“A clever person solves a problem.
A wise person avoids it”
“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work”
“I’d rather be hated for who I am than be loved for who I am not”
“Don’t start to think you’re cool because that’s when things blow up”
“Work is more fun than fun”
“[It’s the music], not the drugs or the sex or the rock ‘n’ roll behaviour”
“Bands make it Rock,
but Roadies make it Roll”
Stevie’s favourite music:
Stevie C has been captivated by music and lights all his life. What better job for him than a Roadie?
He enrolled at Perth College UHI in 2007 to further his passion for audio. Audio aside, he is also involved in AV, lighting, multimedia, electronics and computers.
“Roadie” describes everything Stevie is and does. Matt McGinn claims that “Roadie” has become a dirty word. Stevie disagrees.
What’s in a name? Whether you call him a “Technician” or a “Roadie”, Stevie has the same skills and performs the same tasks.
Skills and experience:
Stevie is very technologically minded. From software to hardware, he can use many DAW packages, operating systems, mixing desks, lighting controllers, vision mixers, loudspeaker management systems and so on…
He has experience with local PA Hire companies, community organizations and venues such as theaters, church halls and festivals. In these locations he developes his skills of tech crewing, system speccing, systems wiring, stage lighting, disco lighting, multi-feed vision mixing & camera operation, live multitrack recording, Foley creation, location recording and FOH & MON mixing.
Stevie C’s main area of expertise is with live sound reinforcement - although he has also applied himself to studio & location recording, vision mixing and lighting.
Stevie continually undertakes different types of work (e.g. sound, lighting or AV) to learn more and thus develop the knowledge and skills that he has acquired.
Stevie puts 100% effort into what he does because this is something that he enjoys doing. Being a Roadie is far more than a job for him.
He would much rather work long arduous Roadie shifts for weeks or months at a time than be stuck in an office or claim benefits.
It’s only Rock ‘n’ Roll…… but he loves it.
Stevie C’s philosophy:
Being a Techie/Roadie is the only thing he could ever do - as Lemmy Kilmister contends: “Let’s face it, I’m not going to quit and become a brain surgeon or anything else”.
Piling on the quotes, Ozzy Osbourne once sang “I always knew what I wanted to be, I knew for sure, I know for sure”.
Stevie loves music - especially when combined with technology, lights, speakers, special effects and enough electricity to power a city.
As Noël Coward said, “work is more fun than fun”.
There aren’t many people that can say that - and mean it.
Stevie C is probably one of the few who can.
So why do this?
Being a Roadie is more fun than fun.