A gorgeous room, Manchester’s best sound engineers, loads of tech equipment, a noisy band, a few kids, a dog and a performance director. This is creative research, Mr. Wilson’s style…
Last week’s band practice found the Mr. Wilson’s team in much classier surroundings than our usual damp, rehearsal bunker. Thank you so much to, tour de force, Sophie Bee at The Albert Hall. She generously hosted our creative research collaboration with sound system design specialists, Tube UK Ltd. It was a total thrill to meet and play in Manchester’s most beautiful and atmospheric venue.
We first met Melv, Adam and John from Tube UK Ltd at Manchester Day Parade 2016. They designed a mobile sound system to accommodate our processional performance with Graham Massey. By some technical wizardry, they also beamed a transmitted signal from that sound system to a huge D&B PA just as the parade arrived to meet the huge crowds gathered in Exchange Sq. Amazing. They are terrific people to work with, combining technical expertise with a genuine desire to meet the needs of artists and produce the best live sound. They make you feel like anything is possible.
Over the past few years, we’ve been invited to perform our street show on much bigger stages to much, much bigger audiences. Often, these stage performances are a continuation off a parade or procession or the band breaks-out from the stage, taking the performance directly down into the heart of the crowd. This spontaneity makes for incredible, immediate experiences. Flexibility however, also presents technical challenges to sound engineers. We know there is so much potential for our stage shows, if only we could make the most of our live sound without restricting our movement.
We asked Tube UK if they would help us learn more about the technical capability of radio mic’s, in-ear monitoring and help us produce some documents to send to sound engineers in advance of big gigs so they are ready for the anarchy of Mr. Wilson’s when we arrive on site in the future. Adam and John were terrific and went above and beyond the call, spending an afternoon with us, testing gear and trying out various combinations.
Big stages, big crowds, we’re ready for you! Thanks to a little help and advice from our friends at Tube UK, we’re coming at you from all angles with new improved sounds and tech specs.