“I fuckin hate this computer,” Ross Birchard grumbles, hunched over his laptop. It’s May of 2014, just hours before the producer known as Hudson Mohawke is set to take the stage at New York’s Webster Hall. Decked out in all white, frowning beneath giant glasses, he’s been running late all day, and the night’s setlist isn’t nearly in place.
Punctuality isn’t Ross’ strong suit, but in this instance his excuse is legit—he had to tear himself away from a recording session with Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin and Antony Hegarty for the latter’s forthcoming LP. Antony is also one of a few surprise guests tentatively planned for the night’s show, but there’s a catch: the British crooner doesn’t want to actually appear on stage and has instead requested to sing behind a screen. “I don’t want the spot-light to be on me neither!” Ross exclaims, with a measure of sympathy.