In this video, Jon talks about how he approaches doing a gig in a club venue with an in house sound engineer. He discusses attitude, job description, touring etiquette and tea. Club venues can be a real test of a sound engineer’s mettle. The quality of the installed PA systems can vary enormously, from the bigger Academy type venues, whose installations are usually excellent to smaller venues that are not so glorious. Venues usually employ sound and lighting engineers who are responsible for the deployment and maintenance of the installed equipment. These individuals can also vary massively in attitude professionalism and work ethic. As a guest engineer in their venue, Jon describes how to get on with “the house guy” and some of the do’s and don’ts of working as a guest in their house. There is some etiquette required on both parts here and it is important to know how to deal with problems and particularly what the expectations are in terms of who is responsible for what.
What is the most radical thing you’ve ever done in order to put on a show?
The question is a general one about venue acoustics and why many venues make no attempt to address their acoustics.
Jon explains why he still prefers to mix live shows on an analogue desk and why they are better teaching tools.
What is the best way to achieve that 'bass thump in the chest' with a smaller rig?
What kind of venues do you prefer working in?
In this video, Jon talks about his early days sound engineering all those years ago and pays homage to his mentors