Following my successful collaboration with Moby, I was personally selected by his manager, Eric Harle, to work with two other bands under his wing. The first band was none other than Robyn, the pop goddess from Stockholm, Sweden. We began working together during the promotion of her eponymous second album and 2 Body Talk albums. As we toured America and Europe, I was constantly blown away by her talent, energy, and stage presence.
One particular highlight was when we toured alongside the legendary Madonna on her Sticky and Sweet Tour across Europe. This experience opened my eyes to the immense investment that goes into large-scale productions. Live Nation had invested millions of dollars on three identical stages, either being used, set up, or shipped to the next show. Witnessing the sheer scale of the operation was awe-inspiring.
Even when a fire in the tunnel blocked the Eurotunnel, the production manager didn't let it stop the show. Instead, he booked two Cargo 747s to fly the most crucial equipment from London to Paris, France, and brought in new drivers to take over from the initial drivers who were now out of hours. The 40+ trucks then traveled on the ferry from Dover to Calais to ensure the show went on.
Despite Madonna's rigorous hour-long workout sessions with her 60+ dancers during Robyn's soundcheck time, it was an absolute pleasure to be involved in such a production. The entire experience taught me a great deal about professionalism, dedication, and hard work.
After the success with Moby and Robyn, I was thrilled to take on yet another exciting opportunity with the Norwegian duo, Royksopp. Their music was a unique blend of electronica, pop, and ambient sounds, and they were constantly pushing the boundaries of sonic expectations.
Working with Royksopp was a truly immersive experience. I was witness to some shows that were nothing short of sonic perfection, where every sound was carefully crafted and placed in the mix to create a seamless and captivating listening experience. I learned so much while mixing for them, particularly in terms of what is possible when given high-quality electronic sounds from the source.
As we toured the world, Royksopp continued to leave audiences in awe with their incredible live show. It was a privilege to be a part of it all, and to see how their music and performance left such a lasting impression on audiences who had no idea how good the show was. I'm proud to have been a part of such an innovative and talented group.
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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