What Does A Monitor Engineer Do On Tour? ft. Charlie Bybee (5 Seconds Of Summer, ONE OK ROCK, Rise Against)

Monitor Engineer Charlie Bybee joins us this week to talk about what it takes to succeed at his job. A Monitor Engineer is one of the most crucial jobs there is on the road. They are in charge of mixing the audio the artist hears during the show, and because of this – the job can be very stressful. You are working directly with the artist every day, and the pressure is on. We hope you enjoy all the knowledge Charlie drops along the way.


In this episode of the Don’t Shit On The Bus podcast, we will learn:
• Charlie’s journey to success in the touring world
• A day in the life of a monitor engineer on the road
• The importance of practicing your craft wherever you possibly can
• Tips for being a successful monitor engineer


(0:00)​ Intro
(2:55) Charlie gets on the bus
(6:24) Charlie’s start to touring​
(14:58) Wait, what should I call you?
(17:14) Necessary skills to be a successful monitor engineer​
(22:20) Don’t underestimate the power of churches​
(27:04) A day in the life on the road
(31:38) A basic breakdown of RF signals, how do they affect you?
(37:50) The importance of having thick skin on tour and dealing with passionate artists
(44:30) Getting the day started on the road
(49:00) Know where to stand backstage (hint: not in front of your monitor person)
(51:02) Soundcheck, line check, and troubleshooting
(57:42) Showtime and all that comes with it
(1:04:30) Tips from a pro

Charlie Bybee – Guest

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