Photo: Julia Burke
Front-of-house engineer Kirk “Eek” Shreiner has mixed for Mötley Crüe and is currently out with Maroon 5.
I have been working for Clair/Showco for 19 years and have been touring for the last 15 years. When I became a system engineer, I got to work with some of the best FOH engineers in the business, so I took in a lot of good and bad info. It was cool to be able to A/B these guys. Now that I’m starting to mix at FOH, I’m putting it to good use. First, you need good gain structure. I saw so many opening-band mixers with bad gain structure that couldn’t keep their mix together. Also, when EQ’ing an empty room, don’t overdo it. When people get in the room, your sound will change, mostly for the better. Always make sure your delay times are right between the P.A., front-fill and subs; after that, I delay everything back to the loudest thing onstage. Lastly, use your ears; use your computer as a tool.