I have been involved in the music industry for 25 years as artist, manager, audio engineer, concert tour manager, lecturer, and author.
I Teach Live Music Business. That’s what it says on all my sites, emails, and social networks. And that’s hopefully what I do. Whether I’m actually out on-the-road, helping bands and musicians make sense of increasingly complicated business and production demands, or more traditional teaching – in classrooms, online and via books – I’m always just looking to help others make their way in the live music business.
Concert Tour Management and Live Audio Engineering
As concert tour manager and live audio engineer (FOH and monitors) I have worked for numerous international touring acts, including Maribou State, Maverick Sabre, The Pierces, Tim Arnold (The Soho Hobo), 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. My touring experience encompasses stadiums, arenas, theatres, pubs, bars, clubs, outdoor festivals, rooftops, subway stations, cruise ships, mountain sides and very, very muddy fields.
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.
‘Roadie, Inc. How To Gain & Keep A Career In The Live Music Business’ – a guide for touring concert techs.
‘Playing Your First Music Festival‘ – a mini-guide to perfroming 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, Access to Music, The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, Buckinghamshire New University (BA Hons Audio & Music Production), 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.
Testimonials for my work as concert tour manager and live audio engineer:
From a management point of view Tour Concepts is all you need. We gave them the dates/details of the tour and everything else was taken care of.
Everything we have ever given them to do has been dealt with in the most efficient manner possible and all within budget!
Andy is a pleasure to work with.”
– Ciro Romano and Nian Brindle, Independent Sound Management. Artist managers for Rough Trade recording act, ‘Hal’
“Our experience with Andy was fantastic – all sounds, persons and paperwork exactly where they should be.”
– Caroline Alonzo, Maine Road Management. Artist manager for Verve recording act, ‘Brazilian Girls’
“I used Andy and Tour Concepts for the first time late last year for a new band I manage, called Pitty Sing.
Andy’s attention to detail, sound engineering talent and overall work ethic was all outstanding. Having managed for nearly 20 years now and having clients such as the band Living Colour, Semisonic and Teenage Fanclub, I can safely say that Andy and Tour Concepts are the best I’ve worked with.
You can’t go wrong with him…”
– Jim Grant, JGM. Artist manager for Or/Sony recording act, ‘Pitty Sing’
“Thanks so much for the successful tour. We had a great time and you are not only really nice guys, but totally on top of your game ! We all look forward to coming back and going out with you again…. The All-American Rejects can’t stop talking about how much fun they had. ”
– Chris Allen, Mosaic Media Group. Artist management for Dreamworks recording act, ‘All American Rejects’
“I had Andy Reynolds tour manage Super Furry Animals for me for over a year and always found him not only unfailingly competent but a pleasure to deal with on all levels.
Look forward to working with him again.”
– Geoff Meall, The Agency Group Ltd. Booking agent for ‘Super Furry Animals’, ‘Sum 41’, ‘Muse’, ‘Nickelback’ and others.
“L.H.Management has been working with Andy on a part time basis for the past 3 years thru bands we represent “Nightmares on Wax” & now “Roots Manuva.”
Andy’s involvement has been crucial for both bands’ touring work. Andy has been a highly reliable & committed member of our crew & is always ready to lend a hand, always with a smile.
I can highly recommend him to any future employer. L.H.Management are looking forward to working with Andy again in the future.”
– Jean Coffey, L.H. Management. Artist manager for Ninja Tunes recording artist ‘Roots Manuva’ and Warp Records recording artist ‘Nightmares On Wax’
“I’m adding your info to my file for the future and will be sure to pass on the good recommendation regarding your services to my peers here in the States.”
– Rod Marsden. Artist management for Sony Music recording act, ‘Something About Kate’