One of the most important and least noticed members of the luscious team is our gorgeous Tech guy, Tom. This week we asked him to take a minute between pressing play on the luscious music and stand in the spotlight for this blog.
When did you start teching? How did you get into it?
I started teching at the Cavendish Arms in Stockwell at end of 2010 after graduating with a degree in Music Technology and Popular Music. I was looking for a job that would allow me to use some of the knowledge that I’d gained at uni until my career as globetrotting super musician really took off. Any day now.
What does a tech do?
A tech sets up the technical equipment – mixer, lighting controller, mics, cables, radio mics etc… – to support the act and then operates that equipment during the show. We have a tech sheet with notes telling us what the act requires. We have a rehearsal before the show where we can run through each performers act. Then, when the curtain goes up we try and push all the right buttons at all the right times. We don’t always get it right; there are a lot of buttons!
Are you a tech full time?
No, I have a 9-5 job too. I did get offered a full time tech position at a theatre in Enfield but I would have had to take a bit of a pay cut. Also I’d just stopped doing a lot of evening and night shifts at other jobs and wasn’t keen on kissing all my evenings goodbye again so I turned it down.
What is your favourite guilty pleasure?
Well I’m from South East London so I’d have to say Moreley’s. I think that’s written in the SE handbook somewhere so I actually have to say that.
You work for Luscious Cabaret and the Luscious Burlesque review show. Which do you prefer and why?
They’re both great shows so it’s tough to choose between them but I guess I’d pick Luscious Cabaret because of the variety of acts.
The hosts are usually quite mean to you during luscious shows, how does that make you feel?
Haha, yeah, sometimes. I suppose at the beginning when it first happened I felt a little exposed but it doesn’t bother me anymore. Most times it’s because something hasn’t gone to plan. Only having a short while to rehearse before you do a show live makes mistakes inevitable. Sometimes they may go unnoticed but other times they are pretty obvious and the host has to deal with it somehow so I end up getting it in the neck.
Is there anything you would like to say to our Luscious hosts?
Break a leg? 😀 haha, no, they’re great people and they make the show so fun to do I guess I’d just say keep it up!
What’s your favourite Luscious memory?
Probably the first time I saw Admiral John’s act! It’s a powerful combination of costume, ukulele and sea shanty sauciness. Once seen, you never forget 🙂
We could not agree more, our love for Admiral John knows no bounds – you can see Admiral John at a Luscious Burlesque in the future and you can see Tom in action at Luscious Cabaret at the Albany, on Friday 5th May.