This week on Gig Gab, Brad Madix drops by for a masterclass in live sound mixing, sharing insights from his expansive career that’s touched the stages of Florence + the Machine, Sara Bareilles, Queensrÿche, Rush, and Linkin Park, to name a few.

Diving into the nuances of live performance, Brad helps Dave Hamilton unpack the evolution of touring post-COVID. With a focus on the technical, discussions veer into the realms of using virtual sound checks, the intricacies — and benefits — of playing to a click, and the revolutionary impact of mixing with scenes.

Brad emphasizes the importance of learning your mixer inside out and shares practical advice on managing levels and maintaining a reasonably loud stage volume. “Always Be Performing” isn’t just a catchphrase; it’s a philosophy that underscores their conversation, highlighting the constant adaptation and learning required in the dynamic world of live music production.

In a lighter moment, Brad regales listeners with tales from the road, including humorous instances of mistaken identity involving Geddy Lee and another with Bruce Willis (well, someone in Japan certainly thought so!), offering a glimpse into the lighter side of touring life.

The episode is a treasure trove of tips and tricks for live sound engineers of all levels. Packing for tour life, navigating the challenges of live streams, and the shift in touring dynamics since COVID are also dissected, providing a comprehensive overview for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of the live music scene. Whether you’re behind the mixer or dreaming of your next gig, this episode is a reminder that in the world of live music, the key to success is to “Always Be Performing”, embracing every challenge and opportunity with open arms and, especially, open ears.

P.S. It turns out I lied at the end of the episode: I completely neglected to properly hit ‘record’ on the video stream, so that doesn’t exist. Sorry, folks! -Dave

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