Like many in the music industry, Front of House Engineer Brad Divens got his start in music at a young age – joining his first band by the age of 15.
Over time, his career blossomed to include working with internationally acclaimed artists, such as Mötley Crüe, Linkin Park and Cyndi Lauper. Today, he is CEO of FIXINTOGETMIXIN Inc., mixing FOH for major recording stars, such as Enrique Iglesias.
He shares more about his audio career in the latest DPA “Sound Insight” Q&A, below.
1. How did you get your start in the industry?
It was 1995 and I had just moved to LA to join a band called Back Alley Gators, which had just signed a record deal. After recording the album, the label decided to not put the record out. Fast-forward to a year later and I was offered a tour management job. During the meeting with management, I was asked if I could mix. Without any hesitation, I said “yes, I can.” The rest is history!
2. Can you talk more about your background and your career, including any notable/favorite projects or awards you have won for your work.
I come from a musical background – I started playing guitar when I was 10 and I was in my first band at age 15. As a musician, I’ve recorded albums with KIX, Wrathchild America, Souls at Zero and Back Alley Gators. As a FOH engineer, I’ve worked with Garbage, Bob Seger, HIM, Jane’s Addiction, Mötley Crüe, Linkin Park and Cyndi Lauper, among others. I am currently working with Enrique Iglesias on his latest tour. I was nominated for Parnelli’s FOH Mixer of the Year in 2015 and 2017, and for Tour Link Top Dog FOH Engineer in 2015. I was also inducted into the Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame in November 2018.