I have just as much fun regardless of what end of the mic cable I am on. Performing is fun if the monitors are good. Teching is fun, more responsibility, much longer hours, but for me, equally rewarding.
It's nice when one looks forward to going to work.
Hey! Whats up in your part of the world? The Covid19 shut down the facility where I work (since late March), and in so doing, changed a lot of our event and client plans for the summer...I have no complaints because my employer continued to pay my average hours...they put all of the part time employees on paid Administrative Leave. My lovely wife also had knee replacement about a month ago, so I am grateful to be here to help her these first few weeks...
It appears I will be called back to my steady job shortly after June 1...(I hope).
But...to answer your question:
I prefer to "perform" rather than to "work a sound for hire gig".
I got into sound because when I decided to play after not touching a guitar from 1971 to 2000...making myself "the gear guy" made me more valuable to the bands I played with back then...still true today. But my age and phobia of digital mixers....well, I do small gigs or my own band using MY gear or "ride the faders" on a few low budget gigs for hire. I also have a fairly steady relationship with a friend to support his system when he needs MORE STUFF. Which reminds me that my friend has all four of my JBL PRX series powered cabinets along with most of my stage lighting (about 15 LED fixtures). He does a lot of the high school dances and theater in the small town where he lives. (His 3rd kid is finally a senior in high school, but I bet he still feels obligated to work school dances or theater...) I knew what I was getting into...and I know he will bring any and all of my gear any time I bring it up.
Fat, dumb and happy in the Oklahoma Red Dirt Country
Marg and I are also unemployed with no change expected in the foreseeable future. Chief Medical Officer up here says bars, festivals etc won't open until a vaccine is developed. So....we're hooped. We qualify for and are receiving a 2000.00 per month grant from the government which will run out mid June. Regardless of our current work status...when work is available, I look forward to putting in the hours. I will die broke but I don't really give a schitt. 11 cases total up here, last reported one was over two weeks ago. I think we are lucky. cheers Roly
Post by Auf Kiltre on May 26, 2020 21:41:35 GMT -5
Roly, you clearly got credibility on both sides of the mic. I could never do live sound. Had an experience. Once. Unexpected electronic drum kit. Thought I blew out some speakers. No thanks. Thank God for guys like you.
Back, thirty years ago, when I owned a large tri-amped PA system, a midi-controlled lighting system and the truck to haul it all, I enjoyed the tech side of a gig when I had an open date and someone would hire me to do sound/lighting for their show. It was a compliment to my ear when someone would tell me the sound of the band was good/great. The down side was when I finally unloaded all the equipment I got pennies on the dollar for the stuff.
A funny incident was the night I ran the show for a very popular local group that was kind of a Statler Brothers show that had a huge young teen female following. Near the end of the show when the performers were introduced, they introduced me as their “sound guy” for the evening. I thought I was gonna be attacked by all these screaming teen girls. It was quite the experience!