Still both only twenty five, they have recently appointed a new co-director, Andrew Baillie, who, at the grand age of twenty eight brings with him a wealth of problem solving and system tech expertise. Together they are committed to developing FE Live as a pro-audio company, building on their successes since they first ventured into full sound production with sold out Twin Atlantic shows at the legendary Glasgow Barrowlands in 2012.
McIlravey elaborates on the company’s philosophy. “After establishing FE Live as a limited company, we took the decision to invest any profits into purchasing the very best equipment possible. 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.”
“Riding the wave of a successful couple of years,” continues McIlravey, “we felt the time was right to invest in our own concert size PA system. In October this year, we purchased a d&b audiotechnik V-Series system from the local d&b distributor, The Warehouse Sound Services.”
Neil Osborne, Technical Support at The Warehouse: “It was great to be able to help FE Live with their purchase decision; they are a young, vibrant company and proof that you don’t have to relocate to London to make your mark in the pro-audio sector. 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 maximise the system’s performance wherever it is located.”
McIlravey again, “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 2000 — 5000 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.”