Decibel: (n) a unit used to express the intensity of a sound wave
Crossing all generations, cultures, genders, sexual orientations, kingdoms, all religious affiliations, pizza topping preferences, and conjoining into common ground is the international and universal pickiness about sound.
As a musician I’ve dealt with it all my life.
Let me start with three immutable facts.
- Music should be heard and not seen.
- As volume increases, so does passion.
- No composition was ever put together for the sole purpose of remaining in the background.
Even if it was written for a movie scene, the composer dreams that someone will single it out for an Oscar nod.
Yet after years and decades of traveling and performing, I will tell you—there is no setting on a PA system that is low enough to satisfy the tender ears of everyone in the room. Matter of fact, I finally had to forbid sponsors and audience members sensitive to decibels to be anywhere near my sound check—otherwise, all the amateur auditory engineers would be in my ear, telling me how my music was too much for their ears.
Yes, it pissed me off.
If I were a bigger man, it might be better, but also, it means I might have to buy a new wardrobe.
Simply, I like to hear my singing full-throated and my band, full throttle.