for Concert Technicians and Events Crew
*ATTENTION ALL CURRENT ROADIEJOBS MEMBERS*
Backline Service Switzerland & Backstage Supply is the Family run company owned by Simon Perks ( Stage manager & drum tech) and His Wife Andrea.
As well as providing a professional backline hire and all things backstage from gaffer tape to fresh towels, Simon is the stage manager for David Gilmour and also the famed German festival "Rock am Ring"
Here in this group you can discuss anything backline, ask us questions and follow the future exploits of Simon on tour.
Feel free ...
Oh and there will also be shameless promotion of Simons 2 bands "Hulk City" & "Triangular Electric"
Location: St Gallen ( East end of Switzerland / Austrian, German border)
Latest Activity: Nov 23, 2015
Hail & Welcome,
Who am I?
My name is Simon Perks & I have been a working professional in the industry since 1991 the time when I jumped from local bands to my first real Roadie job.
A short time later I had the luck to meet John Henry (JHE Ltd) in London and to work on a show with Gary Brooker, Andy Fairweather Low & David Gilmour.
John hired me and sent me to work on one of the first crews in Dubai upon my return i was offered a position in the London office at JHE, the training and personal mentoring by John and Robert Harding remains with me to this very day, to them I owe my career ( with all it's ups and downs ).
In classic old school style I worked my way into being stage manager material and gained a working knowledge of touring, backline & production skills.
I have toured as sound engineer, monitor man, set builder, lighting tec and production manager.
I have driven trucks & sprinters across new and old Europe.
I have frozen my nuts off in meters of snow, argued with customs about ATA carnet's until they gave up and let me in, been robed and dropped, re hired and fired, payed and not payed.
If there was an active service medal in this game I would have the Iron Cross by now!
The best bits .... Stage manager for Pink Floyd at Hyde park Live8, Live Earth & meeting Hugh Cornwell ..
Today I am happily married to Andrea (who is Swiss) and we & our 3 children live at the east end of Switzerland not far from the Austrian & German border and the beautiful lake Konstanz ( Boden see ).
Our decision to start a Backline service some 10 years ago and combine this with my work as David Gilmours stage manager has not been an easy ride by any means but theres a love of music and the desire to do the best we can that keeps us going.
It's always a joy to meet new people from different lands and with different music styles.
I play drums my self in 2 bands ( Hulk City & Triangular Electric ) so I know what it's like to be a musician and all that implies.
Where can you find me?
With David Gilmour on tour.
Stage managing the German festival "Rock am Ring"
Mixing local bands in my home town.
Maintaining my rental backline & singing the praises of Aquarian drum heads.
Shopping in the local Co-op.
Merry meet one and all
This group does not have any discussions yet.