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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 talk about what it takes...

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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 Los Angeles. The Forum is...

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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 Los Angeles. The Forum is...

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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 one day have in this...

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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, Production Coordinated, and eventually made...

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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 wild stuff Danny’s done. He...

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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 at connecting with people and...

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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 eventually making his way to...

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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 also a choreographer when she...

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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 of Living The Dream Foundation...

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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. It shows through in everything...

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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 friends and partners that work...

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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 and of course, I am...

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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. Basically, he does it all,...

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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 he has gotten to the...

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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, Kevin Hart, and Jeffree Star...

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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 all there is to it...

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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 to keep everyone safe, and...

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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 great being able to learn...

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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 started a family and a...

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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 role in our careers. Hear...

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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. Neil has looked up to...

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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 to give the podcast a...

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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 time on the road with...

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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 past ten years. Designing and...

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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 is on when you are...

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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 to Julie. She had some...

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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, Of Mice & Men, All...

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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 wondered who fills all those...

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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 creatively with the artist –...

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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 drums. Tanner has worked for...

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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 mixing the audio the artist...

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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 and has slowly worked his...

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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 a moment and teach us...

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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 and set you up for...

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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 part. If you have more...

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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. We talk about showering, fridge...

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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 everyone’s favorite question, “But how...

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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 different segments and explain job...

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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 are traveling. Join us this...

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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 and getting your foot in...

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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 it. It is not just...

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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? Kind of. Join us this...

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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 you what qualifies you to...

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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 you live on a tour...

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