Popular Minority Productions
Stewart Pothier's BIO
One day, back in 1976, I went to a friend’s house and he put on one of his brothers records for me to hear... It had a bunch of weirdos on the front cover, and the back cover showed thousands of people waiting to see something spectacular. The needle drops and I hear YOU WANTED THE BEST, YOU GOT THE BEST... Kiss's first live album was the proverbial hook in the mouth that happened to me that day, and ever since, live music has always been my passion.
At first, I wanted to be that guy on the stage, playing an instrument just like the other guys on stage. So, I started to learn how to play any instrument that I could get my hands on. Drums were the thing that I did best and so, from then on out, I was Stew the Drummer.
By the time I was 16, I started to play bars around southern Ontario. This is where I got introduced to THE SOUND GUY!! So I thought, if I make friends with this guy, he will make me sound great! From that point forward I was always the band member who was befriending the sound guys, and therefore, I was always in charge of arranging production for all of our shows.
Sometime around 1984, some friends of mine had this band that was playing a lot of bars in southern Ontario. They already had a drummer, but they needed a sound guy. They gave me a call, and I accepted the opportunity. And that’s when I became Stew the “Sound Guy” instead. For the next year, I was a full time sound man for this band, touring around with a tri-amped 12 channel system with a couple of monitors and a tape delay. This is where I really learned how everything ties together to make a great show.
From 1986 to 1995, I was back in the drummer seat with another band, and once again, I was the liaison between the production company and the band. This introduced me to many great sound techs in the field. Many of whom, I still call friends today. It was during this time that I helped Ampro Studio's build an 8-track reel to reel studio in Cambridge
Sometime in the early 2000's I was contacted by a local bar (Fiddlers Green) to be the house soundman. It was here that I had the opportunity to run sound for a different band every weekend. This was a unique situation, where I really had to hone my skills. I was doing the job for bands I didn’t know, and messing up was not an option.
After that, I moved on to being the house sound guy for Jackhammers in Brantford for a few years. It was during this time, that I acquired my own sound system.
I got my sound system installed into the 515 Concert Club and along with that, came the opportunity to be the house tech of that club as well.
Currently, I get called in to many clubs, by many production companies, to work on shows either as a Front of House Soundman, a Monitor Soundman, a Lighting Guy, or occasionally as a Stage Hand.
Through the years, I've worked alongside of many bands like Nazareth, Blue Oyster Cult, Men without Hats, Toronto, Coney Hatch, Helix, and April Wine. I’ve also worked with newer bands like Down with Webster, USS, and Glorious Sons. Plus, I’ve worked with some great tribute acts like Crazy Diamonds (Pink Floyd cover), Tres Hombes (ZZ Top cover), Doug Varty (Rod Stewart/Bryan Adams cover), and hundreds of other local and start-up bands.
As time goes on, bands and venues will come and go, but the person in charge of what happens between the singer and the speaker is always in demand.