'Roadie Of The Month' - Oct 2020

 

Name?  

Ben Doyle

Hometown? 

Southend, ESSEX, UK

Currently Reside?  

Newquay, Cornwall, UK

Role?

Guitar Tech / TM / Backline Tech / SM

Years on the road?

23 (26 inc playing)

First band you ever worked for?

REEF

Any mentors in the industry worth mentioning?

Ian Laughton FOH  / Shaun Martin TM / Jason Fearnley SM - 99.9% of the crew I work with are legends. The bad eggs don’t stay around long.

Favorite AUS venue? 

Forum Melbourne

Favorite AUS Bar or Restaurant?

Marys Burgers recently or Home Thai (old management)

When and where was your first OS tour?

95 all over Europe in a band called ABOVE ALL / Tech wise was 97 straight to the US with REEF around New York state.

Favorite OS country to tour?

JAPAN / USA / AUS ….Endless list of territories that I love!

Favorite OS venue?

There are just too many. I’m going with Crystal Ballroom in Portland. I mean, it has the worst load in and the crowd gets divided into drinking and minors on a sprung dance floor and the stage is the size of a dairy lea triangle BUT everything I love is on that street and Burnside skatepark is at the end of the block.

Favorite OS Bar or Restaurant?

Rossi's Liquors / 412 North State St / Chicago, IL 60610

Last three bands you have toured with?

Two Door Cinema Club / Muse / Amy Macdonald.

 What three tools are the most important to your role?

Head torch / key winder / cutters. Decent switch cleaner too as poor contact covers 90% of stage issues.

What are the three things you cant leave for tour without?

Passport / Phone / wallet. I can work out the rest. I’ve had the same petzl carabiner forever for my laminate, so that’s always a must take too.

Whats your drink of choice after the truck is packed?

Jack Daniels  / Ice / Dr Pepper zero mixed hard.

Whos the most played artist on your iPod?

Currently it’s one of your boys  ALPHA WOLF - lots of great bands coming out of Australia ATM

Whats your favorite band / album of all time?

Suicidal Tendencies - Suicidal Tendencies

Whats your favorite Book / Podcast ?

The Argos Catalogue 77-85

Any great websites out there for people to check out?

Try this one : It’s about the UK ESSEX hardcore/metalcore scene of the 90s.

 https://thenandnowessexhc.podbean.com

What do you do when you are not on the road?

Father / Food / Surf / Skate / play-record guitar / walk / enjoy the outdoors / Pour drinks how I like them and burn wood on my fire.

Words of Wisdom?

Be nice, polite and respectful. It pays back tenfold. 

You can contact me on?

royaldoyle@mac.com

 

Doing my best Darth Vader impression over at SL looking after two Door Cinema Club.
This is how we roll. Pretty sure I took off and landed standing up on this one.
For every stage L there’s a stage R - Me and my Boy PJ Johnson
Manning the Bass SL for Muse / covering Hot Jon for a few shows this time
Top Pic:
Adding another guitar to my 100% catch record (excluding operator error)