How To Get A Roadie Job In The Live Music Industry-Roadie, Inc

Want to know how to get a job as a roadie in the live music Industry? Looking how to gain and keep a career in the road crew, Yes?

Because you want the advice from an industry expert who has toured the globe with top international artists, right?

Sure you do,

Well, there’s a book called Roadie inc, and if that’s what you want to do then it’s pages were definitely written for you. It’s written by a real veteran industry insider and is the definitive guide to help you achieve and keep a fulfilling career within the live music industry.

So, If you’ve craved the freedom of being on the road and are excited to work for bands backstage, then here’s a book I recommend. It’s one I own after having met and had tuition from the very author himself, Andy Reynolds. A Tour Manager and industry insider with 25 years experience who found me work experience shadowing engineers at live shows.

 

My personal experience with Andy Reynolds.

I met Andy when I was on a Sound Engineering course at Red Tape studios in Sheffield. U.K. Andy was tutoring classes between his busy tour schedule. I was of course looking for work as a roadie. Back then it’s what I always dreamed of.
He sourced out contacts and got me working at the city’s leadmill venue shadowing the F.O.H engineer. He also took a handful of us on the Super furry animals Tour Bus after the show. I was also invited me to the album launch party of the now defunct Laruso, who went out on tour with ex-Busted star Charlie Simpson’s band Fightstar.

Good memories.

I found Andy to be sincerely helpful. He always replied to my emails and was very generous with his contact details, even his personal mobile phone number. But due to much respect I always emailed him, and he always got straight back. Bless him.
I personally can attest to Andy being a friendly approachable bloke that, ‘has the experience’ to teach anyone about the live entertainment industry.

So to the book- Roadie inc. How to Gain and Keep a Career in the Live Music Industry.

My book is the first edition print, but you can get the second up to date book at Amazon.How to get a roadie job in the live entertainment industry

In it….

Andy’s book teaches you:

  • How the live music industry really works.
  • Details of the various backstage jobs.
  • Industry secrets-Why roadie jobs are never advertised
  • Interviews with pro road crew, artist managers and booking agents.
  • Examples of contracts for concerts and freelance employment
  • Step-by-step guides to starting your live music industry career.
My first Edition print has 7 Chapters which cover the following
 
  1. The Live Music Industry Today.
  2. How the Concert Industry Works- Who does what.
  3. Set up your own Freelance Crew Business
  4. Getting started
  5. Getting Hired
  6. How do you keep Working in The Live Music Industry
  7. Conclusion.
How to get a roadie job in the live music industry

Take me to Amazon

If you fancy the life of a stagehand setting up and breaking down and travelling to the next show, then read Andy’s book and soak it in. And if you do ever get to meet Andy himself, tell him you read his book on the recommendation of one grateful student from the Red Tape Studios. Sheffield. U.K.

So until then, budding Roadie, Backline tech, or Sound Engineer. Best of luck & all the very best seeking a rewarding job/career in the Live Entertainment Industry as a Roadie.

Pete.Rock n Metal 90x90 Logo

P.S.

To learn more about Andy, go to www.tourconcepts.com.

8 Comments

  • John says:

    Pete,
    I have a friend that is a roadie, I don’t know how he got the job. He does travel a lot, the band he is with travels the states and other countries. He does have time to be at home for weeks at a time. His wife is a school teacher so she has the summer off. Sometimes in the summer they will be off for several weeks at a time.
    I do know that he does stage and instrument set up and take down. He loves music and plays several instruments himself. You have to love music and travel to make this a profession.
    This is not the life for everyone.
    John

    • Pete says:

      Sure thing John,

      It’s not the life for everyone as Andy Dimmack, who is a backline tech for Franz Ferdinand and The Super Furry Animals is quoted in the book as saying. “The worst thing about being on tour? Being away from family and loved ones. So yes, I agree that’s a good valid point you made.

      However again as you say, you have to love music and travel to make this a profession. I think the people that gravitate towards this job are the ones who are absolutely passionate about getting involved as a roadie or a live sound engineer. If you don’t have the heart for it, it’s gonna be a bad trip.

      I love music with all my heart and I love to travel, so for me it’s the perfect job. It’s for those who have a sense of musical spirit and adventure. I once remember going to Germany with a band and the sense of freedom was incredible.

      Being a Roadie can be a person who loves music that never got to play an instrument or didn’t succeed in a band. He can get involved and be part of it. Being a Guitar Technician is the chance to be the guitarist’s right hand man. How cool is that.

      With me I always wanted work behind the scenes as a roadie even if the job seemed mundane as just lifting and pushing boxes about. I’d rather do it on tour with a band than in some boring unrewarding factory job.

      Thanks again John, for raising some good points starting off this discussion.

      Warmest regards

      Pete.

  • Joon says:

    Man it’d be a cool experience to be a roadie. The only thing is I’m a single dad so I can’t be on the road. But I’m sure they get hell lotta cool experience touring with bands. I don’t know maybe when my son’s older it can be something I can consider?? Is there like an age limit? If you’re too old to be a roadie?

    • Pete says:

      Hey Joon,

      Thanks for visiting here on Christmas day.

      A Roadie job is not something you will see advertised in the local paper, it’s all about gaining the connections and having experience. Once you’re in through the door though, you can be set. There’s many people in the industry, young and old who have gained a foothold and worked on and off for touring bands. Age doesn’t matter, so long as you are fit and healthy & can stand do physical work then you’re in.

      Cheers,

      All the best

      Pete.

  • Alyssa says:

    Hi Pete,
    The idea of being a roadie, especially in this day and age when everyone is more interested in their iphones, sounds so romantic. To have one home base and get to travel to new places all the time, with one fine goal of making a music show happen without a hitch…it sounds like heaven. The camaraderie, the downtimes, the exciting times, the challenges and the homecomings. I gotta tell ‘ya, I can hear the call of the road from my cubicle right now :). I probably won’t get a job as a roadie, but I will find a way to leave this cubicle life behind me and travel. Thanks for the reminder that life can be lived in so many fascinating ways and we can live our passions. Have an awesome one. You gave a great book review.
    Alyssa

    • Pete says:

      Hi Alyssa! Thanks for visiting this post today.

      You’re right, I cant drive past a bus stop without seeing a row of people gazing into their smartphones without even bothering talking to each other. Can’t blame ’em though, I suppose it’s a form of escapism on their way to a boring job. However, if in the other hand you were waiting to travel by bus with a like minded crew of people you love to be around, it sure as hell sounds a better option.

      To live the life as a roadie is one way to get your kicks while being in a job you want to be in, it’s not for everyone I know, but those that aspire to work in this business are the one’s that REALLY want to do it.

      So, here’s to you determined to find your way outta that cubicle and into an adventurous open space where good times lie ahead. Cheers!

      Very best,

      Pete.

  • Sarah says:

    Hi there,
    I’ve never once thought about becoming a roadie.. but now that I think about it, wow that would be a pretty cool and unique experience for sure!

    Plus I’m all for traveling around and seeing new sights, so this really gets my attention! Thanks for the article man!

    • Pete says:

      Hey There Sarah.

      Sure if you’ve got the urge to travel places and get paid for it then it’s an option. I know that it’s also a lot of hard work for these road warriors who have to live on a crew bus, but if you are a free spirit and love to get into the nitty gritty of the music business, this can be a real experience..

      Becoming a roadie is one of the best ways to support a band you believe in, and to travel with them on their, local, national or international tours is just the best. Way better than the old 9-5 grind that sucks away your life whilst dreaming about doing something like this.

      Have a pleasant a safe travel adventure, & take care now,

      Pete.

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