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How to Piss Off the Sound Guy in Five Easy Steps

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Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 4:15 AM
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Recently we profiled some of the best live sound engineers in Los Angeles. These dudes, with their deft hands and sharp ears, make concerts a joy to take in.

Seven of the Best Live Sound Engineers in L.A.

If you're a musician, they hold your fate in their hands. As such, it might be a good idea not to piss them off. Here's what will accomplish that:

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1. Show up late

Arriving on time is a big way to get the sound guy in your corner. "It's a pain in the ass waiting around for bands so that we can stay on schedule," says Shawn London, a sound engineer for a quarter of a century at spots like The El Rey, The Key Club and The Roxy. "The singer is always the last one to show up," he says, adding: "especially if it's a solo artist."

See also: If Your Band Wants to Sound Good You Must Give the Sound Guy $20

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2. Try to run the sound board yourself

We get it: You have the best of intentions. But remember, those pave the road to hell. London notes that it's pretty common for bands to come in with input lists. "It becomes a pain in the ass when it's all wrong or they want a bunch of changes once they get to the venue," he says. The lesson here? Get out of the way and let the sound guy do his job.

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