Originally Posted by Stitch
As it becomes quickly apparent to me that the stereotypes about soundmen (soundpeople! ) are at least mostly true, I realize that we sorely lack a thread for sound man stories. Have at!
This one reminded me of a show a couple weeks back, when the sound-hillbilly not only acted like a complete douche-nozzle who was disinterested in the band's sound, but didn't even make the most rudimentary contact with us while we were standing there waiting for him to pull his head up from his console. He spun his fingers in the air as if to say, "Let's hear you so I can mix the FOH," so we all played a chord for a minute, smacked the drums, etc. Everything was miked up or DI'ed, they had at least 24 tracks, 5kW and huge FOH towers. There was no drum monitor, but there was a nice big array of overheads so I figured it should work out.
He keeps staring down.
He looks up, makes the same gesture. We do the same thing.
I say into the mic, "I need more of the other guitarist in my monitor."
He looks up, frustrated, stomps over to the promoter. Rants something.
She walks up to us: "There are no instruments in the monitors."
Me: "Yes, I know. Can I please get instruments in the monitors?"
Her: "No, you don't understand... there ARE NO instruments in the monitors."
Me: "Oh. There SHALL be no instruments in the monitors. Gotcha. Fuck it. Let's roll!"