Kylie’s ‘Aphrodite – Les Folies’ and ‘Aphrodite Live 2011’ tour commenced in Denmark on the 19th February 2011 and has travelled extensively throughout Europe before moving onto Japan, North America, Australia, South East Asia and South Africa.
The tour's musical director, keyboard player and programmer, David Tench, is using two Nord Keyboards in his four keyboard rig - a Stage EX and Lead 3.
Not that you'd instantly recognise them - the lavish production's design requirements demanded the Nord's famous red finish be shrouded in white as the band is clearly visible on the all-white stage.
'I've loved having the Nord synths in my rig,' says David. 'The Stage EX takes care of all the main piano duties. I love the fact that the effects do exactly what you want from them. Sometimes I need a grand piano with a splash of reverb for a ballad and it sounds great. However, I also love the fact that I can crunch it using compression and amp effects to give me that dirty contemporary sound when I need it. The synth section is also great for sweeping pads and little bleepy noises.
'The Nord Lead 3 takes care of most of those duties though. It's the synth that Stuart Price uses a lot and since he is Executive Producer on Kylie's Aphrodite album, I've had a lot of success in replicating his sounds on that board. I love it.'
David Tench is a massively experienced keyboard player and musical director. In addition to his role as MD/Keys/Programmer for the Kylie tour his CV includes Will Young (MD/Keys), Lady GaGa (Keys), Girls Aloud (MD/Keys/Programming), Spandau Ballet (Keys) Pixie Lott (Recording), James Brown (Keys), Joss Stone (keys) and much more!
On realtime control and reliability David continues, 'The thing I love the most about all Nord synths is the real time hands on sound manipulation. I love assigning filter sweeps and interesting modulation things to the wheel or expression pedal and using that live. And they've have been rock solid while we've been to just about every country in the world.'
Keyboard, MIDI and playback tech Marcus Lindsay is charged with supporting the keyboards throughout the world tour. He says, 'My time is generally spent managing the playback which drives the sync for all the show departments, so having a confident David Tench and reliable keyboards means I'm not worrying about them so much during the show.'