Allen & Heath Power Billie Eilish and Kanye West at Coachella

by Victoria Wasylak • in
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• Created: June 13, 2019

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Allen & Heath’s dLive Digital Mixing System played its part at this year’s edition of Coachella, supporting buzz-worthy sets by Billie Eilish and Kanye West’s special Easter Sunday Service.

Sound Image supplied a pair of S5000 Control Surfaces and DM64 MixRacks to handle both front of house and monitor duties as Eilish wooed her fans in two packed and highly energetic shows.

Jeff Hawley, Allen & Heath USA Marketing manager commented, “Billie has been out with dLive for her last sold out tour and now in support of her Billboard-topping When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? album, with Coachella being a great way to really kick off the new tour. Engineers like Drew Thornton and Salim Akram (Billie Eilish FOH and monitor engineers) are out there showing just how powerful, robust, and scalable the dLive really is—tackling fly dates with the compact C1500 one day and jumping up to 168 fader strips on an S5000 to drive huge shows such as Coachella, on the next.”

dLive was also an integral part of Kanye West’s innovative Sunday Service, the debut public performance of his gospel-themed interactive experience. A dLive C3500 and DM64 MixRack were positioned just a few feet away from Kanye on “the mountain” along with over 20 Allen & Heath ME-1 Personal Monitor Mixers which fed in-ear mixes to the accompanying choir members and live musicians.

“We worked with Kanye’s team to design a system that is flexible enough to keep up with his ever-evolving technical and artistic needs,” notes Allen & Heath Live Sound and Touring manager Mike Bangs. “The ability to have great sounding effects right in the box with dLive’s DEEP processing, having a multitude of options and formats for easily expanding I/O as needed, and the plug and play ME personal monitoring made for a smooth setup, even in the middle of a field. We are very proud to have played a part in making this special performance a highlight of Coachella 2019.”

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