Give The Soundguy A Shirt

Have you ever heard the joke, “What’s the difference between a Soundguy and a toilet? A Toilet gets crapped on by one asshole at a time.” This is why you want to be nice to him! Not only is today’s soundman usually tomorrow’s top record producer, tour manager A&R guy or show promoter. He also has it hard and people treat him crappy. One of the best promotions I have seen is to always give the sound guy a T-Shirt. Usually he is broke and if he likes you, he will wear it and he is one of the mos visible guys in the club every night, giving you a free ad and a friend every time you come back to his venue that can really help you out. Just remember he is also usually the key to local fun girl and the pot your drummer needs to shut up in the van.

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.

  • Tiddles

    I think you messed the joke up guy.

  • HomeStudioGeeks

    Great advice!  I’ve been on both sides of the FOH console ~ running sound and performing ~ and running sound can be really tough! Some musicians are not, shall we say, NICE and the ones who are really stand out. A free T-shirt is always welcome and I like Jesse’s point about the sound guy being the most visible person in the room. It helps build relationships and it’s just great business!