Sound Check Snakes on a Bill
posted by July 18 at 13:00 PMon
The science and jockeying involved in putting together a good bill can be intricate and thorny. Ask any booker, promoter, DJ, or musician.
Positioning on that bill is important. Whoís going to open? Whoís going to play last? Is it the dreaded four band bill? Whoís going to deadline? Who gets the money slot?
Sometimes (I mean often) the lineup changes, but the bands and DJís arenít told about the changes.
Multiple contacts for multiple bands, and multiple bookers mean plenty of places for the communication to get lost.
So what do you do when you show up at a club to play, thinking you are playing 2nd or 3rd, but the sound guy tells you you are the opener?
Itís a bigger club, so you donít want to gripe and get on their bad side. But you know you were supposed to play 2nd. The band who was supposed to open showed up before you and somehow switched it. They snaked you. Theyíve already put their stuff on stage, sound checked, and doors are in twenty minutes, so you need to hurry.
The booker is nowhere to be found, the bar manager doesnít have anything to do with it, and the band that snaked your spot has disappeared. The sound guy, as always, seems pissed, and keeps telling you you need to hurry.
What do you do? Try to talk to the impatient soundman? Find the other band? Call the promoter or booker or manager? What are their numbers? You donít have their numbers. The bartender doesnít know anything either.
Doors are in fifteen minutes, the sound guy is pissed.