As a founder and managing partner of Hardwired, Jan Eckhard brings 25+ years of production experience, with expertise in technical support of live music venues and theaters. Jan cut his teeth in the business as the house video technician and "VJ" at Irving Plaza (NY) and got to entertain audiences for amazing concerts with the likes of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Patti Smith, Motorhead, INXS, Cheap Trick, B.B. King, Prince, Iggy Pop, Elliot Smith, and many others.
His expertise in audio, video digital tech and staging equipment for film and TV developed while at Sony Music Studios. At Sony, he had the opportunity to stage-manage live music television productions for shows such as 'Sessions at West 54th', A&E's 'Live By Request', and MTV's 'Unplugged'.
Jan then joined Digital Club Network where he and a small team developed a system to produce live webcasts of concerts from more than 50 music venues across the U.S. and overseas. He also spearheaded an initiative to enhance the quality of archival music recordings and produced multiple audio and video recordings of live performances including John Legend, Ben Folds and They Might Be Giants and many of the recordings were released for sale.
Jan spent 13 years as a partner in Arcadia providing technical services most notably for AEG Live / Bowery presents at venues:
PlayStation Theater (NY) - supporting all productions since 2005 in management of all video systems in the venue
Starland Ballroom (NJ) - integral in design and rebuild of video and low voltage wiring post-hurricane Sandy damage
Brooklyn Steel (NY) - design and installation of video and low voltage systems during initial construction
The Agora Theater (OH) - design and installation of security camera systems and low voltage wiring as part of a renovation
Verizon Theater (TX) - Updated in-house digital signage systems to high definition
At PlayStation Theater, Jan provided production support for countless high profile productions including performances of several A-list artists as well as notable live TV broadcasts like ESPN's Heisman Trophy presentation.
Hardwired was formed in 2012 as Eckhard Productions but re-branded as Hardwired in 2017.
Hardwired and our network of partners offer a wide variety of digital tech solutions and services for our clients including consultation, design, installation, maintenance and operation of A/V, low voltage & digital signage systems, as well technical staffing for live events and productions. We specialize in CCTV, digital signage, data wiring, audio wiring, video wiring and more.