What is your name and what do you do in the industry?
My name is Andy Troy. I am a (internationally) touring live sound engineer.
How long have you been doing it?
I’ve been working in the audio world for 10year now.
Who are you currently mixing for and who have you previously mixed for?
I currently mix front of house for ‘Hungry Kids of Hungary’ and mix monitors for ‘Ball Park Music’. I can’t remember all the bands i have worked with but some of the names include The Black Lips, The Smashing Pumpkins, the late great Billy Thorpe, Rob Hirst (midnight oil), Boom Crash Opera, Dave McCormack (Custard) just to name a few.
Why do you think that Sydney lacks a music scene that we used to have or that places like Melbourne have?
Culture. Melbourne has a certain music culture where people go out of their way to see bands in cool little venues. That’s another thing, Melbourne seems to have more venues suited to bands than Sydney does. Sydney has a big nightclub scene and venue’s just aren’t interested in putting on an original band and a cover charge to see the band and have three people turn up. It’s a big expense for the venue. They’d rather spend more money on a DJ to push the play button on their laptop where punters can drink and dance the night away and the venue is sure to make profit over the bar.
Do you have any possible solutions to this problem?
Anyone who likes to go and see bands should move to Melbourne. Nah… The solution is to have more venues in Sydney stay open as actual music venues and have them promoted them differently so they can stay open. Have a high profile band on once every month too keep the punters keen and have free entry nights and actually pay the bands a couple of hundred bucks rather than the band takes a share of the door charge once the door person, sound guy, and promoter take their cut and then it still has to be split between each band. Venues in Sydney close faster then they appear, one opens up and 3 close their doors. Just doesn’t make sense. It’s not only the bands that lose a venue to play in, it’s us sound people who also lose out as well.
Do you have any plans for the near future in regards to the music industry?
Not at all. I reckon i’ll quit while i’m ahead! haha!