Front of house engineer Sean Sullivan — often better known simply as Sully — has worked with some of the biggest names in music over the course of his career, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rihanna, Beck and Justin Timberlake to name just a few. Having been in the live touring business for 35 years, Sully has streamlined his workflow to a tee, and he couldn’t have done it without the ingenuity of d&b audiotechnik rigs.
Joining Headliner from his studio in Cleveland, Ohio which he fondly refers to as “the lab”, Sean ‘Sully’ Sullivan admits that life has been quite boring compared to his normal routine of early mornings, buses and airport transfers.
That being said, he’s finding lots of things to keep him busy, including the odd live stream event with bands and working in the lab; mixing records for some friends and clients. And while he’s not known as a studio engineer, Sully is grateful to have this piecemeal work keeping him productive.
Something he’s particularly enjoying at the moment, and that has been keeping him focused, is hosting online training sessions:
“I have all my gears dialled into a little video switcher, and I can show any screen of my rig and give advice on how to tune PAs,” explains Sully. “When I was young trying to learn how to do this stuff I would have killed for the capabilities that we have nowadays, to learn from people that have been doing it their whole lives and working with the big acts.
“And so for me to be able to share that back nowadays and help people out; I love it. It keeps us talking about audio and it’s just a good way to pass the time and try to make a few bucks. We’re just doing what we can at the moment.”
Sully grew up within a very musical family. His father had an extensive record collection filled with classic rock records from late ‘60s and ‘70s bands, and he would sit around with his three brothers listening to the legendary sounds of Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.
As a captain of the local fire department, Sully’s father instilled in his sons a strong sense of work ethic, yet was also adamant that they should find jobs that they really love.