Danish musician and producer Anders Trentemøller will be taking a selection of DPA microphones on tour this summer when he delivers a live set at 20 European festivals.
Based in Copenhagen, Trentemøller is internationally acclaimed for his heart-wrenching melodies, exceptional production and a trademark sound somewhere between indie and electronic. His recent work is driven by a passion for experimentation and succeeds in transcending influences and genres to deliver a much more organic version of his signature sound.
To help translate this sound to the live stage, Trentemøller’s sound engineer and FOH mixer Sune Snellman Jakobsen has specified a wide range of DPA microphones for this summer’s festival tour. These include 10 d:dicate 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Compact Microphones, four d:vote 4099D Instrument Microphones, one d:vote 4099CM Instrument Microphone with Clamp Mount, two d:facto 4018VL Linear Vocal Microphones and two d:dicate 4017C Compact Shotgun Microphones.
“We are using d:dicate 2011C mics on the kick drum, snare drum, hi-hats, drumkit overhead and on the bass amp,” says Jakobsen. “The d:vote Instrument Microphones are being used under the snare drum, on toms and for some percussion.”
Jakobsen began using DPA microphones on acoustic instruments some years ago, but only recently tried them on drums when he was touring with the Danish band, Mew.
“I was impressed by the way these microphones, particularly the tiny d:vote capsules, handled loud sound sources,” says Jakobsen. “The mics we are using on drums for the Trentemøller tour give a true and natural reproduction of the source – very transparent high end, fat low end and they have a clear and flat midrange, which allows me to tweak the tone and transients of the drums to our liking. They also easily handle the high levels and give good separation of the drums.”
His views are shared by Lars Peter Jensen who is mixing in-ear monitors for the band. “We can have a natural and clean sound in the monitor in-ear mixes and tweak the channels to shape to our desired sound in the PA mix,” says Jensen.
On tour with Trentemøller are vocalist and guitarist Marie Fisker, guitarist Jeppe Brix, bass guitarist Jakob Falgren and drummer Jakob Hoyer. Trentemøller plays the keyboard on the tour and also sings on one track. Both Trentemøller and Fisker are using d:facto Vocal Microphones on Jakobsen’s recommendation.
“I have used the d:facto Vocal Microphone before and I’m very impressed with its natural and transparent sound, its ability to deliver great detail and clarity, and the fact that it handles feedback very well,” says Jakobsen. “We play very loud electronic rock and the d·facto allows us to have the vocal right on top of the mix, clean and crisp. Marie is very happy with the d:facto because it captures her voice with a natural tone and its isolating characteristic allows her voice to be loud in her in-ear mix without much bleed from the stage and the room.”
Trentemøller now has four studio albums to his credit including the latest, Fixion, which was released in September 2016 on his In My Room imprint. He has recently completed a club tour to promote the album, which included 50 shows in the US and most European cities.