I have been involved in the music industry for 25 years as concert tour manager and live audio engineer. I use this experience and knowledge in my other work as lecturer and author.
Concert Tour Management and Live Audio Engineering
As tour manager and live audio engineer (FOH and monitors) I have worked for numerous international touring acts, including George Fitzgerald, Maribou State, Maverick Sabre, The Pierces, All American Rejects, House of Pain, Machine Head, Nightmares On Wax, Pavement, Roots Manuva, Super Furry Animals, Skunk Anansie, and Squarepusher, to name but a few.
I appreciate the evolution of the modern music artist, and the fact that many artists today are solo songwriters, producers and DJs, who rely on technology (and session musicians) to create their live show. This reliance on technology and other musicians to take the artist’s music from bedroom/studio to stage requires a great deal of technical and logistics planning – and can be very expensive. I have been part of many ‘studio-to-stage’ projects now, and so can advise on the most effective and financially viable method to create a memorable and sustainable live show.
I have three books published:
‘The Tour Book – How To Get Your Music On The Road’, which is required reading on many music management institutions including Berklee College of Music.
‘5 Steps to a Roadie Job – How to get Working On-The-Road With Touring Bands’ – a guide for touring concert techs.
‘Playing Your First Music Festival‘ – a mini-guide to performing at open-air, green-field, music festivals.
I have also written for several magazines and have been interviewed about the live music business for print and radio articles – see this Guardian newspaper and Sky News article featuring advice and comment from me.
I have taught live sound engineering and concert tour management for University of West London/London College of Music, ACM, Access to Music, The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, Buckinghamshire New University (BA Hons Audio & Music Production), BIMM, Red Tape Studios in Sheffield, Liverpool University and City College Manchester and also run sessions and workshops about the live music business for other organizations including the Audio Engineering Society. (You can see some videos of me speaking here.) I am a confident and enthusiastic teacher, partly because of my passion for my subject and partly through valuable knowledge gained from passing a PGC in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
Public speaking and appearances
I am available for speaking or interviews about the live music business and I love to help with either delivering a session or helping to write content for modules and workshops. If you feel my experience would be useful to you then please contact me.