Originally Posted by Joseph Egan
What I do if I'm told I can't work sound when visiting a new club is tell the sound guy I usually do my band's sound, have no problem not touching the board, and ask if he wouldn't mind me letting him know what to expect on each song. I end up coaching the soundman through the set and the results have been positive. Has always worked for me.
I used to do that sometimes when bands I was working with in the studio would ask me to look over their sound on a crucial gig. Of course, I was not (and never will be) a professional SR guy. I just don't have what it takes.