On the RoadJonathan Byrd Washington-based band Death Cab for Cutie (DCFC) has a reputation for melancholic, reflective lyrics, doing their best to dodge being labeled 10/01/2004 8:00 AM Eastern
Washington-based band Death Cab for Cutie (DCFC) has a reputation for melancholic, reflective lyrics, doing their best to dodge being labeled indie rockers. We checked in with front-of-house engineer Jonathan Byrd.
This summer, we've been doing festival shows and one-offs, so it's been rental backlines and minimal or no soundchecks at outdoor venues with eight other bands.
I try to make what I'm doing unnoticeable to the audience. I like things clean, well proportioned and not too loud. I want to eliminate the impression that there is a big P.A. up there. And if all of that is too much to ask, I just make sure that everyone can hear Ben [Gibbard, also guitarist] sing.
I'm a big fan of Audix OM7s and the RNC compressor. I've got a great idea for mounting four of them in an ammo case like the Daking or API Lunchboxes.
I'll go ahead and represent my hometown: the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, North Carolina. I saw my first rock shows there and spent many years working there before I started touring, so I've got a pretty good handle on the room. The Showbox in Seattle is my home away from home, and the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta is a favorite because of the great crew.
Music and audio occupy almost all of my time. I'm learning how to be a studio engineer so that I have at least one other marketable skill. I play music, repair equipment, go to shows. Oh, and I go to the farmers' market every chance I get. Support your local growers!