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Andy Coules

Sound Engineer - Tour Manager - Audio Educator - Columnist

I started my career in music at the very bottom, as a tea boy in a recording studio, gradually worked my way up until I was working as a studio recording engineer. This went well for a number of years until, around the turn of the millennium, I developed a taste for live music and set about transferring my skills to the arena of live concert sound.

This too was a gradual process, working in small venues around London with inadequate sound systems and terrible acoustics - learning from the ground up how to make bands sound good in less than ideal circumstances. This lead to regular work touring around the world with various bands and artists. Highlights include a triumphant gig in 2007 with Oi Va Voi on the Alpha stage at the Lowlands Festival (playing for an audience of 20,000), a 2011 UK Arena tour with CocknBullKid (supporting Duran Duran) and a 2014 European Arena tour with Anna Calvi (supporting Morrissey).

In recent years I've combined my experience of life on the road with my deft organisational skills and innate punctuality to work as a tour manager with a diverse range of acts in various genres (often in the dual role of tour manager / sound engineer).

I've also taken all the knowledge and experience I've accumulated over the years and distilled it into a Live Sound Course that I've taught in London, Birmingham, Africa and Hong Kong.

More recently I've been writing articles and reviews and am a regular contributor to Audio Media International and Live Sound International.



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