Biography – Mike Smith

In 2013 Mike finally jumped ship from the world of architectural & technical specifications management to further develop Red13 and what had become a full-time career in professional sound, lighting and stage management. For seven years prior to making the move Mike had been providing live music services and felt it was now time to make his passion his profession. In 2015, in addition to providing audio equipment and sound engineering services to well known music venues and professional / touring artists in the north of England, Mike also joined forces with long-time close friends to form Sound Alliance. In 2016 they became approved installers and resellers for JHS Leeds’ range of professional audio products including HK Audio, Lab Gruppen, LA Audio. In 2018 they also became stockists of KV2 Audio products adding two KV2 systems to rental stock.

Mike is currently working with the Chicago Blues Brothers show with responsibility for logistics, lighting design & operation, projection and also the stage management of their shows in theatres throughout Europe. He frequently operates state of the art lighting consoles, including MA, Strand, Avolites and ETC.

In 2016 Mike had the pleasure of working on several large auditorium and arena concerts, including; Grieghallen in Bergen, Norway and Atlas Arena in Łódź, Poland. In 2018 he was invited to rejoin the Chicago Blues Brothers show touring UK theatres and arena’s including; Edinburgh Playhouse, SSE Arena Belfast and The Helix Dublin. Photo’s can be found here and on his Lighting Gallery page.

Mike hires his sound engineering services out along with his HK “Contour” Line Array sound system, KV2 ES systems, Roland M5000C digital mixing consoles, and Lab Gruppen Amplification. Being fully modular the speaker systems can either be “flown” or “ground stacked” and are easily configured to suit virtually any event. 

Mike has a lifelong affinity with music – it’s his passion. In addition to being a musician himself Mike has done just about every other job from sweeping up and making tea to building racking and soldering hundreds of cables. Let’s also not forget driving thousands of miles every year, running his own business and a business partnership…and being the occasional hero! 

Current tour;

Chicago Blues Brothers  – 2018/19 “Back in Black”  Theatre Tour (Lighting, Stage Manager, Projection, Logistics)

….Previously;

Rock & Bike Fest – July 2017  incl. Girl school, Quireboys, Saxon. (Sound, Lighting)

Chicago Blues Brothers  (86 Theatre shows, Oct 2015 – April 2017)(Lighting, Stage Manager,Logistics)(Sound)

….also;

Octagon – Keighley:(Sound)

  • Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) 

P&O Ferries – Hull: (Sound) 

  • Blues Cruise ( 2015 & 2016 )

Birdwell Venue – Barnsley: (Sound, Lighting) including:-

  • Toyah
  • T Rex (Micky Finn’s)
  • Wishbone Ash (both Martin Turner’s & Andy Powell’s)
  • Skinny Molly (Mike Estes ex Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  • Wilco Johnson (with Norman Roy Watt ex Ian Dury & Blockheads)
  • Oliver Dawson’s Saxon (founding members Graham Oliver / Steve Dawson)
  • Chantel McGregor
  • Sweet
  • The Hamsters
  • Focus
  • Jokers
  • Larry Miller Band
  • Dr Feelgood
  • Jimmy James & The Vagabonds
  • Deb Bonham Band
  • Nazareth

Bronte Blues Club – Laycock, Nr. Haworth (Sound) including:-

  • Andy Fairweather Low
  • Kyla Brox
  • Jo Harman
  • Earl Green
  • Norman Beaker Band
  • Larry Garner 
  • Ian Siegal
  • Lisa Mills
  • 24 Peso’s
  • Matt Andersen
  • Grainne Duffy Band
  • Hamilton Loomis Band
  • Moreland and Arbuckle
  • Marcus Bonfanti and Paddy Milner Band
  • Earl Thomas
  • Sherman Robertson
  • Larry McCray band
  • Matt Schofield

  …. resident engineer for over seven years and for over 100 concerts in total

Picturedrome – Holmfirth (Sound)  including:-

  • Belinda Carlisle
  • Nils Lofgren
  • Joanne Shaw Taylor
  • King King (Alan Nimmo)
  • Southside Johnny & the Astbury Jukes

ARFM Radio “Just Say Yes”  events – Derby (2015 & 2016) (Sound)  including:-

  • Hand of Dimes
  • Issa
  • Blood Red Saints   

 Numerous Festivals including:-

  • Tour De France 3 day event – Addingham
  • Park Resorts – Clacton on Sea. (2011/12/13 & 14)
  • Ilkley Festival
  • Sky bike event / Bradford MBC
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Leeds City Council / Eccup Beer Festival (2014/15/16 & 17)
  • Bootleg Festival – Corby