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Coasting : Issue 10 April 2010
18 central coast • new south wales COASTING CAREER VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR COURSE DETAILS OR CALL 1300 883 912 OR 0404 063 027 COFFEE TRAINING The WARNING: IT'S ADDICTIVE Home Barista Courses Barista Workshop - Essence of Espresso Origin Tasting Course Gift Vouchers Available Group Bookings Available Coffee Lab Our Barista training is designed to benefit all levels of experience, whether you are non-industry, new to the industry or a professional barista. SHOP 2/30 KARALTA ROAD, ERINA www.thecoffeelab.com.au A8724046-1Apr Ourimbah-Lisarow RSL Club Ltd. ...your family club our RSL Ourimbah's Best Kept Secret 6-22 Paci c Highway Ourimbah, NSW 2258 Ph: (02) 4362 1104 Fax: (02) 4362 1981 www.ourimbahrsl.com.au Fantastic Facilities and Affordable Dining Courtesy Bus Members Rewards & Discounts The John Farnham Experience Friday 7th May 2010 From 8.30pm FREE SHOW THE JOHN FARNHAM EXPERIENCE A GREAT NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENT c8680787-1Apr Occupation: Audio engineer. Name: Phil 'Kez' Kesby. Age: 38. Suburb: Wyoming. What does the occupation involve? I operate the monitor systems for musicians and actors. That is, the speaker boxes positioned in the front, side, and back of the stage, and the artist's earpiece. All the microphones on instruments and vocals go into a mixing desk where I then attenuate and equalise the sound and send it to each person to suit their needs. What first attracted you to this job? I played bass guitar in a band with my school mates. As the venues got bigger we required larger PA (public address) systems. We had to help load and set up audio and lighting equipment. That's when all the questions started, like 'What does that button do?' 'How loud can it go?' and 'Can I have a turn?'. Then we bought our own system and started hiring it, and ourselves, out to other bands. I was doing four shows a week plus trying to attend school. By the end of year 10, it was recommended that I did not return. So I got a job with a PA company and started touring Australia. What training/preparation is required? There are courses you can do to learn the technical side, but it's the practical knowledge that you need the most, so get in the truck, unload it, stack that PA, and roll out the cables. Being hands-on will get you further than a qualification on a piece of paper. Best part of the gig? Not being in the same place every day. Worst part of the gig? The long hours. Being away from my family for extended periods. Most interesting day on the job so far? Every day is different and challenging. Trying to fit a semi-trailer full of equipment into a small pub is interesting. The best time I have had was touring Europe as special guest for Iron Maiden. What salary can a new-starter expect in this job? Loaders are the people who unload the trucks and assist you in setting up. They get around $20 per hour as the day rate, and more for night time. What do you hope to be doing for work in 10 years? I'll still be touring the globe with some great acts. HEAR THIS: Central Coast sound engineer Phil 'Kez' Kesby has worked around the world with some of the biggest names in the music business. GOOD TIMES: Iron Maiden. Picture by Steve Lunam.
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