Last week many Nimbus students attended our graduation ceremony presented in partnership with our student run record label Business Class Records. The night brought our entire Nimbus community together, including co-founders Bob Ezrin and GGGarth Richardson, celebrating the achievements of students and showcasing their talent.
We recently interviewed two students graduating from our Live Sound program who have been working together and doing exceptional work. Audrey Rose and Caleb Hardy have truly embraced the Nimbus community and have been busy working Live Sound for concerts ranging from small venues to massive events at Rogers Arena and Pemberton Music Festival all before graduation.
We hear you have been very active lately with live sound opportunities. What events have you been working recently?
The summer is booming with Live Sound work from all aspects. We couldn’t have asked for a better time to be in the Live200 program and better friends to work alongside. We’ve recently been hired to Side One as audio techs, which starts this weekend, but there has been lots of work in Production through various companies that have brought us all around Vancouver from small outdoor festivals doing sound in Stanley Park, to large stadiums such as Rogers arena and BC Place setting up stages and patching in audio equipment for performers such as Shania Twain, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Swift, to building massive festival stages at Pemberton Music Festival and installing all the stage PA’s and sound equipment! We’ve been distracted from the recording side of things, but we record out of Blue Light Studios when needed and I (Caleb) still intern at Armoury Studios from time to time.
Can you tell us a little bit about the ‘Layer Cake’ studio that you run at the East Van Space Jam nights?
Matt Beebe and his band, The Works, has a monthly gathering of musical talent and games at The Colbalt. It’s THE PLACE TO BE if you are an aspiring musician wanting to meet/collaborate/grow with the local musical community of Vancouver. Audrey Rose and I ran the ‘layer cake’ station which was an impromptu studio set up in the green room of the venue. Musicians of all kinds could hook up and lay down a riff of any instrument they desire and walk away, leaving the next person in line to be thrown in to a random – already started – piece of music to which they add something new! It was an awesome idea and some very cool tracks were created by random collaboration!
How was your experience at Pemberton Music Festival?
Pemberton Music Festival was the experience of a lifetime. We had a blast spending 11 days up there so we could take part in setting up the stages and audio. It was great because it was so different, and so much more than what would go on at a smaller venue. We got to work with Tim and Chuck, who were the side stage monitor techs for the Mt. Currie stage. They have been tour techs for Blink 182, Sum 41, Avenged Sevenfold, Pharrell, and more. We got to install the on-stage mixers and monitors, patch everything in, and learn the flow of the console they were using. Such a fun learning experience of what it takes to run sound for large stages! It was incredible to go back days later and see acts like Billy Talent and Kid Cudi performing to crowds through the equipment that we had set up!
We got to work with Tim and Chuck, who were the side stage monitor techs for the Mt. Currie stage. They have been tour techs for Blink 182, Sum 41, Avenged Sevenfold, Pharrell, and more.
How has nimbus helped you find live sound jobs while attending the school?
Nimbus itself is a network, a nest of not only staff, but students and future contacts you will hold for the rest of your life. Almost all of the gigs I have gotten are through friends I have made at the school. Matt Beebe had invited me to be a Live Sound Tech with him during a Canada Day outdoor festival, as well as inviting me to join his Space Jam team. Morgan Coates had passed down the Stanley Park ‘‘Clean Up the Ocean” festival to Audrey and I, which we were the sound techs and FOH mixers. Nathan Wester informed us of Riggit inc, which lead to shows such as Ed Sheeran and TaylorSwift. Our Teacher Swann Barratt got us on a crew call list which put us in a pool of names to be available for the Pemberton Team, which we pushed our way into, and then further more to get ourselves working with the Sound Techs. Not only does Nimbus prepare you with the skills you need, but it houses a collection of friends you work side by side with who ARE your connections to more work. You just have to be social and get to know those around you!
Nimbus itself is a network, a nest of not only staff, but students and future contacts you will hold for the rest of your life. Almost all of the gigs I have gotten are through friends I have made at the school.
Not only does Nimbus prepare you with the skills you need, but it houses a collection of friends you work side by side with who ARE your connections to more work. You just have to be social and get to know those around you!
What are your goals for the future?
Goals for the future is to keep doing audio, focusing on becoming a FOH techs and making a path towards mixing for large stadiums and festivals, but still, casting the lines in all directions within the music industry. Audrey and I continue to pursue recording and track a lot of our projects at Blue Light Studios. We’ve stocked up on cable supplies and with our soldering kits have been making all our own equipment, and can have cables made for anyone who needs them. We are well on our way to being fully integrated in the music industry.
Have you enjoyed Nimbus’ Live Sound program?
The Live Sound program has been everything we’ve needed in a class and then some. We’ve had two amazing teachers, Swann Barratt and Erik Armstrong teaching us everything they know, and in a variety of different rooms and settings, leaving myself, and the rest of the class well prepared to work for any person, or any venue.
What has been your most memorable experience doing live sound so far?
Too many to count, each gig is a new rush and being able to do all of this as a team has been wicked. We’ve gotten to travel all over doing what we love to do, been backstage for a countless number of concerts, met such amazing and talented people along the way, all within 4 months. It’s been a wild ride to say the least, but lots more coming in the future!
To learn more about the Nimbus Live Sound Diploma program, click here.