My band was on the road enough that it was worth investing in our own stage setup.
- When you are just starting out, then you play whatever bar or club will book you.
When you get lucky, like we did, and build up enough of a following, then you start booking bigger venues. At this point, we realized that we couldn’t rely on the amenities of the venues, we needed our own stage lights and sound gear. We also needed a cool stage we could set up and break down for transport. I had the idea that we should build some hidden air vents and ductwork into the stage setup. I had the band manager call around and find an HVAC tech who worked on custom jobs like this. The HVAC tech who showed up was not at all what we were expecting. He was into country music, not rock, so he had never heard of us, and to be honest he didn’t look like someone who could read, nonetheless get an HVAC certification. I was never so glad to be wrong, because it turns out this guy didn’t have an HVAC certification, but was a true master of sheet metal. He was able to take the measurements and specs of our stage setup and then go back to his farm and custom build us the air ducts, grates, and air vents that we required. He was so good, and so fast (not to mention cheap), we promised to recommend him to other bands who might need similar HVAC work done.