Tour Log: MastodonRead Mix Spotlight on Mastodon 2008 Tour With Touring Engineer Lewis Lovely 9/01/2008 8:00 AM Eastern
Rockers Mastodon recently held a sought-after headlining spot at this year's Bonnaroo festival, where Mix caught up with front-of-house engineer/tour manager Lewis Lovely. If you didn't make it to the festival, check out our online photo gallery available at mixonline.com/photos/bonnaroo2008; you can also check out a 30-minute Webcast of Mastodon's performance at www.attblueroom.com/music.
How much gear are you carrying on this tour?
We are carrying backline and a mic package. The boys are in the middle of recording their new record with Brendan O'Brien and are really concentrating on that right now.
Do you have a specific mixing style for the band?
I try not to make any one thing the predominant ingredient in a mix. You always run across engineers who think kick drum and vocals are all you need to hear. I want to comfortably hear any of the little nuances Mastodon has written in their songs.
What is the most difficult portion of your job for this tour?
As tour manager and front-of-house engineer, I have the wonderful job of taking care of their daily lives. They are a true trouble-rousing rock 'n' roll band, so press is always fun to schedule.
Where can we find you when you're not on tour?
Brooklyn, yo, with my wife, BB!