A day in the life of a touring guitar tech.
Shockwave:So how is life on the road as a touring guitar tech?
Caleb:Life is awesome as a touring tech! I love It can be stressful at times. But if you know what youre doing and can problem solve fast that helps tremendously.
I recently caught up with you while you were out on the road with Taproot, how was that?
The last tour I did with Taproot was awesome. They're dear friends of mine and I consider them family. Everyday is an adventure and something new. Always a curve ball somewhere which makes it fun.
How did you come to find your way as Taproots guitar tech?
The way I came to the Taproot family was out of out of nowhere! At around 530 one morning. The drummer Dave whom I've known for quite a while knew they were in need of a tech. He knew my past history with just music in general. He told them about me passed my info and they agreed to try it out. And it was on from then on.
For those looking to tour with a national band as a guitar tech, drum tech or stage hand what advice can you give them?
Advice I would give, don't take anything for granted. There is always a solution to something. Keep a straight mind and focus. Do the best you can do with what you know and are given. And always try to go above and beyond. And do research, even if you think you know everything you need to. It never hurts to know more. The more you know the more value of an asset you are in any circumstances. More opportunities can always open.
What other bands have you toured with?
Bands I've been with are a up and coming band called pistol day parade from my hometown Detroit. They are an awesome band that will definitely be huge. I love those guys to death. And I've helped with alot of others. The band im going out With right now is a killer band called righteous vendetta. Im actually listening to there new album as we speak. It's just unbelievable. They're young and have Soo much potential and they are unbelievable already no doubt in my mind they're just gonna get bigger and bigger. Were heading out with trapt and then hed pe.
What are some of the most memorable or crazy stories you can share from the road?
Most memorable story from the road.. Hmm good question. I would probably have to go with when I was in the southwest playing a show I don't remember what venue but it was my old band. About halfway through the set my side of the stage collapsed ha. Fortunately it was only about 3 or 4 feet down. But I about had a heart attack.
What does your typical day consist of when on the road with Taproot?
When on the road With Taproot my day consist of getting there on time, unloading and setting up. Run thought everything. Every pedal and cable every channel just to make sure nothing is wrong. And all works perfect. Then on to changing strings and setting up the guitars and basses. Making sure it stays in tune in every fret position. Check the intonation turn the neck if needed. Giving them a good cleaning. Stretch strings and tune tune tune over and over till it won't go out of tune. And lots of smoke breaks haha. Then hang out at the venue till show Time and keep checking on everything just to be sure nothing has changed. Getting setlists ready. Waters beer redbull towels everything that is needed. During the show I keep back up guitars in tune aswell as the other guitars in different tunings and take them out to the guys when needed. And re tune the ones they had to be ready to back out. And when Stephen would need a Guitar I would bring him out a Mic stand and take it away when he was done till he needed it again. After the show it's time to pack up and load it in the trailer. And start all over the next show.
All in all it's alot of work but like I said before. The more you know the better. You will get faster and faster as it goes on. To me I personally have the greatest job in the world. I'm always looking for my next gig. Not to leave a band I'm with but just to broaden my horizon. You can always find me on Facebook.com/tothereandback, Twitter.com/calebgill1989, Instagram @calebgill1989 and firstname.lastname@example.org.