This week it’s just me in the studio riffing on the state of affairs of Roadie Free Radio and friends.
Scott Adamson is a touring FOH audio engineer and the founder of The Production Academy, an online school dedicated to helping musicians and sound engineers get the technical knowledge they need to have successful shows.
A California native who has been working in the music industry since the late 1990’s, Scott moved to Iowa with his family in his early teens, and it was there that he started playing the drums. His musical ambitions led him to play in several bands and he slowly developed an interest in the live sound aspect of the shows as well.
Kim Watson is a freelance sound engineer who’s been focused as a systems tech, monitor engineer, and Front of House engineer since she was in high school. She’s moved quickly up the ranks, earning the respect of her peers.
As the house engineer for Newcastle’s O2 Academy, she works with an incredible selection of artists. Her client list includes The Subways, Blondie, Tom Jones, Shane Filan, UB40, and Emilio Sande.
For the last eight years Bruce Reiter has been mixing Front of House for the hard-hitting band, Five Finger Death Punch. With a deep knowledge base of both the analog side and the digital side, Bruce has honed his skills and reputation with such artists as Megadeath, Social Distortion, Static-X, Fear Factory, Limp Bizkit, Rancid, and Powerman 5000.
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.
How does a Memphis Gospel singer find her way to Chicago to become an Opera singer, only decide the spotlight isn’t for her, and ultimately forge a career as the successful FOH Engineer for Janelle Monáe?
It’s these questions and more that I explore with the amazing and talented Amanda Davis.
Frustrated by the constraints of her classical training, and realizing the spotlight wasn’t where she was most comfortable, Amanda found a path into the world of live audio production where she has made a name for herself as one of the most solid Engineers on the road today.