on manipulation of his sounds, while a selection of MIDI controllers, including a Novation Launchpad, provide the ultimate tweakibility.
Mark also uses a Novation Impulse 61 MIDI controller keyboard, which he says "feels nice. It's got more weight than most synth keyboards and the size of the keys is what a keyboard player is going to expect: full size! Also, being able to use it as both a keyboard and a controller for Ableton and my other DAWs is great. The seamless integration to different DAWs makes it quick and easy switching between them."