Nine of the Best Live Sound Engineers in Dallas
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Here's a few of the folks who bend over backwards, often for peanuts, to produce live local music. A disclaimer: This is not a complete list -- there are plenty of great sound engineers in Dallas, and these are just a few of our favorites. Note also that this doesn't include Denton or Fort Worth -- we suspect both are worthy of their own lists.
Sound engineers tend to be an under appreciated lot; juggling indelicate fans with delicate electronics that won't tolerate a spilled drink, plus musicians (with their varying and colorful personalities). There are a million and one reasons why live sound can sound wrong, and only some of the reasons can be attributed to the FOH person. Live music production, by nature, will always have it's shares of follies and challenges throughout the show...and while some of our knob-twiddlers can certainly be more socially pleasant than others, they're far from being the bad guy most of the time. They all have to deal with being the brunt end of anything that might go awry during the precarious process of presenting live music. Really, FOH techs are just people who (just like us) are there because they love live music. Point being, they deserve a cheers and a hooray.
So here's your chance to get to know a few of Dallas' live music sound-crafters, in no particular order, mind you.
Age : 40
Venues : House Of Blues, Double Wide, Trees, & several others
Years in Town : 13ish
Years in the Biz: 19ish
Gig Pet Peeves: A band (or worse, their manager/girlfriend/boyfriend) telling me how to mix them...especially when they clearly don't have an understanding of live audio! Also, when "Okay, this is our last song" becomes a 23 minute long opus.
Favorite Piece of Live Gear : Gear that works!
Age: I am 39 years old.
Venus: I am a touring engineer mostly. I have done fill in shows at
Trees over the past two years on my down time.
Years Mixing in DFW: I have been mixing in DFW for 20 plus years.
Years in the Biz: I have been in the business about 22 years.
Gig Pet Peeves: Pet peeves at this point are not even an issue anymore. If you must, let me do my job and you do yours.
Favorite Piece of Live Gear: Favorite piece of gear is my ears & my intact hearing, hands down!
Age: 37yrs old.
Venues: Chief Engineer Club Dada . Various contract jobs and festivals in the DFW area.
Years Mixing in Town: I guess I started mixing when I was around 23 or 24 years old.
Years in the Biz: I've been kickin' around in the music industry for about 20 years at this point.
Pet Peeves: Really more of a set of guidelines. A couple of big ones are: 1) Be on time and be organized. 2) Help me and be pleasant and I'll work my ass off to make your experience as easy and fun as possible. I know what it's like up there and for an hour or so, I'm part of your band. Try to remember that.