Jamiroquai Records In-Flight Performance on Private Jet - Mixonline

Jamiroquai Records In-Flight Performance on Private Jet

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Jamiroquai and his band performed a gig on the artist's private jet while en route to Greece. The band performed a half dozen tracks for a specially selected audience that was mostly comprised of fans who won a competition. Jamiroquai’s longtime engineer, Rick Pope, captured this performance using a Focusrite Saffire Pro 26i/o audio interface.

“We had six musicians and three backing singers," Pope says. "They only took out two rows or three rows of seats for us [to set up]. It was basically where you come in through the main door.

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Jamiroquai's engineer, Rick Pope, with his portable recording rig on board the artist's private jet

“I needed to record the gig and I needed something that would power off FireWire from my computer, and the Saffire Pro 26i/o was the first thing that came to mind," Pope continues. "I’d heard some of the stuff done on a Saffire, so I thought I’d give it a go. Even compared to Pro Tools HD, it performed really well. It was simple once it was up and running: just hit Record, go and that was it. It did everything I wanted it to do and was ideal for the gig because everything had to be scaled down. I had a really tiny desk that you could rest on your lap, a laptop and this little 1U bit of kit which was compact, small and sonically sounded great.

“We had a bit of turbulence and everyone had to sit down, but I think people enjoyed it. Yeah, I think it went pretty well for a gig on a plane!”

Pope says that there are no plans for future mile-high gigs. "All I know is that it was the highest gig in the world, the longest distance traveled during a gig and the fastest gig in the world!”

For more information, visit www.focusrite.com and www.jamiroquaimusic.com.