built up his
concert production business one piece of gear at a time over the past 12 years.His
career spiraled upward from sound man for local rock bands to running the city's largest concert production service.Kleinecke formed Production Services Group in 1999 with two partners to handle sound, lighting and staging - a full array of concert services.He
bought out the two partners earlier this year.A former drummer, Kleinecke decided being a sound man would provide less stress and more work than being a musician.
"I'm a lot better sound man than a drummer, anyway," he
The money's better.A sound man sets up all the sound system gear for a band and runs the mixing board - adjusting the levels of each instrument for the best blend and highlighting featured instruments at the right moments.
"My mother always said, 'Have a back-up plan.' Sound engineering was my backup plan," he
said. Originally form Galveston, Texas, he studied audio engineering at Full Sail School of Recording in Orlando in 1985 and grabbed a gig as a sound man with a touring band.
On a Jacksonville stop, he
took an offer from a 10-piece show band, the Untouchables, which disbanded in 1989.Kleinecke
remained in Jacksonville with a reputation for the best set of ears in town.
"In this business, your reputation is your calling card," he
...Competitor PRI has hired Kleinecke.