Sound Design Live – Darryn De La Soul

Sound Design Live is a website dedicated to revealing the most helpful strategies and information for success in the audio industry. It is run by Nathan Lively who is a sound designer and engineer.

Many interesting posts are put up to help people out in the audio industry as well as interviews with professionals currently working in the live sound industry.

This is an audio interview that I found, which is very helpful, especially for up and coming live sound engineers.

Here’s a quick insight to the interviewee:

Darryn De La Soul is a live sound engineer who has over 10 years experience in the live sound industry. As well as sound engineering, she heads a resource centre and agency, which specialises in career management of live sound engineers.

This interview shows how she got to where she is today, the realities of starting as a live sound engineer, in addition to giving useful tips and advice.

Here are some of the quotes that were highlighted from the interview, which describes what being a live sound engineer is really like:

  • “ Nothing is ever advertised. Most of it is word of mouth” 
  • The only way to make money is in the live sound industry” 
  • “It’s a very lonely job. You’re on your own.” 
  • “People management is a massive part of this job. If you struggle with that, you will struggle with the job.”

Here is the whole SoundCloud interview. The points covered are in the first half of the interview up to around 22:30. So if you’re starting out with live sound engineering and have 20 minutes to spare, it’s well worth a listen.


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