Known to most as the ever important FOH for American rock band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Francois 'Mido' El-Alfy skills behind the console has seen him rise to the very top of his field.
First in, last out. That's the way it usually is for Mido. As Black Rebel Motorcycle Club set out on their sold-out world tours, you'll find him everywhere as the fills the roles of both trusted sound engineer and equally trusted tour manager.
Before turning to full-time live engineer, though, Mido spent years running and promoting at a venue, and a stint at indie label Dance To The Radio.
But it is a magician behind the console, that we know him best. A true artist and a technical wizard to boot, he has been on the road with Temples, Kaiser Chiefs, Futureheads, The Twang, Yellowcard and many more, covering over 40 countries and counting.
As FOH he controls what the audience hears during the live performance, and makes sure everything blends together as the band intends it to - the guitars, the drums, the vocals. In many ways, and this is often forgotten, guys like Mido are like a member of the bands and often just as important to the audience's perception of the concert.