- ARTISTRY: Over twenty five hundred gigs under his belt as a working bassist
- TECHNOLOGY: Armed with state-of-the-art technologies
- PROFESSIONALISM: Over 20+ years in global IT Management, Sales, Engineering & Project Management experience and expertise
The Spot On Sound Difference
For John Veit, founding SpotOnSound, LLC (dba Spot On Sound Productions) in 2013 wasn’t just an opportunity to launch a new phase in his career, but a chance to combine the skills he’d developed in dramatically different settings over his professional life. He places an emphasis on artistry; a product of Veit’s experience as a professional bass player with roughly 3000 gigs to his credit. Over time, he’s also brought his engineering background to bear on a career in technical support/sales at companies handling high end IT integrations throughout Europe, Asia and United States in the financial, commercial and health care sectors. Eventually, he took a management position running an IT organization focused primarily on the financial sector, but decided to make a change that would allow him to draw on his experiences as an artist, his passion for music and his twenty-plus years in engineering, IT and project management, in equal measure.
The company name, Veit notes, comes from a phrase he picked up during his travels. “For seven or eight years I spent a considerable amount of time in London, England, and when things are done absolutely correctly, the British say, ‘That’s Spot On.’”
That’s reflected in his approach to their business. “When I talk to clients, I don’t talk about the equipment or the technology,” Veit says. “I talk about providing a solution to a problem and allow them to focus purely on their vision while we help out with not only production, but logistics.” To that end, he goes beyond providing technology and gets involved in every aspect of the event to ensure the client’s vision is realized on budget, and even – if necessary – aids in finding sponsors for an event in order to provide clients with an experience they may not be able to afford on their own.
His initial goal was to create a full-service, live sound reinforcement, lighting, video, staging and backline provider for what he determined to be an underserved market – 200 to 2,000 + capacity venues and events in the Denver region – and offer clients a compelling value proposition. That prompted interest from not only his target market, but with far larger venues and events, some of which attracted between 15,000 and 20,000 people. “My business model, however, didn’t involve investing a million dollars in capital in equipment and then having to refresh that again in 5 years,” he adds.
Instead, Spot On Sound partners with other regional providers when additional infrastructure and gear is required, and ultimately formalized some of those relationships in 2014; creating Talent Production and Logistics (TPL) – a talent acquisition, production management/event planning company and a partnership between Spot On Sound, Marquee Event Solutions and Pat Emerine Productions.
“It’s a one stop shop,” Veit
says, “like a general contractor for the event industry.” The idea, he explains, is to draw on he and his partner’s strengths, provide more ‘bang for the buck’ for clients and bring a level of resources to the table that opens up larger events and markets for TPL.
While the Veit’s business model has evolved substantially since they started out, long term they hope to make an impact on a national level and partner with other providers in other markets to do so. That said, Veit insists: “I got into this because of the artistic side. I do want to keep a component where I’m mixing the smaller, 1,200 to 1,500-capacity gigs because that’s where I get my joy. If you’ve got a great act and venue, it doesn’t matter if they’re only playing for 200 people. If everything’s clicking and everybody’s in the groove, it makes everything else go away.”
John and Maggie Veit
Owners / Operators
Kevin Mitchell discovered his love for doing sound in 1996 in Cape Town, South Africa, while operating the sound board for his church at the age of fifteen. Already a talented musician, sound engineering became a natural career choice.In 2001 Kevin pursued this passion by studying sound engineering at Cape Audio College.It was then that he had his first gig as a live sound engineer. The band opened for Tree 63 in a room of about 3,500 people. With the help of some talented engineers backing him up, he pulled off his first professional mix. He went on to apprentice under recording engineer David Langaman for a year. David introduced him to sound design company owner Aki Kahn. It was under Aki’s guidance that Kevin really sharpened his skills in audio engineering. While working for Eastern Acoustic’s, Kevin mixed and worked on countless corporate events, Jazz Festivals, Orchestras, flamenco bands, Operas and theatrical shows.In 2006 Kevin moved to Johannesburg, SA, where he freelanced at the SABC recording studio. He also continued doing live audio for corporate events as well as operating sound for local acts such as Harris Tweed and Fevertree. Kevin also played bass for Fevertree between bass players.In 2007, Kevin relocated again. This time, an opportunity brought him across the Atlantic Ocean to the US where he worked as Tour Manager/ FOH Engineer for touring band Civil Twilight. Together they toured every major music venue in the US and Canada from 100 seat rooms to 8000 seat rooms and graced many outdoor festivals too.Kevin decided to leave the touring life in December of 2010, after 3 years of working with Civil Twilight. The final show of the tour with Civil Twilight ended when they opened for Jimmy Eat World and Smashing Pumpkins in the Verizon Theater At Grand Prairie near Dallas TX.Between and after touring Kevin freelanced for local AV and sound company Audio Solutions Inc under Alan Simonton.In 2012 Kevin and his beautiful wife Heather moved to Denver, Colorado where Kevin continues to work in the audio field.In 2014 Kevin joined forces with John Veit, owner of Spot On Sound Productions , as Production Manager and Engineer.As an engineer Kevin is very easy going and calm under pressure. He is easy to work with and at home behind the mixing board. Kevin strives for both excellence and a creative approach.
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