Top 15 Things That Annoy the Shit Out of Your Local Sound Guy

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Siebum and his trusty stage monitors...don't fuck with them!

7. When bands don't bring what they need to play the show. If you need adapters,
cables, batteries, etc to make your equipment work, bring it and bring backups.
If you break a guitar string, the show can't end because of it. If you need a
special adapter don't expect me to have it. Although you might get lucky and I

6. When bands ask the crowd how it's sounding out there. That's insulting. I do
this for a living.

5. When people call or text me before 10 a.m. I just went to sleep a few hours ago.

4. When a band knows that their set time is up, so they try to get the crowd involved
by asking the crowd if they want to hear one more. I will cut off your mic and
bring the house music up.

3. When you give the band one more song and they try to play two more.

2. When people blame the band's lack of talent or poor equipment on the sound guy.
It's amplified sound. If it sounds like crap, it will be amplified crap.

1. When people call me a DJ

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Utter rubbish....this list only applies when the sound man is a professional which is virtually never....going off to have a spliff after doing a semi efficient sound check is not doing the job properly. Dealing with feedback with a missing sound man is hell for the band!

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Nam Luu

I am a professional audio technician. 50/50 on the band and sound guy. Then it also breaks down to 50/50 between which guys "sound guy sucks." The Touring Guy or The House Guy. Usually if the house guys get a nice monitor mix then his FOH mix sounds great, because the is happy. If the monitors are blowing out the band and the band can't hear shit. The band is not happy, therefore everything will sound like shit. Then you got the touring guys who are super picky, and bitch and whine about what they want and what is required for them to put out a decent mix, and if they don't get it they can't make a basic Mix work. Which is complete bullshit. I am a Audio Systems Tech. I put the system up, tune it, and then watch the as drama unfolds between the people who use the system, and the band.


This article is a joke.

This guys is the exact example of why some people should not be live sound engineers. It's all about the atitude you take. 

"When people call or text me before 10 a.m". WTF ? 

"When people expect me to want to go to a club on my night off." WHAT ????

What the hell is wrong with you? If you don't like getting a phone call before 10am then maybe turn your phone  on silent? Just a suggestion. 

Being a pro musician, producer in LA.  I experienced idiot sound engineers on a weekly basis. Guys that are DJ friends of the club owner.  I've come across so many aggressive arsehole sound guys it's not funny. Guys that roll their eyes when you ask them for more than 4 mics. Guys that are nowhere to be seen after turning up 4 microphones then if you go anywhere near the mixing board and they come running back from nowhere telling you not to touch it. Sound guys that are completely judemental and automatically assume that you don't know anything. LA is particularly bad for this. I usually ask to do the sound myself. I can't bothered dealing some uptight guy on the desk. 


Ha. Peter Murphy gave the sound guy crap a couple weeks ago at the observatory small room....constellation? anyway,...he was quite patient. .....but it did sound like crap. that room is not meant for people standing at the front or the entrance......there's probably a sweet spot in there somewhere....'s a thankless job....

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