Father John Misty

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The records have quite a bit of harmonies and some things that are pretty hard to achieve live without having a billion people up on stage... or some robots.

Joshua Michael Tillman (perhaps best known as J. Tillman or Father John Misty), is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and drummer.

After playing in the popular indie folk act Fleet Foxes for four years, Tillman stepped out from behind the drums and took center stage as Father John Misty.

During the Father John Misty 2016 Tour we were lucky enough to meet up with the engineer Trevor Spencer at Train (Aarhus DK). He gave an insight into some of the equipment used for their live performances.

"We were originally talking about trying to get some sort of harmonizing action going," he says, when asked about how the VoiceLive 2 became a part of Father John Misty's live setup. "The records have quite a bit of harmonies and some things that are pretty hard to achieve live without having a billion people up on stage... or some robots."


Trevor doesn't have any effects running on the mixing console, but run everything outboard, so he has more control. Apart from a 19" rack the live setup includes a few stompboxes - and of course the VoiceLive 2, that's primarily used for harmony effects.


Trevor highlights the customizability of the VoiceLive 2: "We looked around, and this was the best option for us, because you can use several different layers of harmonies, and it's easy to set intervals, keys or use the auto key setting as well".