Chris Minh Doky – Bassist, composer & bandleader
“When I hear better, I play better.“
CChris Minh Doky’s evolution as a bassist is seen by how he moved from being the rhythmic ballast of a piece to the center of the piece. Electric or acoustic, Chris’ music a range of musical genres. While his early performances were in his home country of Denmark, it was his move to New York that solidified his role as an exceptional musician. Doky has been the bassist in famed guitarist’ Mike Stern’s band and shared the stage with names such as Brecker, Scofield, Sanborn, or others. One constant – his myMix personal monitoring systems is a critical piece of his rig used to help ensure Chris delivers a memorable performance – every time.
“What immediately struck me about the myMix was its simplicity — the fact that it can function on its own without a console but that it’s also really easy to hook up with any console if you need to. It’s plug and go. The myMix is also intuitive because it allows you to save your settings, so I can use it with the several different bands that I gig with and everyone in those bands can have their own settings and be up and running right away. You don’t have to start from scratch every time, and that’s very important to me.”.
Chris Minh Doky
A lot of times when I travel I do so without a sound engineer, so it can get complicated and sonically tough. Occasionally, you’re lucky and there’s a good FOH guy, but you can’t count on that.
I rarely use in-ear monitors in these situations because I need to interact constantly with the audience. I love this setup because I have such a small portable rig that makes it possible for me to get in, setup and be up and running in less than three minutes — not to mention break down time. All of sudden I can now travel for my solos gigs and lectures with just my bass and the myMix.
The Electric Nomads is mostly instrumental, but it’s funk and rock oriented so we play loud and large venues. On the flip side, New Nordic Jazz is quieter, more classical and jazzy and the myMix can adapt to both.
When The Electric Nomads first incorporated the myMix into their setup in 2012, the whole band was on wedges. Doky and his band mates ran outputs from their myMix to monitor amps, eventually switching to in-ears and using the headphones output.
“Then we got a x32 Rack as our stage box,” Doky explained. “Our sound tech groups each instrument to the analog outputs to the IEX inputs. Today, I want to be free of the wires from my in-ears to the myMix. It’s nice not having all these wires dangling off of me. I’m a bandleader, so I’m talking on the mic and fronting all the time. When I found out with the myMix RX-2 that you could actually do the same thing and just send the output off stage, that made it a no-brainer for me.”
Since I started using the myMix five years ago, my equipment hasn’t broken down, and I haven’t needed to buy anything else. When you get the setup that’s it, it’s durable, high-quality and comes with everything you need.
Doky remains a strong player on the international jazz stage, but years ago his unique solo performances captured the ears and hearts of the pop & classical music world. Common for all the music he does is how Doky expresses himself with the bass as the solo instrument with a direct link to the Danish bass tradition. By bringing his heart and soul into each new challenge, Doky has emerged as one of the most compelling musicians of our time. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark knighted Doky in 2010 for his contributions to the arts, making him a distinguished member of the Royal Order of the Dannebrog.
Regarding the myMix monitoring system Chris shares, “myMix has been a life-(ear!) saver and an eye-opener for me. After too many years of touring with too many shows with horrible & loud monitor sound, I developed hearing damage on both ears. I needed to seriously protect my ears and search for the smallest, easiest, and most customizable setup, possible. Something I could travel with as both a bandleader with my crew and tech and a sideman on my own. MyMix was my answer and has been for years.
Chris’ secret – along with hard work – is his passion for making an emotional and physical experience of the melody he plays. To ensure he delivers his best performance he turns to myMix because (as Chris says), “when I hear better, I play better.”
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