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December 2023

Nurturing Potential

The diverse interest and pursuits of mix engineer Brandon Blackwell

Live Sound International - Cover


September 7, 2023

Meet Brandon Blackwell

We recently connected with Brandon Blackwell and have shared our conversation below.


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January 4, 2023

Children's Book "The Beat In My Head" Created to Inspire Future Sound Engineers

Sound Engineer Brandon Blackwell knew at an early age he wanted to be in the music industry. Blackwell started his passion for live sound at age 11 for his local church in New Jersey. A graduate of Full Sail University, Blackwell has an extensive resume working with artists such as A$AP Rocky, Camila Cabello, Kendrick Lamar, Lizzo, Big Sean, and many more.

Chicago News Weekly

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September 1, 2021


Sound engineer and production manager Brandon Blackwell – who has toured with the likes of Lizzo, A$AP Rocky, Camila Cabello and more – reveals how he got his first big break in live sound, his approach when it comes to mixing vocals, and why he doesn’t leave the house without his JH Audio Jolenes.

Headliner Magazine


January 28, 2020

Sennheiser Digital 6000 Wireless help realize the first 'end to end' digital signal chain for vocal mics at the GRAMMY Awards

Over 20 channels of Sennheiser Digital 6000 are deployed in milestone broadcast event, with marquee performances by Lizzo, Blake Shelton, Brandi Carlile and others



April 19, 2019

Sennheiser’s Pro
Talk Series

Sennheiser’s Pro Talk Series on YouTube features interviews with the industry’s most respected audio professionals, including Brandon Blackwell, freelance front of house and monitor mixer, currently on the Injured Generation tour with A$AP Rocky.



January 17, 2019

DiGiCo sits down with Brandon

The A$AP Mob member’s first major North American road trip in more than three years, the 18-date arena trek carried a pair of DiGiCo mixing consoles—an SD12 at FOH and SD10 in monitor world—supplied by Cleveland-based sound reinforcement provider Eighth Day Sound. The two desks were specified by FOH Engineer Brandon Blackwell and Monitor Engineer Moshe Davenport, both of whom are diehard fans of the SD-Range.



December 19, 2018
Sennheiser and Britannia Row Deliver at MTV EMA Awards

This year’s MTV EMA Awards was held at Bilbao’s Bizkaia Arena and hosted by American actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld.  For the past two decades, Sennheiser has provided unwavering support to its audio supplier Britannia Row Productions and their partnership delivered perfect results.

TPI Magazine

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December 2023

People Worth Knowing

The noted sound engineer discusses his early career and his award-winning children's book, The Beat in My Head, co-written with his wife, Ariel.

Lighting & Sound America


August 24, 2023


Discover how music can enhance focus and learning in the classroom through our insightful conversation with renowned sound engineer Brandon Blackwell. Uncover the science behind music's impact on the brain and explore its potential as an educational tool for children.

Magnetic Magazine


November 3, 2022

Full Sail Stories: Announcing the 13th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Class

Full Sail University is proud to announce the 13th Annual Full Sail University Hall of Fame induction class, comprised of six graduates recognized for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment media and emerging technologies. The induction of this new class of honorees will occur during Full Sail’s 13th Annual Hall of Fame Week, scheduled to be held April 16-21, 2023.

Full Sail University


July 09, 2020

Without Shows, Lizzo’s Audio Engineer Is Twitch Streaming, Trading Stocks, and Writing a Book

“I’ve never once thought about writing a book, but right now we don’t have anything but time — so why not?” says Brandon Blackwell, who’s been without work since March

Rolling Stone


December 05, 2019

Two DiGiCo Consoles Lay Down Production Backbone for Lizzo’s Recent Tour

Lizzo has made her mark on the music industry: her chart-topping “Truth Hurts” was at the number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven weeks in 2019, while the music video for the song has currently amassed more than 110 million views on YouTube. Completing her music-industry conquest, Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You Too Tour has sold out all of its shows since it began this past April, with some venues demanding additional performances. All of these shows were mixed via two DiGiCo SD12 96 consoles at the front-of-house and monitor positions, provided by Clair Global, which is also the SR provider for the tour. Brandon Blackwell helmed Lizzo’s FOH console while Loreen Bohannon handled her monitor duties.

Sports Video Group


April 4, 2019

DiGiCo Powers Hip-Hop Tours of Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky

DiGiCo has been busy with a couple of hip-hop performances across the nation.

Sports Video Group


January 17,2019

Ferrofish A32 AD/DA Converter with Brandon Blackwell

Live engineer Brandon Blackwell (Camila Cabello, X Factor USA) takes his analogue gear on the road with the Ferrofish A32. Digital equipment has come to dominate the live audio scene in modern times, with the number of benefits offered by digital systems making it impossible for engineers and to ignore.

Synthax Audio UK


May 24, 2017

Full Sail University
Audio Engineer Brandon Blackwell on How to Keep the Ball Rolling as a Freelancer

After graduating from Full Sail’s Show Production degree program in 2013, Brandon Blackwell got his start working as a production assistant for musician Ray Chew, who has served as the music director for shows like Showtime at the Apollo and American Idol.

Full Sail University


October 31, 2023

World Famous Audio Engineer Writes About His Church Roots

Brandon Blackwell’s “The Beat in My Head” tells his story for children.

Church Production Magazine - Cover


March 6, 2023

Sennheiser Digital 6000 carries performances by Brandi Carlile, Bad Bunny, Steve Lacy and more as Beyoncé makes history at 65th GRAMMY Awards

Long-time Sennheiser user Beyoncé becomes all-time winningest GRAMMY artist, as cross-genre performances are dominated by Sennheiser Digital 6000 wireless system.



December 29, 2021

Signal To Noise, Episode 134: Front Of House & Monitor Engineer Brandon Blackwell

Charts his fast-paced career path, his work with Kendrick Lamar and many others, mentoring the next generation and more.

Pro Sound Web


April 08, 2021

Grad Brandon Blackwell: Lizzo’s Front of House Engineer

Lizzo's famous for her hits "Truth Hurts" and "Juice," but Brandon Blackwell remembers her most for singing "Happy Birthday." As the front of house engineer on her "Cuz I Love You Too" tour, Brandon was responsible for running the audio equipment and making her voice sound perfect for a new audience every night. Last year on his birthday, Lizzo called him out onstage at a show in Phoenix.

Full Sail University


December 04, 2019
Lizzo: Cuz I Love You Too

One of this year’s most talked-about artists, Lizzo rounds off her incredibly busy year with a European run. Following relentless months of touring, TPi catches up with the men and women who try to keep pace with the singer’s skyrocketing success. TPi’s Stew Hume reports…

TPI Magazine


February 26, 2019 
Brandon Blackwell On Tour with A$AP Rocky

FOH/Monitor Engineer Brandon Blackwell (Camila Cabello, Big Sean, PartyNextDoor) discusses his current live setup, keeping turnt-up sound under control and meeting the challenges of the road head-on for A$AP Rocky’s Injured Generation tour.



May 11, 2018

30 Under 30: Brandon Blackwell, Production 

In celebration of LDI’s 30th anniversary—1988-2018—Live Design gives a shout out to 30 Under 30: thirty young movers and shakers who are changing paradigms, looking at things from new angles, and rapidly rising to the forefront of their field.

Live Design Magazine

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