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Ten Years Touring Together ft. Sam Harris of X Ambassadors and Gabe McNatt

Sam is the lead vocalist of X Ambassadors and Gabe is their long-time tour manager of 10+ years. Sam talks with us about how X Ambassadors is constantly striving to fine-tune their shows while Gabe simultaneously progresses his Tour...

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Understanding Addiction ft. Jonny Craig

Everyone please welcome this week’s guest to the bus – Jonny Craig! I have known Jonny for awhile, but had never gotten the chance to sit down and talk with him. Some of these stories are hard to listen...

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Cultivating a Lifelong Career in the Music Industry ft. Seth Kallen (X Ambassadors, Jukebox The Ghost, Will Linley)

Everyone, please welcome this week’s guest to the bus – Seth Kallen! Seth manages X Ambassadors, Jukebox The Ghost, Will Linley, and Corook to name a few. I found it impressive he has been managing Jukebox The Ghost for...

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Reunited with Neil Westfall! (A Day To Remember)

We got a familiar face back on the bus, it was Neil! Everyone welcome back Neil who’s been touring around like crazy and we were lucky enough to have him on. It felt like the first episodes when Neil...

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Trust Your Gut ft. Eric Gerloff (A$AP Ferg, Lil Uzi Vert, BoywithUke)

Everyone lets welcome onto the bus, Eric Gerloff! Eric wears a lot of hats on tour; he’s a tour manager, production manager, and sound engineer to name a few. Eric has toured with a wide variety of artists starting...

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Introducing Entourage Pro – A Verified Global Crew Network

Everyone please welcome the founders of Entourage Pro James and Joel. Entourage Pro is at its very core – a verified private global crew network. I was very excited when I learned about this site and I feel deeply...

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Stagehand 101 ft. Kenny Barnwell (Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Seal)

Everyone welcome one of the most enthusiastic people we’ve had on the bus, Kenny Barnwell! Over the past 20 years, Kenny has worked his way up from a local stagehand to touring with Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber, and Ariana...

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Connors First Tour (BoywithUke)

Connor made me write the caption this week…. Because we have Connor on the podcast! Everyone welcome our very own producer, editor, and resident good vibes advocate Connor Gaskey. Connor is on his first. tour. ever. And I couldn’t...

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Being The Best Hang ft. Chris Lent (The Villa, Polyphia)

Let’s welcome Chris Lent to the podcast this week! Chris is a drum tech, drummer, and stage manager. Chris has played with From First To Last, I Set My Friends On Fire – and is currently in The Villa...

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Started as a Runner ft. Angie Warner (Post Malone, Jay-Z, BTS)

This week on the podcast let’s welcome Angie Warner who is a tour manager. Angie has toured with artists such as Post Malone, Jay-Z, and is the western residency tour manager for BTS. It’s incredible how much Angie has...

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Weekend Warriors ft. Mike Finn (Thomas Rhett, Dillion Francis)

This week on the podcast let’s welcome Mike Finn who is a tour manager. Mike has toured with artists such as Mayday Parade, Dillon Francis, and Thomas Rhett. This episode has a ton of quotable moments and incredible insight...

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Tour Check-in with Hannah Filbey (Greta Van Fleet)

We are having another tour check-in, lets’s welcome on the bus, Hannah Filbey. Hannah is a production coordinator currently on the road with Greta Van Fleet and was kind enough, after a 20-hour travel day, to chat with us....

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Balancing Photo and Video on Tour ft Jake Chams (Lorde, Panic at the Disco, Marshmello)

This week on the podcast let’s welcome Jake Chams who is a tour photographer and videographer. Jake has toured with artists such as Panic At The Disco, Lorde, and Marshmello. This episode has a ton of great lessons on...

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Touring for a Living ft. Andrew Weiss (Paramore, Twenty One Pilots, Creed)

This week on the podcast lets welcome Andrew Weiss who is the tour manager and production manager. Andrew has toured with artists such as Paramore, Twenty One Pilots, and Creed. Andrew has been in the touring game for a...

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Tour Check-in with Suge (Miley Cyrus)

We are trying something new this week called Tour Check-Ins. Let’s welcome this week’s guest to the bus, Suge. Yes, it’s just Suge. Suge is a guitar tech who has a great sense of humor you won’t miss –...

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Teamwork, Mentors, and Mentees ft.  Josh Terry (Mayday Parade, Sad Summer Festival)

This week on the podcast please welcome Josh Terry who is the manager of Mayday Parade and one of the founders of Sad Summer Festival. This episode felt like a masterclass in mentorships thanks to Josh having a sea...

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Vinny Mauro of Motionless In White Interview – Headlining The Show

Everyone welcome to the bus Vinny Mauro – the drummer for Motionless In White. Lovely to hear his progression as a drummer throughout the past ten years. I originally met Vinny on the road 8 years ago – catch...

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Matt Halpern of Periphery Interview – Life on and off the Road

Matt Halpern is the Drummer of Periphery and one of the creators behind Get Good Drums. I love how balanced and intentional he is with his life and it was a pleasure to learn from him for an hour....

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Morgan Freed and T.J. Petracca of Emo Nite Interview

Everyone welcome the wonderful team behind your favorite party – Emo Nite. If you haven’t been to Emo Nite yet, I highly recommend it. Morgan & T.J. put their passion and lives into this project and it shows. Was...

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Jason Richardson of All That Remains Interview – Navigating the Industry as a Musician

This week we have the amazing Jason Richardson on the podcast. Jason joined his first touring band while he was still in high school. He started off with All Shall Perish, then joined Born Of Osiris, next Chelsea Grin...

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Working with Artists ft. Paris Visone (Limp Bizkit, New Found Glory)

This week we welcome Paris Visone, an amazing Music Photographer and solid friend. Paris has created her career out of working with artists – not for them. Which I think is an important distinction to make. When you tour...

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Becoming a Manager in the Music Industry ft. Ryan Bingham (Fly South Music Group)

This week we have Bing, Manager at Fly South Music Group. I wanted to know more about what the journey to being a manager was like. I usually just end up working with managers. I don’t always know how...

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How Festivals Are Created ft. Amanda Phelan (Danny Wimmer Presents)

This week we have the wonderful Amanda Phelan on the bus! Amanda comes to us from Danny Wimmer Presents – where she is the Director of Talent. Lately I have been noticing a lot of misinformation out there on...

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Lucas Keller of Milk & Honey Interview – Creating a Company Through Connection

This week we welcome Lucas Keller – the CEO & Founreder of Milk & Honey. Milk & Honey is a 21st-century hybrid entertainment company that represents some of the biggest songwriters & producers in the music industry today. David...

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Touring in 1972 ft. Eric Gardner (Panacea-Ent)

This week we have the legend Eric Gardner on the podcast. Eric has been working in the industry for over 50 years now. He is the CEO & Founder at Panacea Entertainment and currently manages Paul Shaffer & Todd...

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Chris Gaylord of Wage War Interview – From Van to Tour Bus

This week we have Chris Gaylord, the bassist for Wage War on the podcast. I haven’t seen Chris in almost three years now but damn was it good to catch up with him. Chris’ band has been touring their...

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Kelen Capener of The Story So Far Interview – Hmusic, Hockey, & Herpetology

This week we have Kelen Capener of The Story So Far on the podcast. Kelen is a kind human I respect and admire. He makes jokes that are so believable they often go over my head and you will...

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What It’s like Touring During COVID ft. Daniel Nickleski (Kygo, Sound Works)

This week we have my good friend Daniel Nickleski on the podcast. Daniel owns and operates Sound Works out of Illinois and currently tours with Kygo. Daniel and I set off with the intention to talk about how COVID...

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How Do Street Teams Operate? ft. Lindsey McLemore

This week we have the wonderful Lindsey McLemore on the podcast to talk about street teams. Street teams were much more popular back in the early 2000’s – however, they do still exist today in a more refined form....

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Taking Steps in a Positive Direction ft. Johnny Minardi (Elektra Music Group)

Starting 2022 off with a banger! So happy to have the legend that is Johnny Minardi on the podcast. Johnny is the VP of A&R at Elektra records and one of the most inspiring people I have had the...

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Tour Tales ft. Loni Robinson, Tanner Wayne, Michelle G Hunder, Casey Ervin

This week we are trying something new – and if you like it, let us know and we will do more of it! I invited a few of my friends to the show to tell some of their favorite...

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Record Labels 101: What Do Record Labels Do? ft. Katie Robinson (Elektra Music Group)

This week we welcome Katie Robinson the VP of Marketing at Electra Music Group to the podcast! Katie started her journey in the industry over 15 years ago. She has slowly climbed her way to the top and is...

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What Does a Merchandise Director Do? ft. Melissa Hemingway (Flysouth Music Group)

This week we are joined by Melissa Hemingway of Fly South Music Group. Melissa is the Merch Director at Fly South. She started out in Illinois going to college and then moved to Florida to work for Fueled By...

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What Does an Entertainment Lawyer Do? ft. Eric German

This week we have Entertainment Lawyer Eric German on the show. Eric is a good example of how we are all really just fans. He loved music as a kid and found a way to make a career in...

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What Does a Booking Agent Do? ft Dave Shapiro (Sound Talent Group)

This week we have the legendary Dave Shapiro on the podcast! Dave is most well known for his relentless work ethic as a booking agent that has led to the success of countless bands. When it comes to being...

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What Does a Music Manger Do? ft. Mike Mowery (Ice Nine Kills)

This week we welcome long-time friend and amazing music manager Mike Mowery to the podcast. Mike Mowery has managed a variety of different artists over his career, however these days he spends the majority of his time working with...

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What Can We Learn From Astroworld?

This week we are doing something a little bit different. We are discussing a current event. Please welcome back Sully Sullivan from Episode 28. Sully was nice enough to sit down and explain to me what happened at Travis...

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What Does a Tour Promoter Do? ft. Brittanie Delava

This week we have the amazing Brittanie to talk about being a Tour Promoter. We have talked about so many jobs that exist on tour – but there is a whole other group of jobs that make it possible...

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What Does a Tour Bus Driver Do? ft. Moose

This week we have arguably one of the most important touring jobs on the show – the Bus Driver. Everyone meet Moose – your new favorite bus driver. Moose has spent the last 20 years of his life touring,...

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Danny Kurily Interview – Finding Your Path to Touring with a Band

Everyone welcome the awesome Danny Kurily to the podcast! Like most guests, Danny is a good friend – but even more importantly, a true badass. I have always admired how Danny has navigated the music industry and his life...

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What Does a Stylist Do? ft. Brooke Llewellyn (Demi Lovato, Sia)

This week we have Brooke on the podcast! I got to hang out with Brooke a few weeks ago at a wedding and the whole time I was just thinking – I need to know more about what she...

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Fostering Friendships in the Music Industry – Interview with Thomas Falcone (Usher, Big Sean, Dillon Francis)

This week we have Thomas Falcone on the bus! Thomas and I have been friends for a while. He has toured around the world – and I have been lucky enough to have toured with him myself. AV Club...

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Interview with Podcast Host Adam Elmakias

This week we did something a little different. We will be back to our normal schedule next week. My friend Crague hit me up and said “no one knows your story” – and as much as I feel like...

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Becoming a Personal Photographer ft. Conor McDonnell (Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding)

This week we welcome Conor McDonnell to the bus! I have known Conor for the past ten years and seeing the accomplishments he has pulled off both professionally and personally are nothing short of impressive. In this episode, we...

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Jobs That Exist at a Venue ft. Joey Phillips (The Forum)

This week we are taking a trip down memory lane. Kind of – we are learning like the first 10 episodes. We were lucky enough to connect with Joey Phillips. Joey is the Event Manager at The Forum in...

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How A Venue Operates ft. Joey Phillips (The Forum)

This week we are taking a trip down memory lane. Kind of – we are learning like the first 10 episodes. We were luckily enough to connect with Joey Phillips. Joey is the Event Manager at The Forum in...

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Lessons From the Road ft. Ruel and Michelle Grace Hunder

This week we revisit my favorite setup – artist and crew! We have with us all the way from Australia – Ruel and his photographer Michelle Grace Hunder. These two have a relationship that I think everyone hopes to...

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Q & A Episode #4 ft. Drew Magid (Imagine Dragons, Grouplove, Florida Georgia Line)

Everyone welcome our first Q & A with a guest host! Drew Magid – another long-time friend. We toured back in 20…11/13 together. Since touring together Drew has stepped it up a notch. He started interning, then did Merch,...

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Danny Worsnop – Everything and Nothing

This week we welcome Danny Worsnop to the podcast! Danny is a singer/songwriter for Asking Alexandria. This was an off the cuff episode with Danny’s crazy energy. We’ve toured together in the past and I’ve witness first hand some...

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What Does a Music Publicist Do? ft. Katy Cooper (Sum 41, Papa Roach, Lauren Sanderson)

This week we welcome Katy Cooper to the podcast! Katy is an accomplished publicist for Big Picture Media. She has a massive list of artists she works with such as Sum 41, Papa Roach, and Lauren Sanderson. She’s incredible...

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What Does A Songwriter/Producer Do? ft. Andrew Goldstein (Blackbear, Linkin Park, Maroon 5)

This week we have Andrew Goldstein – an incredibly talented songwriter/producer who has a rolodex of artists he’s worked with but not limited to Blackbear, Linkin Park, and Demi Lovato. Andrew started his career as a touring musician before...

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What Does A Dancer Do On Tour? ft. Sara Biv (Major Lazer, Miley Cyrus, Cardi B)

This week we have the talented Sara Biv on the podcast. Sara is a touring dancer who has worked with artists such as Miley Cyrus, Cardi B, and Major Lazer. In addition to touring as a dancer, Sarah is...

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Interview with Vic Fuentes – Being Inspired as an Artist

This week we have Vic Fuentes – a long-time friend and a well-known singer-songwriter and musician. He spends most of his time creating and playing music for his band Pierce the Veil. As of 2019, he is the CEO...

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Interview with Lindsey Stirling – Maintaining a Healthy Tour Lifestyle

This week we welcome Lindsey Stirling to the podcast! Lindsey Stirling is a professional violinist, dancer, performance artist, and composer. In addition to everything she does professionally – she is an amazing all-around person full of compassion and charisma....

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Partners in Art ft. Yungblud and Tom Pallant

This week we have my favorite combo – an artist and one of their crew members. However, it’s not just any artist – it’s Yungblud! And it’s not just any crew member – it’s photographer Tom Pallant. They are...

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Q & A #3 Neils Send-off

This week is a special episode – we say goodbye to the best co-host ever – Neil. We did over half a year of podcasting together. It was amazing, we learned more Than I could have ever dreamed up...

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Interview with Matthew Heafy of Trivium

This week we have Matt Heafy of Trivium on the podcast. Matt Heafy is a badass. He has been in Trivium for more than half his life, is an amazing father – and runs a twitch channel while touring....

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Interview with Ryan Seaman of I Don’t Know How But They Found Me

This week we have the wonderful Ryan Seaman. Drummer of I Don’t Know How But They Found Me and all-around good guy. Ryan talks with us about his strategies of navigating the music industry as a drummer and how...

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Interview with Mark Bubb of Killer Merch

Mark Bubb is the Co-owner of Killer Merch – the company that provides merch, for tours. Mark comes from the music world but his business has expanded to all corners of the entertainment industry. Killer Merch works with Ninja,...

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Interview with Johnny Christ of Avenged Sevenfold and the Drinks with Johnny Podcast

This week we welcome Johnny Christ of Avenged Sevenfold the podcast. Johnny is also the host of his podcast Drinks with Johnny. We spent an hour talking with Johnny about whatever the hell came to our mind. That’s really...

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Interview with Sully Sullivan – Working Security in the Music Industry (The Vans Warped Tour, Billie Eilish)

Security guards can work for the venue, the artist, a tour, or even a festival. Regardless of what job you have in the music industry – you will, at some point, have to interact with security. They are there...

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Finding Your Path in the Music Industry with Tyler Posey

This week Tyler Posey joins us to talk about his lifelong journey with music. Listening to Blink-182, playing in local bands, Warped Tour – and eventually touring with his band internationally. Although his journey is far from complete, it’s...

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What Does a Chef do on Tour?

This week we are joined by Mary Westfall, one of the most accomplished personal Vegan Chefs in the music industry. Although she does not tour much anymore – we can partly blame Neil for that one. Together they have...

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Level Up Your Touring with Shane Told of Silverstein

Please welcome Shane Told to the bus! Shane is the lead singer of Silverstein and host of Lead Singer Syndrome Podcast. Shane is a special guest to Neil and me because he and his band played such a significant...

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Touring with blink-182’s Mark Hoppus & Robert Ortiz

Please welcome Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, and his stage-right hand man – Robert Ortiz, to the podcast! Mark and Robert have worked together for 15+ years, a feat only most of us can hope to accomplish in our professional careers....

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Community Q & A #2

It’s that time again! Community Q & A – we gathered questions from our lovely Patrons and answered them live on twitch. Thank you for your continued support. We appreciate everyone who just takes time out of their week...

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What does a Production Manager do on Tour? ft. Matthew Flyzik (Kygo)

Mattew Flyzik is a combo of a Tour Manager/ Production Manager. Not many people can pull this off, but Flyzik might not even be human for all we know. The man is a machine. He spends most of his...

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What does a Lighting Director do on Tour? ft. Jeff Maker (All Time Low, Our Last Night)

Jeff Maker is the guy that makes the artists look their best on stage. He is a lighting director, sometimes referred to as an LD. Jeff is most well known for his work with All Time Low over the...

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What Does A Front Of House Engineer Do On Tour? ft. Nate Northway (Rise Against, A Day To Remember)

Nate Northway is the guy that handles all the audio you hear in a live concert. It’s a full-time job when you are on tour and one of the most stressful parts of the show as well. The pressure...

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What Does A Production Coordinator Do On Tour? ft. Julie Galetar (Shawn Mendes, Madonna, Sting)

Julie Galetar is one of the best production coordinators out there on the road, and the client list proves it. Julie has worked for Shawn Mendes, Sting, Paul Simon, and Madonna. We really enjoyed just listening when it came...

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What Does A Guitar Tech Do On Tour? ft. Justin Trotta (blackbear, The Used, Asking Alexandria)

Justin Trotta is a long-time friend of ours and a very accomplished guitar tech. We sit down and talk to him about his journey from playing in local bands to eventually touring worldwide with artists such as The Used,...

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What Does A Video Operator Do On Tour? ft. Mario Adato (Skrillex, Dillon Francis, Thomas Rhett)

Mario has spent years on the road perfect the art of being a Video Operator. Most well know for his work with Skrillex – however, he has also worked with Dillion Francis & Thomas Rhett. If you have ever...

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What Does A Tour Photographer Do On Tour? ft. Ashley Osborn (Bring Me The Horizon & Jessie J)

Music Photographer Ashley Osborn joins us this week to talk about what it takes to be a Tour Photographer. Tour Photography is a whole different world than any other job on the road. You are working very closely and...

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What Does A Drum Tech Do On Tour? ft. Tanner Wayne of In Flames

Tanner Wayne joins us this week to discuss everything he knows about working as a drum tech. Tanner’s career path over the past 15 years has allowed him to learn both the artist and tech side of working with...

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What Does A Monitor Engineer Do On Tour? ft. Charlie Bybee (5 Seconds Of Summer, ONE OK ROCK, Rise Against)

Monitor Engineer Charlie Bybee joins us this week to talk about what it takes to succeed at his job. A Monitor Engineer is one of the most crucial jobs there is on the road. They are in charge of...

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What Does A Merchandise Manager Do On Tour? ft. Jordan Lovis (Travis Scott, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance)

Merchandise Manager Jordan Lovis joins us this week to talk about what exactly goes on behind the scenes to get those t-shirts into customers’ hands at a concert. Jordan started out touring in a way over 15 years ago...

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What Does A Tour Manager Do On Tour? ft. Meg Dieter (Slayer, Pharrell, Blink-182)

Meet our first guest – Meg Dieter. Meg has toured for the past ten years with a variety of artists such as Pharrell, Blink-182, Slayer, Testament, and Selena Gomez. This week we are lucky enough to have her take...

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Never Miss Bus Call

Missing bus call is one of the quickest ways to lose your job on the road. Touring is all about teamwork. Join us as we briefly recap The Essentials (the first 10 Episodes) of Don’t Shit On The Bus...

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Community Q & A

We took this week to celebrate our followers and respond to their questions from the first nine episodes of the Don’t Shit on the Bus podcast. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us through this first...

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Touring Etiquette and Don’t Be A Dick

Touring etiquette can be tricky. There are countless rules, guidelines, situations, and experiences that only come up once in a while. In this episode, we cover how to exist on the road on both a work and personal level....

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Getting Hired and Paid to Tour

Getting on the road is one thing. Getting paid to tour is a whole different thing. In this episode, we talk about what your life might look like before going on the road. Then, of course, we will answer...

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A Day In The Life Of Being On Tour

There are so many different jobs that exist on tour. So what happens during the day? Who does what? Where do they do it? And for how long? This week we break a single tour day down into its...

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The Different Ways of Traveling On Tour

There are many different ways to travel on tour. Van, Bus, Plane, Private Jet – and they all have their pros & cons. How you travel has the most significant effect on your touring life outside of where you...

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How To Start Getting Real Life Experience

It’s one thing to learn how to tour – but we want you to be on tour. This week we break down the steps you need to take in your own daily life to start increasing your luck, networking...

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Networking In The Music Industry

Networking Is the language of the music industry. This is probably the most crucial episode we will ever release. This is how you navigate the music industry, how you exist in it, and your path to being successful in...

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The Pros and Cons of Touring

Touring is fun, it’s also challenging. Everyone knows the best part of touring – you get the travel the world with your friends and go to a concert every night. But there has to be a catch – right?...

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Touring 101 – What Is Touring And How Do I Do It?

They keep telling me to tour, but what is touring? Well, we are here to answer the most basic of basic questions when it comes to touring. Starting with the most important – what is touring? We will tell...

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Welcome to Don’t Shit On The Bus with Adam Elmakias & Neil Westfall

Why can’t I shit on the bus? You ask. We know it may come as a surprise to you – but believe it or not, you, 100% – can’t shit on the bus. It’s the number one rule when...

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