Professional Gypsy – confessions of a routine-phobe

I’ve never had a ‘proper’ job. For the first five years of my life as a sound engineer I was on the payroll with a live audio company, but the only desk I've ever been

Essential long-haul travel hacks from a life on the road

I’ve been touring internationally in my role as a professional sound engineer for around 20 years. I’m also an English ex-pat living in Australia, and I’ve to'd and fro’d since getting together with my Aussie

Your Body Is Not A Moshpit – how to stay healthy and out of trouble on tour.

Full disclosure: up until about 12 years ago my body was most definitely a moshpit and I did not stay either healthy nor out of trouble on tour. I wasn’t the worst you’ve ever seen,

Tour Tribe

‘Human beings are social animals. Biological evolution equipped men and women for a communal existence, hunting and foraging in tribes of between twenty and forty people. We could never have survived this ecological niche by

Woman Up

It’s an inescapable fact that the music business is a male-dominated industry. Lately I’ve noticed a springing-up of more discussion groups and surveys focusing on the roles of women in touring, and why there aren’t

Twenty Years a Roadie

  Exactly 20 years ago today I began my life as a professional sound engineer! At 9 am I walked into RG Jones Sound Engineering in London full of a heady mix of ambition and

Touring – a tribute to our strengths in times of darkness

‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness- only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate - only love can do that.’ Dr Martin Luther King   The horrific events in Paris on Friday shocked the

Freelance Fear

Freelance (adjective): Self-employed and hired to work for different companies on particular assignments. Fear (noun): An unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm. Freelance Fear: Post-tour dread that the phone will

Same fit, different way – why my two jobs are one and the same

At first glance, it seems that the roles of monitor engineer and yoga teacher have nothing at all in common, yet the more I do of both, the more I realise just how alike they are.

If Roadies Ran the World….

I’ve spent all my working life in the music business and on the road. It’s what I know and love, but I’d never really appreciated just how right we get it most of the time