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The right tools for the job: Workbox essentials.

Choosing what to pack in a small workbox before you leave for a gig can be a little stressful at times. This is especially true if you are just starting out,  working for a new client, or you have lined up some one-offs. You may not always know exactly what you are in for until you actually get to the gig. Being able to do a lot with a little can make you that much more valuable – be the go to person who is always prepared. …Continue Reading

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Creating a light rider.

We asked our friend and colleague Eamonn Mckiernan (Lighting Designer/Director for bands such as Cage the Elephant, AWOLNation, Silversun Pickups, Little Dragon, and most recently Foster the People) for some advice on  creating a lighting rider for a tour and how to make sure you communicate your needs through your advance. …Continue Reading

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Death & Taxes

Its tax season again, a time most of us dread- especially those of us who travel the globe for a living. Some people swear that they have the “best entertainment tax account in the biz” while others are always on the hunt for someone who really understands their “uncommon” tax situation. Every year I hear people ask around for that awesome tax accountant who can work their “magic” with your tax liability. Let me just say that an accountant is NOT a magician! …Continue Reading

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Creating an Input List

We asked our FOH engineer friend and colleague James Lawrenson, currently FOH for Foster the People (He has worked for such bands as Young the Giant,Grouplove, 3OH!3 and also works in house at The Bowery Presents venue Terminal 5 in NYC) if he would share some tips on how to put together a solid input list and the things to include to insure a successful translation. …Continue Reading

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Tour tip: A better plan for using your phone internationally.

International cell phone roaming charges can quickly get out of control when touring abroad. Even for the most conservative and savvy users, the costs can be astronomical. The constant search for WiFi ,specifically good WiFi, to keep costs down abroad can be very time consuming and down right frustrating to say the least! After being fed up with large phone bills I accrued every time I went on tour abroad, which is typically about half the year, I did some research and found, at least for me, the best all around cell phone solution. I made a switch to T-Mobile and immediately got the chance to test out their included international “global coverage” features. …Continue Reading

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Stageplotting

No it’s not a book by Irving Welch about Scottish drug addicts, but it can be just as difficult to understand their language.

Stage plots seem to have become some sort of interpretive art form. There seems to be very few standards in how they are executed. Stage plots can help all involved to have a clear blueprint of the show. It’s should be designed to be clear and direct. …Continue Reading

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how to TSA PreCheck.

 

U.S. airport security is one of the most frustrating points you will encounter during a day of travel. Get to the airport late? The long, painfully slow and un-organized TSA security checkpoint will probably have you missing your flight. Being enrolled in the TSA PreCheck program would most likely allow you to get through security fast enough to try and run to your gate in time. …Continue Reading

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how to pack a suitcase.

whether you are getting ready for a bus tour or about to fly between every gig on a festival circuit, it is important to pack efficiently. you need to decide what you need to travel with and what you don’t need to travel with. this can be difficult when you are going to be away from home for two months, changing locations everyday. a lot of the time, even after you have carefully considered every last thing you plan on packing, you still don’t have enough room. …Continue Reading