So here we are, on the road in our tour bus. Quarters are cramped but it’s a good way to travel. On the road with us is Andrew White who bears the heady title of Front of House engineer. You might use the term ‘sound guy’ but that really isn’t a fair term based on today’s world. Andrew never knows exactly what to expect in terms of the equipment he’s likely to see and what condition it’s going to be in. He kind of has to be the McGyver of the audio world. Add to this the challenge of keeping everyone happy onstage. We travel with our own monitor system so in general it’s pretty straight forward but there are always challenges, again being unpredictable in terms of condition and equipment. You really never know what’s going to be there but Andrew makes things hum along with as little of the fuss being visible to us as possible.
Andrew’s compatriot in this endeavour is Jakk Grandy. Jakk is our stage tech. He makes sure things onstage get set up in the way we’re used to so that when we get to soundcheck things move along easily. Also during the show Jakk keeps an eye on us and helps us with guitar changes. I use a few different tunings so rather than re-tune the guitar I’m using, it’s faster to change guitars to the one that Jakk has in the new tuning I need. Also he has to be a bit of a ninja and keep a watchful eye on the show as it unfolds so that in the event of an ‘incident’ he can swoop in to our rescue! You’d be surprised what can go wrong onstage! Things break, blow up, burn out, or fail in unpredictable (often epic!) fashions. That’s when Jakk has to be a ninja and help us overcome the new challenge we face, onstage in front of an audience. Often it can be the most entertaining part of a show!
When we’re done, ‘Drew and Jakk break down the stage gear and stow it under the bus and off we go down the road to the next show. Joining us is our new ‘Merch guy’ Mack. We’ve only just been introduced so we’ll see how he fits in to our little road family. We’ll certainly get to know him being as after every show we head out to the merch table to say hi and hang out signing whatever folks want so Mack will have to keep things humming along out there.
So there you have it, come on out and say hi to us and our crew, that’s why we do this thing in the first place!