I do this job because I fell in love with it over 15 years ago. I do top quality work in every aspect from the fun parts like mixing and calling truck packs (yup, I really love truck packs!), to the mundane necessities like running out feeder cable. Generally keeping everything between the feeder and the speakers/lights/video surfaces neat and easy to troubleshoot is all part of doing a top notch job to me.
And I bring a great attitude and personality to the gig!
As a General Technician & Logistics Type Fellow
The overwhelming majority of time people spend working on gigs is spent on the setup and strike, and I'm no exception to that. As a general tech for sound, lighting, video or staging you can trust that the quality of my work will be of the highest calibre.
I really enjoy creating a neat, orderly and secure truck pack that's easy to load, unload, and keeps the gear in good shape. It goes beyond the walls of the truck though. I love slick packaging for total systems and pay close attention to what companies have logisitics that work for all parties involved, from the shop pull to checking everything back in. This attention to detail helps me keep a well organized zone wherever I may be working.
Being a band engineer frequently comes bundled with the job of Tour Manager, and as such this has become a part of my skill set. I actually enjoy sorting out information and keeping documentation logical and clean. Being organized is the name of the game and I'll deliver. Of course a large part of TM'ing is liaising with venue crews, promoters and others to ensure everyone has a smooth day from the venue technicians, to settling up artists' fees and merchandise revenue, and of course to keeping the artist happy and stress free.free.
Sound Engineering & System Teching
Live sound is what I love to do and subjectively speaking I'm well qualified. I've been practising live sound for more than 10 years for concerts, corporate events and theatre. If you were to check out my iTunes library you would see that I listen to a huge variety of music and my mixing sensibilities are evidence of that.
Objectively speaking I keep current with industry trends, techniques and technologies. A lot of information and methods in sound are handed down from person to person and there's no replacement for on the job education, however this trade like environment spawns knowledge gaps common to many people. I take training courses appropriate to the fields I practise in order to ensure my knowledge and skills are both technically correct and thorough. Below is a listing of training I've engaged in.
Avid Certified Venue Operator (Sept. 2012)
Rational Acoustics Smaart V7 trained (May 2013)
SynAudCon Sound Reinforcement For Technicians (x2, March 2011, April 2013)
SynAudCon Digital (September 2013)
Why Choose Me?
"Oysterband have been touring for close to 35 years and do not suffer fools! We hired Ben for a 3 week Canadian tour as Tour Manager, FOH & Monitors. He is an outstanding professional. We very quickly realised that with Ben at the helm we had nothing to worry about: A very slick tour, great sound, great working atmosphere, a great driver too."
-Dil Davies (Oysterband drummer and co-founder of Porter & Davies Stealth monitoring systems)