Entec Live on the road with rapper Little Simz
Tuesday, 25 January 2022
rapperThe tour culminated in a grand three-night finale at Brixton
UK - Eric ‘EZ’ Wade, who runs production management company, EZ Services, has been touring UK theatres and clubs with the rapper, Little Simz - with active support from sound system supplier, Entec Live.
This is a new relationship which has quickly kicked into overdrive, after the West London technical services company had been strongly recommended. Wade was introduced to Entec head of sound Dan Scantlebury by James ‘Kedge’ Kerridge, monitor engineer for Little Simz and monitor tech on another Entec act, Gorillaz. This was at the beginning of the year as rehearsals were about to begin. Fittingly, Kedge had also served his apprenticeship at Entec, and so was able to provide the recommendation based on his own experience.
“I had worked with various production companies and was always struggling to find the right relationship. It was generally Entec’s approach that impressed us - how they spoke to us, how they dealt with quotations and their general workflow are all of the same high calibre. I can call late at night with a requirement and it’s there first thing in the morning. On top of that, their gear is always well prepped and maintained.
“At EZ Services we like to stay loyal and so we have transitioned our other clients to Entec and that’s really worked out for the best.” By that he means Bristol band Elder Island, Bow Anderson who supported Ella Eyre on the recent tour, Girl In Red, Youngr, MiC Lowry and Ghetts.
Most of Little Simz’ dates have been through theatres and O2 Academys (culminating in a grand three-night finale at Brixton). Along the way, when they have not played through house systems they have rigged Entec’s d&b KSL PA (which they rigged at Brixton) with d&b V- and C-Series onstage.
In addition, DiGiCo SD12 consoles were stationed at both FOH, for engineer Claudio Cueni, and in monitor world for Kedge, while RF was based around Shure Axient wireless system and PSM 1000 personal monitors.
According to Eric Wade, it had been Kedge who had set the standard for Entec. “He handles the technical infrastructure and that makes Claudio’s task so much easier.”
There is further Entec personnel involvement within the crew, as Colin Woodward is their audio tech and patch technician, while Tom Olorenshaw does the prep and makes sure the workflow is smooth. Reflecting on their roles, Eric Wade says, “Colin was another who backed our decision to go to Entec while it’s really impressive how Tom gets everything to the team; his working method is perfect.”
He also paid credit to Dan Scantlebury, whose remote role has been vital, since with a limited production budget they are not carrying a dedicated system tech. “Dan’s working knowledge of venues is second to none,” he says.

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