Warner Robins native recognized as top LA sound engineer

awoolen@macon.comDecember 11, 2013 

Brian Haught

Brian Haught can look out a window in his California home on Melrose Place and see the Hollywood sign.

It is a far cry from his beginnings in Warner Robins where he played the drums at Northside High School.

His love of music started much younger. He began taking piano lessons at age 5.

He remembers playing in a band at Whiskey River in Macon when he was 13 while being chaperoned by his father, Tucker Haught, who lives in Culloden. The Haughts lived in Warner Robins for 35 years.

“It was my first gig,” Brian Haught said.

While in middle and high school, he played the drums in the school bands.

Now, the 45-year-old is a sound engineer for live concerts, but his career has run the gamut in the music scene.

Recently, an LA Weekly blog named Haught one of the seven best live sound engineers in Los Angeles.

“I’m flattered to be on the list,” Haught said.

He engineers about 200 shows each year and said he is excited about the future of the music industry, even though it is constantly evolving.

Tucker Haught said from an early age his son was destined to be in the music industry. He would skip recess to practice piano, dad said.

“I knew he had talent way beyond normal curiosity,” Tucker Haught said. “All he ever wanted to do was play piano.”

Brian Haught’s band signed with Motown Records at age 18, and he spent 1988-90 on tour as the keyboard player with a band called AC Black.

He moved to Atlanta in the early ‘90s and produced a few R&B and rap albums.

In 1998, Haught produced part of the Guns N’ Roses album “Chinese Democracy” and moved to California at the expense of front man Axl Rose.

His move into engineering live shows came as CD sales plummeted in the early 2000s, he said.

“Money, to me, was shifting from recording to live,” Haught said.

He took the chance to change along with it.

The opportunities he has gained in the music industry have allowed him to travel to 21 countries on tour with various bands including The Strokes.

He was on tour when he met his wife, Monik Dobermann, whom he married in April.

The $100,000 computerized mixing boards he uses today are a far cry from his days of working on Atari computers when he was younger.

“I’ve been fortunate to be in a weird situation to play music, record and mix music,” Haught said.

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