April 20 – Guitar tech…

Brian's guitar rig #2

I’ve been thinking for sometime that it would be useful to have someone to help me out with the technical side of gigs. I’ve been knocking myself out trying to do to many things during the gig set-up.

Not only do I have to set up my own gear and often the PA as well. I also have to do the managerial stuff such liase with the client (e.g. sort of the money!), make sure the band members have water, get food and drinks and generally troubleshoot any problems. This has meant in the past that the band is often rushed to start on time and a couple of times we’ve had to start without me being fully set up.

I’ve also had painful back and shoulder problems caused by the heavy lifting so it makes perfect sense to find someone who can help out. I remembered being impressed with a young bloke who’d helped out with the sound during the Local Music TV (LMTV) pilot. Anyway I interview him in the afternoon and it turns out (unsurprisingly) that he is a guitarist and that he wants to do music technology at college. He’s also very keen to help out even though I can only afford to pay the minimum wage. However he will find that the practical experience will help a lot with his college work.

It looks like I’ve got that one  sorted then…

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About Brian Heywood

Brian Heywood is a free range musician who specialises in edgy roots fusion music. Previous work has received comments such as "... aggressive, top notch fiddling set off by periodic guitar explosions." - Tom Nelligan, Dirty Linen Magazine (USA), "Just when it seemed as if newer electric British roots bands were getting thinner on the ground - Very welcome and very good." - fROOTS Magazine (UK) and Steve Barnes Fairbridge Festival Artistic Director (Australia) - "... a rocking band - I was delighted with the audience response." Brian's orginal material draws on many sources from progressive, latin and blues rock of the 70's to celtic and traditional material.
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