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How to find dedicated sound/tech help

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by DaftCat, Nov 10, 2005.


  1. DaftCat

    DaftCat

    Jul 26, 2004
    Medicine Hat
    Hi,

    I have a friend who leads a 4-piece Celtic band. They have no dedicated soundguy but are considering finding one. On a side-note, I do their sound when I am available.

    They are willing to either provide the PA gear or hire someone with their own gear. Preferably, hire someone who will setup/tear down the PA/Lights. They realize extra tasks like these justify the person be compensated accordingly.

    My questions for the TB wisdom pool:
    1. What are the best tactics for finding such a person?
    2. If you have been here, how did you do it?
    3. What is a fair price to pay for such a service? For sake of argument, let's assume the house pays $900 for a two-nighter.

    I might have more questions later haha. I am sure more will come up.

    In conclusion, thanks in advance for any answers and please don't quickly suggest they do their own sound since it's not what they want.

    DCat,
     
  2. jimbob

    jimbob

    Dec 26, 2001
    Charlotte NC
    Endorsing Artist: Acoustica Mixcraft; Endorsing Artist: DR Strings
    1. What are the best tactics for finding such a person?
    I would ask your local music store for a referral or check the business section of your phone book.

    2. If you have been here, how did you do it?
    In the past, I went to see bands and talked to the soundman and asked for a card and followed up if I liked the way he mixed the band....auditioned them I guess you would say.

    3. What is a fair price to pay for such a service? For sake of argument, let's assume the house pays $900 for a two-nighter.
    If it is a 2 nighter you can probably get someone to work with you providing they don't have to tear down the PA each night. My band rent's our PA and Lights and us to run it for $300 a night (US$). It would depend on what you need for gear. If you have a PA already and are looking for set-up and tear down help as well, probably $75.00-$100 US a night would be reasonable to pay someone.