Chicago, IL (July 17, 2015)—Luke Bryan’s Kick The Dust Up Tour has been crossing the U.S. with a mix of stadium and amphitheater dates interspersed with major country music festivals. At stageside for each show is monitor engineer Ed Janiszewski, who has mixed the singer’s monitors since 2008 when Bryan was playing honky-tonks.
The level of familiarity created by having an audio team and perennial gear that get it right every time help Bryan focus on entertaining the crowds. “My job is to take what everybody is playing and mix it down in a way that sounds musical and is useful to the guys on stage,” said Janiszewski, who has the artist on Sensaphonics 2MAX personal monitors, and with good reason. “Luke does part of his set on a secondary stage out in the audience, in front of the PA,” notes Janiszewski. “Those are rock show sound levels out there, and the extra isolation from the solid silicone earpieces means he doesn’t have to turn it up as much to hear clearly. That’s something Luke is really aware of. He’s definitely concerned with maintaining and conserving his hearing.”
During a recent show in Orlando, Sensaphonics president Michael Santucci was backstage and did fresh ear impressions for Luke and several band and crew members. “Luke even had Dr. Santucci do impressions for Musicians Earplugs for his nephew,” recalls Janiszewski. “Between sound checks, opening acts, then our own 90-minute set, that’s a lot of loud. We’re both very aware of the need to limit our exposure. In fact, every time we play Chicago, I make it a point to stop by Sensaphonics for a hearing test. I just did that recently, and was very happy with the results. Which means that what we’re doing is working.”