I have not been in a band for about 3 years now, but I was fortunate to have a ‘Drum Tech’ in all of the bands that I was in from 2002 to now (in which I was in 4 different bands as a permanant member since then. & in 2004 I was a “Sub” & I was fortunate that their permanant drummer had a Tech who, in turn, ‘teched’ for me). I naturally had to pay for the service (i.e., if my band made $400 after a performance, each of us earning $100, $50 would go to Adam, my Tech since 2002).
If you can afford & find a Drum Tech, I HIGHLY suggest it! Just make DARN SURE that your Tech knows what the heck he/she is doing. AcQuiring a Drum Tech is the same as hiring an employee ; you need to interview them, get a read on their gear knowledge (if they don’t know what ...say…a remote cable HiHat stand is, you probably won’t want to hire him/her), assess their drumming knowledge in general (if they don’t know who say…MaX Roach is, you probably won’t want to hire him/her. It’s a job, like any other, so treat the hiring process like one, as well.
I’ll tell you this, though…from MY personal eXperience, there’s nothing like being able to chill out after a show, knowing that your Tech knoes Exactly what they’re doing.
GREAT topic, fellow “Drummies”! Definitley worth much further discussion.