If you have a gig scheduled for your band and are concerned that you only have an hour for two of you to handle load-in and setup, you may be a little anxious. Here are some tips to help you get everything done in time for soundcheck.
Pre-Load Your Truck or Van
Say you have a six-member band, but only two of you are available to set everything up before the gig starts. Because you are likely to have a final dress rehearsal a day or two before the actual performance, get all the band members to help you load your vehicle after the rehearsal so you don’t have to load and unload on the same day.
The owner of the van or truck likely knows exactly where things need to go to pack everything in, so if he or she takes a picture or two of the loading process and keeps them handy, everyone can pack things in and get them just right.
Use the Right Tools
Whether you have shock isolating casters on the subwoofer so it will roll smoothly when pushed or you use a hand truck to haul the amp, using good tools will make a difference to moving your gear. Don’t get a wimpy dolly that doesn’t have a large enough base to go under the speaker you need to move. Opt for a cart that can be collapsed but is sturdy, instead.
Don’t Be Late
As a rule of thumb, you want to load-in as soon as you possibly can. If you are the third act at the county fair, for instance, you likely want to be there about an hour before the first act starts. That way you can get everything into the venue and set up things such as the electric drums before moving onstage.
Preparation is the key to having things go well at your gig. No matter what happens, take the time to enjoy playing the music for your audience.