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How To Get Your First Roadie or Concert Technician Job... 20 Replies

Depending on the size of a live concert tour, many "roadies", also known as "techs" or "Concert Technicians"  are employed behind the scenes to produce a successful show. Have you ever gone to a concert and wondered, "how do they get this whole stage set up, and torn down in one day?" Typically, a live concert production arrives at the venue between 7 am and 12 noon and is ready for showtime at 7 pm. After the show, the entire production is loaded back into trucks and is headed off to another…Continue

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Roadie Job Search Ideas... 10 Replies

Here are a few larger companies with areas of their websites dedicated to roadie related jobs such as event production, crew jobs, audo and lighting AV jobs, and cruise ship roadie jobs. These are employment pages where you can browse jobs, and send applications or resumes. AEG LIVE JOB SEARCH - Sports and entertainment promoterCIRQUE DU SOLEIL JOB SEARCH -…Continue

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Can You Describe An Average Day Working As A Roadie In The Concert Touring Industry? 13 Replies

What is your average work day like?Working in the Concert Touring Industry, you probably have one of the most interesting jobs in the world.  Let's hear about yours! Looking forward to your replies!Photo Credit: Mark Shane HatfieldContinue

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What was your favorite tour? 35 Replies

Ever wondered who are the best Artists/Bands/Tours to work for?Tell us about the best tour you ever worked,and why it was so great.Looking forward to your replies!Photo Credit: Tim LawrenceContinue

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Started by Roadiejobs in General Discussion Forum. Last reply by david talbott Mar 28, 2014.

Do you prefer being a roadie in the United States Or Europe? 4 Replies

Where Do You Prefer Touring, United States or Europe?What are the main differences?What do you like or dislike about touring in Europe?What do you like or dislike about touring in "The States"?Looking forward to your replies!…Continue

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What's it like being a roadie on a cruise ship? 30 Replies

Cruise ships employ many people in Music and Touring Industries.Let's hear from those of you who have done this type of work on cruise ships before.Is this something worth looking into?Looking forward to your replies! Continue

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Started by Roadiejobs in General Discussion Forum. Last reply by Luís Carlos Marciano Jr Aug 15, 2014.

Can You Describe An Average Day Working As A Roadie In The Concert Touring Industry?

What is your average work day like?

Working in the Concert Touring Industry, you probably have one of the most interesting jobs in the world.  

Let's hear about yours! 

Looking forward to your replies!

Photo Credit: Mark Shane Hatfield

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Gotta love the Riggers...aka..."Monkies from China"!

Endless hours of mindless tedium, spent dealing with lesser minds and greater egos, interspersed with moments of sheer, unadulterated terror.

Since I work for the symphonic orchestrator most of the performances are in A/C !!! But I I like to play with the percusion and piano once we finish the setup on stage. Follow my sometimes when is somewhere else they have catering!!! Or simply enjoy the view o the city while they play! It's get me time to think of ideas, music and so on!!!

Im a TM/FoH/Driver/Merch Manager/ Stage manager, accounting
Wake up most days between 6:00/8:00am, drive 6-8 hours to the venue.
Load in, Check in on catering or collect buy outs, Sound Check, Count Merch In, Dinner, Make sure the show starts on time and brief the local bands that they are not the rock stars and to get off the stage before the time i slotted for them (I don't care how long it takes them to set up, I just care about when they get off the stage) Set the stage, set list, waters, beers, run back to FoH position, Mix the show. Collect the money, Merch Count out, Back to the hotel, then catch up with the daily accounting.

Well its starts the day before. Day of usually starts about 1pm for a 2pm Load in. Get get to the venue, grabs some loaders and get the gear out of the van. We talk to the local crew. Start un packing gear. I set of the bass and load programs into the keys. Travis does guitars,Milio and Jeff do perc and drums. Up until recently Trav and I would have to correct the input list, now it's cool. Trav and I determine weather the local guys are pro or not. If they are were cool , things go smoothly.If they aren't I  bitch to Jeff  about how unpro they are. We do a line check. Our band doesnt do sound check and that's a good thing. We eat, smoke and go back to the hotel until showtime. Sometime we go back to the venue before the band. Sometimes we stay at the venue and dont see the hotel until after the show. At the hotel after the show there is the usual smoking of the pot and large amounts of delicious beer for them. A shot or two of Couvoirsier for me.

Awesome picture guys.....Gotta have balls...no much brain tough ...lol...if people new what We do for them to have a good time, disconnect from work and connect to the real good things in  life . like Music ..we only want every day to be a fun day.....My day is always new and fresh lets do "it" again ..wherever it is with love and fun...helping each other and try no to suck to much,je,je......Peace.."where the helmet? je je like tha's gonna help...!!! 

It really depends on the day of the week, I could be doing Local Stage Hand work, Corporate A1/A2 or at the Club Mixing whatever act happens to be there for the evening. If it's low budget that usually means I'm Driving, Advancing, Confirming and all manner of things before load in, at load in I'm loading, supervising, running errands, making calls, counting merch, setting the back line and getting ready for soundcheck. After soundcheck, I grab a bite, catch the vibe and either hang out in the venue or explore the surroundings. Come show time I mix and then, I pretty much do the same thing in reverse minus the hanging out part unless we happen to be headed for a day off...

And I love it!!!

Truck driving drive unload eat shower drink sleep reload truck drive that's as complicated as it gets .
Well all right here we go folks!
A day in the life w www.scarekrowanddelacey.com
I am ScareKrow (performer,engineer,production mngr,tech,loader and driver).
The other half to my Krew is my awesome wife DeLacey. Let me tell you this sweet and sassy roadie (professional Dancer,musician,Road mngr,merchandise,stage tech,and loader) has been able to keep up with me like no other in the business!
So we grab our Penske and commute 14 hours from TN To NY in 1 day then Sleep.
Wake up check out, off to get coffee (no coffee no workee) usually about 8am by now and on only a couple of hours of sleep. Roll up to the warehouse and start the load (bout an hour)shut the door bust the bands balls and roll.
From here we drive between 2 and 7 hours to the gig, in time for load in (most days at 1 or 2 pm). Once safely at the venue (hope we had time to eat!) we have, at most, 4 hours to complete the tasks of: Loaders, Stage Manager (including stage plot, decor, lighting and artist liaison) Merchandise manager, Guitar Tech, Drum Tech, Pedal Steel Tech, Audio Tech, Coffee Tech (seriously), Monitor Engineer, FOH. Everything is wired and mics up and wired, amps warmed, guitars strung tuned and tested, coffee brewing as the band arrives. For about an hour, they play, get tones, practice and all of this is being recorded from the board while I finish dialing it all in.
The band heads off for dinner and if ScareKrowandDeLacey.com are the opening band, then we take the stage to sound check. Hopefully we have a competent engineer in the house to help us. If we aren't opening, then we spike and strike the stage and hopefully have time for dinner. More often than not, I plug in a long xlr and mix my guitar and DeLacey (she's on stage) from front of house while I'm playing it to dial in our check, then re patch on stage one more song and now our check is over.
When doors open, DeLacey runs off to hustle some merch until we open.
Opening band plays (us or them) for 45 minutes- 1 hour. Changeover time is usually 30 minutes in which time we may have to build the stage back.
I run back to FOH and turn on the recorder in time for the band to walk out.
Show time: usually 2 sets of 90 minutes and 30 min break.
SERIOUSLY THESE BOYS DON'T STOP www.thenewriders.com
After show we tear it all down in a race to get it all done before the house turn stage lights out on us and stands around tapping their feet.
After loading the truck, we drive to our hotel which could be as far as 2 hours away.
Get some sleep and do it again tomorrow.
I don't do this for just anybody. My heart and soul is in this band and I'm doing what I can to keep it alive as long as we can.
We hope this road goes on forever

My average day is me trying to figure out what day of the week it is, or even what month/year. I also love it when the locals ask me where we just came from and where we are heading next. I usually have to ask them where I'm at currently in order to even answer them!

Wake up ......................DEAL WITH IT! ..........Have some brews and go to bed...(sometimes) lol!

I wake up, put some stuff on stage, do a show, put it all back int he truck. Do the same thing tomorrow. 

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