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Signal To Noise, Episode 250: The Early Days Of Grunge With FOH Engineer Craig Montgomery

Details mixing and managing small tours and festivals in a van with Nirvana from 1989 to 1993 as well as tour managing other well-known artists that include TAD, Mudhoney, Weezer, and The Presidents of the United States.

In Episode 250, Sean and Andy take it back to the early days of grunge when they talk to Craig Montgomery, the front of house engineer for Nirvana. He details mixing and managing small tours and festivals in a van with Kurt, Dave, and Krist from 1989 to 1993 as well as going on to tour manage for Hole, and mix and tour manage other well-known artists including TAD, Mudhoney, Weezer, and The Presidents of the United States. This episode is sponsored by Allen & Heath and RCF.

After getting off the road, Craig settled back home in Seattle, where he had a nearly 15-year tenure as the house sound engineer for famed venue The Triple Door, which he’s only recently retired from. And, as always, there are lots of useful tips and tricks scattered in with all the amazing history Craig has to share, so you’ll definitely want to give this one a listen!

A couple of photos of Craig from “back in the day.”

Episode Links:
Craig Montgomery Reddit AMA
Photos From The Nirvana Days
99 Percent Invisible: “Whomst Amongst Us Let The Dogs Out”
American Songwriter: Nirvana Sound Engineer Craig Montgomery Shares Stories About the Band
Episode 250 Transcript

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