“Music is the universal language. If I can help spread positivity, joy, and a sense of togetherness through it, my purpose is fulfilled.”
Immersed into the “electronic” scene in 1987 with heavy influences from Industrial music, 80’s New Wave, and early Hip Hop, Unit: E became a prominent figure in the underground and club scene of Hawaii. From the Full Moon Gatherings and “Techno Tuesdays” of ’99 to headlining the Hawaii Electronic Music Festival and Earthdance today, Unit: E has participated in countless events across Hawaii and the West Coast US.
In more recent years, Unit: E has taken to teaching classes to groups and individuals on the subject of hardware music production and performance, and the fundamentals of DJing, including getting familiar with the different types of gear used. This has shown to be quite effectual and he has secured contracts with Roland US as a Cloud Academy instructor and a DJ Ambassador.
Providing clear, simple instruction in a relaxed and understanding environment, Unit: E has guided hundreds of budding electronic musicians through the difficult beginnings of electronic music production and performance. Opening for acts such as Mark Farina, Bonobo (DJ Set), Late Night Alumni, Shiny Toy Guns, DJ Harvey, DJ Garth, and more has given Unit: E the opportunity to watch and learn from them and apply that knowledge to his teachings.
Always on the dance floor when not behind the decks, and smiling at everyone he meets, you can bet that Unit: E has his heart and soul in the music.
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Understanding Your Studio
“With the amount of DJs out now, it’s hard to tell them apart.
Not so with Unit: E, the instant I walk in the room I know he’s on!”
— Dope Dude
“Unit: E spent about an hour with me today helping to connect my Roland MC-707 and JDXi as well as my RC-505. He is very patient and thorough, just like he is in his YouTube videos. In fact his tutorials on YouTube are what convinced me to buy the MC-707. Unit: E knows all of this like the back of his hand and it makes a HUGE difference to have guys like him available to help out customers. Looking forward to more help and tutorials with him! Thank you, sir!”
— Trey Smith
“Unit: E’s videos have been a great tool to get to know the TR-8S and have really inspired me to create. Brian is such a great source for information and problem-solving. Thanks for your support Brian!”
— Ronnie M
“I have been able to learn about my music equipment by reading the manual and following a lot of YouTube channels. But, I hit a wall. I was unable to progress in my music creation because of the lack of knowledge in my equipment. I reached out to one of my favourite YouTubers in hopes that I could convince him of giving me a few one on one classes. Turns out that this was a service he did provide. Thanks to Brian, I feel so much more confident with my music equipment and the creation level in my music has skyrocketed! His ability to teach is none other, he then takes the time to let you “teach him” to ensure you understand every single step!”
“Unit: E is a man of outstanding knowledge who helped me solve many issues with my Roland tr8s that I could never of solved without his skills and expertise, he dedicated himself to my issue like it were his own and I owe him massively for this as he saved me a lot of stress and time! I highly recommend working with him or taking any of his advice. This man is a top guy who is prepared to help anytime!”
— Sonny K.
“I’m glad I got to work with Unit: E. The guy has got some skills and is focused on his path as a DJ and music producer. Plus, he’s just a great guy!”
— DJ Exile
“Brian helped me when I first got back into DJing again. I started DJing at the age of 15years old but that was in the old days when there was no such thing as digital DJ equipment, so I had to start off almost brand new to the industry because I didn’t know anything about digital DJ controllers. I reached out to Brian one day because I wanted to get back into the game. He was all open arms to me, with no hesitation. He taught me step by step on learning a DJ controller and Serato DJ program. This man didn’t know me at all, but was so willing to teach me. Now today, I’ve become a great DJ and have made lots of money, all thanks to my good friend, Brian 👍. This man has a great spirit and passion when it comes to helping people out. Thank you, bro, from the bottom of my heart my friend, you’ve been a huge blessing in my life. To everybody reading this, God could not have picked a better person to teach you.👍
Hit him up or share this to someone that needs help or want to dive into DJing or music 👍”
— DJ X-Ray-D
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Roland TR Editor for TR-8S & TR-6S - Walk-Through & ReviewWe walk through the TR Editor and Librarian for the Roland TR-8S and TR-6S Rhythm Performers. This standalone software allows you to build and edit your patterns and kits from your computer. You get full access to all menu parameters and hardware controls with a direct connection to the device.
Follow the link to download a backup file for your TR-8S. This backup contains all blank patterns and kits. All kits have had the instruments removed, so it is really a blank slate. Don't worry! All the sounds and tones are still in the machine. You can't get rid of those. If you do not want to lose any of your current patterns and kits, be sure to backup your device before installing the All Blank file. Once the All Blank backup has been installed on your device (by using the Restore function in the Utility Menu, Utility category), you can import your individual patterns and kits from the previous backup file, onto the machine. This function is also found in the Utility menu, Utility category.
If you have any questions, check out my video on updating to 2.0. This walks you through the process of backing up and restoring. If that doesn't help, leave a comment below. Thank you
as a note, the app will kit show the Roland Cloud page, it will show the articles page.
Thanks for watching!!
All Blank backup:
Modular Live Set for Earthdance Hawaii 2021 - Maiden VoyageThis is a live set I have been working on that was supposed to be premiered at Earthdance Hawaii this past weekend. Unfortunately, the event got shut down and I didn't get to share my creation.
So, here it is . My first ever live set using my modular synth case and the Roland TR-6S and MC-101. I hope you enjoy!!
Exploring OH-HI. A Journey Through SoundBefore leaving for 2 weeks on holiday, I patched up the modular case and was building an idea. I left it unfinished and took the MC-101 and the TR-6S with me to Ohio for some free time explorations. When I returned to Hawaii, I brought everything back together and played.
This is what happens when Ohio and Hawaii get together within me. I truly hope you enjoy. Aloha.
- Roland MC-101
- Roland TR-6S
- Eurorack (see link for module information)
If you're interested in any of the gear shown, visit http://www.detroitmodular.com and they can take care of you. Nels and Trent are super-friendly and knowledgeable.
First Jam - Roland TR-06, MC-101, and Eurorack GrooveboxA quick first jam with the patch I was working on this past weekend. TR-06 is the master clock and providing half the drums. MC-101 is providing some tones and being used to control the modular groovebox through the @Squarp Instruments Hermod. You can find the modular lineup here...
More to come, including a walkthrough.