BEAT LIFE event showcases electronic musician AF THE NAYSAYER

Photo of AF THE NAYSAYER courtesy of the artist

BEAT LIFE performances aim to further Asheville’s presence in electronic music by pairing live shows with professional learning and networking opportunities. The event’s latest incarnation, a two-hour Moog Music workshop plus a subsequent concert at the One Stop Deli & Bar, spotlights the work of New Orleans-based hip-hop artist Amahl Abdul-Khaliq, also known as AF THE NAYSAYER.

Abdul-Khaliq will cover the use of Moog Werkstatt-01 in Ableton software on Saturday, March 14, showing locals how he makes “a groove-based track from scratch” using the technology. His one-hour lesson, held 5-6 p.m., follows a similarly formatted, hands-on workshop by Moog instructors Paul Gaeta and Rob Gray from 4-5 p.m. Their session, however, will cover EQ-ing and side chain compression in Ableton Live.

“This workshop is aimed at beginners and professionals alike,” says Gaeta. “If you are looking to get the warmth and character of the analog effects and synths that Moog Music is so famous for, in a digital audio workstation environment, then this workshop is for you.”

A $5 ticket, available by calling 239-0123 or emailing, covers both sessions at the Moog retail store. Participation is limited to the first 30 sign-ups.

Following a day in the classroom, pupils can catch AF THE NAYSAYER in his other natural environment — on stage. He’ll play the One Stop with support from Peripheral, Cosmoore, Musashi Xero, and Vietnam Jerry just a few hours after dismissing class. The show, including visuals by CRLTND8R, starts at 10 p.m. Concert tickets are available for $6 at

About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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