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Sunburn Rocks with Full Spectrum Sound

One of Asia’s largest music festivals, OPPO Sunburn in association with Percept Live and Klassique Events Goa returned to its birthplace Goa, this December after a hiatus of 3 years. The festival which made a grand homecoming for its 13th edition at Vagator for a three-day showcase ..... read more

11 Questions with Kalle Hvidt Nielsen-CEO, DPA Microphones

Kalle Hvidt Nielsen, CEO at DPA Microphones since September 2016 gained extensive knowledge of developing cutting-edge technologies in audio, in his previous positions as CEO at Bang & Olufsen A/S and Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration Measurement..... read more

New Meyer Sound Systems Highlight 50th Anniversary of India’s National Centre for the Performing Arts

Widely heralded as one of India’s leading cultural institutions, The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) in Mumbai recently celebrated 50 years of presenting an extraordinary array of dance, drama and musical performances by Indian and international artists..... read more

Palm Technology - Top 50 Products 2020

The last 12 months have seen a revolution in pro audio, lighting, DJ Gear and installation. With new gear, equipment, and companies bringing in new technology, the industry is opening up to new possibilities ..... read more

Iconic Mahakavi Kalidas Kalamandir Auditorium Upgrades to Bose Professional RoomMatch System

The addition of the Bose Professional RoomMatch system has dramatically improved the overall sound experience here. It has always been our mission to provide the city with a space that allows audiences the chance to immerse themselves into the on-stage..... read more

The Making of U2’s - The Joshua Tree Tour, India

Over 40,000 Indian fans who might have endured over a decade of false rumours about the legendary band U2 touring the country, were finally treated to a dream musical extravaganza by BookMyShow (BMS), India’s leading entertainment destination when they ..... read more

Articles Nov - Dec 2019

Dev Electronics – India’s Most Preferred Pro Audio Technologies partner!

Success can be elusive for many trying to make their presence felt in an increasingly crowded pro audio marketplace of channel partners, distributors, and dealers. This naturally entails embodying a certain boldness of spirit..... read more

DJs Scratching on Favourites

There is no better way than ending 2019 than listing out some of the best DJ gear from some of the best DJs in the country..... read more

SNL Pro Ups the Ante at the OnePlus Music Festival

Curated by OnePlus, the OnePlus Music Festival “merged the wonder of music and the power of technology” to bring an immersive experience at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on 16th November..... read more

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Sohel Dantes - Audio Systems Engineer of the Year




A career in live sound is now more competitive than ever, and few live sound engineers have been able to stand out and make their presence felt. This is even more so when it comes to Systems Engineering which has more often than not, been overshadowed by the glamour of Front of House engineering.

PALM Sound & Light Awards 2019, honoured Sohel Dantes with the award for AUDIO SYSTEMS ENGINEER of the year for delivering outstanding audio systems design, calibration and alignment for live sound events in 2018-2019. This article takes a sneak peek at Sohel’s journey to becoming a sought after live sound engineer.


Sohel Dantes with the award for Audio Systems Engineer of the Year


Live sound systems engineers are responsible for designing the sound system, installing, optimizing, and maintaining the complex PA systems and amps and the PALM Sound and Light awards has always attempted to recognize the genius of Systems Engineers for live events. Sohel Dantes who won this award, in 2019, beautifully sums up the crucial role that systems engineers play in live events. “To be honest, it came as quite a surprise that left me in a blissful daze until I was up on that stage receiving the award for ‘’Systems Engineer of the Year 2019’’! It was at that instant when the realization of how important this accolade was that began to dawn on me. It is the subconscious responsibility that we as Systems Engineers have taken upon ourselves to ensure the truest representation of an artist’s creation to their audiences. To ensure that mix engineers are able to recreate that art with utmost ease in the most stubborn venues. To ensure that clients and audiences alike, get what they paid for, never compromising on quality, consistency and efficiency day in and day out. It is as simple as that! The toughest part is acknowledging this fact first! The math and physics are still to follow.”

“ I am extremely grateful to PALM India for bestowing this honour on me and for recognizing the years of hard work put in. I also owe this success to my colleagues, mentors, crew, students, teachers, inspirers, lovers & haters, without whom I would never be able to build the mettle to survive this crazy industry. This award is the beginning of a new chapter and a shout out to all budding Systems Engineers from different parts of the country... keep your heads on your shoulders and FOCUS! ”

Sohel Dantes

Born and brought up in Mumbai, Sohel was always fascinated by the world of audio. An audio aficionado, Sohel loved anything to do with music/sound/acoustics and technology. He eventually dropped out of an MBA course and moved to UK with his family to pursue his quest for perfection in audio. While in UK, he joined the Manchester MIDI School (now called School of Electronic Music) and enrolled for a diploma course in Music Production & Recording. It was when he was told that “live sound is not meant for you” that Sohel decided that ‘’Live Sound’’ is exactly what he had to do!

After completing his course Sohel joined a small rental company in London eagerly devouring all the work that came his way, from audio to video and lighting. Post the short stint of one year with the rental company, Sohel moved to Bangalore 10 years ago to work with Reynolds, one of India’s premiere rental companies.

Since then he has honed his skills in Systems Engineering and worked with some of the biggest acts touring the globe. From the late Pdt. Ravi Shankar to Metallica, Musical Theatre Productions and numerous high profile corporate events, Sohel has gained considerable experience taming different rooms to work with a wide variety of genres.

Developing from an enthusiastic kid, interested in all nuances of audio, to designing and optimizing systems for some of the biggest acts to tour our shores; doing what he does is no more a job for Sohel. “It has become an obsession,” he enthuses.

In the last two to three years, Sohel has been part of some of the most high profile live concerts and music festivals which included  Bryan Adams Ultimate Tour, Bangalore Open Air, Steven Wilson, Guns N Roses, Poets Of The Fall, Deadmau5, Tiesto, Avicii, Hardwell, Indigo Blues and Jazz Festival, Backdoors Festival, NH7 Weekender, Sunburn, Timeout Festival, and Serendipity Music & Arts Festival to name just a few.

“Over the past 15 years, I have been exploring different ways of expressing myself through the medium of sound; be it spinning tracks as a DJ, sound design and music production or recording bands in studios, to live sound reinforcement – This journey (with its fair share of ups and downs) has been epic! He concludes.


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