FOH Mixing Engineer, Producer, Recording / Mixing Engineer

Pooch has been a musician all his life, starting with classical piano studies at the age of three. When he was in high school, he started to play guitar because he had "figured out that guitar players got the girls."

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The punk band he was in at the time won a Battle of the Bands contest, and later that year he was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. After studying Production and Engineering there, he graduated in 1991 and moved to Los Angeles, and the LA studio scene became his life.

Van Druten has served at FOH for a myriad of artists over the years, including KISS, Whitney Houston, Kid Rock, System of a Down, and Limp Bizkit, but he is perhaps best known for his association with Linkin Park, with whom he started working in January 2007. Impressed with the VR1s and having subsequently tried a wider selection of sE mics, when Linkin Park began to gear up for a tour, Van Druten recommended that the band add more of the brand’s models to its inventory.