Professional Sound - August 2017 - Page 18

PROFILE DAVID ANGUS By Megan Beam A s a child, David Angus and his family crossed the North At- lantic on the historic Empress of Canada passenger ship from Hartlepool in County Durham, U.K., essentially trading the often dark and dreary weather of Northeast England for the chilling Canadian winters. “They were looking for European-skilled tradesmen here, so we made the big move,” says Angus, referencing what informed his father’s decision to relocate his family. “It was a pretty big move when I realize how much impact that would have had on him at his age.” Since making that fateful trip at age 10, Angus has been based in Cambridge, ON, and it was shortly after landing in his new city that Angus started strumming a six-string and developing his taste for music. Over the years, he graduated to playing in several live bands in the area, but none got that far off the ground. As he struggled to find gigs with his band, he says it was a very natural progression that led him to start making money with the equipment they’d al- ready invested in. That’s when Angus decided to shift gears and see what it was like on the technical side of the music world. “I basically built my first sound system myself, as most of the guys did at that time. It was a very homegrown-type thing around then – we’re talking late ‘70s now – so kind of around the birth of high-power audio,” Angus explains. Once the nuts and bolts were in proper order, Angus Audio became a reality. “I started the business as a one-man operation – driving, setting up, mixing, bringing it home, working with local bar bands and things.” The business has grown steadily since, leading to Angus Audio becoming one of the most reputable production providers in Ontario’s Tri-Cities area. Frequently collaborating with Maxwell’s Concerts and Events in nearby Waterloo, ON, Angus says he and his team have serviced many A-list Canadian artists who’ve found their way to the venue in recent years. The company is also heavily involved with Drayton Entertainment, one of Canada’s top theatre companies, which has its premier theatre in Cambridge. Despite the company’s ongoing success, Angus admits there was never a formal game plan – or end plan – in place. Now coming up on its 32 nd year of operations, Angus says it’s been a slow ride for the company, but considering they’re still afloat and prospering, that’s a good thing. “We see a lot of companies come and go,” he says about a reality of this industry. “They often grow really fast, and we’re wondering how they’ve done it, but then soon they grow unstable and disappear.” Of course, Angus knows the challenges of the business first-hand, having to keep pace with – or ahead of – the competition, choos- ing which products and services will provide the highest return on investment, and keeping the business in the black. Embracing the good times and having to endure the bad, Angus says constantly working w