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Ken "Pooch" Van Druten is a three time Grammy nominated recording engineer, multiple Tourlink "Top Dog", and FOH Magazine Parnelli FOH sound award winner. He has worked in this industry as a FOH engineer, monitor engineer, production manager, and tour manager for over twenty years. His clients include Linkin Park, KISS, Guns N Roses, Kid Rock, LImp Bizkit, Mötley Crüe, Pantera, Whitney Houston, Rob Zombie, Jane's Addiction, Smashing Pumpkins, System of a Down, and Ted Nugent.


Who’s Really Running the Show?

By Pooch / May 14, 2016

BY KEN “POOCH” VAN DRUTEN In business, money talks.  And the music business is just that… a business. When we are talking about the live event industry, money has always been king, but over the past five (or maybe 10) years, money has taken a sinister front seat to the point that NOTHING else matters.  […]


R-E-S-P-E-C-T… Earned, Not Given

By Pooch / September 10, 2015

BY KEN “POOCH” VAN DRUTEN I meet a lot of roadies these days who are young, willing, and hard working.   This is unusual amongst the younger generation of workers in the “real” world, and it makes my heart happy to know that there ARE those who still believe in what they do for a […]


Pirates and Thieves? Sounds Good…

By Pooch / April 24, 2015

  The live sound industry seems to attract pirates and thieves. In a captain Jack Sparrow kind of a way, we meander thru on our Prevost pirate ships coming soon to a town near you. I had the pleasure of attending Webster University’s Audio Engineering Society earlier this year. It was really a pleasure to lecture […]


The Politics of Live Sound Mixing and the Sacrificial Lamb

By Pooch / April 8, 2015

OH yes, the politics.  The dirty little secret of live sound mixing.  I believe that, on any given day, 50% of our job is politics and 50% of our job is actually mixing.   The problem is that MOST times this is out of wack, one way or another. Somtimes our job is 90% politics […]


Scared For 40 Years

By Pooch / April 6, 2015

Just got done doing a show in Moscow, Russia. You may have seen some hype for the new Transformers 3 movie. Pictures here. Video Here. Linkin Park has a long standing relationship with the franchise, and we were there to perform for the big movie premiere. All of the stars were out and even our […]


Sonnet Technologies Echo Express Thunderbolt Chassis

By Pooch / November 3, 2013

Stuff just keeps getting smaller. Not all that long ago, recording a gig meant calling in a totally separate company with their own engineers and a whole truck full of gear. Then it became a rack or two of stuff and maybe one extra guy on the crew. And lately, it is just another hat […]

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