As a member of the Celtic folk band Rapalje, I spend a lot of time on the road, traveling from venue to venue and playing music for audiences all over the world. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience to be able to share our passion for music with so many people. But while most of my time is spent on stage, there’s another aspect of my life as a musician that I find just as rewarding: building and tinkering with equipment.
Passion for Building Loudspeakers
One of my passions is building loudspeakers, which I believe truly sound like magic. I’ve always been fascinated by the way that sound can be amplified and projected, and I’ve always been on the lookout for ways to improve the sound quality of our performances. So, I decided to start building my own speakers. I’ve spent countless hours soldering and tinkering, trying to perfect the design and get the product ready for our fans. These speakers are small enough to be easily transported on the road, but they have a big, powerful sound that can fill even the largest venues.
Challenges of Building on the Road
One of the challenges of building speakers on the road is that I often find myself working in hotel rooms, which are not always the most ideal locations for soldering and other technical tasks. But I’ve learned to make it work, by being creative and resourceful with the tools and materials that I have available. I’ve had to come up with clever solutions to problems like how to ventilate the room when I’m soldering, or how to set up a work area in a small space. But, despite these challenges, I find that building and tinkering with equipment is an incredibly rewarding experience.
Rewards of Building and Tinkering
Not only do I get to create something that I’m truly passionate about, but I also get to share that passion with our fans, by providing them with speakers that truly bring the magic of music to life. Our fans have told me that they can hear a noticeable improvement in the sound quality of our performances since we started using my speakers. That’s the most satisfying thing for me, knowing that I am doing something that can make such a big difference to the experience of the people who come to see us play.
Advice for Musicians
So, if you’re a musician who loves to build and tinker, don’t let the challenges of life on the road hold you back. With a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can make it work, just like I do. Building and tinkering with equipment is an incredibly rewarding experience that can make a big difference to your performance and the experience of your fans. So, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty and start building something amazing. It may take a bit more effort, but the satisfaction and results you’ll get from it will be worth it.
Building speakers is just one example of how as a musician you can combine your passion for music and your passion for building and tinkering. It’s not always easy, but with a bit of creativity and resourcefulness, you can make it work. And not only will you have the satisfaction of creating something you’re truly passionate about, but you’ll also be able to enhance the experience of your fans. So, don’t be afraid to explore other ways to combine your passions and make a difference in your performances.