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In the early 1990s, I found myself in the exhilarating position of being asked to handle live sound mixing for the renowned electronic artist Moby. At that time, Moby was on a European tour as a support act for the sensational guitar-based techno band "Eskimos & Egypt" from Manchester, whom I had the privilege of mixing sound for. As I transitioned into working with Moby, my responsibilities encompassed meticulously setting up his equipment onstage, ensuring everything was primed and ready for each electrifying performance. Fortunately, his setup consisted of a minidisc player, a keyboard, and an Octopad drum pad, making the process a breeze.

Over six months of touring the world, I honed my skills by flawlessly mixing Moby's shows. However, the journey was only beginning. Following his studio recording sessions for a forthcoming album, Moby embarked on another remarkable tour, accompanied by a drummer, percussionist, and backing singer. Together, we traversed the stages of Europe and the United States, igniting the hearts of countless music enthusiasts along the way.

As fate would have it, Moby ventured into uncharted territory, embracing a more rock-oriented sound for his groundbreaking album titled "Animal Rights." This evolution provided us with an extraordinary opportunity to tour alongside acclaimed bands such as Soundgarden and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The experience was exceptional, granting me invaluable insights as I gleaned knowledge from the skilled sound engineers entrusted with mixing for these iconic acts. Among them, Dave Rat stood out as a luminary figure in the music industry, renowned for his work with RHCP, Pearl Jam, and numerous other prominent bands. Notably, Dave Rat was also the visionary CEO of Rat Sound, an avant-garde sound company at the forefront of innovation during that era.

During the promotional period of the "Animal Rights" album tour, we encountered a formidable challenge. Moby's devoted fan base had come to expect his signature techno-driven shows, yet we were now delivering a spirited, punk-infused performance dominated by scorching guitars. Consequently, some fans found it difficult to adjust, and unfortunately, a portion of the audience left mid-performance. We persevered, determined to deliver an unforgettable show despite the obstacles. Remarkably, during the tour's culmination, the stage held more people than the dwindling crowd. Nevertheless, we remained resolute in providing an extraordinary performance, which is precisely what we achieved. This experience served as a profound lesson, emphasizing the importance of understanding and adapting to the audience's expectations while navigating the diverse realms of music genres.

Following the triumphant culmination of the "Animal Rights" tour, I felt the desire to explore new opportunities, unaware of the extraordinary endeavors that awaited Moby on the horizon.

John Pennington Sound Engineering Services has been a trusted name in the industry since 1991. With over 33 years of experience, John has amassed a wealth of knowledge and expertise in sound engineering. His services range from music recording to production, sequencing, and sample manipulation. He specializes in live sound, system setup, and alignment, ensuring every performance is a sonic masterpiece. Whether you're a musician, producer, or event planner, John Pennington Sound Engineering Services can help take your sound to the next level. With a commitment to excellence and a passion for innovation, John Pennington is the sound engineer you can trust to make your music sound its best.
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John Pennington Has been a sound engineer for 34 years, bringing the techniques he learned within the recording studio to the "Live Music" scene to create effects that no one had heard before. 

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