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The 1975 tours with d&b KSL in tow

Rental house Eighth Day Sound provided the system, having worked with The 1975 for their past two album cycles

British pop-rock band The 1975 has embarked on a two-year world tour, ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’, accompanied by a d&b KSL System. 

The d&b system was chosen to support the band’s versatility in style. “Musically, this band is very eclectic, so you really need a sound system that covers all of those genres and styles,” said Jay Rigby, the band’s FOH engineer. “[Lead singer] Matty Healy and drummer George Daniel produce their own albums – they know exactly how they should sound live and they have the technical expertise to communicate that effectively.”

Rental house Eighth Day Sound has worked with The 1975 for their past two album cycles. As early adopters of the new d&b technology, they collaborated with Rigby to specify the KSL System for this tour.

Whether playing smaller venues such as The Brighton Centre (4,500 capacity) or large arenas such as London’s O2 (20,000 capacity), the band’s art installation-like set design by conceptual designer Tobias Rylander scales accordingly. 

Eighth Day Sound’s system engineer Dan Bluhm commented on KSL: “KSL provides us with a tonal consistency as well as even level distribution from the top, back-of-the-arena seat down to the floor. It has allowed us to provide a similar audio experience to every seat.”

Faced with such variety, Bluhm utilises d&b ArrayCalc and R1 control software to plan, implement and optimise the sound for each venue.

Rigby concluded: “The overall clarity we’re getting with KSL, I kind of relate to television, when you’re used to watching standard definition and the first time you watch in HD there’s this wow factor, where you never knew it could look or sound so clear. I’m now hearing parts in certain instruments that I never heard before, almost to the point where I’m going to the backline guys to ask if it was there last time. There’s detail and clarity that we didn’t have before.”

Other bands employing d&b’s KSL on their tours recently includes Chvrches, Kelsea Ballerini, Massive Attack, and Kraftwerk (in combination with d&b’s Soundscape).