Grads David Coyle and Donovan Friedman: What are you listening to?



What do the artists who help make your favorite entertainment look to for inspiration? We ask our graduates who are working on blockbuster films, top selling albums, hit video games, live tours and more.

David Coyle
Show Production, 2001
Monitor Engineer, freelance
Credits: Stevie Nicks, System of a Down, Lionel Ritchie

Donovan Friedman
Show Production, 2007
Monitor Technician, Clair Bros.
Credits: Stevie Nicks, Billy Joel, Prince

Full Sail: You’re on tour together with Stevie Nicks, what do you both listen to on the bus after a show?

Donovan Friedman: Generally nothing loud. I still want to listen to music but I don’t need the assault on my hearing that I’m used to in my job. So I try to mix it up a lot. I’ll listen to the Eagles and a lot of classic rock, but sometimes I’ll just put on Bach because I want something different.

David Coyle: For me, it depends on the tour. Whatever band I’m usually out with, I probably don’t want to listen to them – I need a little decompression. I grew up with metal and techno, so a lot of times I’ll go back and listen to trance for several hours on end.

FS: Do you still go to concerts when you’re not on the road?

DC: I don’t get the chance to go to too many shows. I have two boys now, so it’s turned into the Wiggles and Barney. All my shows have ended up being kids concerts – it’s something else that’s for sure.