Legendary producer Flood and veteran monitor engineer Becky Pell are the latest confirmed guests for the second PSNPresents social/networking event on 4 November.
Live sound engineer and consultant Roger Lindsay (Pink Floyd, James Taylor, Prince) and producer and TV composer Dru Masters (George Michael, TheApprentice), were announced as the first two guests earlier this month (see Dru Masters, Roger Lindsay (and free bar) confirmed for second PSNPresents).
Focusrite, developer of the RedNet range of modular Ethernet-networked audio interfaces, will once again sponsor the evening. “The previous event earlier this year was a great success and allowed us to network with the right client base that connect with our product ranges,” says Neil Johnston, Focusrite’s UK sales and marketing manager. “The format and style of the event proved very popular for everyone involved.”
Flood – born Mark Ellis – is among the most acclaimed British producers of the post-punk era, having worked on albums by U2, Depeche Mode, New Order, Nine Inch Nails and the Smashing Pumpkins.
Beginning with an assistant engineer credit on New Order’s 1981 post-Joy Divison album Movement, Flood’s career as a producer came into its own into the late ’80s, when, in 1987, he was forced to choose between mixing U2’s The Joshua Tree and producing Erasure’s The Circus (“I decided that if I remained as an engineer, that’s all I was ever going to be”). In 1989 he began his long collaboration with Trent Reznor on Nine Inch Nails’ debut, Pretty Hate Machine, and in 1990 co-produced Depeche Mode’s Violator – their most successful album to date. He has also continued his relationship with U2, producing Achtung Baby, Zooropa, Pop and How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, the latter for which he won a Grammy.
He founded, alongside longtime collaborator Alan Moulder, the Assault & Battery studio complex in Willesden, and in 2014 won the Brit Award for best producer.
‘Rock ’n’ roll yogi’ Becky Pell is one of the few women working in international touring on the technical side of the business. Having fallen in love with rock ’n’ roll at an early age, she began her career in live music in 1995 as an apprentice engineer at RG Jones Sound Engineering in London. After five years learning her craft, she went freelance and toured as a monitor tech with The Black Crowes, Kylie Minogue and Travis, before moving behind the desk to mix monitors for such diverse artists as a-ha, Muse, Sarah Brightman, Il Divo, Anastacia and Westlife.
In 2012 Pell diversified her interests and trained to teach her other passion, yoga. She teaches the artists and bands she tours with, and runs classes and yoga events when she is not on the road.
This summer she oversaw monitors on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival. She is currently training as a yoga therapist, and working on music projects with Markus Feehily and Take That.
The first PSNPresents, sponsored by Avid and Focusrite, took place on 12 March. It kicked off with Q&A by industry personality and former Pro Sound News Europe editor Phil Ward with guests Steve Zissler (Royal Opera House), Jonathan Suffolk (National Theatre) and Scott Talbott and Andy Tapley (BBC Studios and Post Production) before PSNEurope editor Dave Robinson took to the stage for a live panel with ‘fourth member of Portishead’ and Adele, Air and Florence + the Machine engineer Dave McDonald, Charles ‘Chicky’ Reeves (Grace Jones, Prince), Massive Attack’s Robb Allan and Deaf Havana FOH Ben Hammond (see Rapturous reception for inaugural PSNPresents).
A playlist of videos from PSNPresents I can be viewed below or on the PSNEurope YouTube channel.
To reserve your FREE tickets – and, for early attendees, your place at the free bar! – email [email protected].
A variety of sponsorship packages are available for the event. Contact PSNEurope ad manager Ryan O’Donnell ([email protected]) or account manager Rian Zoll-Khan ([email protected]) for more information.
Flood photo: Sonic State