Tech Tip:Studio Garb

By Dennis Kambury

When you're on stage, your clothing is all about the vibe - and you'll find some great looks with bright colors and detailed designs in clothes made with synthetic materials such as rayon, polyester, and nylon. But when you get into the studio, think comfort and cotton and leave the fashion statements for the stage. Why?

Unlike synthetic fibers (and animal fibers such as wool) cotton carries no electrical charge, and no charge equals no static electricity. I had a client in my studio recently who was clothed from shoulders to toes in polyester, and every time she moved she generated more snap, crackle, and pop than a bowl of Rice Krispies. It was so bad at one point that I thought she was going to float up and stick to the ceiling! So avoid the fashion statements, go for comfort, and may all the sparks you generate be with your fans!

For engineers, be prepared: keep a can of anti-static spray around, or make your own with water and a small amount of fabric softener (mixed in about a 8:1 ratio).