Paul Owen is an ‘old roadie that still has some talent’ and an impressive 40+ years of industry experience.
Owen is a two time Parnelli award winner who was the first monitor engineer to innovate mixing away from the stage and cameras in 1991, and many engineers started to follow suit. Even his former assistant who mixes monitors for Bono’s U2’s! His audio touring career took him to over 70 countries and through most of the world’s key theatres, arenas, and stadiums. If you’ve been there, he was likely there first!
His leadership spans far beyond engineering and production management for some of the most notable artists of our lifetime. Before becoming president of DCR Nashville, Paul held the role of Vice President for Thunder Audio as well as the General Manager of Solotech Nashville.
Paul runs everything from day-to-day touring production to company operations. He’s coordinated sound, lighting, and video with set designers to increase production speed of their designs. He has designed multiple configurations of in the round systems spanning 30 years.
Owen was also credited for the sound design on the IMAX movie “Through the Never.” He also ran production the for Jerry Jones NFL gold jacket party.
While his roster of clients runs deep, some of the highlights include:
Metallica, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Tesla, Wet Wet Wet, James Brown, Lynyrd Skynrd, Def Leppard, Jerry Cantrell, Jack White, Dolly Parton, Robert Plant, Bastille, Vampire Weekend and Steely Dan.
Outside of work, he has a knack for oil painting, hence the ‘old roadie’ reference from above.
The award he is most proud of receiving is the 2009 TEC Technical Excellence and Creativity Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement for Tour Production on Robert Plant & Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand Tour.
He also has a great sense of humor. He designed the taffeta reveal for Dolly Parton’s last tour in Austria and was quoted saying “Yes, that’s me working on the gathers of a 30ft tutu. I suppose I’ve done it all now. My mother was seamstress, she would be proud of me. LOL!”
A multi-faceted talent and wealth of experience, all of us at DCR Nashville welcome Paul with open arms to the team and look forward to introducing our clients both new and old to the latest addition in our family. Don’t forget to ask him for some of his tricks of the trade or for an old road story – both are worth their weight in gold!