Sound Guy Trouble

Bo Eder

Platinum Member
it is also weird how much power the sound guy has over the perception of the band...remember, don't piss off the (good) sound guy either. I knew a few sound guys who would get "dissed" by the band - guitar players and singers especially - and all of the sudden, that guys solos were real hard to hear; or the vox were...
I have a story of the opposite. I was mixing a New Years Eve big band at our famous Plaza Stage and the band kicks into Louie Prima’s version of “That ol’ black magic” which has this piano part that’s just difficult. But she couldn’t play it right, so every time it came up, I turned up the piano! It was awesome 😂
 

Bozozoid

Well-known member
I have a story of the opposite. I was mixing a New Years Eve big band at our famous Plaza Stage and the band kicks into Louie Prima’s version of “That ol’ black magic” which has this piano part that’s just difficult. But she couldn’t play it right, so every time it came up, I turned up the piano! It was awesome 😂
Thanks for the smile befor work this morning you little devil of a soundmen...lol.
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
I have a story of the opposite. I was mixing a New Years Eve big band at our famous Plaza Stage and the band kicks into Louie Prima’s version of “That ol’ black magic” which has this piano part that’s just difficult. But she couldn’t play it right, so every time it came up, I turned up the piano! It was awesome 😂

I never thought about doing that!! 👿💀
 

CommanderRoss

Silver Member
Wow.
I've heard of being irresponsible but that's off the charts! Probably some youngster who could care less about that job and says, "there will always be another".
Then when there isn't because of his lack of work ethic, he'll quickly blame someone else and be a "victim".

No wonder I don't care to go out & do these open shows anymore. You can only kick a dog so many times before he bites you.
 

EricT43

Senior Member
I admire the tenacity of those of you who would pull out all the stops to make the show go on in spite of the soundman who's intent on nose-diving his business. But if it were me, I wouldn't have played the gig. As a member of a band, it's our job to provide music, not sound reinforcement. The organizer of the event is responsible for the sound system being available and appropriate for the venue and the event. An hour before the show, there's no sound there yet, and the organizer hasn't already been making phone calls? By making the show happen in spite of two people failing at their jobs, you are allowing them to get off the hook and continue with the same nonsense in the future. At the end you got a hastily put-together and inadequate sound system at the show. From the audience's perspective, they only know that the band sounds bad. The musicians end up being the losers in this scenario. We have to have some respect for ourselves and insist that our partners in these ventures do their part too.
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Well-known member
I admire the tenacity of those of you who would pull out all the stops to make the show go on in spite of the soundman who's intent on nose-diving his business. But if it were me, I wouldn't have played the gig. As a member of a band, it's our job to provide music, not sound reinforcement. The organizer of the event is responsible for the sound system being available and appropriate for the venue and the event. An hour before the show, there's no sound there yet, and the organizer hasn't already been making phone calls? By making the show happen in spite of two people failing at their jobs, you are allowing them to get off the hook and continue with the same nonsense in the future. At the end you got a hastily put-together and inadequate sound system at the show. From the audience's perspective, they only know that the band sounds bad. The musicians end up being the losers in this scenario. We have to have some respect for ourselves and insist that our partners in these ventures do their part too.

I wrestle with this as well...

part of me is like: I took the night off, packed all of my crap, got here, unloaded and set up, I damn well am playing...
but I also agree with not letting the people in charge get away with bs shenanigans either....if we played, we would DEFINITELY be taking the money that the sound guy was supposed to get
 
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