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Skillet Tour Profile

Derek Toews, Skillet Hard-rockers Skillet (singer/bassist John Cooper, keyboardist/vocalist Korey Cooper, guitarist Ben Kasica and drummer/vocalist Jen 1/01/2010 7:00 AM Eastern
Derek Toews, Skillet

Skillet

Hard-rockers Skillet (singer/bassist John Cooper, keyboardist/vocalist Korey Cooper, guitarist Ben Kasica and drummer/vocalist Jen Ledger) are on tour supporting their latest release, Awake. Mix caught up with the Awake and Alive tour and chatted with front-of-house engineer Derek Toews.

How much gear are you carrying?

Knowing that Skillet's music is like big arena rock, we took out a Meyer P.A. system. We are flying a pair of MILO line arrays with nine elements a side, along with six M'elodie elements a side as side hangs. On the ground, we have 12 700HP subs and two UPA front-fills. For monitors, we're using a Yamaha M7 with Sennheiser G3 transmitters. At FOH, I'm mixing on a Yamaha PM5D with a Big Ben word clock.

What is your mixing style for this band?

FOH engineer Derek Toews

FOH engineer Derek Toews

I do my best to create energy. Guitars are the main part of the mix and spatial separation is my primary focus when trying to layer the guitars with John Cooper's vocals. I try to reduce the presence of the guitars in the upper-mids to create space for the vocals to sit on top.

Where can we find you when you're not on the road?

In Nashville on a dirt bike track or having a good time with my friends

February

Grammy Awards

The Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.

March
April

2015 NAB Show

Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV, U.S.