Interview: Dave Rat

Interview by Kylie Obermeier

Drug rings, armed robbery, hookah stashing, cat burglar outfits and gopher snakes with broken necks–professional audiophile Dave Rat’s life is made for an action-packed biopic. Dave got his start recording bands like Black Flag and the Last on cassette as a high schooler during the LA punk scene of the late 70s and 80s. Since then, he has created speakers used at shows worldwide through his company, Rat Sound, and has mixed sound for countless bands. If you’ve gone to rawk shows, you’ve probably been to a show that used Rat speakers. Dave–who’s now based in Camarillo, CA–sat down with me to share incredible stories and wisdom on the morning of a work day ‘cause you can do that when you’re the boss. Fellow SB contributor Maddie Keyes-Levine accompanied me to provide snappy one-liners and remind her dad about the ridiculously high standards of today’s job market.

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How to Make it in Live Music Production

Words by Meagan MastrianiPhotos courtesy of Colin Harty

My friend Colin Harty has what you might call a dream job. He gets to tour with musicians such as Journey, the Roots, and Justin Bieber. His gigs have taken him from Newfoundland to Mexico City and even on cruise ships in the Bahamas. Of course, those are just the perks– the most important thing is that Colin truly loves the work itself.

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