The End of the Roadie

“Live music was once so unregulated, he says, that roadies coming home from 1970s American tours “would stuff dollars into [speaker] cabinets so they didn’t have to declare them”. Now, techs are tax-registered sole traders whose jobs have been transformed by technology. “It’s not just stringing guitars now. It’s all about programming and knowing how to …” He mimes tapping at a computer keyboard. Moreover, the younger techs are more health conscious – “They go running and swimming,” Nowell says bemusedly – and some are even women.”

The Guardian ran a kind of interesting piece about the modern touring production industry. Read the full thing here.

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The Shondes + Against Me! Winter Tour (Photos Galore)

Dear Internet,

Hi, it’s Zach. Sorry I haven’t checked in in a while, but I’ve been kind of busy. Highlights have included working a gig for Drake, hanging out with Solange and her band while I mic’ed them all up, producing and performing on the new Keith Cooper record out of the Soul Shop in Boston, MA, and producing my first hour of PRI distributed radio for Afropop Worldwide. The second half of 2013 was nuts, and I’ll cover that in a forthcoming post…

But the big thing right now is my current gig playing guitar for The Shondes on their winter tour with Against Me!. It’s a real trip playing such big, beautiful venues, watching Against Me! own the stage every night, hanging out with Inge Johansson (who’s playing bass for AM! on this tour, and played with The (International) Noise Conspiracy, holy shit), and sidekicking for such talented stage-performers as Louisa and Eli of The Shondes.

Photos after the jump.  Continue reading