UK band Blossoms, who were rated highly in the BBC’s Sound Of 2016 list of bands to watch this year, are using Shure microphones and in-ear monitoring systems on their current summer festival tour, which includes trips to Australia and Japan as well as mainland Europe and the Glastonbury Festival.
Dan Woolfie, the band’s tour manager, has been using a Shure PSM1000 in-ear monitoring (IEM) system on all the band’s recent dates, as well as a KSM313 ribbon mic on Josh Dewhurst’s guitar and the new KSM8 dual-diaphragm mic for vocals.
Blossoms had been using IEMs for only a matter of months when they recorded a session at Abbey Road and came across Shure’s PSM1000 systems.
The PSM1000s provide dedicated monitor mixes for each band member, but their use on the Blossoms tour doesn’t end there — the whole backstage team also uses the system.
Woolfie says: “From a crew perspective, PSM1000 allows us to have a crystal clear live audio and access to all the band members’ mixes via Cue Mode — so if there are any technical problems on stage, we can hear them straight away and sort them out. We can also do silent line checks and have great communication with the front of house engineers, which is a great help when time is an issue — and that’s always the way at festivals.”
Josh Dewhurst, Blossom’s lead guitarist, says: “I went from using various stereo mic rigs to just the KSM313 ribbon mic alone. It perfectly captures the guitar and amp’s individual tones simultaneously without getting lost or altered in any way. Essentially it makes my setup sound exactly how I want it to with very little mixing needed, either out front or for the in-ears.”
Blossoms release their debut album on 5 August.