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> LIVE SOUND SEAN RAMPTON


After the Libertines disbanded, Carl Barât


asked Rampton to tour with his new band, Dirty Pretty Things


Toilet circuit troubles H


A live engineer with three decades of experience under his belt, Sean Rampton has had his fair share of tough gigs. He tells Rob Hughes that no matter how bad the gear or the venue, the show must go on…


aving to make space in the mag for a last minute ad is never a bad thing, but invariably results in a minor wrangle about whose feature must be subjected to a sustained attack with the editorial tomahawk. This can be a somewhat disheartening affair, particularly when a fascinating quote by veteran FOH engineer Sean Rampton is lost in the ensuing massacre.


But rather than dwell on the injustice, I quickly considered ways of putting things right and in a moment that temporarily gave credence to the wildly untrue phrase ‘every cloud has a silver lining’, I called Rampton to put forward the idea that we give him his very own feature


26 audioPRO October 2010


in the October issue. Rampton was delighted and suggested we meet at an intriguing Finsbury Park venue, the Faltering Fullback, to get some ideas down. En route, much to my chagrin, I discovered that our fresh-faced staff writer, Adam Savage, had once again lifted my dictaphone and that I was left with what you could call ‘the loaner’. After forcibly convincing myself that, as a rookie, his need for the device was greater than my own, I adopted the manner of said fullback and greeted a very cordial Rampton with an explanation of my poorly equipped circumstance, coupled with a pledge to make do with the unwieldy and unfamiliar device that was burning a hole in my


You have to find a way to make it happen. And where there’s a


will there’s a way. Sean Rampton FOH, Chase & Status


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