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Roadie: lighting tech, stage crew, spot-op, sound engineer, DJ.

A biennial review

May 2014

I neglected to re-cover the ongoing Balcony Bar stuff in this entry, primarily for pragmatic SEO reasons. The entry file name comes from the folder on my thumb drive containing my revised (but as of 2018, defunct) website files - developed while at college - dated 2 years ago-ish. I’m feeling old.

Aspieland

I started typing this late at night, but have procrastinated so much that it’s now daytime 2 weeks later. Alcomahol gives you a creative spark for an idea, but caffeine provides the stickability required to see the idea to completion. I’ve got one of those brains that won’t shut up, so we should apply some Planman-style Applied Systems Thinking to things.

As ever, I’m aware of my limitations, but also I’m beginning to develop coping strategies for them. Sounds silly, but I’m proud that I can walk into a bar, order a pint of ale and talk to randomers - if only you knew. If only the people telling me to smile, and “it’s not that bad” knew.

Paint The Wee Toon Red

DD8 Music scheduled BonFest for later in the year to coincide with the Bon Scott statue unveiling, so we needed a replacement music festival. An initial option was to revive the Ska Fest, but we decided to Paint The Wee Toon Red. The main gig was held in Kirriemuir Town Hall, with smaller support events in Kirriemuir’s pubs and bars.

I arrived bleary-eyed to DD8’s speaker graveyard in the hopes of cobbling together several PA systems for the support events. Cue me running from one pub with a mixing desk at the end of a band’s set to another, setting up, staying for a pint and repeating. Oh, and using a pair of Wharfedale wedges as tops. Just Don’t ask…

Stevie C helping DD8 Music at the Gairie Inn Kirriemuir. Using Wharfedale wedges as tops

I was later asked to stand-in at the main event for one of the follow-spot ops who had taken ill earlier in the day. My brain was stuck in Panto mode, which is different from spotting for Rock n Roll. The usual hand-burning applies, as I’d lost my gloves. I wish I’d thought of bringing my multitrack recorder as well.

Stevie C helping DD8 Music and audioWAVE PA Hire at Paint the wee Toon red at Kirriemuir Town Hall
Shameless from Fife playing onstage at Kirriemuir Town Hall Paint The Wee Toon Red. Lights by Joe Hawke, PA from audiowave.co.uk
Jericho Hill playing onstage at Kirriemuir Town Hall Paint The Wee Toon Red. Lights by Joe Hawke, PA from audiowave.co.uk

Dundee Dance Event 2014

As PTWTR was a one day event, I could help with Dundee Dance Event at The Salty Dog - without having to be in two places at once. I even obtained 4 hours sleep in between events. But I still had to move all my disco gear to Dundee.

The PA we were using was inherited from The Balcony Bar, so I had spent the week swapping out bass drivers, soldering crossovers and fitting new horns and tweeters. We had a pair of Peavey Hisys XT bass bins, Peavey International Series mk3s, and Laney Theatre 1300s (which had no crossover, which made things interesting).

We were left in a hurry for amplification, and because all the hire companies were fully booked, there was only one option: Maplin. So we fed a DJM600 Pioneer mixer to a 31-band graphic, thru a Citronic crossover and into 2 ProSound class-D amps. They had plenty headroom and there are no problems to report - except me plugging them into a dodgy outlet in the pub (which piggy backed off a hand-dryer in the gents), which tripped the main breaker when I started the amps up.

Salty Do Dundee hosts Dundee Dance Event 2014: our bi-amp rack setup
Dundee Dance Event at the Salty Dog

I also had fun setting up lights: mirror balls (borrowed from The Balcony) with a Source 4 ERS, 2 smoke machines, 8 club scanners, 3 lasers, 4 moonflowers, LED floodlights and lots of fairy lights.

Dundee Dance Event Salty Dog Lighting
Dundee Dance Event Salty Dog Lighting

The Friday Night Project

I was helping Kirriemuir CLD with lights and sound for their Friday Night Project, as this was their 5 year anniversary.

Stevie C helping Kirriemuir CLD with The Friday Night Project, sound & lights. Just Katy.
Stevie C helping Kirriemuir CLD with The Friday Night Project, sound & lights.
Stevie C helping Kirriemuir CLD with The Friday Night Project, sound & lights.

Barry Mill/National Trust Scotland

I was helping with lighting for The National Trust at Barry Mill for a re-opening ceremony. I used my favourite lighting: festoons. I’m convinced I saw my old English teacher. I even managed to speak with several people I had never met before - no alcohol required, no anxiety.

Stevie C providing marquee festoon lighting for an outdoor event at Barry Mill, The National Trust Scotland.
Stevie C providing marquee festoon lighting for an outdoor event at Barry Mill, The National Trust Scotland.

Sharon, WTF does this bit do?

I have fond memories of going to The 208 Pub, having a few then returning to class, then composing some choons I’m still surprised about myself. I’ve shelved my plans of releasing reverb libraries for DAWs, but I’m still following my dreams and ideas. It’s all I’ve ever really been into, and as Lemmy says, “It’s not as if i’m gonna quit and become a plumber”. That said, would you want Ozzy as your plumber? “Sharon, WTF does this bit do?”

Dieticians Hate Me

Let’s face it, you got curious and clicked the link to find out how I lost 4KG in 4 minutes. My evil click-bait plan worked. So how did I lose 4KG in as many minutes? Easy. I weighed myself on 2 different scales, 4 minutes apart.

Listening to: Oasis, Tritonal, Chris de Burgh, Talk Talk, Stereophonics and Aussie Floyd.

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