Eric ‘EZ’ Wade: Ease into a new partnership with Entec

Eric ‘EZ’ Wade: Ease into a new partnership with Entec

UK – Eric ‘EZ’ Wade (pictured), who runs production management company, EZ Services, has been touring UK theaters and clubs with the hottest rapper right now, Little Simz, with the supplier’s active backing sound system, Entec Live.

It’s a new relationship that has quickly gained momentum, after the west London technical services firm came highly recommended. Wade was introduced to Entec sound manager Dan Scantlebury by James “Kedge” Kerridge, controls engineer for Little Simz and controls technician on another Entec band, Gorillaz. It was at the beginning of the year when rehearsals were about to begin. Fittingly, Kedge had also apprenticed at Entec and was therefore able to provide the recommendation based on his own experience.

“I had worked with various production companies and always struggled to find the right relationship. It was usually Entec’s approach that impressed us, the way they spoke to us, how they treated the quotes and their general workflow are all of the same caliber. I can call late at night with a requirement and it’s there first thing in the morning. On top of that, their equipment is always well prepared and maintained.

“At EZ Services we like to stay loyal and so we transferred our other customers to Entec and it really worked out for the best.” By that he means Bristol Elder Island band Bow Anderson who backed Ella Eyre on the recent tour, Girl In Red, Youngr, MiC Lowry and Ghetts.

Most of the Little Simz dates took place at O2 theaters and academies (culminating in a three-night grand finale in Brixton). Along the way, when they weren’t playing home systems, they rigged Entec’s d&b KSL PA (which they rigged in Brixton) with d&b V- and C-Series on stage. This made the most of Little Simz’ fast-paced show, characterized by its boundless energy, backed by four backing musicians and its longtime DJ/hype man.

Additionally, DiGiCo SD12 consoles were stationed both in front, for engineer Claudio Cueni, and in the “monitor world” for Kedge, while RF was based on the Shure Axient wireless system and personal monitors PSM 1000.

According to Eric Wade, it was Kedge who set the standard for Entec. “He manages the technical infrastructure and that makes Claudio’s job a lot easier.”

There is further involvement of Entec staff within the team, as Colin Woodward is their audio tech and patch tech, while Tom Olorenshaw does the prep and makes sure the workflow is smooth. Reflecting on their roles, Eric Wade said: “Colin was another who supported our decision to go to Entec as it’s really impressive how Tom gives his all to the team; his working method is perfect.

He also paid tribute to Dan Scantlebury, whose remote role has been vital, as with a limited production budget they lack dedicated system technology. “Dan’s hands-on site knowledge is second to none,” he says.

All of this helped to ensure a smooth experience regarding system configuration. They also have the technology to perform multiple tracks on each show and perform virtual sound checks, Wade notes.

And about working with Little Simz, he says, “I’ve been a production manager with a lot of artists each with their own challenges but she’s definitely an artist I’ve had the pleasure of growing up with and I’m proud of. to be with her. . She’s a lovely artist to work with, she doesn’t come across as someone you can’t approach, but she likes to know who her team is. It sets a high standard that we strive to uphold.

As for Entec, Eric Wade says his appreciation has grown exponentially as the relationship has developed, especially with the support they have offered during the sudden post-lockdown load period. “They really took care of me,” he says.

He compares the experience to a visit to the barber: “You determine your preferences, and when they have taken them into account, you can just sit in the chair and relax. I’ll give them a basic summary, and their answer is almost intuitive; for example, they will know if I want to steal something if it is within the safe weight limit.

“And that kind of feedback is much appreciated when you get a million phone calls a day!”

Eric 'EZ' Wade: Ease into a new partnership with EntecEric 'EZ' Wade: Ease into a new partnership with Entec

January 26, 2022

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