SSR Success Story - Sam Chadwick, Monitor Engineer - Sepultura

Sam Chadwick

Monitor Engineer - Sepultura

Live Sound Engineering

Sam Chadwick graduated from our Audio Engineering course last year before moving to Belfast to work for a variety of production companies. Sam recently got in touch with some great news, telling us he is currently on tour with the legendary Brazilian metal band Sepultura!

Sam Chadwick:
“I graduated from SSR’s Audio Engineering/Live Sound course in March 2012. I then worked as a Studio Assistant at SSR until I moved to Belfast in June 2012. In Belfast I've been working as an in-house engineer and system tech for various production companies, as well as working as a touring FOH engineer for Irish bands Axis Of & More Than Conquerors.

In April 2013 I got a call from Sepultura's tour manager asking if I would be available to do monitors on their upcoming European tour, which was an opportunity I obviously couldn't miss! I am currently 12 days into the 24 date tour. My day to day life on the road encompasses every aspect of live sound work, from co-ordinating crew during load ins/outs, setting up microphones, making sure our stage patch works and is suitable for the venue/festival and most of all keeping the band happy on stage.

For me touring is great fun and is a good way to vastly improve your skill-set at a fast pace as every day presents new scenarios and challenges. The highlight of the tour so far has been working the Vinarock festival in Spain where the band played to a crowd of 20,000 people.

My time spent at SSR undoubtedly held me in good stead for this position and every aspect of my career. As well as the technical knowledge I gained there, I learnt the soft skills needed to work as a professional in the audio industry. Jay Beard was a great tutor and has always been there to offer advice even after my course finished, which is something I appreciate a lot.

If anyone wants to see how i'm getting on on tour please follow me on twitter @itssamuelc

We are extremely proud when our graduates take their first steps in the industry, and it is great to hear such good feedback from former students about our tutors and training. We would like to take this opportunity to wish Sam the best of luck for the rest of the tour and his future career.