Living Room Rundown

Living Room Rundown

In this age of MP3 files, streaming services, earbuds, and just generally crappy sound being taken as the prevailing standard, it's easy to forget that lots of folks still care about their home sound systems. We've been talking to them and bring you the Living Room Rundown series in which we will feature the gear that industry pros use in their home. To kick things off we have Martin Frey, our good friend, from Nashville TN describe his set-up.

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The Lost Angeles Cassette Caper

The Lost Angeles Cassette Caper

The details of how this next move came about are a bit fuzzy but my friend and co-worker Chris and I decided that it would be fun to “borrow” the Haji truck for the weekend and record Lost Angeles at a little bar in Newport Beach. I still can’t believe that we got away with it – you’d think that my purchase of several rolls of very expensive two-inch recording tape late Friday might have tipped off my boss. That, and asking for the keys to the truck. 

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What I Have Learned So Far (random thoughts on this gig)

What I Have Learned So Far (random thoughts on this gig)

Production people are my best friends. The men and women who do this touring gig are amazing. I don’t think there is another field of work where such a wide range of skills are brought to bear. Drive a forklift in the morning and program a digital device in the afternoon. Oh, and mix a concert in the evening for thousands of fans who have paid good money. 

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That Went Badly. Or Did It?

That Went Badly. Or Did It?

Through an admittedly thin relationship with his management, help from a contact in Colorado who works closely with one of the tour background singers, and a brash call to another tour that had the gear already and was passing through Detroit – “I don’t care, you have to leave it in Detroit. I’ll send a guy to St. Andrews Hall tonight to pick it up. Something’s come up…” You get the idea. I was on a mission.

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Chalk It Up To The Ghosts: finding my way back to the big gig

Chalk It Up To The Ghosts: finding my way back to the big gig

If you ever get the chance to fly on a seaplane, do it. With Chalks, given their long history, the experience is amped up. Just prior to takeoff headphones drop from the ceiling. Actually they sort of crash down – these were old heavy headphones. Expecting the usual flight safety recording, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Dean Martin’s “Ain’t That a Kick in The Head” playing rather loudly.

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'You Do Not Want To Go To A Mexican Jail'

'You Do Not Want To Go To A Mexican Jail'

At one point in the middle of our chat about all things impedance, he said to me, “Greg hang on one second.” Bobby grabbed the mic with one hand, did something on the lighting control with the other and before I knew it he had killed the sound and shined a spotlight on the dance floor where a fight had broken out. He said, “Stop fighting right now or you will go to jail. Believe me when I say that you do not want to go to a Mexican jail.”

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A Broadcast Legend & A Pocketful of Sharpies: A Soulful Moment

A Broadcast Legend & A Pocketful of Sharpies: A Soulful Moment

It’s only recently that I’ve come to embrace the totality of that experience for me as an artist relations specialist and businessperson. The photo is compelling, just my dad and Ernie Harwell – a broadcast legend and artist in his own right – sitting in an empty Tiger Stadium talking. And the fact that all sorts of movie activity is going on nearby is cool too.

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Get Off The Couch & Visit Your Customers

Get Off The Couch & Visit Your Customers

My point here is that there is no substitute for visiting your customers or artists and talking face to face. Too often we communicate, and I use that term loosely, via email or texting and think that we are tight. Spending time, real time and not “thanks for the tickets, sorry it was too loud to talk, and I had to leave early to deal with the babysitter” time doesn’t cut it.

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A Picture Is Worth…How Much?

A Picture Is Worth…How Much?

In this brave world of social media, content, etc., photographs rule. Great photos are timeless and, regardless of the platform, important to any artist relations strategy. The experience of finding and using a great photo on the Internet can be a pain in the neck but also a golden opportunity to show an artist and your relationship to them.  As as with anything related to business on the Internet the rules are murky and God help you if you have a misstep.

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