Want to actually get some sleep on tour? Want more partying time? Be friendly.
It’s staggering the number of times I have seen people walk into a venue and instantly provoke others. I know that I have done it more times than I might like to think. The only thing to be gained from not being friendly to the local crew is having to spend more time in the venue. Make friends with the riggers. If you can do that, you will not wait all morning for your points and then for ages at 1am for them to come back down. Make friends with the stagehands and they might suggest a great place next door for coffee or a great bar for your day off tomorrow.
Sure, you may not win over everyone, but being friendly may well make your life on the road much more fulfilling.
Jamie Earle is Clearwing’s Chief Audio Engineer. He started working in the shop of a PA company 10 years ago, cleaning sick off of cables and painting speakers. Since then he has toured as Band Engineer and Systems Engineer. He was brought up in a small 8000 pop coastal town in the South East of England and has spent time living and working in Prague, Czech Republic, where he met his Minnesotan future wife. They moved to the US in April 2014.