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Beyond the Spotlight

The point of this podcast is simple. We want to pull back the curtain and bring you backstage, beyond the spotlight, to give you a glimpse into the world of folks like you and me who are working in the trenches of the music, theater, and entertainment industries. They may not be household names, but they are key players in bringing to life the shows we all enjoy. Over the last 41 years, your host Jon Diener has worked as a musician, producer, recording engineer, videographer, editor, motion graphics artist, and photographer. He's spent most of his life around people working hard behind the scenes and wants to learn more about their journeys and share their stories with you.

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Update - January 29, 2022
Hey, everyone! Are you still out there? I've missed you!Just a quick episode to update you on some things and let you know I'll be back with new episodes soon, as time permits.Feel free to reach out with guest ideas or comments at beyondthespotlightpodcast@gmail.comSupport the Show.
06:35 1/29/22
Ep. 045: Matthew Rifino - Sound Mixer, TODAY Show
When Matthew Rifino picked up an acoustic guitar at 5, a 30 year love affair with music began. 3 years later, he convinced his grandfather to buy him a four-track cassette recorder and Matthew would sit for hours recording and overdubbing. He started recording his first band at their first rehearsal and honed his basic recording chops by trial and error. Matthew and his friends threw themselves into the NJ Hardcore and Punk scene of the mid 90's. Forming an indie label and throwing shows, Matthew wanted to be immersed in the music community. Channel surfing after school, Matthew stumbled upon a show being filmed at a recording studio only one town over from his house! He showed up at their door and told them he wanted to learn how to record. Matthew lucked out and the owner Tee DiMura took him under his wing. It was an old school 16 track analog 70's studio with floor to ceiling shag carpet and the smell of cigarettes in the air. Matthew spent all four years of high school afternoons learning as much as he could about recording and mixing. It was Avatar Studios (The Power Station) that gave Matthew his first real taste of what it’s like working with big names in the music industry. At 19-years-old, he scored a 3 month unpaid internship that turned into 4 years on staff at this legendary facility.  Everyday, Matthew was in awe while learning from Grammy winning engineers and producers. Al Schmidt, Jack Joseph Puig, Michael Brauer, Jason Corsaro, Neil Dorfsman, and Rich Costey were some the greats he got to watch perform their craft. The years he spent at Avatar still influenced the rest of his life.After 4 years, he wanted to make the move to freelance. Matthew had a couple of indie records lined up and then by a chance meeting he got a gig mixing monitors for the NBC Today Show. He had never mixed anything live before but got thrown right into the fire on his first show mixing Elvis Costello. At the same time with an inherent gravitational pull towards his recording studio roots he signed on as a staff engineer at Granite Alps Studios in NJ and later as Chief Engineer at Fenix Studios in Staten Island, NY. During that time, Matthew worked with Living Colour, James Blood Ulmer, Bernard Purdie (Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Hall and Oates), Wu Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean plus lots of independent rock and pop artists. While at Fenix, he also had the opportunity to mix jingles for television, radio, as well as tracks that would end up in major motion pictures.At just 27, Matthew took on the role of Broadcast Music Mixer for the NBC TODAY SHOW. Mixing the 5.1 Surround Sound on air-mixes that millions watch daily along with millions of streams on the net. During his time at NBC, Matthew has worked with a cornucopia of artists such as Adele, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Robert Plant, Fleetwood Mac, Lady Gaga, Sting, Aretha Franklin, Taylor Swift, John Mellencamp, among many others.After a few years away from the record business to focus on television, he could not resist the urge to get back into the studio. Having recently completed his personal mix room "Stone House Studios”, Matthew has started mixing records again. His goal is to be able to deliver high quality mixes to all his clients.Guest Links:https://www.mattrifinomusicmixer.com/https://www.instagram.com/rifinomatthew/Support the Show.
39:01 7/1/21
Ep. 044: Michael Jeffers - Touring Bassist
Michael Jeffers is a life long music professional, performer and player. He started out in music performing with his father’s family band, then became a founding member of the critically acclaimed band Pinmonkey and got signed to RCA Records. Michael’s been traveling town to town on tour buses since 1999, loves to golf, and he is a lover of all things real.Experience Touring Bass playerJoe NicholsJan 2008 – PresentFounding member and bass playerPinmonkeyJan 1999 – Jan 2006Doc Jeffers BandEducation Middle Tennessee State UniversityBachelor of Applied Science (BASc)Field Of Study: Music BusinessGuest Links:https://www.instagram.com/michaeljeffers/https://joenichols.com/Support the Show.
26:33 6/21/21
Ep. 043: Mark Clark - Tour Manager / Production Manager / Tour Accountant
Mark Clark has worked in the touring industry for over 10 years. He got his start in his home state of Alabama, driving artists at music festivals, and is currently based in New Orleans. Mark has managed tours throughout North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. In his day-to-day work, he oversees a 360-degree advanced process, from show advance, to tour accounting, to settlements, visas, production, logistics, press, and all the ins-and-outs of the vital show day process. Some of Mark’s notable previous clients include American Authors, Kayzo, TOKiMONSTA, NGHTMRE, Snails, Savoy, and Boombox. Co Host, Tour Management 101Mar 2020 – Present Location New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Tour Management 101 is an educational resource for anyone learning the ropes in the live events industry. We host a weekly webinar on Zoom, and YouTube with industry pros and provide free material and templates on our website. Tour Management / Production Management / Tour AccountingMark Clark Touring LLC Self-employed Jan 2019 – Present Location New Orleans, LA Full 360 tour advance, management, and show execution. Domestic and Worldwide.Freelance Professional Tour Manager Sep 2013 – Present Guest Links:http://www.markclarktouring.comhttps://www.tourmgmt.org/https://www.instagram.com/markclarktmhttps://www.instagram.com/tourmgmt101Show Links:http://www.beyondthespotlightpodcast.com/https://www.facebook.com/BeyondtheSpotlightPodcasthttps://www.instagram.com/BeyondtheSpotlightPodcastSupport the Show.
42:34 6/11/21
Ep. 042: Angelique Mark - Production Coordinator
Angelique Mark has amassed over two decades' experience traveling the globe, working with a variety of musical acts in rooms ranging from small clubs to stadiums. Her work focuses mainly in: logistics; immigration; accounting; and high-level time management, often under the most stressful of situations. Most recently, Angelique has been working as a mentor through Grammy U and the Well Dunn organization, helping young people learn about the world of live shows and touring.  Production CoordinatorThe 1975 Jan 2020 – Present  Production CoordinatorMumford & Sons - Delta Tour Feb 2019 – Mar 2020  Production CoordinatorIl Divo - Timeless Tour Aug 2018 – Dec 2018  Production CoordinatorMacklemore and Ryan Lewis Apr 2017 – Aug 2018  Artist Transportation ManagerOkeechobee Music Festival Feb 2016 – Feb 2017  Production CoordinatorIl Divo - Amor y Pasion Tour Sep 2016 – Nov 2016  Wardrobe MistressCulture Club - Tribes Tour Jul 2015 – Jul 2016 Location US/CA/MX/JP/PH/AU  Staff Transportation CoordinatorMysterland Music Festival May 2015  Production CoordinatorArcade Fire - Reflektor Tour Oct 2013 – Aug 2014 Location US/UK/EU/S America/Australia/New Zealand/Japan  Assistant Tour ManagerMy Morning Jacket - Bob Dylan Americanarama Tour Jul 2013 – Aug 2013 Location North America Production CoordinatorFlorence and the Machine - Ceremonials Tour Jun 2012 – Dec 2012 Location US/UK/Europe  Production CoordinatorThe Black Keys - El Camino Tour Oct 2012 – Nov 2012 Location New Zealand/Australia  Wardrobe MistressErasure - Total Pop! and Tomorrow's World Tours Mar 2011 – Oct 2011 Location US/UK/Europe/S. America  Additional Artists Toured with 2000 – 2011 Location US/UK/Europe Cirque du Soleil - Kooza (Dresser 1)Boy George/Culture Club (Tour Assistant)Gavin Rossdale/Institute (Merchandise Manager)Paul Oakenfold (Merchandise Manager)Jewel (Merchandise Manager)Fuel (Merchandise Manager)Cheetah Girls/Miley Cyrus (Merchandise)Vanessa Hudgens (Merchandise Manager)Corbin Bleu (Merchandise Manager)Guest links:Angelique on LinkedInAngelique on InstagramSupport the Show.
32:42 6/1/21
Ep. 041: Marty Hom - Tour Manager, Production Coordinator
TOUR EXPERIENCEPresentROLLING STONES – Tour Manager1997 - PresentFLEETWOOD MAC – Tour Manager1999 – PresentBARBRA STREISAND – Tour DirectorJanuary 24, 2020MUSICARES PERSON OF THE YEAR HONORING DOLLY PARTON - Co-Producer2010 – PresentSHAKIRA – Tour Director1997 - PresentSTEVIE NICKS - Tour ManagerDec ’15 – Nov ‘16BEYONCE – Tour Director/Producer Formation Tour2012 – PresentVAN HALEN TOUR 2012 & 2015 – Tour ManagerFeb '14 – Dec ‘15LIONEL RICHIE - Tour Director1997 - 2001Jan 2013 – Dec 2013ALICIA KEYS – Tour Director - World Tour 2010 & 2013Aug ’02 – Jan 2010BETTE MIDLER – General Manager “The Showgirl Must Go On” Las Vegas ResidencyAug ’05 – May ‘07CIRQUE DU SOLEIL DELIRIUM TOUR – Tour ManagerDec ’00 – Dec ‘01BACKSTREET BOYS – Tour ManagerOct ’00 – Nov ’00LENNY KRAVITZ – Tour Manager Aug ’99 – Dec ‘99RICKY MARTIN - Tour ManagerJuly '99 - Sept '99BONNIE RAITT, JACKSON BROWNE, SHAWN COLVIN, BRUCE HORNSBY - Tour ManagerMay '99 - Sept '99BONNIE RAITT - Tour Manager/AccountantSept '98 – Aug ‘99LIONEL RICHIE - Tour Manager/AccountantApril ‘95 - 2015BOSTON - Tour ManagerOctober 1996CHRIS ISAAK - Tour Manager/AccountantAugust 1996CELINE DION - Production ManagerApril ‘96 - May ‘96SHANIA TWAIN - Tour ManagerApr ‘95 - May ‘95JIMMY BUFFETT - Tour AccountantJan '93 - Sept '94JANET JACKSON - Tour ManagerJune ‘89 - Sept '92PAULA ABDUL - Tour Manager1985BILL WITHERS- Tour Manager / AccountantGUEST LINKS:MusicaresNEWS ARTICLES / INTERVIEWSROLLING STONEhttps://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/music-in-crisis-marty-horn-tour-manager-rolling-stones-stevie-nicks-995835/BILLBOARDhttps://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5915668/tour-managers-of-foo-fighters-the-rolling-stones-fleetwood-mac-swap-wild-talesPOLLSTARhttps://www.pollstar.com/toptourmanagers/marty-hom-141383NEW YORK TIMEShttps://www.nytimes.com/1991/11/17/archives/10-months-1-million-and-100-headaches.htmlSupport the Show.
30:12 5/21/21
Ep. 040: Aoife Ahern - Tour Manager, Production Coordinator
Aoife Ahern has a huge amount of Project Management experience, having been a Global Producer, Tour Manager, Production Coordinator, Advance Manager|Artist Relations and a Talent Booker. She has advanced many large scale festivals (80,000+ capacity) such as Oxegen Festival to Kaaboo Festival. She has also been a promoter's rep and a production manager for a huge number of shows, as well as promoting weekly shows of 2000+ capacity. Aoife has toured with artists such as Prince, Beyonce, Jay-Z, One Direction, Arcade Fire, Chris Brown, Gavin Friday, The Waterboys, Billy Ocean, Sting, Madonna plus many more. During this time, she has performed roles such as Tour Manager, Production Co-ordinator, and VIP Facilities Manager. Aoife manages and co-ordinates large volumes of information - from budgets, crew, travel, logistics, riders, content, schedules, visas, dressing rooms, ground transport, merchandise & VIP management. She has also worked with a vast array of international talent, promoters, founders, entrepreneurs, agents, TMs, suppliers, venues & crew over the years. Tour ManagementTame Impala Jul 2019 – Present  Facilities Manager | One Direction | Chris Brown | Beyonce | Jay-Z | Sting | MadonnaLive Nation | VIP Nation 2015 – Present Duties Include:Facilities Manager for all VIPs daily.Coordinating all Early Entry Tickets daily.Coordinating all Hot Tickets Entries daily.Liaising and managing security and queuing systems.Managing all signage for Early Entries & Hot Tickets.Managing of all ticket booths, ticketing, wristbands and staff.Daily brief with security, venue and Live NationManaging of all VIP Merchandise.Daily reports for Live/VIP Nation.Setting & Running of office.Troubleshooting, managing all issues that arose.Tour ManagerGavin Friday Jul 2011 – Present Managing budgets based on fee for each show.Booking and managing logistics, such as travel, accommodation, ground transport. Coordinating with press department and accompanying artist to all press calls. Drawing up of all riders based on requirement of traveling party and foreseeing their implementation at each show. Managing of all crew and touring party.Arranging work permits for non EU band members in relevant country. Coordinating all aspects of production.Dealing with cash and payment. Liaising between management, agent, promoter and band to make sure that everyone has information required to make each show a successful event.Liaising with Event Control to ensure that all health and safety matters are adhered to for safety of band and audience.Production CoordinatorPrince May 2014 – Present Location European / Canadian & American Tour Booking of hotels, flights & ground transport for all Crew.Arranging Visa for all Crew.Managing and organising of artist catering.Designing daily menu for artist.Managing of Dressing Rooms & Riders on a daily basis.Signage for Backstage Area.Assisting TM/PM with production requirements.Running & assisting in production office.Dealing with crew, suppliers, management, venues and artists needs on a daily basis. Senior VIP Nation Event Manager | International ToursVIP Nation Europe | Live Nation Oct 2018 – Sep 2019 London, United Kingdom Michelle Obama, Mumford & Sons, Blackpink, BTS, Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel. Guest links:https://www.facebook.com/aoife.ahernhttps://www.instagram.com/aoifelike/Support the Show.
27:48 5/11/21
Ep. 039: Rayna Zemel - Playback Engineer, Producer, Composer
Passionate and extroverted, Rayna’s varied background gives her a unique perspective as well as an ability to engage people from all walks of life. Before graduating with a degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont, Rayna grew up at the intersection of multiple cultures. As a child, Rayna was raised between three worlds - She could be found at a Baptist church in Camden, New Jersey with her grandmother, at synagogue in Philadelphia with her mother’s family of Jewish academics, or at St. Columba’s episcopal church in Washington D.C. Rayna decided to pursue a career in the music industry and moved to Los Angeles, where she eventually ended up working in the touring industry as a playback engineer with artists such as Logic, Pentatonix, Due Lipa, Iggy Azalea, Hailee Steinfeld, The Lonely Island, Lana Del Rey, DJ Khaled, and more. Additionally, she is a music composer who's work has been featured in over 75 television shows, movies, and commercials. The events of 2020 led her to pursue her passion for documentary photography. Rayna has documented over 50 protests in the Los Angeles area, her work and efforts are featured in the short film “We Can’t Breathe”. Producer / Music DirectorWinters Rock Entertainment Sep 2018 – PresentBusiness development, talent scouting, on-site photographer, and post-production audio mixing. Producer: “We Can’t Breathe” (2020)Composer: “We Can’t Breath” (2020) Producer: “Storm” (2020) Composer: “Beyond the Edge”(2020) Composer: “Letters to Liam” (2019) Music Supervisor: “Letters to Liam” (2019)Playback EngineerPentatonix Inc Jan 2020 – Present  Playback EngineerDUA LIPA LIVE LLPNov 2019 – Jan 2020  Playback Engineer / ProgrammerHailee Steinfeld Aug 2019 – Nov 2019  Playback Engineer & MIDI Tech Lana Del ReyMar 2019 – Nov 2019  Pro Tools Playback EngineerThe Lonely Island May 2019 – Jun 2019 Ableton Programmer / Playback EngineerDua Lipa Apr 2019  Ableton Programmer / Playback EngineerGunnar Gehl Oct 2018 – Dec 2018  Ableton Programmer / Playback EngineerPRETTYMUCH Jul 2018 – Sep 2018 Ableton Programmer / PlaybackJun 2017 – Aug 2018Ableton Playback / ProgrammingTroye SivanMar 2018 – Apr 2018 Ableton Playback OperatorLil’ Wayne Sep 2017  Playback Designer & ProgrammerSaint Motel Dec 2016 Director of Vibes | Producer | MixerMath Club Music Jun 2016 – Oct 2016 Electronic Creatives Feb 2016 – Mar 2016 Ableton playback for Iggy Azalea.Electronic Creatives Title Tour Manager / Production ManagerNiykee Heaton "The Bedroom Tour" 2015Oct 2015 – Dec 2015Tour Manager Production ManagerAbleton Playback Operator: Kiesza Jan 2015 – Oct 2015Product Ambassador / TesterLivid Instruments Nov 2014 – Jan 2015 Guitar Wing MIDI Controller Product Ambassador for the Greater Los Angeles Area.Recording Arts InstructorThe Los Angeles Film School Jul 2011 – Sep 2014 Instructor - Beginning and Advanced Music production in Pro Tools, Ableton, and Logic.  Producer/EngineerKops & Robbers Jan 2010 – Jan 2012 Guest Links:https://raynazemel.com/https://www.instagram.com/rayzemel/https://www.twitter.com/rayzemel/https://www.wintersrockentertainment.com/Support the Show.
40:33 5/1/21
Ep. 038: Sai Hanif - CEO, Drum Tech, Tour Manager
Sai Hanif has been working in the music industry for over sixteen years. In addition to live event production, he founded and continues to run a successful musical instrument brand. Sai has taken his business acumen and applied it to the artists he works with throughout his career. He specializes in scaling artists by implementing processes to create efficient workflows with respect to the creative process. Specialties: Tour Direction, Production Management, Design, Budgeting, Travel, Logistics, Business Strategy, and Artist Development.Founder and CEOMasters of Maple Drums Established in 2002 Masters of maple is one of the leading boutique drum manufacturers in the world. The brand produces high quality instruments with a limited distribution model, and is one of the few manufacturers to make their ply drum shells in house.Tour Director, Production Manager Gabriel " Fluffy" Iglesias May 2019 – Present Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias is an acclaimed stand up comedian with multiple Netflix specials, and storied career in entertainment.Production Manager, Technical Director X ambassadors Contract Oct 2019 – Present Production management for the “Orion” world tour album campaign. X ambassadors are a Grammy award winning alternative band from Ithaca, New York. I oversaw design and fabrication of the new stage production, which incorporated video elements utilizing the new disguise D3 media server. Production Consultant, Drum Technician [Joshua Homme]Eagles of Death Metal Dates Employed Apr 2015 – Present Eagles of Death Metal are a rock band from Palm Desert, California. I served as drum technician for Mr. Homme when he would play drums live with the band.  Tour Manager, Production Manager, Creative Director Jakob Dylan Jul 2014 – Present Jakob Dylan is a Grammy award winning and lead singer of The Wallflowers. I have been responsible for all special projects in many capacities. Mr. Dylan is involved in many charities at the forefront of health and world issues.Founder and CEO Ghost Tech Touring Full-time Mar 2012 – Present Ghost Tech Touring is a full service production company. We specialize in all aspects of touring operations such as but not limited to: bus rental, insurance, crew management, budget control, audio visual services, backline, logistics, expendable management. Typically clients save between 4-19% on gross revenue touring expenses.Production Manager Walk The Moon May 2016 – Present Production management for the “What if Nothing” album campaign. Walk the Moon are a rock band from Cincinnati, Ohio.Tour Manager, Production Manager, Management The Wallflowers Jan 2011 – Present Tour Manager | Production Manager [2013- Present]Stage Manager | Backline Crew Chief | Drum Technician | Keyboard Technician [2011-2013] The Wallflowers are a two-time Grammy award winning rock band from Los Angeles, California. Tour Director, Technical Director, Band Liaison, Production Accountant Echo in the Canyon Dates Employed 2018 – 2019 Echo In The Canyon is a 2018 film paying homage to the music of the sixties and the cultural revolution surrounding Laurel Canyon. It was released in theaters May 24, 2019.https://Mdrums.com/https://myghosttech.com/https://www.instagram.com/ladrumguy/https://www.instagram.com/mastersofmapleAl Schmitt video referenced in interviewSupport the Show.
32:36 4/21/21
Ep. 037: Cherise P - Chief Marketing Officer, Special Brand + FanGage Nation
Innovator, digital marketer, brand positioning expert, data geek, and even musician, are just some of the ways that Cherise P has been described. These words have been applied whether from the halls of Coca-Cola where she served as Senior Marketing Manager of Shopper Marketing Innovation and Senior Customer Marketing Manager (partnership marketing) to the Washington D.C. offices of the U.S. President appointed Election Assistance Commission where she negotiated over $100K in funding for her client over MTV’s Rock The Vote. Her career has been expansive and blessed with achievement. At Coca- Cola, Cherise was also Sales Executive leading national account teams, Community Leadership Chair, women’s LINC Board Member for Coca- Cola’s International Business Resource Group, Essence Festival Team member, Brand Positioning Subject Matter Expert for the entire East Division of Coca-Cola Foodservice, and was awarded as one of Coca-Cola North America’s only four annual Corporate Women of Achievement and more –all through working for marketing excellence through innovation. Cherise consistently exceeds deadlines and business plan targets on paper. She has led marketing, digital marketing, mobile marketing, consumer research, brand activation, experiential marketing, multicultural marketing work and campaigns for partnerships with brands like Live Nation, American Music Awards, Popeyes, NASCAR, Burger King, McDonald’s, Roc-A-Wear, Bigg Snoop Dogg Jeans, Ruff Ryders Dirty Denim, BET, Six Flags, and so many more leading her to work to be awarded American Marketing Association’s American Marketer of the Year for Consumer Engagement and American Marketer of the Year in Interactive Marketing in Georgia – she’s been told it’s like winning the Grammy’s for Marketing! Now as CEO of Eckspansion Marketing, managing partner of FanGage Nation and The Culture Pushers with artist manager Eli Davis and proud mom of the kidpreneurs behind celebrity interviewing, STEM ed. Leadership pushing duo, ‘Kidz Mic’ with husband Eric. Cherise uses her experience to expand revenue streams and drive business results for artists and entertainment pros by leveraging experience as a Fortune 100 insider, fan data, real digital marketing, endorsements + innovation. Overall, Cherise has rocked her Hampton University Marketing Degree from Fortune 500 Board Rooms to leading within Grammy Award Winning Artist Management. Teams, like the creative trained drummer she is. You read right, she’s a drummer and a poet too but with a dad playing drums in The Isley Brothers band + aunt original P-Funk, she was born for in to that part! Eckspansion MarketingCEOSpecial Brand Artist Mgmt. & EntertainmentChief Marketing OfficerMay 2018 - presentFanGage NationManaging PartnerMultiple CompaniesSales & Marketing ExecutiveJune 1990 - December 2019The Coca-Cola CompanyVarious Marketing Management positionsGuest Links:https://www.instagram.com/cherisep1908/http://www.brandsarespecial.comhttp://www.fangagenation.comhttp://www.Musicleaderz.comhttps://www.instagram.com/anthonyhamiltonofficial/https://www.instagram.com/9thwonder/Support the Show.
28:55 4/11/21
Ep. 036: Alex Prince - Tour Manager, Production Coordinator
Alex Prince has been involved in the live music industry for years, working primarily as a Production Coordinator, but also as Tour Manager and Production Manager. He is a California native who recently relocated to Minnesota.His list of credits:Production ManagerGround Branch Management Freelance Dates Employed Sep 2020 – Present Production Managed the Biden Harris Live TV Studio from both remote and on-site settings.  Production CoordinatorTyler, The Creator Dates Employed Jan 2018 – Present IGOR Tour - Tyler, The Creator Tour w/ Opening Acts Blood Orange, Jaden Smith & GoldLinkFlowerboy Tour - Tyler, The Creator Tour w/ Opening Acts Vince Staples & DJ TacoJanuary 2020: GRAMMY's PerformanceDecember 2019 - January 2020: Australia and NZ Headline FestivalsNovember 2019: Camp Flog Gnaw Headline FestivalAugust - October 2019: IGOR Headline Arena Tour across North America & U.KFebruary - July 2019: Headline Festivals including Gov Ball & III Points MiamiApril - November 2018: North America Headline Festivals (Coachella, Beale Street, Sasquatch, Boston Calling, Soundset, Life Is Beautiful, Posty Fest, Mala Luna, Camp Flog Gnaw)January - March 2018: Headline Arena & Large Hall North America Tour … DOS Tour ManagerA$AP Ferg Dates Employed Apr 2019 – Sep 2020  Tour ManagerKali Uchis Dates Employed Nov 2018 – Dec 2018 Tour Manager:2018 Camp Flog Gnaw Festival2018 Tropicalia Music Festival Tour Manager / Production ManagerOverstreet Dates Employed Oct 2018 – Dec 2018 Tour ManagerPat Metheny Dates Employed Sep 2018 – Oct 2018 Tour Manager for North American tour. Assistant Tour Manager / Merchandise Dates Employed May 2017 – Sep 2018 August 2018: 4 in-a-row US DatesJune - August 2018: 5 Week European TourOctober - November 2017: 6 Week European TourJune 2017: 6 in-a-row US DatesApril - June 2017: 5 Week European Tour Tour Directors' Assistant / Project Coordinatorthe loop. Dates Employed May 2016 – May 2018 Daily work with show advances, visas, production books, flights/hotels, budgets, calendars, and everything else related to ensuring successful tours for 15+ active artists.Road ManagerSurvivor Dates Employed Mar 2017 – Mar 2018 Consistent one-off fly date shows ranging between casinos, outdoor amphitheaters, and state/county fairs across the continental United States.Touring Freelance Short Term ProjectsFreelance Dates Employed Oct 2013 – Oct 2017 PRODUCTION ASSISTANT • Gypsy Kings (West Coast shows of North America Tour, 2017) • Kendrick Lamar (DAMN. Tour Southern California Shows, 2017) • Travis Scott (Coachella, 2017)• R Kelly (West Coast shows of North America Tour, 2017)• Temple of the Dog (Los Angeles One-Off, 2017)• Bad Boys Reunion Tour (Los Angeles Rehearsals, 2016)• P!NK (Jimmy Kimmel Live, 2016)• The Fray (Los Angeles One-Off, 2016)• Natasha Beddingfield (Los Angeles One-Off, 2016)• Nick Jonas (West Coast shows of North America Tour, 2015)• Big Sean (West Coast shows of North America Tour, 2015)MUSIC VIDEO PRODUCER• Watsky, "Tiny Glowing Screens Part 3", 2016• Hoodie Allen, "Act My Age", 2015 Audio Coordinator's AssistantThe GRAMMYs 2016, The GRAMMYs 2017 Dates Employed Jan 2016 – Jan 2017 https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexpprince/Support the Show.
26:52 4/1/21
Ep. 035: Paul Dalen - Tour Manager, Production Manager, FOH Mixer
After 20+ years of traveling as a Tour Manager and FOH Sound Engineer, Paul Dalen retired from touring in the ‘90s and worked for Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco as production manager at The Fillmore, The Warfield and a number of other bay area venues.In 2001, he moved to New York and spent the next 5 years at David Whitehead’s highly respected firm Maine Road Management. At the time of his departure, the music roster included David Bowie, David Byrne, Luna, Joe Henry, Beth Orton, Helmet, Dean and Britta, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Air, Jim White, Laura Cantrell and Joe Ely; and the producer roster featured Kevin Killen, Ryan Freeland, Tucker Martine and others.Paul returned to full time touring and festival production in 2012 and he remains enthusiastic about traveling the world utilizing his skills in Artist Management to great effect in his current roles as Tour Manager / Production Manager / FOH mixer.FESTIVALS (PRODUCTION MANAGER / STAGE MANAGER)Bonnaroo 2011–2015 (stage manager)Firefly Music Festival 2012–2015 (stage manager) 2018 (overnight head of production)Googamooga Festival 2012 (stage manager, main stage)Governors Ball NYC 2012–2014 + 2019 (stage manager)Life Is Beautiful 2018 (stage manager)Lockn' Festival 2014–2015 (stage manager, both stages)Outside Lands Festival 2011–2014 + 2017- 2018 (stage manager)Rock the Bells 2012 SF / LA / NYC (stage manager for Nas)TOURS (VARIOUSLY AS TM / PM / FOH)** 1970’SRobin Trower / 1979Styx / Paradise Theatre World Tour / 1979** 1980’SBarry White / 1988 Full strings, over 70 inputsChicago / 1989–1990David Sanborn  / 1986–1994, 2001–2003Psychedelic Furs  / 1986–1987** 1990’SAimee Mann  / 1999–2001Barry Manilow  / 1991–1995Fiona Apple / 1996–1998, 2007–2008, 2010Joe Henry / TM 1999–2016Chris Isaak / 1994–1997Lisa Stansfield / 1990–1992, Hong Kong 199710,000 Maniacs / 1992–1993** 2000’SChristopher Cross / 2001–2012Cowboy Junkies / 2007–2010** MORE RECENTLYAnimal Collective /  2012–2017Bonnie Raitt / 2014–2021Fiona Apple / 2007–2008, 2010Jim James / 2018 - 2019”Live From Here” NPR Radio Show 2019 - 2020Luna / 2001- 2018Marc Cohn / 2013–2015 + 2019My Morning Jacket / TM 2019 - 2021Nick Swardson / 2014Nickel Creek / 2020Punch Brothers / 2019 - 2020The Decemberists / 2020The Wallflowers /2012–2013The Jayhawks / 2010 / 2018 / 2019 / 2020ONE-OFFS AND MINI-TOURS, VARIOUSLY AS TM / PM / FOHJames Taylor (assistant TM) / Juana Molina / Rosanne Cash / Bruce Hornsby  / Tune-Yards / Suzanne Vega / Al Jarreau / Ella Fitzgerald / NAS / Joan Baez / Calexico / Nick Lowe / Luther VandrossMember of Event Safety Alliance since 2014 Board Of Directors / JusticeAid.orghttps://www.reverse-thread.com/Support the Show.
41:52 3/21/21
Ep. 034: Pam Matthews - Exec. Director, IEBA
Pam Matthews is a proven industry leader with four decades of experience in the entertainment business. She began her career at age fifteen as a runner for Mid South Concerts in Memphis. Today, she serves the live entertainment industry as Executive Director of one of its most influential trade organizations.  Matthews toured as an accountant for KISS and Ozzy Osbourne in the early 80s and was part of the Pace Concerts (now Live Nation) team that designed, constructed, and managed Starwood Amphitheatre in Nashville.  In 1988, after three seasons at 18,000+ capacity concert venue, Matthews accepted a marketing/accounting position with The Judds’ in-house booking agency and production company Pro Tours, Inc.  In 1991 Pro Tours promoted 110 of the 128 sold-out concerts on The Judds Farewell Tour, which was second to the Grateful Dead as the highest grossing North American tour that year.  As Wynonna began her solo career and restructured her business, Matthews joined the management side of the organization and eventually became Vice President & Treasurer of Wynonna, Inc. and J2K, Inc.  As an officer of J2K, Inc., Matthews headed the multi-company team that produced The Judds’ sold-out New Year’s Eve 1999 concert and the 2000 reunion tour that followed. In 2000, Gaylord Entertainment selected Pam Matthews to be General Manager of Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.  During her tenure, the Ryman became one of the top-grossing theaters in North America and received its National Historic Landmark status and numerous awards including its first-ever Pollstar Theatre of the Year, Academy of Country Music Venue of the Year, and IEBA Venue of the Year honors. In 2008, Matthews resigned her position at the Ryman to be with her husband, a decorated Special Operations Team Leader in the U.S. Army, while he was stationed at the Presidio of Monterey, California.  Matthews and her husband, who is now a legislative attorney with the Tennessee General Assembly, settled back home in Nashville in 2012. Matthews joined IEBA as its Executive Director in 2013. Since then, the 50-year-old organization has tripled its membership and attendance at its annual conference continues to sell-out year after year. In 2017, IEBA established its Educational Outreach Fund, a 501(c)(3) charity that has endowed over $1M in scholarships at universities across the country and awards $75k annually to students seeking a career in the entertainment industry.Matthews attended Christ Church College, Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.  In 1989, she passed the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination.  During her career, Pam Matthews has been featured in numerous publications including Billboard, Pollstar, Better Homes & Gardens, and The Tennessean.  In 2006, Billboard magazine ranked Matthews on its first “Women in Music” list. Recent honors include Nashville Business Journal “Women in Music City” and VenuesNow “Women of Influence.” Matthews has served on the Board of Directors of the Opry Trust Fund, Nashville Downtown Partnership, Leadership Music, and Americana Music Association, and currently serves on the Music City Music Council’s Leadership Forum and Leadership Music’s program committee. She is a frequent speaker and moderator at conferences and universities worldwide.https://ieba.org/Support the Show.
44:03 3/11/21
Ep. 033: Victor Reed, Sr. - Production Manager
Victor Reed Sr. has been on the road since the late 70s. From his early days with Bobby Brown, Bell Biv DeVoe, and Rick James, to Stevie Wonder’s performance at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural, to recent tours with Kendrick Lamar and Mary J Blige, Victor has built an impressive resume of achievements and eventually became CEO of his own company, Global Events Production Network, LLC.Highlights from just the last 10 years of Victor's career:2020 NICK CANNON – (Wild-N-Out Live US Tour) Production ManagerJILL SCOTT – (“Who Is Jill Scott” 20 Year Anniversary World Tour) Production Manager2019 A$AP Rocky – (Injured Generation – US Tour) Tour Mgr. & Production MgrKendrick Lamar – (Lollapalooza South America - Festival Tour) Production MgrMary J Blige & NAS – (Royalty - Summer Tour) Production Mgr2018 Kendrick Lamar – (Championship - North American Spring Tour) Production MgrKendrick Lamar – (Damn – Australia, Japan & Korea Summer Tour) Production MgrJ. Cole – (K O D – North America Summer Tour) Production Mgr2017Mary J Blige – (Australia and Japan Spring Tour) Production Mgr Jill Scott – Summer Tour (Domestic Tour) Production Mgr Mary J Blige – (Domestic and European Summer Tour) Production MgrJ. Cole – (4 Yours Eyes Only - European Fall & Australia Winter Tour) Production Mgr 2016Jill Scott – Summer Tour (Domestic Summer Tour Jun – Sep) Production MgrMary J Blige & Maxwell – (King & Queen World Tour Europe) Production Mgr (MJB)Mary J Blige & Maxwell – (King & Queen World Tour US) Production Mgr (MJB)2015 Nicky Minaj – Pink Print World Tour ( Domestic and International ) Production MgrJill Scott – Summer Tour (Domestic Summer Tour) Production MgrJill Scott – Summer Tour (Domestic Winter Tour) Production Mgr2014 OutKast 20 Year Reunion Tour (USA and International Fest Tour) Production MgrSteven Wonder – Songs In The Key of Life Tour (Winter Leg) Tour Mgr Mary J Blige -­‐ (Superbowl Party w/ John Legend & Marc Anthony) Production Mgr2013 J. COLE -­‐ (“What Dreams May Come Tour” – US and Canada) Production MgrJILL SCOTT – (US, Australian, and African Tour, New Year’s Eve RCMH) Production MgrMARY J. BLIGE -­‐ (“Liberation Tour 2013”, US, Jamaica, & Italy) Production MgrSTEVIE WONDER – (Presidential Inaugural Ball) Production Mgr2012 STEVIE WONDER – (Obama Presidential Campaign for Ohio & Virginia, 2012) Production MgrMARY J. BLIGE -­‐ (“Liberation Tour 2012” w/ D’Angelo, Melanie Fiona) Production MgrJILL SCOTT -­‐ (“Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party 2012”, US & European Tour) Production Mgr2011 JILL SCOTT -­‐ (“Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party 2011”, US & European Tour) Production MgrKEYSHIA COLE -­‐ (R. Kelly Love Letter Tour w/ Marsha Ambrosias) Production MgrSTEVIE WONDER – (Private Event in LA & Tribute to Joseph Lowery in Atlanta) Production Mgr2010 EARTH, WIND, & FIRE -­‐ (US Tour 2010) Production Managerhttps://www.instagram.com/gep_networkhttps://www.facebook.com/Global-Events-Production-324548604594850For the podcast:http://www.beyondthespotlightpodcast.comhttps://www.instagram.com/BeyondtheSpotlightPodcastSupport the Show.
41:23 3/1/21
Ep. 032: Marcia Ramirez - Singer/Songwriter & Background Vocalist
Many people have seen Marcia Ramirez performing on stage with artists such as Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis and Tanya Tucker.  Now people are discovering Marcia's own music as she's becoming an in-demand performer at many venues across the country, such as the world famous "Bluebird Cafe" in Nashville, TN.  Marcia is a multi-instrumentalist, as well as one of Nashville's busiest session singers.  Marcia has 5 solo albums, “Compromise”,  "The Barefoot Sessions", "Life Goes On", "Beautifully Lived"  and her newest project, released in June 2017 "Abba's Child", her first faith-based project.Her song, "God and My Girlfriends" is currently on Reba McEntire's new CD, "Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope", and her song "You Belong In The Sun" is on Jo Dee Messina's Greatest Hits, garnering Marcia her first Gold Record. Marcia has also had her songs cut by American Idol finalist Scott McIntyre, Australian Country Music Star Melinda Schneider, Grand Ol' Opry stars, The Whites, Nashville Star finalist Rachel Williams and many others, including Brandon Rhyder, Supersonic Blues Machine, Leather and Lace, Shari Rowe and Canadian Star Tara Oram.  She is currently touring with pop legend Christopher Cross and squeezing in her own shows across the country as well. In 2017, Marcia felt called by God to start a new kind of women’s ministry that encourages diversity and serves women of all faiths and beliefs. Together with her childhood friend, Lisa Schmitz, Marcia started “God and My Girlfriends Ministries”.  As Founder and President, Marcia oversees content, leads the online community, serves as host for the quarterly “G&G Gatherings” in Nashville, TN, and performs and speaks at women’s events across the country. You can find out more about “God and My Girlfriends Ministries” at www.godandmygirlfriendsonline.com  Marcia has performed live with:Patty Loveless, Rodney Crowell, Christopher Cross, Tanya Tucker, Lee Ann Womack, Pam Tillis, Mindy McCready, Bill Anderson, Henry Lee Summer, Jason Sellers, Linda Davis, Deborah Allen, Shane McAnally, and many more.Album credits (background vocals):Rodney Crowell --- Fate's Right HandRodney Crowell --- The OutsiderRodney Crowell -- The Essential Rodney CrowellBilly Dean  -- Let Them Be LittleMarty Raybon   -- At His BestCletus T. Judd  -- Bipolar and ProudBrandon Rhyder -- Live at Billy Bob'sBrandon Rhyder -- ConvictionBrandon Rhyder -- That's Just MeRay Scott  ---  RayalityRyan James   -- DirectedElizabeth Cook  -- BallsWalt Wilkins  -- HopewellSam Baker  -- Pretty WorldKylie Harris --  Love, Lessons and LiesJason Eady  -- From underneath the oldJohn Berry  --  HitsJimmy Fortune  -- I believeHank Williams Jr.  -- I'm one of youShane McAnally  -- Shane McAnallyCarolyn Martin  -- Cookin' with CarolynHal Ketchum   --- Lucky ManRachel Williams  -- Lonely at the BottomBritt Savage  --- FingerprintsTV appearances include:The David Letterman ShowGood Morning AmericaThe CBS Morning ShowThe Conan O'Brien ShowThe ACM AwardsThe Grand Old Opry LivePBS Presents: Christopher Cross and Friendshttps://www.marciaramirez.com/https://www.instagram.com/marciaramirez/https://www.facebook.com/marcia.ramirezSupport the Show.
52:35 2/21/21
Ep. 031: Lady A - Performer/Manager/Producer
Lady A began her performance career as a back-up singer in a Motown Revue band during the 90's.  Her love of music, gospel background, Louisiana roots, and musical family always led her back to the blues and gospel music, mixed with flavors of soul and funk like a perfect jambalaya.  Known as "The Hardest Workin Woman in Blues, Soul, Funk & Gospel"  continue reading and find out why...  Voted Best Blues Performer of the Year 2020 ~ Lady A's NEW CD Project:  Lady A Live in New Orleans released in July of 2020.  She and co-producer John Oliver III have been dreaming of doing a live project for some time, and they enlisted the assistance of her Mississippi producer, Dexter Allen. Though born and raised in Seattle, Washington, you can clearly hear the southern undertones in her music and lyrics . Lady A also performs as a solo act when on the road and has been front woman for European bands such as Sweden's Top Dogs of Soul and The Netherland's band Blind Bart & the Visionarries. Lady A also works and performs with her accompanist and pianist/producer John Oliver III, doing special projects such as, United by Music Europe and North America, for which she was a mentor from 2011 - 2016.  Because of her assistance with the UBM organization, she was asked to come to Denmark by Music Unites Europe in order to work with and teach a Gospel Music Workshop with bands and singers from Germany, Holland, Sweden and Denmark.  Both organization help intellectually disabled persons sing and perform on stage and are dear to Lady A's heart.  Her belief is to always "Give Back, that which you have been Blessed with"She produced her first mini tour, Buzin The Northwest, in March of 2015 featuring Deep Rush Record Recording artist, Dexter Allen and herself, from Seattle to Portland. This tour was met with acclaimed success by sold out audiences and festival producers have praised her accomplishment of producing and performing during this tour.  In May of 2017, she produced The Big Blues Blowout with mentor and friend, 2017 Grammy Winner Bobby Rush, Chicago's Nellie Tiger Travis, and Producer, Dexter Allen.  Again to a sold out Seattle audience.  Proving she is a producer as well as an artist.She is also a mentor to young people as well as a community activist.https://www.ladyababyblues.comhttps://thetruthisloud.info/https://www.ladyababyblues.com/moments-in-black-history-2021-food-for-the-soulshttps://www.instagram.com/LadyA_bluesdiva/Support the Show.
43:41 2/11/21
Ep. 030: Gabi Parra - Tour & Production Coordinator
Gabi Parra is a tour production specialist with over 15 years in the live event business. Having begun as venue staff, production runner, and stagehand for a wide array of artists such as Elton John, Bob Dylan, Blue Man Group, Lil Wayne, and Tom Petty, she would then go on touring life. For the past 10 years, she has served as the lead production coordinator for Earth, Wind & Fire. Parra also has experience working in the corporate world as a freelance production coordinator for corporate and festival events. She has worked high profile events for the Democratic National Committee, Superbowl and Glastonbury Festival. Gabi also currently works as regional operations manager and backstage coordinator for Musical Chairs in the New York tri-state area. She also is bilingual – English and Spanish.We chatted with Gabi back in early November, 2019 to find out how she found her way into the touring life, how her interest in psychology helps her on the road, and why pickles on your sandwich aren't really a problem in the bigger picture.https://www.instagram.com/gabbers29/http://www.tourforensics.com/https://www.musicalchairsbackstage.com/Support the Show.
32:04 2/1/21
Ep. 029: Sarina Larson - Co-Founder, Merch Roadie
Sarina Larson is the Co-Founder of Merch Roadie. In pandemic times, she is focused on Digital-Tour Management work, a new approach to the music business for artists that she's hypothesized. She is from Sacramento, CA, and currently lives in Nashville, TN, frequenting Germany and the UK.  She has lived in Thailand, The Netherlands, and the USA. She has a Bachelor's degree in International Business and is currently applying to law school.http://www.merchroadie.comhttps://www.instagram.com/merchroadieSupport the Show.
25:45 1/21/21
Ep. 028: Jim Digby - Event Safety Alliance & Show Makers
Jim has spent three decades bringing celebrated talent to stages across the globe. Longtime Director of Touring for multi-platinum recording artists Linkin Park, he has shepherded productions for diverse and high-profile clients including Enrique Iglesias, Backstreet Boys, Marilyn Manson, The Bolshoi Ballet, Phil Collins, and Bon Jovi.   Jim’s is passionate about event safety, sharing professional knowledge, and driving positive change in the industry. He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Event Safety Alliance, and recently co-founded SHOW MAKERS, a non-profit designed to educate, develop standards, and strengthen the live event community.   Jim is a board member of the Behind The Scenes Foundation, 4-time Tour Link Production Manager of the Year, and the 2012 Parnelli’s “Production Manager of the Year” award. He regularly serves as a conference keynote speaker where he speaks on matters relating to event safety, event production as a trade, and the often challenging human condition in live events. Co-Founder - PresidentEvent Safety Alliance Founding PartnerShow Maker Symposium 501(c)(3)PrincipalShow Makers Productions IncProduction Manager / Director of TouringLinkin Park Touring Inc + Bill Silva Entertainment Production ManagerVarious Artists: Meghan Trainor 2018, Hootie & The Blowfish-1996-97, Blues Traveler-1997, Bolshoi Ballet-1998-99, H.O.R.D.E. Festival 1998, Marilyn Manson-1999-01, Back Street Boys-2008-10, Linkin Park-2002-17 Multiple Advisory Boards and VolunteeringList of resources mentioned in episode, suggested reading & social media handles:https://www.eventsafetyalliance.org/https://www.showmakers.com/https://www.instagram.com/eventsafetyalliance/https://www.instagram.com/weareshowmakershttps://www.behindthescenescharity.orgSupport the Show.
34:58 1/11/21
Ep. 027: Ashley Lomax - Hospitality & VIP Coordinator
Ashley Lomax has 12+ years of singing and songwriting and 8+ years of VIP touring experience with such companies as Live Nation and On The List Presents. She has a deep love and passion for music, songwriting, and the arts in general. Ashley is one of the lucky ones who has figured out a way to incorporate the things that are actually a part of her skill set into her career and into her daily life.Ashley has been involved on various tours such as Kanye West, Slipknot and Janet Jackson as a VIP Coordinator, and she was production assistant to Cher for two years during her MGM residency in Washington D.C. Since 2018, Ashley has acted as Hospitality Coordinator for BIG 3 Basketball, the pro basketball league founded by Ice Cube.Ashley’s goals in life are to be a music supervisor and/or work on a music tour. Currently working on her bachelors in music business and or entertainment business, Ashley would like to receive her Masters in ethnomusicology at some point. She is currently based in Maryland.https://www.instagram.com/theashleyalexander/https://www.instagram.com/batbuddha/https://www.youtube.com/c/AshleyalexandertvSupport the Show.
37:20 1/1/21
Ep. 026: Janine Diaz - Health Coach & Personal Trainer
Janine Diaz is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and NASM Certified Personal Trainer whose passion for health & wellness led her to create The Tour Life Podcast & The #Thriving Podcast. Through health coaching and her podcasts, Janine strives to bring awareness to the importance of prioritizing mental, physical, and emotional health everywhere, and especially in the Music Industry. After receiving her undergraduate degree at Indiana University, she completed her training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  Janine believes that a healthy mind starts with nurturing your body, and that, sometimes, all you need is an ear and a helping hand to keep you balanced in a chaotic world. Discover how you can lead a happier and healthier life no matter what life throws at you!https://wellbetterbest.comThe Tour Life PodcastThe #Thriving Podcasthttps://www.instagram.com/j9somethingsomething/Support the Show.
30:30 12/21/20
Ep. 025: Jen Kellogg - Tour Accountant / Educator
Jen Kellogg has spent over 25 adventurous years in the concert industry as a roadie, educator and entrepreneur.  Sometimes she’s one part of the large machine that gets a huge show on stage for an arena full of excited fans.  Other times she’s teaching the next generation of our industry so they can further their own careers.She began road life in 2004 with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson in minor league baseball parks across America as part of a talent buying team at Jam Productions. In addition to three summers with Bob and Willie, she was also part of ballpark tours with Def Leppard and Bryan Adams and the Counting Crows.  The other seasons each year were filled with more traditional talent buying work at Jam Productions for theatres and arenas throughout the midwest. Turns out Jen is a roadie at heart, so she left the full time talent buyer position to become a freelance tour accountant.From 2009 - 2017 Jen was the tour accountant for the Vans Warped Tour.  The legendary punk rock summer camp typically featured 80+ bands on 8+ stages,  22 production busses, hundreds of production employees and a very, very large volume of cash.  In addition to settling the shows with the promoters, she handled all band payments, production payroll and per diems, bus floats, vendor deposits and more. Since 2013, Jen has taught Producing and Touring Live Entertainment at Columbia College Chicago as Adjunct Faculty.  It’s a 15 week, 3 credit hour course that focuses on all aspects of putting together a tour.  Teaching at Columbia got Jen comfortable speaking in front of an audience, and led her to speak at a number of highly respected national events like Pollstar Live and SXSW and smaller regional conferences such as Yellowphone, Driven, and LAUNCH Music Conference and Showcase Festival.From 2015-2018 Jen was a partner and the conference director for the LAUNCH Music Conference and Showcase Festival, where she lined up a diverse group of speakers, addressing topics such as mental health awareness and suicide prevention which might be outside of the “music industry” but affect everyone’s lives.Through her company The Entertainment Institute (TEI), Jen was able to bring this same kind of information to a wider audience. She created the 6 hour course The New Music Biz for CreativeLive and presented it alongside Kevin Lyman, TEI co-founder and Warped Tour Producer. https://www.jenkellogg.com/https://www.showmakers.com/https://www.instagram.com/jkellogg11/https://www.instagram.com/weareshowmakers/Support the Show.
25:05 12/11/20
Ep. 024: Aaron Adams - Tour Manager, Consultant
With over fifteen years of experience as a Tour Manager, Operations Manager, Event Manager, Producer, Consultant, and founder and principal of Accessible, LLC, Aaron Adams has excellently served personal and professional brands spanning various industries.Having a particular passion for the many facets of entertainment, his work threads across a number of well-known brands including but not limited to R&B soul icon, Anita Baker, award-winning rapper and speaker, Lecrae, music industry author and executive, Cappriccieo Scates, budding stand-up and social media comedians KevOnStage and Tony Baker, Broadway superstar Chester Gregory, television networks including BET and MTV and more. Aaron finds relentless joy and fulfillment in serving those who share their art with the world.Links and social media handles mentioned in this episode:https://www.accessiblellc.com/https://www.instagram.com/accessiblellc/https://www.instagram/alwaysaaronahttps://www.instagram.com/bobibyaccessiblellc/https://blackownedbusinessidentifier.com/Support the Show.
46:06 12/1/20
Ep. 023: Jere Righter - Artistic Director, Croswell Opera House
For the past 30 years, Jere Righter has been involved in almost every aspect of the Croswell Opera House in Adrian, Michigan. A native of Adrian, Jere graduated from Siena Heights University with a degree in theater and speech communications. She subsequently served as Siena’s Vice President for Advancement and later was hired to raise funds for medical research at the University of Michigan. In 2009, Jere joined the Croswell staff as Artistic Director.With her vision, people skills, and endless hours of hard work, Jere has boosted the Croswell’s profile as an educational and entertainment destination. In 2016, under Jere’s guidance, the 150 year old theater underwent a $6.3 million renovation and expansion. Jere is continually grateful for all the generous gifts of support, membership, sponsorship, and volunteerism that work in concert with a staff of talented professionals dedicated to continuing the Croswell’s legacy as a downtown Adrian anchor and regional jewel.https://croswell.org/https://www.instagram.com/thecroswell/Support the Show.
28:09 11/15/20
Ep. 022: David '5-1' Norman - Tour Director / Tour Manager
With over 35 years of global touring experience, David has worked on a multitude of tours throughout the world, with artists like Earth, Wind & Fire, Chase Rice, Toni Braxton, John Fogerty, Prince, John Legend, and Toto. His roles have included Tour Director, Tour Manager and Production Manager, with specific skills in areas of tour accounting, budgets, show settlements, staffing, vendor allocation, routing assistance, travel coordination, charter jet bookings and work visas. David has worked as a promoter rep and has the ability to see touring from both sides of the table – as a touring artist as well as from the promoter side which lends a unique slant to understanding all aspects of touring. He has spoken on panels for several years at the Tour Link Conference, Leadership Music in Nashville, University of Georgia Music Business Program, IMFCON Conference, and the 2019 The Hubb Conference in Nashville for CAA to promote diversity in the music industry. He’s also written many professional articles about his time in the industry. David is involved in numerous organizations as a mentor, volunteer, panelist and ambassador of diversity in the world of touring.David was born in the UK, but has lived in the United States for most of his life. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA.http://www.david51.com/http://www.tourforensics.com/https://www.instagram.com/davidfiveone/https://www.roadiesofcolorunited.com/https://www.tourmgmt.org/https://www.welldunn.orgConcert Business BasicsWasted PotentialSupport the Show.
37:57 11/1/20
Ep. 021: Jon Diener - News & Updates
THANKS FOR LISTENING!Finally got a chance to record a quick update on recent happenings with the podcast! In this episode: a major milestone, a roundup of global listeners, and I ask for a couple favors from YOU, the listeners.  Beyond the Spotlight on FacebookBeyond the Spotlight on InstagramSupport the Show.
09:15 10/7/20
Ep. 020: Bob Potsic - Singer/Musician
As a singer, Bob Potsic has performed numerous operas, oratorios, and has sung on Grammy Award nominated albums. He is best known for his engaging performances, enhanced by his massive onstage persona. Specializing in musical theatre pit orchestras, Bob has performed with many theatre companies throughout the United States. He is sought after for his sensitivity to the score, and ability to play multiple styles. Bob regularly holds a studio of nearly 50 students. Feeling at home teaching voice, guitar, piano, and bass, he has had many of his students successfully continue into the arts as a profession.Bob was born and raised in the south suburbs of Chicago and began his studies on trombone in 5th grade and continued until freshman year of high school when he stopped music to pursue sports. Alongside his music making, Bob had also played sports his entire life. But a minor heart surgery sidelined him forever from organized sport. So he joined choir.But Bob’s high school music endeavors didn’t end at choir. He was also involved in musicals, and show choir for four years. He played electric bass for the jazz band and re-joined band his junior year, only this time playing euphonium. There, he learned what dedication and hard work were through marching, concert, and jazz band seasons. Bob went on to attend Western Michigan University where he majored in voice, and got to travel the world while singing in choirs there. His professional career began at 17 years old when he was hired by White Horse Theatre Company to play bass for a production of Songs for a New World. He continued playing at least one show a year from then on. In 2005, Bob began teaching private voice, moved back to Chicago in 2008 and continues his singing and teaching careers there. When not immersed in music, Bob enjoys spending time with his family, lifting weights, and playing hockey.http://www.bobmakesmusic.cohttps://www.instagram.com/bobmakesmusichttps://www.facebook.com/BobMakesMusicSupport the Show.
56:40 9/15/20
Ep. 019: Dave Cohen - Nashville Session Player, Producer, Songwriter
Originally from Calgary, Alberta Canada, keyboardist Dave Cohen has spent the past 13 years in Nashville, garnering accolades that most musicians could only hope to achieve. Cohen first got his start touring with stand-out Canadian acts such as Johnny Reid and Amanda Marshall. After moving to the states and hitting the road to play for country icon Joe Nichols and hit-makers like Big & Rich and Wynonna, Cohen stepped away from touring in 2013 to focus on fine-tuning his talent strictly as a studio musician.Cohen has since played on countless No. 1 hits by country music’s biggest stars including Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Keith Urban, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell, Kip Moore, Old Dominion, Josh Turner, Randy Houser, Chris Lane and more. A culmination of his hard work throughout the last decade, Cohen was named the Academy of Country Music’s 2017 Keyboard Player of the Year. Most recently he won the 2018 Music Row All Star Musician Award.http://www.davecohenlive.comhttps://www.instagram.com/daverosscohenSupport the Show.
54:48 9/1/20
Ep. 018: Josh Keller - Music Director, Performer
After growing up in Northwest Ohio, Josh Keller studied Church Music at the University of Valley Forge, outside Philadelphia. As a student there, he also tutored other students in music theory. Since then, he’s been Music Assistant at Grand Rapids First, and is currently teaching voice and piano at The Piano Cottage Studios in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he lives.After getting involved in the community theater scene there, Josh has been working steadily as a pit musician or music director for numerous theatrical productions.Josh on InstagramJosh on TwitterThe Piano Cottage StudiosSupport the Show.
42:50 8/15/20
Ep. 017: Paul Klimson - Monitor Engineer
Paul Klimson brings twenty highly-credited years of technical experience to the details of audio, staging, video, and lighting arrangement in the areas of television broadcasts, arena performances, international music festivals, and top-tier special events production. He designs, creates, and implements the technical foundation upon which the most resonating musical performances of the day exist.What musicians - like Justin Timberlake, John Legend, and The Roots – understand is that Paul’s technical contributions help drive undeniable impact to their talented performances and serve in collaborative partnership to the extraordinary moments in their audience experience. They trust him. They depend on him. And, most importantly, each take the stage with an artistic confidence enhanced by a sincere reliability in the comprehensive backstage capabilities of Paul’s technical command and teamwork.Paul’s behind-the-scenes work has been felt in the uniquely beautiful Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake acoustic duet performance (of the Cyndi Lauper cover ‘True Colors’) at the Cannes Film Festival (in May 2016) in support of the ‘Trolls’ DreamWorks Animation film. And, soon followed up by the highly-noted Timberlake debut of ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ performance at the annual Eurovision Song Contest finals in Stockholm, Sweden.Paul was plucked out John Legend’s ‘Evolver Tour’ in 2008 to audition (at SNL) for what was to become the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon television show. Over the course of 6 years (and 965+ episodes), he worked in every music production element of the NBC nightly broadcast, in direct support of The Roots, and in full collaboration with an enviable guest list of top acts which include Kanye West, Radiohead, Drake, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Lauryn Hill, and The XX among many others.In 2013, Paul designed and built the monitor package for the famous Studio 6B set at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City and saw the show through its memorable transition into The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He took the new nightly broadcast – managing audio and monitor mixer responsibilities - through another 120 episodes featuring a revolving roster of musical guests that include U2, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Beck, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne, Tim McGraw, Arcade Fire, The Avett Brothers, and numerous other acts. Paul helped solidify the show’s audio team before his departure from television to join Justin Timberlake in the massive ’The 20/20 Experience World Tour’ later that year – Timberlake’s most successful solo tour to date with a total box office gross of $231.6 million.  He most recently finished on Timberlake’s Man of the Woods Tour, which took off on the heels of his epic 2018 SuperBowl performance.Paul’s prior audio experience (from 2006 to 2008) contains a multitude of high-profile sound media projects (on behalf of Masque Sound & Recording Corp.) which include Vdosc System Tech work (for VH-1 Classics, Microsoft MPX 2006, and the Hillary Duff 2006 Tour); Industrials (for Disney Mountain in the City – Avalanche Mountain, Project Runway, New York Marriott Marquis, KLP/Hennessey, The Strokes, Goldfrapp, and Tony Bennett); and Broadway Sound Production (for the Hairspray Vegas installation, Blue Man Group Boston - Charles Playhouse audio reinstall, and the annual Manhattan Theater Club Spring Gala.)Theory One ProductionsThe Roadie Clinic | An Advocacy GroupPaul on InstagramSupport the Show.
80:53 8/1/20