I’m still here. Just been a bit busy.
In the past few weeks I’ve installed a few audio networks for local events in Western New York like Taste of Buffalo, Gus Macker, Erie County Fair, as well as set up some audio visual systems for corporate companies that were either having presentations, awards, or even just a working dinner at a fancy steak house at Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo. One of the companies I set a system up for was a pharmaceutical company where I had to go through levels of security, wear a lab coat and over pants, and be escorted to and from my destination. Interesting, but not my thing. I’d rather be producing or just in studio, in general.
I’ve also had the “privilege,” if you will, of working on some of the concerts in town. Edward Sharpe, Steven Page, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Leann Rimes, Counting Crows, and The Wallflowers as well as several smaller acts. It’s a lot of work and I have a new appreciation for the entire process thanks to this experience. I played a lot of bigger shows myself but never knew how many people had to come together and how much preparation went into these types of events. The reward for all of this work is not financial, I assure you. Instead, it’s the “privilege” of being in the company of these artists, setting up their gear, serving their technical needs, and if you’re lucky, having some down time where you get to talk with them. Personally, I don’t really care about that. In fact, it makes me a little envious.
That’s what a lot of people seem most interested in. Did I see them? Did I get to talk with them? What are they like? Even some people ask if I can get them backstage.
To be quite frank, I miss being up there. Seeing these artists roll into town and play in front of smiling faces just reminds me of my own time up there and also reminds me of how much I miss it. I love the studio, I love to produce. I intend, or expect, rather, to be doing it until I die. But somehow I think I need to get back on stage a few more times.
Anyway, I did take some back stage photos while I was at some of these concerts. They’re on a new cell phone that I carry specifically for this company I work for. Sadly, you have to wait until the next post to see them. That new phone is giving me some technical difficulties moving the pictures off of the device and I’ve been in contact with the manufacturer about it. I’ll save them embarrassment and not mention them but I will say it’s not an Apple product and I think that’s the biggest issue.
I’ll be in touch…