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The Temper Trap: One to Watch at Liverpool Sound City 2012

The Temper Trap are an Australian indie rock, made up of Dougy Mandagi (Vocals), Jonathan Aherne (Bass), Toby Dundas (drums), Lorenzo Silllitto (lead guitar), Joseph Greer (keys & guitar). Better known for their synthy-pop tunes, and chart topping single and soundtrack favourite, “Sweet Disposition”.

The Temper Trap’s second album will be released on 21st May 2012 (UK), and they’re definitely one of our ones to watch at Liverpool Sound City 2012. The guys have released a ‘Behind the Scenes’ to their forthcoming album, which you can see below for what’s in store for you at their show on Friday 18th May at the Art Academy, Liverpool.

Their synth-y Sweet Disposition has not only been seen topping charts (2 times platinum in Aus, silver in the UK and Gold in US), but on advertisements and soundtracks worldwide. Used in a TV ad for: Chrysler; Diet Coke; Centre Parks; Sky Sports; Channel 4’s V Festival coverage; 02; Rhapsody music; Toyota Yaris; East, Pray, Love; and most notably, as the soundtrack for 500 Days of Summer.

What gear will you see the Temper Trap using at their Sound City gig?

The Temper Trap rely on synths, samplers and pedals. The BOSS DD-20 is one pedal the band cannot live with out. With more settings than a standard delay pedal, the DD-20 is what Sweet Disposition relys on. Johnny often has three BOSS DS-1’s running together at one stage for that extra distortion, along with the RC-20ZL Loopstation, DD-3, DS-2 and the LS-2 is used to blend different sounds with more control.

You’d think Roland endorsed them by the amount of Boss and Roland gear you’ll find in their set-up, but the guys also have a SPD-S Sampling Pad (now upgraded to the SPD-SX) for running loops and extra drum backing tracks to fill out the sound. For amplification, you’ll find a Roland JC-60 (maybe not at their LSC gig, as Orange will be providing key venues with a backline). Those lovely synth sounds you’ll hear throughout Sweet Disposition, Love Lost and Fader are created by the Roland Juno-DI, or for more oomph, a Roland Juno G.

Campbell McNeil (Temper Trap Tour Manager & Front of House Engineer) was blown away with the Sennheiser 935 vocal mic, which led him to start using e901 on kick, e 904s on toms, e 905 on snare, e906s for cabs and e935s for the bands backing vocals. Simplicity is key, and that’s what those mics give him.

So yeah, there we have it. Our first of five “Ones to Watch at Liverpool Sound City 2012”.

Liverpool Sound City Festival and Conference is now in its fourth year. With three days of international music, media and technology, Liverpool will see 360 artists performing to 35,000 music fans and 3,500 music industry professionals. Aside from the music festival, the LSC conference packs controversial debate and unparalleled networking to music industry folk and all of you interested in the ins-and-outs of the music industry.

This year brings something extra special for us here at Dolphin Music. We always love getting involved in such a great event, but this year Sound City launches the very first Sound City Expo. Running on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th May during the daytime in the Echo Arena, you’ll find us along with our friends Yamaha, Avid, Peavey, Roland, Native Instruments, and Steinberg exhibiting and demonstrating their most innovative and exciting gear. What’s even better is that if you’re signed up to our mailing list, you’ll be receiving an email with free access to this event. Miss our Liverpool store? We’ll have some great deals on the day for you to get hold of and purchase some new gear!

Aside from us exhibiting at the Expo, you’ll find:

  • DJ hub in association with BPM, bringing you the latest tech tools and gadgets for DJs and electronic music producers
  • Digital Hub in association with Open Labs: the best new innovations in creative and digital tech featuring ISVO, Open Labs, Sentric Music, Ingenious, NW fund and many more.

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