After a few weeks off, I was able to join some old tour friends who I admire greatly. They offered me a gig as a monitor tech for Matchbox 20 on their 20 year anniversary tour. We played most of the shows with Counting Crows with Matt Nathanson or Rivers and Rust opening. Was nice to get behind the board in monitors again doing ears for the openers and helping the great Bob Lewis as he did his thing for MB.
Crazy circumstances hit from all sides on this run though. From bees infesting our speakers one show day, to sinkholes preventing our trucks from entering the venue. A few massive downpours, to even a skunk problem one day after a storm…we encountered enough delay of games to last us a couple years at least. Plus on top of that another wonderful flood situation at home in Houston put things on high alert. In the end, I came out ok but several friends lost a lot. Tough to watch from afar when you are working on the road.
After the run for GoT was over, I ventured out into the corporate world for a few shows. One of them being the yearly event for TED Talks up in Vancouver, BC. An absolutely great bunch of people on the crew here and a great event overall to work on. Amazingly good talks here with live acts occasionally playing on the same stage. They actually build the entire theatre seating area in the convention center there and they do it in under a weeks time. PA done and floated in one afternoon with a few tweaks done a couple days later.
The start of 2017 brought me my first freelance job as System Engineer for the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience. This featured conductor Ramin Djawadi who is the main composer for the show as well as several other projects such as Westworld, Pacific Rim and Iron Man. We deployed 8 main hangs of Meyer Lyon speakers for the in-the-round setting that was needed for the show. Long days and nights as this was a pretty huge production. Tons of video, pyro, and lights here and the crowds seemed to enjoy the shows quite well.
After deciding long and hard about my current location and career, I decided at the end of 2016 to join the freelance world of live audio. Mostly decided out of the need to get closer to family. Being closer to help out when needed especially when I am home was the driving factor. Traveling back and forth from Wisconsin was getting expensive and only going to get worse over time. Losing the security of a staff position and the yearly jobs that contributed to my growing experience was going to be tough to match but something had to happen. So, with that all weighing on me I decided I wasn’t getting any younger and put in my notice. LD Systems was a great company to grow up in and I am very thankful for all the opportunities they offered me throughout the years.
With the passing of the new year, I began as a freelancer and it didn’t take long thankfully, to gain employment. First job being as the System Engineer for the Game of Thrones US tour in 2017. A big change of pace and speaker systems but I learned a lot and continue to do so. Pics to follow!
Sheesh. It’s been forever in a month (or so) since I’ve posted. Been truthfully very, very, busy with work and it has not allowed me much time to sit, write, and post like I have before. To be honest, it’s also been a lack of energy in the evening when I get to the casa that has let me wander to the bed instead of writing or posting a pic or two…
So, before I crash for the evening this time, I think I’ll put up a couple I’ve taken recently that stick out as favorites of mine, from the past few weeks….
Went for a quick photo op downtown on the way home last night…
One of the better inflatables from the Turkey Day Parade downtown…
The evening was beautiful but way too warm for the last week of November. I wanna wear a long sleeve please…
Another couple weeks of crazy shows coming up starting with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill this weekend. Then on to some smaller gigs with Sara Evans and The Band Perry next week. I’ll see about trying to put up some pics from that when I can. Have a nice weekend folks!
Drinking a nice cup o’ joe, windows open, bit of cleaning done and now listening to some music while working on some pics….
Looking at these, I realize I must have looked pretty crazy when touring in Asia. Snapping pics every other minute. Constantly looking around taking in as much as possible. The enormous amount of architecture differences there compared to here in the states is pretty mind blowing. Engineers who constantly push the boundaries to create some of the craziest structures. Places like Germany and several countries in Asia throw my OCD (of order) needle into the red. I can’t help that I like angles. It’s not as bad as it used to be mind you. I’ve learned to embrace it and I still do like my rounds. Just look at my logo : ).
I blame it solely on my extensive experience as a child having a large collection of those Danish delights known as Legos.
a construction toy consisting of plastic bricks and other standardized components that fit together with studs
[from Danish leg godt play well]
It is an abbreviation of “leg godt”, which means “play well”
Coincidentally, “Lego” is also a Latin verb which means, “I assemble”.
I guess you could say [I] “Lego” audio systems as well, considering that’s about half of my job. The other half consists of designing them, making them sound good each show, and making sure I or other engineers have a good show with said systems. I guess that’s where the “play well” part comes in, but I digress…
Back to my other love. Photography. Here’s a few I’ve been working on:
Bridge nearing Incheon
The Great Wall – very photogenic…
I’ll be working on more European and stateside photos in the coming days. We’ll see what I can find in my toy box of pics. Hope you had a good weekend! Godnat alle!
Once again the days have been flying by here on Planet Monk. Many concerts and I’m heading fast towards taking some time off. Need to go somewhere and get my mind off things me thinks! By the way, if you don’t follow Leanne Cole’s site, you should. Some great photo editing ideas on there. Need to incorporate some of them soon. Here’s a few pics from the past week or so…
Couple days of shows here featuring ZZ Top, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Reo Speedwagon, and Night Ranger. Holy 80s Batman.
Private party at the Asia Society. Jennifer Hudson sang.
Just one of the neat things to see at the Asia Society of Texas… (don’t tell the building photo police though)
Time to go for a jog and contemplate buying a new iPhone… ah stupid gadgets. I love thee so.
Today being my first day off in several (four to be exact) weeks, I decided to start going through my library of pictures to start the insane task of cleaning. Cleaning out the unusable ones, the what-the-heck-was-I-thinking ones, the ones that I kept with the thought of maybe, just maybe, there’s something in this one that I can use or would possibly see differently later on. Needless to say, I’ve got a lot of pictures. Nothing, I’m sure, compared to the true photographers out there who make their living on this sort of thing, but as for me and what I use them for…
I have a lot of pictures.
I do however know, that if I were to develop Alzheimer’s, I’m pretty sure I could tell a lot of things based on where these pictures are from and honestly could retrace a lot of my steps from the past 10 or so years. Definitely time to go get another back up drive of sorts because if I were to lose the one I’m using now, a serious break down would occur. Not pretty…. at…all…..
Save and save often is my motto. In my work with digital audio it is a must and now, I’m using it in my digital life as well.
Here’s a few that I came across today that I wanted to share….
Did a show at the base of the Mayan temple in Chichen Itza. 2009
Saw this little cutie at the airport in Buenos Aires.
This is just one of the many reasons I love Austin. Pulled up to a light. Looked over. Saw this. Perfect.
More to come as I sift through the bushels of pictures with my proverbial rake…. Have a great day people. Stay young!