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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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de-tune before flying? no sir.

There has always been this running school of thought about the absolute need to de-tune guitars before flying, especially when having to check them in. The fear of anything happening to the artists guitars or your own because one didn’t de-tune them has kept this idea from the past firmly ingrained in the present. De-tuning is not necessary nor is it advantageous to the over all health and safety of the guitar when in transport. …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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Quick tour tip: ‘dying of thirst’ water solutions to go.

Drinking water is essential to life and good health. We all know this to be fact. Clean water however is not always a readily available commodity when traveling. At times I feel I can never have enough water at my disposal on the road. I try to usually start my day off by immediately downing two 8 ounce glasses of water to rehydrate and wake me up after a nights sleep. I also drink one bottle with every snack and meal I eat. Finding yourself in need of water and contemplating buying that expensive bottle in your hotel room can be regrettable and unnecessary. …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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Laundry no laundry: washing your clothes on the go

Traveling for several weeks at a time can lead to crossing over not just different time zones but also different climates as well. winter time in Japan is summer in Australia and we all know if you are going to one, you are usually going to the other. Just touring the U.S. alone will bring you through many different climates and weather conditions. The same goes for traveling through the UK and Europe. This can make a six-week run difficult to pack for efficiently- even for the most seasoned of us. …Continue Reading

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Tour tip: Pockets full of “shrapnel”. What to do with all that foreign change.

International touring can leave you with pockets full of unexchangeable coins. Holding on to it with the intent of using it next time often fails to get rid of it all. More often what happens is you end up collecting more change. It can be like Sisyphus pushing that darn boulder up hill only to watch it roll back down again and start all over. This collateral effect is commonly referred to as “shrapnel”. …Continue Reading