A place to write my experiences, both good and bad, of what it's like trying to become successful as a young sound engineer.
It really depends on what you want to do, but if you would like to Tour manage “my” best advice would be to find a local band in your area that is getting ready to head out on tour. Tell them that you want to TM them and what you would be able to offer them. Handling money, keeping track of finances, making sure the band gets where they need to be on time, dealing with promoters and club owners to make the band seem more professional and so on. You’ll probably have to go for free, but hopefully the band can give you per diems (a set amount of money everyday to buy food etc. usually like 10$) or maybe just buy your food. Any smaller band would have it in their best interest to take someone out who wants to work for them. After that you just have to bust your ass and work hard but have fun! People want to tour with other people that have good attitudes, dont get stressed to easily, and are fun to be around! If you combo that with a good work ethic you’ll meet other bands on tour that may need you at some point and youll keep working! good luck, if you want it, go get it!
When I was younger in bands I always wanted to work in a studio. But I always hated how slow everything in the studio is. Spending hours on just the kick drum never interested me. Fast forward some years and I was working at the Arena on my college campus as an usher and we had a Death Cab for Cutie show come through. I was immediately blown away by how they sounded and how someone can be responsible for how thousands of people perceive this band. So I hit up the production company that always worked the arena and told them I wanted to work for them and that I would do whatever they needed for free. I knew nothing back then haha but I busted my ass wrapping cables and setting up stages and lighting. I did this for a few years and got sick of never touching a console or learning anything, but I got really good at wrapping cables haha! So then I started working for a little stage on the beach near me and got to mix 5 shows a week on some pretty descent gear. That’s where I taught myself a lot of what I know now. All the technical stuff. What does a gate/compression do, try it out! I’ve always been interested in sound and kinda knew I wanted to be responsible for making an audience happy. If a show sucks you usually blame the sound guy but if it’s awesome you don’t think about the sound you just think about how killer the band was and I love that! As for when I knew I was good at mixing, I still doubt myself all the time but I think that’s a good thing. I love learning new tricks and constantly challenge myself to be better. So I don’t know if I view myself as good but more so confident. I feel way more confident going on tour mixing in different rooms every night on different gear. And the only way you will get that is to do it! Realize you won’t be good at the start but that’s okay, everything takes time and practice. Hope that answered your question :)
The day I leave for tour will always be bittersweet. It doesn’t matter if I’m single or not, in the best or worst situation of my life. There is always friends and family that I have to leave behind to be with friends and family in other places. I’m blessed to have so many people I care about all over the world because of traveling.
To my friends and family here, I love you. I can’t wait for us to hang out again when I get back home. Sharing beers, riding bikes, playing video games and all that.
To my Go Radio family, I’m so excited to hit the road again with you guys. The gem factory is back in business. Lets bring good music to the masses and travel the country together.
Everyone else, don’t be afraid to come say hi to me ha! I love meeting new people and having conversations.
Ok time to get up and pack! Lets do this!