Friday, February 13, 2009

Interview with Sarah DeCourcy, musical director for X2008


Producing Kylie’s X2008 European Tour

Kylie Minogue’s hugely successful X2008 tour offered fans the chance to experience a fresh take on old favourites as well as enjoy her very latest material. Linking it all together, at the heart of the sound production, is a collection of Korg’s most coveted sound-generation and performance tools, including the 88-note weighted-keyboard version of the M3 workstation, MicroKorg and RADIAS synthesizers, plus the latest KAOSS Pad processor. Thomas James interviews Musical Director and keyboard player, Sarah deCourcy, to find out more.

Kylie is just about as successful as it’s possible to become in the music industry. In a career spanning more than two decades, she has gone from daytime soap-star to dance music diva, delivering scintillating live performances. Opening in Paris on May 6th, her 53-date X2008 tour visited all the major European cities, before completing its run in London’s O2 arena at the start of August. Fresh, exhilarating and innovative was what Minogue wanted her shows to be, and she achieved this by creating new arrangements of classic crowd-pleasers, using state-of-the-art stage lighting and video projection technology, and staging plenty of high-energy dancing.

Musical Director, Sarah deCourcy, was given the tricky task of selecting equipment capable of recreate the diverse palette of sounds the live set demanded, and it was the Korg range she chose to do it all!

“There are so many different styles of music in this show,” says Sarah, “it’s not just like pop or rock music all the way – it’s so diverse, from a ‘Copacabana’ cover to a remix of ‘Can’t get you out of my head’, and there are acoustic versions of other songs. It even goes right back to ‘I Should Be So Lucky’, 21 years ago.”


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