Our goal at the Brooklyn Music Factory is to teach all of our students to be confident and independent musicians. Knowing how to work well with the sound engineer at gigs is an important (and unsung) skill. Here are the basics!
Shows over? Wait! Don’t unplug from that PA until you check with your sound engineer. If that line is still hot, there will be a massive pop which neither your crowd nor your sound engineer will be happy with.
2. Mic check
Mic checks can been done with a simple melody or count into the mic. Don’t tap or bang the mic. Even worse, don’t tap the mic with any object, like your drum stick! (This has been done. I’ve seen it!)
3. Line check
At the Brooklyn Music Factory we have a simple rule… no noodling! That rule definitely applies here. If your sound engineer is doing a line check on bass, don’t noodle on the guitar, keyboard or drums. A little waiting at first will leave more room for the rock later!
4. Respect the gear
Using a club’s backline? Treat their gear as you would treat your own. Drinks on the amps… probably not a good idea!
5. Be kind
Sound engineers often deal with six bands a night, seven nights a week, and tons of demands. Introduce yourself. Learn his or her name. Be patient. And don’t forget to thank him/her when all is done! Keeping the energy positive will rub off on your sound engineer and on your show. Plus, it will keep you in the club’s good graces for future bookings.
– by Peira, Director of Band Program