Uh oh! We’ve all heard that excruciating whine that comes out of a poorly-positioned amplifier or a male audience member heckling a female musician.
Feedback can ruin a show. Just ask Gash Station frontwoman/guitarist Hannah Roberts:
“One show we played last tour was completely ruined by feedback squeals. It could have been avoided, but the sound guy refused to listen. I kept telling him how we needed to be mixed but he ignored me and insisted that we play at 50% volume and stand perfectly still. He said if we did that the audience would focus on our cute songs instead of our cute tits,” said Hannah with a shudder. “To make matters worse, after the show some random dude thought it was appropriate to tell me he thought I needed more agile fingering.”
Events like these are not uncommon. Feedback occurs whenever an open microphone picks up and re-amplifies sound, or when a woman performs in public. Some of the best ways to reduce unwanted feedback are by using unidirectional microphones, performing in complete darkness, or being born male.
For more tips on reducing unwanted feedback we reached out to some of our favorite musicians:
Mary Azebry (guitar): “One easy way to reduce feedback is by moving further away from your amps and college boyfriends.”
Aaleyah Alrazi (bass): “Get an automatic feedback reducer, or as I like to call it, a dick.”
John James (drums): “Why would you eliminate the feedback that could actually help these chicks get pretty good? Wait … did you mean audio feedback? I have no idea, Sharon usually handles that stuff.”