The first few times this happened, I wondered if these guys fell off trees around the venue once the speakers were run full volume. Anyway, most of them seemed dazed by the number of knobs on the console. A few guys who tried to be honest, actually made statements like, “Do you use all these knobs? I just mix at their practice session, so it’s one keyboard amp, one guitar amp and the whole five piece band plugs into it. But, don’t worry I’ll manage this console.”
Now tell me, if I let the console to them, who will console me and the audience? After a small conversation, I talk them into giving me instructions on the mix and I will execute them on the board, but hell no! I get instructions worse than what the band techies’. I have been asked to do all kinds of stuff, most of them sounded like they were talking about food. Here are a few:
1. Can I have a little spice on the guitar?
2. Can you make the vocals sweet?
3. Will it be possible to make the keyboards louder than anything else (while the keyboardist was not playing anything relevant), When I ask why, I hear “Because he is a good friend, I never liked the guitarist or the vocalist!” Talk about professionalism.