It feels fantastic to be getting back on the road after the last couple of years. I’ve been working in live sound for my whole adult life, and music means everything to me.
The day I went to my very first gig, aged twelve, changed my entire life path. I was there to see my favourite band at the time, and I was beside myself with excitement! When I got into the venue, I realised I’d be sitting behind this big table thing with lots of knobs and sliders on it. As the lights went down and the band launched into their opening song, I realised what the guy working on this thing was doing – mixing the sound – and suddenly, I knew what to do with my life: from that moment on, all I wanted to be was a sound engineer.
The sound console looked interesting; but what lit my fire that day was not a sudden desire to learn about signal flow (as if I even knew what that was!) – it was the realisation that I could make my living in service to music. And to this day, as interesting and useful as I find the technology which I use in my work, it’s the fact that I’m co-creating a space in which artists and musicians can relax and feel comfortable so that they can do THEIR job of delivering a great performance, which makes my heart sing.
In a nice little ‘full-circle’ twist of fate, eighteen years after that first gig I found myself mixing monitors for that very same band, A-ha, who I toured with for five years!
My other mixing credits include my current clients Westlife, who I’ve been with since 2010, and Anastacia, since 2009; The War of the Worlds, Take That, Muse, Kylie Minogue, Il Divo, Sarah Brightman, Natalie Imbruglia, Bill Wyman, James Brown, and Jennifer Lopez. I’ve also been in charge of monitors on the main stage at the world’s largest festival, Glastonbury, for several years.
Touring can of course be tough-going – life on the road is not for the workshy or faint-hearted. Since discovering yoga in 2007, I’ve become passionate about sharing the benefits that having a healthier way of life on the road has brought for me. I want to keep working with live music for as long as I’m able, and I believe it’s possible to create much better longevity in this career with some fairly simple adjustments to our day-to-day way of life on the road. I’ve recently qualified as a Mental Health First Aider and trained in addiction and recovery support, and I’m on a mission to make touring a healthier place for the humans who make it happen.
If you’d like to discuss touring with me, please get in touch – I’d love to hear from you.