Turning the Page to a New Chapter (I’ve never quit a job before)
by Kurt Aschliman
Today marks my final show as the road manager and front of house audio engineer for Sanctus Real. Since that first show in June of 2008 in Grayson, KY, where I really didn’t know what to expect or really what I was doing, their shows have allowed me to travel to each of the lower 48 states as well as Australia, Canada, Mexico, The Caribbean, Finland, and Austria. Having managed and mixed roughly 550 shows, the time has come for me to make the decision to close this chapter and open a new one in my work life.
The decision came after a lot of thought, prayer and consultation from friends and family. I have never felt the long term call to road life and am looking forward to being at home with my wife and in the future, (hopefully) kids. I’m also one who wants to always keep growing and learning new things. As with many jobs, even while there’s always still room to improve how I work with the band on the road, I believe I have come to a place where I cannot grow significantly more than where I am now. And so, as other opportunities have opened up, the change is now becoming reality.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to the band and crew of Sanctus Real. To Matt, Chris, Mark, Pete, Dan and Jake, it has been a pleasure working with and for you. I have thoroughly enjoyed mixing your shows and think you have some of the best songs in all of Christian music. I will truly miss being behind the front of house console at your shows. To Mark Anderson, Mike Marcario and Tyler Hays, I want to say that you guys are awesome and I will miss working along side you every day. You have made work on the road such a blessing. To our current manager Tiffany and our past managers Jenn Manning, Matt Balm and Dan Spencer, thanks for allowing me to grow in this position and always having my back from afar.
For those of you wondering what I’m going to do next, I’ll be working to build the company that Ben Stewart and I started a couple of years ago called LOUDERmedia. We mainly seek to design and build custom for bands, ministries and small business. Our shared background in road management and production life allows us to be involved in a few conferences such as The EDGE and IndyCC. I’m looking forward to putting my full time, effort and energy into this company.