Baz Barrett is a versatile fellow. Many people in the music industry know his work as a live-sound and recording engineer and tour manager, but he is also an active recording and performing artist.
Barrett was raised in a small countryside village in the outskirts of Nottinghamshire, a place noted for troubles such as clashing coal miners during the strikes of the 1980s and for the more serene Sherwood Forest. The son of a coal miner, with few career opportunities beyond the coal pits, he discovered rock music and learned to play bass guitar. Eventually Barrett became the drummer for the 1980s thrash/hardcore band Intense Degree (Earache Records).
In the mid-1990s, he worked at Serendipity, a mastering facility, where his projects primarily involved restoring, declicking, and remastering analog recordings for CD release. Barrett left Serendipity when his band Consumed was signed to American punk label Fat Wreck Chords. He continued with Consumed until 1999, when he left to focus on his booking and touring company, where he worked as booking agent and tour manager for the Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Marky Ramone, Girlschool, The Queers, Kitten Natividad (screen star of numerous Russ Meyer movies), and others, as well as managing such acts as Marky Ramone and Discharge.
Currently, Barrett lives in the city of Nottingham, England, and handles the bass chores for Crippled Black Phoenix (Invada), which features current and former members of Iron Monkey (Earache), Electric Wizard (Rise Above), Consumed (Fat Wreck Chords), Mogwai (Matador), and Gonga (Invada/Domino). As of this writing, the band is touring in the UK and Europe, having completed an American and Canadian tour earlier in 2009.
Barrett also has a studio, which, he says, he has furnished with “some awesome classic and vintage amps, cabs, instruments, and such, as I want to try to capture the real sounds that influence myself and many contemporary musicians’ and music fans’ lives.” To faithfully capture these sounds, Barrett relies on a pair of PreSonus FP10s. “I wanted a system that I could use in the studio and on location,” explains Barrett. “After looking around for awhile, I was pointed to the PreSonus FirePod by my local dealers. I initially chose the FirePod (now converted to an FP10) for the purpose of testing equipment before spending bundles of cash. Since the cost of PreSonus gear is very reasonable, I took the plunge. After this initial purchase, I've got to say, I'm totally stoked with the quality of the products. I can also state that the customer assistance is definitely second to none!”
Barrett likes the FP10’s practical design. “With the line-in connections on the rear,” he says, “I can link the desk and so on without having cables hanging all over the front face of my racked units. And when I don't need so many channels—as in the studio—or don't want or need to even use my desk, I can simply rack up the FP10s and head off to my location with minimal baggage, and away we go!”
Barrett plans to add more PreSonus gear to his rig soon. “I'm interested in trying all of the PreSonus gear with a view to establishing how I can include it within my studio and live rig,” he states. “My next purchase will probably be another FP10 to give me a full system—or maybe I’ll upgrade to a new PreSonus product. I'm also after a full PreSonus monitoring system, such as a Monitor Station. If I find a piece of gear that does what I want, I'll have it!”