I had the opportunity to mix Tilly & the Wall at Echoplex sans soundcheck. A hell of a tall order to mix on the fly. I didn’t know what to expect, I only knew that there was tap dancing and in-ear monitors to go along with their extensive and modular input list. The band was apparently held up in Vegas with van trouble (likely story). I have been tied up in Vegas a few times myself so I know how hard it is to get out of there. Anyways, somehow they made it back to L.A. in time for the headlining spot on the Echoplex stage and these kids really brought it. So there I am standing over a 40 channel Soundcraft monitor desk with 2 beautiful rock chicks staring at me along with a full band behind them pointing at each other with their thumbs in the air in the internationally recognized hand signal for, “I need more of that in my monitors!” It felt like I squashed 6 hours of work into a 6 minute line check with a packed house.
You ‘up and comers’ would do well to follow the example of Tilly and the Wall by providing the venue at which you are playing with a detailed input list, stage plot and monitor mix requirements well ahead of time. That way your fearless audio engineers can stay ahead of the curve and make your live performance as effortless and captive as possible.