Skillet Tour Profile

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 PM


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Derek Toews, Skillet



Hard-rockers Skillet (singer/bassist John Cooper, keyboardist/vocalist Korey Cooper, guitarist Ben Kasica and drummer/vocalist Jen Ledger) are on tour supporting their latest release, Awake. Mix caught up with the Awake and Alive tour and chatted with front-of-house engineer Derek Toews.

How much gear are you carrying?

Knowing that Skillet's music is like big arena rock, we took out a Meyer P.A. system. We are flying a pair of MILO line arrays with nine elements a side, along with six M'elodie elements a side as side hangs. On the ground, we have 12 700HP subs and two UPA front-fills. For monitors, we're using a Yamaha M7 with Sennheiser G3 transmitters. At FOH, I'm mixing on a Yamaha PM5D with a Big Ben word clock.

What is your mixing style for this band?

FOH engineer Derek Toews

FOH engineer Derek Toews

I do my best to create energy. Guitars are the main part of the mix and spatial separation is my primary focus when trying to layer the guitars with John Cooper's vocals. I try to reduce the presence of the guitars in the upper-mids to create space for the vocals to sit on top.

Where can we find you when you're not on the road?

In Nashville on a dirt bike track or having a good time with my friends

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