The company is headed up by Andrew McMillan and Ryan McIlravey, who have been partners in enterprise since their school days. Still both only 25, they’ve recently appointed a new co-director, Andrew Baillie, who, at the grand old age of 28 brings with him problem solving and system tech expertise.
Together they’re developing FE Live Audio, building on their successes since first venturing into full sound production with sold-out Twin Atlantic shows at the Glasgow Barrowlands in 2012.
“After establishing FE Live as a limited company, we took the decision to invest any profits into purchasing the very best equipment possible,” states McIlravey. “It was clearly apparent that there was a growing demand for quality audio solutions in an industry where audiences are demanding a superior live sound.
“Having stuck to our principles, with a determination to provide the best shows possible, we now provide audio solutions to some of the UK’s biggest artists and events. Over the last couple of years we have supplied audio systems to the likes of Lily Allen, Travis, and Chvrches as well as venturing into corporate events such as the VIP zone at Radio 1’s Big Weekend and the Live @ Ryder Cup 2014 Stage.”
Feeling the time was right, the company invested in a concert-sized PA, purchasing d&b audiotechnik V-Series last October.
“It was great to be able to help FE Live with their purchase decision; they’re a young, vibrant company and proof that you don’t have to relocate to London to make your mark in the pro audio sector,” says Neil Osborne, technical support at The Warehouse. “Ryan and Andrew came to us with a very clear idea of what they were looking for in such an investment. They opted for a full V-Series system: V8s, V12s, V-SUBs, driven by D80 amplifiers and of course using the R1 Remote control software to maximize the system’s performance wherever it is located.”
McIlravey adds, “The system is state of the art and is ideal as a scalable touring package. With the trend of live music being the big earner for the majority of modern day artists, we felt it was crucial to invest in a system that would be perfect for touring 2,000- to 5,000-capacity venues, not looking to pay London prices in order to do so. It’s really adaptable, sounds great and is powered using only two D80 racks, which helps as truck space is a primary concern on many tours.”