Want To Work On The Road? You Should Read These Books

Want To Work On The Road? Read These Books

I recommend you read some, or all of these books, if you are serious about starting a career as a concert touring tech, or other roadie-type job. Three of them are written by people who have, or do, tour for a living, and so they are relevant to what you are trying to achieve. “One … Read more

How do I get a roadie job, working with bands on tour?

How do I get a roadie job, working with bands on tour_

‘Hey, ‘scuse me. How do I get a job as a roadie like you?’ Ask any tour manager, sound engineer, lighting person or backline technician about the most common question they get asked, and their reply will probably be, ‘something about how to become a roadie’. And how do they answer? Well, after explaining that … Read more

Tour managers and live sound engineers – a brief Q &A

A student recently asked me answer some questions about concert tour management and live sound engineering to help her with a college project. I get a lot of these requests and am always happy to offer answers and advice (time permitting) and have even posted an FAQ to help with this type of research. However … Read more

New book on concert tour management

Mark Workman, tour manager and lighting designer for such bands as Testament, Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, Machine Head, Queens of the Stone Age, Soulfly and Sepultura has written an excellent book about modern concert tour management, called ‘One For The Road – How To Be A Music Tour Manager. I’ve just bought it and I can … Read more

The band road crew dilemma – work for less or lose the work?

How much do band road crew earn - and how to set the price?

Quick tip based on recent experience – do not be afraid to stick to your guns when setting a price for touring crew work.


If a potential client (artist manager, booking agent or musical director) says he cannot afford your price, you should not drop your daily rate just to get the tour. Dropping your price can make you appear desperate in the eyes of your client and also sets a precedent when trying to negotiate a contract in the future.


For example, say you are a FOH engineer and your rate is $250 a day. You are offered a 32 date tour and

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Audio engineering jobs tutorial at the AES London 2011 conference

I am honoured to be presenting a tutorial on audio engineering jobs for live music tours at the 130th Audio Engineering Society (www.aes.org) conference in London. The tutorial session is called ‘How to Gain and Keep a Career in The Live Music Business’ and is based on my experience on helping people get ‘roadie’-type jobs … Read more

Do you have a tattoo? Then you can become a roadie!

This article comes from the Guardian newspaper. It is a concise and irreverent description of the ‘rock’n’roll’ jobs in the live music business. I’m not sure if I amused or annoyed at the suggestion all touring road crew are tattoo covered, drug-taking baby sitters. There have been quite a few pieces written about ‘roadies’ and … Read more

RF tech – the new audio engineering job

I recently arranged a series of master classes for my 2nd and 3rd year Audio & Music Production students at Bucks New Uni. RF was the theme of one of the master classes and you can read all about it on page 14 of this month’s Lighting & Sound International: http://www.lsionline.co.uk/magazine/issue/ (You will have to … Read more