Leo Beattie was at the epicenter of the Detroit rock scene of the late 1960’s, early 1970’s. After leaving his parents house just a year or two prior, and narrowly missing the draft for Vietnam, his first professional job in the industry was as a roadie for the hard-hitting band, the MC5.
It’s an honor to be celebrating my 105th episode this week with our guest, Monitor Engineer Bruce Danz.
For the last 25 years Bruce has mixed monitors for some of Rock’s hardest hitting artists including Anthrax, Testament, Alice Cooper, Death Angel, and Buckcherry. He endured a sixteen-year run with Marilyn Manson while simultaneously mixing for Avenge Sevenfold, a gig that has lasted almost eighteen years.
After fifty years as a working and dedicated FOH engineer, Dansir McCullough still believes in the power of music, and the thrill it gives him night after night to stand at the center of it all, and push the faders up on over a hundred microphones.
Dansir’s big break came with Ted Nugent, who he would mix for from 1976-1984. Prior to that he had been with Bob Seger, the Rockets, and the Tea.
There are many types of successful people out there; those who fell into their position, those for whom luck comes easy and often, and even those that lie, cheat, and steal their way into opportunities until they find themselves in a position of power, leaving a trail of heartbreak and deceit along the way.
Yet there’s another group, who climb the ladder of success in a most understated way. Day in and day out, they quietly do their jobs, learning, getting better, being forthright with their peers and employers, their innocence and naïveté coupled with a pure love and passion for their career, eventually leading them to the highest ranks within their chosen field.
Guitar Tech Steven “Charley” Cohen is a member of this aforementioned group. His approach is simple, his love of his job is pure and palpable, and his sense of self and his ability is straightforward and clear.