Eric Allen Robinson, one of the owners of JANDS died on November 11, 2015. He was 67.
Together with his partners, Eric Robinson grew JANDS from a small lighting rental business, in the early 1970s, to become a diverse group of companies that now provide rental, installation, manufacturing and sales of professional audio and lighting equipment.
Eric was the longtime CEO of Jands Production Services and more recently JPJ Audio but over the last 45 years he also acted as Production Manager for some of the most innovative and memorable entertainment events held in Australia.
At the Helpmann Awards his exceptional service to the Australian live performance industry was recognized when he received the 2015 Sue Nattrass Award.
Eric will be greatly missed by everyone at JANDS, and JPJ Audio and by his many friends around the world.
Our heartfelt condolences to Eric’s family and to all who knew him, worked with him and valued the many and varied contributions he made to the entertainment industry.
A private commemoration will be held in Port Douglas. In lieu of flowers, Eric’s family have asked that a donation be sent to support cancer research.
FOH Speaker System
44 x i5 Cabinets
40 x i5b Cabinets
32 x JBL 18″ Subs
8 x P2 Infill Cabinets
FOH Drive System
12 x Lake Clair iO’s
1 x Motion 1200 Wireless Tablet
1 x BSS 366 Omni Drive
22 x Clair Bros 12AM Wedges
4 x Dolby Lake DLP’s
16 x Crown MA3600vz
In the late 1960 and early 1970s radio station 2SM and confectionary maker Hoadleys staged an annual Battle of the Sounds to discover Australia’s best band. In 1970 the bands competing include Flying Circus, Freshwater, the Cleves, Pyramid, NZ Fantasy Band, Autumn, the La De Das, Pirana, Elm Tree, and Clik.
Jands provided a column PA system and lighting for the heats and finals of the Sydney events.
In an essay on the ABC website Ed Nimmervoll wrote:
“As long ago as Johnny O’Keefe, Australian rock and roll had hoped for international recognition. Now it became an obsession, catered to by a national competition called the Hoadley’s Battle of the Sounds. The prize was a boat trip to London.
It’s impossible to imagine anything like the Battle happening now or ever again. Each year the nation’s biggest bands – and quite a few just looking to be noticed – pitted themselves against each other in a national contest sponsored by Hoadley’s and organised by host radio stations in each capital city. Every band was given three minutes on stage. The judges awarded points. The final saw all the state winners run the same gauntlet. Another three minutes to show their wares. Another set of judges.
The Twilights won the 1966 Battle, even though one of their two singers couldn’t perform with them. The rules only allowed five members.”