Same Gear. Same Sound. Every Night.
When you're a touring band, the sound that you make is what's important. It's what you're selling, and it's what's going to get you the next gig. So it has to be up to standard, controlled, and the quality has to be the same for every audience you play - it's only fair to your fans.
We speak to a lot of up and coming or smaller bands. One thing we hear more than anything else is when a band turns up to a show and they're not happy with the house or event engineer or equipment. Often these factors are completely outside your control and you just have to make the best of the situation.
Best case scenario is that it takes more time than necessary to get to a sound that you're happy with; it doesn't quite sound the same as the last show, but it'll do. Worst case scenario; the engineer has no idea what they're doing, or even worse, doesn't really care; there aren't enough channels on the mixing console, and it sounds horrendous.
One major misconception is that a sound engineer that travels with a band is a luxury reserved for U2 and Beyonce. We prefer to see the sound engineer as part of the band - they're there to develop the sound and get it across to the audience. Not controlling the show that you're playing could lead to disaster - can you afford not use a sound engineer who knows you and knows how to mix your music?