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Spotlight: The Bros. Landreth

Spotlight: The Bros. Landreth

Photo Credit: Dwayne Larson

The Bros. Landreth is a Canadian musical duo from Winnipeg, Manitoba, known for their soulful blend of roots, rock, and Americana. Comprised of brothers Joey and David Landreth, the duo has become known for their heartfelt lyrics, rich harmonies, and masterful guitar work. Since their debut, The Bros. Landreth have garnered critical acclaim, winning a Juno Award for their album "Let It Lie," and have captivated audiences worldwide with their authentic and emotive performances. To get to know them a little better, check out our exclusive Q&A below.

What initially inspired you to pursue a career in music?

We love it so much and it's always felt like an obvious choice for us. We've been at this since we were quite young, our father was a musician and we were raised in a very musical home.

Can you share a memorable moment from your musical journey that has had a significant impact on you?

The most outwardly memorable moment is probably having Bonnie Raitt cut one of our songs on her new record (Made up Mind), which went on to be a bit of a big song for her and even won a Grammy. In a more subtle tone though, the most cherished moments are the little things that we share on stage or in the van, a great laugh, a moment where we sync up on something in a big way on stage, a really great show that we can celebrate together, or a really tough one that we can lean on each other to get through. All those little moments are the ones that make a lifetime feel rich and deep.

What influences have shaped your style of music?

Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat (especially Lowell George), Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, Lyle Lovett, Joni Mitchell, The Band

If you could create a soundtrack for any historical event, which one would it be and why?

What a wild question! I have a hard time thinking of historical events that don't have some profoundly sad/dark/heavy side to them... Maybe it would be something more like a scene in 1920's Paris where Fitzgerald and Hemingway and Gertrude Stein are all sitting on a patio at some café late into the night, smoking cigarettes and getting wasted.

If you could teleport to any concert in history, which one would you attend and why?

I would give a kidney to be in the audience for the Donny Hathaway Live record.

If you could collaborate with any artist, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

Rapid fire here, but Prince, Jimi, Stevie, Joni, Jackson Browne, Lowell George, Aretha...

What's the most memorable feedback or reaction you've received from a fan?

Anytime a fan tells us that we remind them of Lowell or Little Feat is always special.

What made you choose Plunge Audio IEMs for your performances?

Simon sent a pair of customs to Joey years ago and he was in love with them. When we decided to switch to IEMs (from regular monitors) for our most recent tour we called Plunge first because Joe was so enamoured with his old set. We were initially a bit skeptical of the universal design as we've only ever heard forever that customs are the be all/end all, but I think we're mostly converted now!

What specific features do you look for when choosing IEMs for your performances?

Rugged, great frequency response and a wide sound stage, solid fit with no leaks (disastrous as a bass player). Customer service is a must as these things take a ton of abuse and knowing that we can get replacements on the road is huge.

What advice would you give to other musicians who are considering using IEMs for the first time?

For us, having consistency is crucial to get a good mix. It starts with a dedicated monitor engineer, but having the same backline, mics, console, etc... all play a big part. With in-ears a truly great mix can be transcendent and incredibly inspiring, but a bad in-ear mix can actually be devastating. With wedges, you can suffer through a bad mix by moving around the stage to get what you need, but with in-ears you're locked to what you have in your head. A few more pointers -- pulling out one-ear is extremely hazardous to your hearing so take the time to get your mix dialled so you don't need to pull one out. Two, keep your mix as quiet as you can, again, your eyes will thank you! Instead of turning stuff up all the time (the volume game) think about what you can turn down to make more room for what you need, i.e., instead of turning up your vocal, consider turning down a different instrument that might be gobbling up the frequency that your voice sits in.

Follow The Bros. Landreth's journey online:

Website | Instagram  | YouTube

Which IEMs do The Bros. Landreth use?

Unity IEMs

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