I saw this recent video from one of my favorite important “industry news” sources – The Hard Times, and wanted to share. I’m sure a few of you are either a) experienced this personally. Or possibly b) is the grumpy soundguy.
Being the soundguy is often a miserable thankless job. As a musician myself, I like to try to make it as easy for the soundguy as possible. I like to think about rule #1. That rule, don’t piss off the soundguy. But sometimes, it’s impossible to get the grumpy soundguy to be.. less grumpy. Let’s watch the video and discuss this on the other side.
Soundman: The Art of The Grumpy
When dealing with the soundguy, never think they’re there for you. I think that’s how they end up grumpy. When a musician (the artist) is being rude, annoying, difficult, high maintenance, etc. That will destroy a good hearted, hard working, enthusiastic new soundguy and slowly grind them into Mr. grumps. Don’t contribute to that. Start off by introducing yourself, asking for their name, etc. We’re all in this together, so let’s see how you can help to make everything easier for all parties. Having the sound guy on your side.. is a win in the end.
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