Beginning October 4, Evanescence front-of-house engineer Eddie Mapp (pictured) will join the band known for its powerful vocals and gothic rock performances for a string of shows in Central and South America. Tour stops include Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Panama. This current tour began in October 2011, in support of their self-titled album released in the fall of 2011.
"The greatest challenge with this tour has been the traveling," Mapp says. "We've had some pretty unique routing this time out with little time between stops, sometimes traveling nearly halfway across the globe with almost no time for error."
Evanescence's first full-length album, Fallen (2003), sold more than 17 millions copies worldwide. In 2004, the band won two Grammy Awards, for Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance, and were nominated in two other categories.
Mapp has been with the band since 2003, and says he considers this latest tour to be one of the most demanding but rewarding: "To have the opportunity to travel once again with a great group of people that are committed to making music and having fun while doing it is great. Traveling can be tedious at times and I think it's important to remember that working in music should be a fun and enjoyable time for everyone. With that in mind, shooting for consistency night after night is something that I think everyone strives for and being able to deliver a solid show while bouncing around the globe is very important. I try to surround myself with people and products that I trust and depend on to help give the audience the best experience possible and Radial definitely fits in both of those categories."
Mapp is traveling with an array of Radial gear, including nine J48 active DIs, four JDX guitar amp DIs, two SW8 backing track switchers and two JPC computer DIs.
"I've used the J48s for years and they've always been a rock-solid DI that I take with me wherever I go." Mapp says. "I recently switched to using JDXs from another speaker-emulating DI and this one is definitely voiced so that the guitar sits right where I need it in the mix. As for the SW8s, I thought that this would be a product that would catch on very quickly especially with many artists who use accompaniment tracks. The JPCs convert the output of my Mac Mini that I have rack-mounted, which handles all of my system tuning processing and plays the walk-in music as well. I never have noise issues anymore with laptops being plugged into the same power source as the console, which has been frustrating in the past."
Mapp reports that he is also a Radial user when he is not touring with Evanescence. "I've got several J48s and a few mono and stereo ProDIs that I use for local gigs as well as on remote tracking sessions."