- Sound Technician and Head Of Road Crew
Behind every great band there is someone who understands the technology and how to get the very best from such expensive equipment. Alec is a very modest fellow, yet when you look at his record of technical experience and his achievements, it will come as no surprise to you how much the band values his exceptional capabilities.
It all started for Alec way back in 1966 when he started working with the group Unicorn where the bass player was none other than Pat Martin, bass player in today's Tamla Tigers.
From '66 to '73 Alec worked successively with Unicorn and related bands including Senders, Pink Bears, Late Edition and The Late.
Alec learned the subtleties of operating the WEM Audiomaster and was clearly set on a career focused on sound engineering.
For a little while, between 1973 and 1976, Alec succumbed to the regular hours of having what he likes to call a 'proper job' and then it was time to get back to providing essential band support services.
From 1976 through till 1977, Alec was Stage Manager for Graham Parker & The Rumor. Later in '77, Alec provided the technical brains as Outfront Sound Engineer for Elvis Costello & The Attractions, a role he held for three years when, in 1980, Alec took over sound engineering for Rockpile (Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe).
This heralded a ten year 'indoor' spell from 1980 to 1990 when Alec worked as a studio engineer with 'outdoor' sound engineering for the likes of Level 42. Alec's established reputation as a sound engineer led to many tours and some very special gigs. This included a tour with Jack Jones and a large orchestra with major venues including no less than the Albert Hall as well as gigs with Barry Manilow and his large orchestra whose itinerary included many other major venues including Wembley Arena.
Very few want to continue indefinitely the nomadic existence of touring and, over the last fifteen years, the highly talented Alec has accepted a regular responsibility installing the very latest - and incredibly complex - studio sound and recording equipment.
So that is why, even if Alec himself does not want to brag about his exceptional ability, The Tamla Tigers themselves are so very pleased to sing Alec's praises because they know that Alec will always be sure to deliver to you the very best quality sound you might wish for.
Here's the mixing and balancing desk you will see Alec operating at the Tamla Tiger's gigs. You will be amazed how frequently he makes minor adjustments to satisfy what must be one of the most critical pairs of ears in the business.