Mike “Mike D” Diamond, Adam “MCA” Yauch and Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz — otherwise known as the Beastie Boys — released their seventh studio album this year; The Mix-Up is a completely instrumental release that also features keyboardist Money Mark and percussionist Alfredo Ortiz. The scratch-heavy group are touring in support of this release, mixing it up night from night, playing either their sample-pleasing hits or cuts from the instrumental release. Mix caught up with the tour during a two-night stand in the San Francisco Bay Area: the more intimate “instrumental show” at the Warfield Theater and their bigger show at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre.
MONITOR ENGINEER SEAN STURGE
Monitor engineer Sean Sturge is manning a Digidesign VENUE board for this tour, using onboard effects that include the All Access Pack with Drawmer TourBuss, Focusrite and TC Electronic DVR2. Front-of-house engineer Tim Colvard (who was unavailable for comment) is on a DiGiCo D5.
“For vocal mics,” Sturge says, “Ad-Rock, MCA and Mike D are on Sennheiser SKM5000, and for in-ears we have Sensaphonic ProPhonic 2X-S.”