Maxine is fantastic live engineer,
(you probably guessed that after looking at some of the musicians and she works with. ) She is very experienced, talented, has a great set of ears and always goes that extra mile.
What do you do?
Live Sound Engineer
Who are some of the people you have worked with?
Courtney Pine, The Brand New Heavies, Susheela Raman, Edwyn Collins. Tony Allen, Elbow, Damon Albarn. Jarvis Cocker
what are some of the biggest venues you’ve done sound in?
Sydney Opera House. Africa express,in Spain 80.000 people. Various countries and festivals with varying sizes. 10.000, 20.000
what has been your fave gig so far and why?
In all my 18 years, that’s a hard one. There are many. One recent that sticks to mind would be . The Brand New Heavies in Thailand for MTV. Edwyn Collins, 2 weeks ago.
It was big and glossy and we all had so much fun. It looked fab, sounded ok too ( The Brand New Heavies)
Edwyn Collins, is recovering from stroke and still has so much soul and I have always been a fan
what can a band do to ensure they get the best sound possible?
Keep the sound levels to a minimum onstage. Consider the mics they are choosing for the environment they are working in.
is it important for a band to communicate with the sound person and why?
The engineer interprets what the band are trying to say. It’s important the band and engineer have an mutual understanding of this.
Whats the difference between a front of house and monitor engineer?
FOH engineer mixes the sound the audience will hear. The monitor engineer mixes the individual mixes for the band onstage.
Have you any advice for someone wanting to follow your footsteps into live sound ?
Persistance. It may take a lot longer than you think to get into sound.
Helping out at local PA companies or local pubs and venues. There are so many music technology courses everywhere now.
What are the key skills for a good engineer?
Good ears, good communication and understanding of the band, Some knowledge on electrics.
Whats your favourite sound?
Very simple really. Anything that has a fat bass and a heavy kick drum. I love working with new configurations. Electronics are also fun.
Do you have any favourite kit if so what ?
Digidesign desk. Has great EQ
What exciting projects have done recently and whats coming up?
I guess that would be the Africa Express event with Daman Albarn and around 180 other artists on a beach in Spain. I am about to start a tour with Krystle Warren. A non generic performer, who deserves to be huge.
Whats your tip of the day ?
It’s not about me, its about the band!
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