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Mike Schwedler and Louis Meyers have been involved with the making end of music for quite a while: Meyers as one of the creative forces behind the beginning of South by Southwest, and Schwedler as the drummer for Killbilly and now the manager for the Old 97's. They've started Roadcrew, a class that seeks to teach right off the bat the finer points of being a roadie for a band, helpful hints that previously were the result of trial and error and bitter experience: proper uses for glow-in-the-dark tape, how to clean a guitar, the importance of bringing your own microphones for your act.
The enterprise, which has already held classes in Austin, charges around $75 to $100 for a day of instruction. Based on the idea that a population of uniformly trained stagehands and tech support people can only make life easier for everybody involved, Roadcrew looks not only to educate potential roadies but also to function as a job referral organization.
"Right now," Schwedler had said earlier when first discussing plans for Roadcrew, "even good road people, people who would be teaching our classes, when they get home, sometimes they have no idea when or from where their next gig will be coming. You don't know whether you should scrimp and save because there's nothing coming up for the next six weeks, or whether you'll be working again in two and can treat yourself to a vacation. It's tough."
Roadcrew classes will use repected and experienced industry pros to cover all the nuances of life on the road with a rock band, including pre-tour planning, budgeting, proper loading, routing, operating sound and light systems, and staying healthy in what can often be an unhealthy environment.
Roadcrew classes will be held for the Dallas area at Poor David's Pub on Saturday, November 8. For more information call (512) 236-8742 or e-mail RDCREW@AOL.COM.
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