Quick tips! A few key things you should know before talking to the unsung hero who will be mixing you at your show. Remember, if you do him (or her) wrong, you'll sound like ass on stage.
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Learn the sound guys name. Super crucial. Don't just scream "YO." or "Hey man, hey? hey!? HEY. YEAH YOU!" Can you imagine how annoying that would be? This dude is working til 3AM to make sure you sound dope, he's got a pissed off girlfriend back at his apartment who needs to complain about her waitressing position - and even though he's working all night long, and just getting paid tips at this local dive bar - he's STILL gotta pay for his poorly mixed Gin & Tonic... plus tip! UGH.
TREAT HIM WELL DAMNIT.
An incredibly important thing you need to remember: When he (or she) is sound checking you. Stop talking & playing. They are doing their best job to make you sound as great as they possibly can. There's a drunk crowd, a noisey air conditioner, some random middle-age man in the back making mixing suggestions with various directional finger-points of "up" & "down". And he's still trying to down this gin & tonic that just tastes like gin... with like, three sad lonely bubbles.
The less you talk and fuck around, the more he can focus on fixing your screeching amp from potentially deafening the audience, he can maybe find that duck-taped *but working* guitar cable that a previous band left behind because your guitarist forgot his (again) - Or (like one show I played) the sound guy can point out a potentially dying battery in your bassist's bass during sound check. Thanks to this mensch of a man giving all the shits about my band that night, we had low end and subsequently could efficiently melt faces.
YOUR SOUND GUY IS A FUCKING HERO. TREAT HIM AS IF HE'S GENE WILDER. BECAUSE HE'S GOT YOUR GOLDEN TICKET TO SOUNDING GREAT.
Follow these 2 simple tips - and you'll have a wonderful 'bffl' relation with your sound guy in no time at all. Or more likely - he will give you 1 SOLID half-smile before you drunkenly stumble out of the venue at 3AM with your new fans & homies.