Music Monday: DJ DKO “Heavy Metal Paperclip” Single on Electric Trombone


For this Music Monday, I present to you the absolutely mind blowing cool new video and single from Darren Kramer (aka DJ DKO) called “Heavy Metal Paperclip" – on – wait for it – Electric Trombone!  Darren is a friend and one of the growing number of musicians in the Denver area who are working hard to use Ableton to both record and perform expressive music live! 

Checkout this video! Simply fantastic playing and use of Ableton Live.

Heavy Metal Paperclip from DKO Productions on Vimeo.


Here is what Darren says about this video and song:


Electric Trombone DJ, Darren Kramer (aka DJ DKO), performing "Heavy Metal Paperclip" the first single from the upcoming CD "Beyond The Boneyard".

This new solo project “Beyond The Boneyard” is a cutting-edge live performance innovation that pushes the boundaries of the typical trombone stereotype as well as that of the traditional DJ. Kramer (aka DJ DKO) performs an inspiring live DJ remix of originals and covers via Ableton Live looping with electric trombone, virtual synths, vocoder, and the Jazz Mutant Lemur! Furthermore, this unique project is enhanced with spectacular visuals created in realtime by utilizing the latest VJ software to combine Kramer’s world-class photography and original video with live camera feeds for a truly stunning interactive audio/visual experience. Due to its technological sophistication, “Beyond The Boneyard” is also being taught by Kramer as a popular media arts presentation and workshop in schools throughout the country.


In a related note, I wanted to mention that Darren is also a co-founder of The Gig Easy company which provides iPad solutions for musicians (and used by the likes of Ric Ocasek, Jordan Rudess, Steve Martin and more).

As always, I encourage you fan up with Darren and consider a buy to support his art.



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2 Comments Leave a comment

  1. cool! I too play trombone with my Ableton rig and trigger effects with a foot controller (Behringer FCB-1010) and bouncing back and forth between that, live keyboard performance and DJing in the same set, but what this guy is doing is inspiring nevertheless. Really creative use of the tools imho. Gives me some creative ideas now.


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