Re: What does the sound guy do.
In my early days of playing rock in the dive bars, they would have sound guys for the smallest venues. You'd be lucky if there were more than 10 regulars stopping in. I remember having to pay the soundman and the person at the door off the top of the tickets/door charge. Then, the venue got 80% of everything after that. We didn't care at that point...we were making music, and ended up paying to do so most times. I just thought of the sound guys as the unneeded extra expense. Nowadays, they are invaluable. I just played for a 1400 seat auditorium (sold out) and if we didn't have a reliable guy back there behind the board, we would probably sound horrible. God bless the sound guys!