Wednesday, 22nd November 2017
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ROADIE

Roadies are essential members of the production team when staging live music events such as gigs, concerts and festivals. They are the technical assistants that are responsible for setting up the equipment and instruments that musical artists need for a show. They are sometimes known as music technicians or technical support staff and travel around with musicians and artists on the road.

Roadies and music technicians don’t just carry heavy loads to and from different venues, but also need a certain technical knowledge for sound checking. Roadies will often be accomplished in music technology, preparing, operating and maintaining technical equipment to amplify, enhance, and reproduce sound.

The typical working day of a roadie working on tour might include:

  • Driving, loading and unloading vans, trailers and buses
  • Lifting and carrying equipment and props
  • Erecting stage sets and lighting to suit each venue
  • Rigging and testing electrical equipment
  • Setting up and checking sound equipment
  • Tuning and wiring up instruments and microphones
  • Setting up computers, sound mixers and other media
  • Taking down the set after the show, using proper machinery

Roadies often work on tours which involves a lot of work away from home, and long hours. The hours can also be quite anti-social in the evenings and weekends. However, roadies can become quite close to the band members or musicians whilst on the road and it can be an exciting line of work. The entourage of a band or musician can include a number of people, which a lot of time is spent with, so teamwork is also a big factor of this profession.

Physical fitness is obviously quite important along with technical skill. Having an interest in music technology and knowledge of sound amplification and mixing is a normal requirement for this profession.