Chester French's Maxwell Drummey (L) and D.A. Wallach
Indie rock/hip-hop duo Chester French (Max-well Drummey and D.A. Wallach) recently embarked on a European tour before heading back to the States as opener for Blink-182's summer tour. Mix caught up with tour manager/front-of-house engineer Sean Peel.
How did you get involved with this tour?
Engineer Sean Peel
I was contacted by the band's management and was asked to be the tour manager and front-of-house engineer.
How much gear are you carrying?
I was just carrying Electro-Voice mics and using what was provided at the venue or whatever the [headliner's] tour we were on.
What is your go-to piece of gear for this act?
My Electro-Voice mics: the PL80 vocal mic, the 468 drum mic, RE200 on cymbals, ND478 on keys/bass/guitar amps, 868 on kick drum, and DI 100 on keys and drum pad.
What is your mixing style for this act?
The style you mix always depends on the band. I hate when sound guys mix the same way with every band. I feel like I needed to do a prog-rock feel, but kind of had to add a hip-hop flare on the bottom end. It was like mixing funk style for Tom Waits!
Where can we find you when you're not on the road?
I live in Houston, and work at the House of Blues there and for some of the local sound companies.