Jam Cruise 9 will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale on January 4th filled to the brim with amazing artists and the band fans who love them. Today, we present another Jam Cruise Files column which profiles a band or musician scheduled to rock the MSC Poesia between January 4 & 9. This installment of JC Files features DJ – and HT contributor – Wade “Wyllys” Wilby who worked in production and as an LD on three previous cruises before he was welcomed back as an artist this time around for Jam Cruise 9.
[Photo by Michael Kommesar]
Name / Jam Cruise 9 Gig: Wade “Wyllys” Wilby / DJ
Bands: New York Hustler Ensemble, AMBIENt
Past Jam Cruise Experience: Light Designer (JC4, JC5, JC6)
2010: Toured the Midwest, opened for members of Umphrey’s & The Egg and is set to embark on a tour of the Southeast with Perpetual Groove
Hidden Track: On a past Jam Cruise you worked on the production end of things, is it as hard to load equipment onto a boat as it seems?
Wyllys: It sure is. The Florida wind is your main enemy because everything comes over the side of the boat via crane. I believe “huge ass crane” is the technical term. The backline (rented musical equipment), sound and lighting come over in boxes that the crane sends over the side of the boat and us monkeys below have to stabilize the crate, bring it to landing, unload and repeat ad nauseum. Those aren’t that bad.
The most terrifying thing to come over the side of the boat is the main stage for the pool deck, which is the trailer portion of a tractor trailer. One of those blowing around in the florida wind can cause you to really re-think your career choice. We then move all the gear to their respective places inside the boat, literally building some “venues” where no venue existed before in some cases. Very challenging to say the least.
READ ON for more of our chat with Wyllys…