Shawn Wasabi is an LA-based musician, but not in the way you might traditionally think. He doesn’t just play a guitar or piano or produce songs in a DAW (digital audio workstation, like Ableton Live or FL Studio). He’s a controllerism artist, using a piece of equipment called the Midi Fighter 64, a custom 64-button controller commissioned from music tech company DJ TechTools.
It all started with a button-pusher named Shawn Wasabi (Shawn Serrano) who is known for his MIDI Fighter mashups. He shot to fame with his first mashup routine, Mac n’ Cheese which was performed on the MIDI Fighter 3D, MIDI Fighter Spectra and a couple of video game controllers. After creating more successful mashups using the 16 buttons on the MIDI Fighter Spectra/3D Shawn eventually contacted Michael Mitchell from DJTechTools to build a custom prototype of a MIDI Fighter with 64 buttons! The first mashup Shawn created with this controller, Marble Soda, is still one of his most popular mashups with over 18 million hits on YouTube.
Midi Fighter 64 is a great nostalgia-laced controller that is great for mashups, finger drumming and creating visually exciting performance routines.
Shawn Wasabi + YDG - Burnt Rice (feat. YUNG GEMMY)
Shawn Wasabi - Marble Soda
Shawn Wasabi - OTTER POP (ft. Hollis)
September 6, 2017