SSR Success Story - Martin Andrews, Venue Technician

Martin Andrews

Venue Technician

Sound Engineering & Design BSc (Hons)

Martin Andrews started on our academic course Sound Engineering & Design back in 2009 and graduated in 2012. Since then he has enjoyed a great start to his career with a full time job engineering live sound at Sheffield’s 02 Arena.

Here is Martin’s story in his own words:
“I started working for the 02 Academy Sheffield (part of the Academy Music group) spring 2011. The venue has 2 main event spaces. The larger auditorium has a capacity of 2,350 and a smaller room with a capacity of around 500 people.

I work across both auditoriums as a Venue Technician; my duties include setting up and operation of a wide range of equipment across all aspects of the venue including audio, lighting, staging, rigging and stage management. My primary role within in the technical team is as a sound engineer, this includes mixing both front of house and stage monitors.

I started at the venue working in the smaller of the two auditoriums working on unsigned nights this helped my development and understanding of live music events and of the equipment within the venue. This lead to me working with the better known acts using the second auditorium, and then working within the main auditorium on touring shows.

I have the opportunity to work with a wide range of acts including The Courteeners, Labrinth, Nero, Gary Numan, Bombay Bicycle Club, Papa Roach, Enter Shikari, Bowling For Soup, Charlie Simpson and The Sunshine Underground doing a number of different roles.

Depending on the show/production I could be doing anything from working on a local un-signed night where I will be responsible for mixing up to 5 bands and doing lighting at the same time, to working with a touring production team, providing technical support as a systems technician for the venue, helping integrate touring equipment in to the house system and teaching people how to use the house equipment to mixing Front of House (FOH) or stage monitors for the event.”

“The facilities and tutors at SSR are second to none and the two combined provide a great environment to study and learn your craft. This has allowed me to apply a professional approach. This great foundation has given me confidence in my ability to work in live events not just in a technical approach but when working with other professionals. I would like to thank all the staff at SSR for the time and effort they invested in helping me pursue my career.”

As always, SSR is very proud to hear of Martin’s work in the industry. It gives us great pride to know how our training has helped his career and that of our other students. We would like to wish Martin every success in his future career.