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 screens with mesmerizing visuals that effortlessly match the music’s beat – it’s this guy. His work ethic, values, and commitment to continually bettering himself show through in his work. I am usually one of the biggest nerds in the room – but Mario puts me to shame. Anyway, we hope you learn as much as we did this week! Have fun.


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


• Mario’s journey to success in the touring world

• A day in the life of a video operator on the road

• The importance of faking it until you make it


• Tips for being a successful video operator



(0:00) Intro
(6:03) Mario gets on the bus
(11:02) Mario’s start to touring
(14:16) School isn’t for everybody
(20:25) Transitioning from school to real world
(26:49) Skills necessary to be a video operator
(34:43) Daily responsibilities on tour
(43:00) The importance of being humble
(50:18) VO vs VJ
(55:23 ) Average day on tour
(1:05:23) What does soundcheck look like for a video operator?
(1:09:18) Showtime!
(1:14:27) Aftershow and knowing when to take criticism
(1:22:28) Touring with Skrillex
(1:32:55) Tips and tricks for touring
(1:39:12) Wrap up

Mario Adato – Guest

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