The Top 15 Things That Annoy the Crap Out of Your Local Sound Guy

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"When will this night end??"

5. When people call or text me before 10 a.m. I just went to sleep a few hours ago.

4. When a band knows that their set time is up, so they try to get the crowd involved by asking the crowd if they want to hear one more. I will cut off your mic and bring the house music up.

3. When you give the band one more song and they try to play two more.

2. When people blame the band's lack of talent or poor equipment on the sound guy. It's amplified sound. If it sounds like crap, it will be amplified crap.

1. When people call me a DJ.

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reverendstrawfoot
reverendstrawfoot

Good read. It's always good to know what our peers and partners are thinking. In that vein:

Top 15 Things a Sound Guy does that annoys the crap out of your local musicians:


1.If your work bores you, find a new job. You get to work in a bar and listen to free music every night…and get paid. We’re passionate about playing, you should be passionate about what you do.

2.When the band is prompt and prepared and does their best to be friendly and amicable and the sound guy acts as if you are putting them out by asking them to do their job. We should all be professionals, and when the person in control of your sound is an asshole for no reason it sours the relationship of the band with the sound and venue.

3.When a sound guy spends close to an hour setting up DI boxes and microphones, it takes time out of everyone’s night, and often causes the sound check to be cut short.

4.I’m sure you’ve worked with better bands, and probably with some worse. Regardless of what you think of the music being played, you are being paid to ensure the sound in the room is correct.

5.Rudeness. Don’t be a dick because you are having a bad night, or don’t care about the type of music being played.

6.Cutting a sound check short because “you got it” before the band is comfortable with everything. It’s never fun to ask for adjustments mid-set.

7.When the levels are set and the sound guy vanishes. Things can go wrong, a mic can cut out, and it’s your job to be on top of these challenges.

8.Showing up late when the band has been instructed to load in and sound out at a specific time. If we arrive two hours before the doors open, so should you.

9.Blasting the crowd at unnecessary volumes. It doesn’t have to go to 11 to sound balanced or fill a room.

10.Playing off-putting, bad, or otherwise uncomplimentary house music between sets. If you’re going to play DJ in-between sets, at least try to fit the demographic of the crowd with the canned music.

11.Treating us like morons. You are a sound guy. This is your area of expertise. If we don’t know something affiliated with your job, it doesn’t make us less of a performer.

12.Getting drunk at the board. I’m all for drinking. But if you are more focused on bourbon than the band, it’s an issue.

13.Impatience. Every stage is different in dimension. Sometimes, adjustments to the normal set up must be made to accommodate the band’s instruments, etc. If decisions must be made on the fly, rushing us won’t help the problem. We want to be set up and playing as much, if not more, than you.

14.Check your equipment. If you have bad cables or what-have-you, it would be better to know before the middle of a set.

15.Don’t be an asshole. We appreciate what you do, understand it’s both important and a challenge to figure out how to sound a variety of instruments and we respect your work. All we ask is that you respect ours as well.

Stephen Freuler
Stephen Freuler

Funny But True.....BUT don't act like the Sound Techs are the innocent bi-standards; what pisses me off are the sound techs that act like they've done this for a decade, but in reality they just started 2 weeks ago and they think they know FUCKIN everything. AND then they're are some Sound-Techs that can't mix a band fa-shit, BUT they sure as shit can mix TECHNO and DUB-STEP

jjohnoed
jjohnoed

What a fascinating glimpse into a world about which no one gives a shit.


Keep these coming!!!

MarkSeaforth
MarkSeaforth

I hate when I follow all of the above rules and yet the sound STILL sucks, while the demigod soundman is allowed to pass the buck to "bad-sounding venue" or "musicians' lack of proper equipment." And yet I'm not allowed to use my freedom-of-speech rights to voice my opinion? I guess it's the soundman and his band of cronies calling the shots!

Kevin Rudroff
Kevin Rudroff

If you have 15,count em,15 problems you regularly run into at any job chances are YOUR the problem

rngofpower
rngofpower

Re: #2... I always used to say, "you can't polish a turd".

FYAH
FYAH

And TIP the SOUND GUY. An old tradition that I (unifyah) still practice! 

Wil Wander
Wil Wander

I avoided the #11 last night........still think those vocals were too low. ;-)

Wil Wander
Wil Wander

I avoided the #11 last night........still think those vocals were too low. ;-)

HerpsofDerp
HerpsofDerp

Pallbearer comes to mind! " turn the house music off , you asshole." When theres a rap show next door blaring through their set. Appreciate our sound men!

anonymous
anonymous

@MarkSeaforthDon't be a crybaby. Sure, there are lots of burned out or never were very good sound guys at the local club level that have reached their level of incompetence (or have drug/alcohol/attitude problems that keep them stuck at the shithole bars), but for every one of those I can find 50 bands that just plain suck/don't have their shit together/have hugely overblown egos and fall into every one of these categories- and they ALL think none of this applies to THEM. This rant DOESN'T apply to all bands, nor to all fans. If your complaints are about all or even most sound guys then chances are you're actually the problem- and given comments like "demigod soundman" and "band of cronies" something tells me you're exactly the sort of asshat people in the biz make fun of- drama queen much? BTW, "freedom-of-speech rights? Take a civics class dude and pray you know more about music than you do about the first amendment...

MarkSeaforth
MarkSeaforth

@anonymous @MarkSeaforth No dramaqueen here anonymous,like i said I follow all of the rules listed and i don't  need egomaniacs like you to tell me i better prey for anything. People like you that use terms like asshat are the biggest problem of all.Drugs and alcohol aren't the problem,they have added richly to rock music history albeit a few casualties.The real problem are people like you who think they rule the world but are merely minor league players.

MarkSeaforth
MarkSeaforth

@anonymous @MarkSeaforth No,my hunch was right,judging by your use of cunt,asshat and overindulgence of exclamation points show your some violent ex-fratboy meathead who may be a soundman. your wrong when you say "putting up with bullshit with clowns like me" because i"m very supportive of the music scene for many years. I've rarely had  problem with sound in venues,the old galaxy with the piller in the middle of the room was always tough but they got some great bands. Take care mr. over agressive asshole

anonymous
anonymous

@MarkSeaforth @anonymous BWAHAHAHA!!!! My hunch was right, you're a complete moron. Good luck with that, asshat. Here's a newsflash, Einstein- I don't care if you do drugs or not, I was talking about local sound guys who have burnt out for various reasons. We'll add reading comprehension to the list of things you suck at. And I'll bet you that 99% of your "problems" and crappy sound are self inflicted- those local guys put up with bullshit from clowns like you on a daily basis (I sympathize with them and am thankful I don't have to work those bar gigs and get to mix in real venues with real P.A. and work with professional musicians). Those "bad" sound guys are probably ruining your mix on purpose because you're such a cunt- same reason you don't piss off the cook before your meal unless you enjoy eating spit on your burger, genius...

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