A place to write my experiences, both good and bad, of what it's like trying to become successful as a young sound engineer.

 

smoothsailingco:

Father’s Day Special! Brand new tank tops and weekend sale items!! Check it out - http://ssail.co

smoothsailingco:

Father’s Day Special! Brand new tank tops and weekend sale items!! Check it out - http://ssail.co

After 2 solid years of touring, I’m so happy to finally have reached being able to tour in a bus. It doesn’t mean much to people anymore but it has always been a huge goal of mine to reach this in my career. Excited for tour with @goradio! (at Louisianna Travel/welcome Center)

After 2 solid years of touring, I’m so happy to finally have reached being able to tour in a bus. It doesn’t mean much to people anymore but it has always been a huge goal of mine to reach this in my career. Excited for tour with @goradio! (at Louisianna Travel/welcome Center)

POZ Video Premiere: The Goodnight - “When I Was Your Man (Bruno Mars Cover)”

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PropertyOfZack is happy to be premiering a new cover video of The Goodnight taking on Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man.” Watch and listen to the cover below after the jump!

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@stevengoradio and I are hangin in Starbucks watching SNL on Hulu before load in today :) (at Starbucks)

@stevengoradio and I are hangin in Starbucks watching SNL on Hulu before load in today :) (at Starbucks)

Idaho on the way to Denver. Sometimes you gotta enjoy that a camera can’t pick up what you really see.

Idaho on the way to Denver. Sometimes you gotta enjoy that a camera can’t pick up what you really see.

smoothsailingco:

Making our way across the U A of A in style. #OurModelFriend @ricky_fernandez

Nice shot!

smoothsailingco:

Making our way across the U A of A in style. #OurModelFriend @ricky_fernandez

Nice shot!

On our way to Arizona for the start of the #wakeupandbeawesometour! 

Preproduction for the tour went really well and I couldn’t be more excited to get back out there and mix! I’ve done a few things here and there but I’m ready to be in the trenches every day again!

20 or so more hours left of this drive and two more days until the party starts!

On our way to Arizona for the start of the #wakeupandbeawesometour!

Preproduction for the tour went really well and I couldn’t be more excited to get back out there and mix! I’ve done a few things here and there but I’m ready to be in the trenches every day again!

20 or so more hours left of this drive and two more days until the party starts!

Anonymous asked
Hey there! I have a question for ya. What's some advise you could offer up to someone wanting to work in the music industry? Something behind the scenes like tour managing, etc. It's what I've always wanted to do, but I have no idea where to begin! I'd be way too nervous to actually ask you this, so I thought I'd ask on here! I'm so glad that you're doing well! Have fun and stay safe out on the road! :)

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!

Anonymous asked
Hey Ricky, I was wondering, what made you want to get a job in music and what made you choose sound specifically? How did you realize you were good at mixing? I know I want to get into the industry but I don't know where to start to be able to know whether I'm better at the technical stuff or the business side. How did you know?

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 :)

On the road again…

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!

goradio:

Getting ready to run over some songs for the #wakeupandbeawesome tour!! @newvintageamps @sjcdrums http://instagr.am/p/VxV532HNBr/

goradio:

Getting ready to run over some songs for the #wakeupandbeawesome tour!! @newvintageamps @sjcdrums http://instagr.am/p/VxV532HNBr/

I’m excited to once again be heading out with my good friends in Go Radio on tour with The Summer Set, We are the in Crowd, and For the Foxes. I honestly haven’t done a support tour with other bands I remember listening to, or bands that are in the same genre as the one I work for. I’m so used to doing headliners haha so this should be a ton of fun!!
Also, I’m super excited to be finally mixing a show at a venue in my hometown! My friends never get to see me or hear my mixes, maybe my family will even come out!
Will I be seeing any of you out there?!

I’m excited to once again be heading out with my good friends in Go Radio on tour with The Summer Set, We are the in Crowd, and For the Foxes. I honestly haven’t done a support tour with other bands I remember listening to, or bands that are in the same genre as the one I work for. I’m so used to doing headliners haha so this should be a ton of fun!!

Also, I’m super excited to be finally mixing a show at a venue in my hometown! My friends never get to see me or hear my mixes, maybe my family will even come out!

Will I be seeing any of you out there?!