Sounds like… trouble
Dear Mother Maple:
I run sound at a local club, and last week I had a hard time. The act I was running sound for didn’t like what I was doing. I couldn’t find a sound to please him, the sound check didn’t go well, and between sets he chewed me out. But he couldn’t say what he wanted beyond “More guitar.”
What should I have done? Apologized (I didn’t)? Told him to …? I don’t want to tick off musicians, but there’s only so much I can do.
Say hello to your sister Julie, dear. She is lovely. But that’s another story. You fellas (and girls) behind the board are desperately important to us all. It’s hard for me to know what really happened that night. Perhaps the performer was in a bad mood. Or his hearing’s going. Or perhaps you weren’t at your best. Or the monitor mix just wasn’t right.
My advice to you is this, Julius. Do your best. If you feel you didn’t do your best, then you owe him an apology. If you did your best, and this is still bothering you (as it apparently is), then perhaps you drop him a note and say that you did your best, you know he wasn’t happy, and that next time you work together you’ll try to meet his needs. It costs nothing to be nice, dear.