UK pop sensation FKA twigs is relying on a DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone to deliver clear, natural vocals to audiences across the USA.
FKA twigs‘s switch to DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone was inspired by her Front of House engineer Andy Carrington. He recommended a wireless version, in conjunction with a Sennheiser 5000 wireless system, to give her maximum flexibility on stage.
“DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network introduced me to d:facto and when I first tried it I was very impressed with its natural response,” he explains. “It was quite a surprise to A/B the capsule with the model I’ve been using for a number of years and hear how coloured the other model actually sounded. I couldn’t believe I’d been using it for so long and I was very happy to make the switch so that I could get the voice as it is supposed to sound.”
Carrington, who has worked with a plethora of top acts including The Kills and Super Furry Animals, says DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone is perfect for capturing the essence of FKA twigs and conveying the purity of her vocals.
“As we are using a different sound system in every venue, we are not travelling with a lot of gear,” he explains. “However, what we do carry has been chosen for its ability to deliver great results. The d:facto Vocal Microphone certainly falls into that category.”
As a top sound engineer, Carrington is obviously no stranger to DPA microphones and has recently been using the company’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to amplify the brass section on a Super Furry Animals tour.
“I was really pleased with the results,” he says. “They handled a wide dynamic range with ease, picking up lots of subtleties on the quieter parts and coping with the harsher moments whilst retaining a natural response.”
Currently touring to promote her 2014 debut album LP1, FKA Twigs is collecting a string of accolades for her originality, her music and her incredible stage shows. FKA Twigs (real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett) began singing in clubs as a teenager. After moving to London at the age of 17, she was a backing dancer in videos for various artists including Kylie Minogue, Ed Sheeran, Taio Cruz, Jessie J and others. Her first EP was released in 2012 and she has also released a number of music videos highlighting her talent as a dancer and a musician. Her rise from obscurity to global icon status attracted plenty of media attention, along the way – not least because she is Twilight star Robert Pattinson’s girlfriend.
FKA twigs’ international tour continues over the summer and will take in a number of key festivals including Glastonbury, Parklife and Bestival in the UK, Lollapalooza in the US and Fuji Rock 2015 in Japan. If you are unfamiliar with FKA twigs’ work, check out her YouTube videos – they are mesmerizing!