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

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 Mark since he was a kid, his knuckles prove it. I am a fan of Robert Orbitz not only because of what he does – but how he does it. He is also a photographer and a very good one at that. We are both thankful to have them give us an hour of time out of their busy lives. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we do.

In this episode of the Don’t Shit On The Bus podcast we will learn:

• How Mark and Robert found success in touring
• A day in the life of the Blink-182 camp on the road
• The importance of building a good working relationship
• Tips for making the job look easy

(0:00) Intro
(3:30) Mark and Robert get on the bus
(5:28) Mark’s start to touring
(6:38) Robert’s start to touring
(10:10) How their paths crossed
(14:15) Building a good crew and not being dicks on tour
(19:48) Always be nice to the openers
(21:47) Partying on tour and The Ocho
(28:46) Nobody is too good for anyone when you’re on a team
(30:15) Day to day life on tour
(36:12) The crew/artist relationship
(44:56) How to improve on your skillset as a tech
(51:35) Creating a welcoming environment and tour stories
(1:01:18) Wrap up

Mark Hoppus – Guest

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Robert Ortiz – Guest

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