Shambhala's Music Will Blow You Away
Whether the size of a festival is big, small, or somewhere in between, fancy, or plain, the quality of the music can make or break the overall execution. Often, when a festival is highly acclaimed, expensive, and extremely profitable, it can be extremely disappointing if the music falls short of reasonable standards: music is overall too quiet, some sections are too loud or too soft, the sound is muffled, and so on. Shambhala Music Festival in Salmo, Canada, is one festival that does not skimp on having music where sound is only played at its highest potential.
After attending Bonnaroo for the second time this Summer, 2014, myself and many that I spoke with agreed that at moments the music was never loud enough. From a central location to the stage, with some of the biggest crowds any festival sees, the music could hardly be heard. One individual, who was excited to see her favorite band, Cherub, was brought disappointment when she could not hear the band at all from a close distance. When attending a music festival, it can be extremely frustrating when the quality of the music is given little importance, especially when so much money is put into producing the festival… Where is the money going?? However, for 2014, Shambhala went above and beyond to bring the work of PK Sound to their stages; a company who Bassnectar himself described, “[as] the cleanest, full-bodied sound [he’s] ever felt.”
PK Sound is a Canada based sound production company. This company provides sound and stage design, working at concerts and many festivals, including Shambhala, Northern Lights, Lighting in A Bottle and more. Aside from the technicalities involved in providing pure sound quality, PK Sound believes in going even further, “Beyond acoustic accuracy, beyond optimal levels, beyond the science of sound, there are also the elements of artistry, emotion and environment that engulf you and allow you to truly become part of the experience.”
Attending Shambhala, the music is sure not to disappoint; the bass shakes through the air and the sounds reverberate off of the mountains in a way that delivers some of the most refined sounds. Using sound and structural engineering, PK Sound provided Shambhala with stage setups that allowed the music to play off its the natural acoustic surroundings. For example, The Living Room Stage faced the river, at an angle where swimmers could hear the music echo from the rocky mountains as far down as you could see. At Shambhala 2014, the music was never too quiet; music constantly surrounds everyone at all hours, and not just good music, but some of the best.
After becoming affiliated with PK Sound, Shambhala’s production manager Corrine Zawaduk stated, "It has been a pleasure working with PK Sound. Shambhala has built its reputation around the sound quality on the dance floor, and PK is a large part of that. Always professional, always timely, PK has been pushing the limits to deliver superior quality. I wouldn't want to do a show without them." Already proven for 2014, the future looks bright for Shambhala to continue to deliver insane music quality that keeps bringing people back for years to come.
Written By: Andrea Inscoe