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Everything you didn’t know you needed to know about touring in the music industry. We have honest conversations with some of the best crew, artists, and individuals that exist in the music industry. Hosted by Photographer Adam Elmakias.

Don't Shit On The Bus Adam Elmakias

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Everything you didn’t know you needed to know about touring in the music industry. We have honest conversations with some of the best crew, artists, and individuals that exist in the music industry. Hosted by Photographer Adam Elmakias.

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

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

    This week we welcome back our friend Joey. We promised you two episodes, and two episodes you shall get. This week we go a bit deeper into what jobs exist at a venue. This is important for not only touring professionals but anyone out there who might want to start their journey at a venue level. Honestly, it is a lot of information. I am hoping we can get a typed version of this up pretty soon… Joey just has so much to say and I enjoyed the short tangents we went on throughout the episode as well. Thanks again for your time Joey.

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

    • About the different positions that work at a venue
    • How to transfer touring skills to venue operations
    • How working at a venue helps with touring skills
    • What to avoid doing at a venue

    (00:00) Intro
    (00:34) Patreon
    (00:48) Joey gets on the bus
    (04:25) The benefits of working at a venue
    (11:22) Joey being an usher
    (12:03) Basic little things that mean a lot in a venue
    (16:05) The starting jobs at a venue
    (17:11) What a production coordinator does at a venue
    (20:00) What does VIP do at a venue  
    (23:04) How venues prepped Joey for tour
    (24:03) What does security do at a venue
    (28:54) Adam's security story
    (32:16) What does the box office do at a venue  
    (34:03) Specialized positions  
    (39:34) What are operations
    (41:56) What a tour can do to make a venue's life easier
    (46:32) House photographers for a venue
    (52:10) Shipments to venues
    (54:24) Photographers relationship with venue security
    (58:35) Unforeseen cost
    (1:03:27) Wrap up notes
    (1:04:17) Shower Shoes

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    Joey Philips - Guest

    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yosephphillips/

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    Adam Elmakias - Host

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    How A Venue Operates ft. Joey Phillips (The Forum)

    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 lucky enough to connect with Joey Phillips. Joey is the Event Manager at The Forum in Los Angeles. The Forum is a legendary 17,000 capacity, all music venue, that has been open since 1967. Joey takes us through what the heck a venue does. Because if you are like me - you usually just show up at a venue, give them your ticket - and watch the show. However for every touring job, there is a venue counterpart. The venue has to work with the touring team to advance and figure out every aspect of the show. Then on the day of - they have to put it into action. This is the first of two episodes. Next week we will go a bit more in-depth on what each job does. I hope this week can be a level up in your knowledge on what goes on inside of a venue. Maybe working at a local venue first is your path to get into the music industry. Or maybe you have been touring for a while and want to find a way to get off the road. All that info and more on this week's episode.  



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



    • How Joey became the event manager of The Forum

    • How venues and touring crews operate together

    • What it takes for a venue to run smoothly

    • All of the different positions in a venue

     

    (00:00) Intro

    (01:04) Joey gets on the bus

    (02:06) Why you should listen to Joey

    (03:55) History of the Forum

    (05:02) What Joey does at The Forum 

    (09:13) The Forum Club

    (10:56) Positions at a venue

    (18:46) How Joey navigated the music industry

    (24:37) Why the venue is often overlooked  

    (27:30) Doing what it takes to put on a show

    (28:54) What is the goal of a venue 

    (34:53) Facilities and Live Departments 

    (36:23) How touring crews and venue crews work together  

    (45:23) What is a drop count 

    (57:34) How a touring act can help out a venue 

    (59:52) Wrap up notes 

     

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    Joey Philips - Guest



    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yosephphillips/



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    Don't Shit On The Bus Podcast



    ► Website: http://www.dontshitonthebus.com



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    Adam Elmakias - Host



    ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/elmakias

    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elmakias

    ► Website: https://www.adamelmakias.com



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    Edited & Produced by Connor Gaskey

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Lessons From the Road ft. Ruel and Michelle Grace Hunder

    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 industry. Michelle has been Ruel’s photographer for the past six years. It was rad to hear stories about how they bonded on the road and created a family vibe on the road. If you have not listened to Ruel’s music yet, please check it out. It is beautiful. Michelle’s work is lovely as well, with all the links below as usual. Thank you so much to Ruel and Michelle for taking time out of their busy lives to share their thoughts and ideas with us. There really is no better way to do it than going right to the source.  



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



    • How Ruel and Michelle work together creatively

    • How family values foster a great touring environment

    • The importance of the artist & crew relationship

    • The challenges of touring during your teen years

     

    (00:00) Intro

    (01:56) Patreon

    (03:07) MGH & Ruel get on the bus

    (04:18) Shit on the bus story

    (08:43) Crazy bus drivers

    (10:22) How Michelle and Ruel met

    (15:17) Ruel’s career when he was a kid

    (19:19) What it's like for Ruel to consistently work with Michelle 

    (24:39) How Ruel and Michelle got to the creative teamwork, they're at now 

    (26:33) The age gap didn't matter when Michelle works with Ruel

    (28:25) Why Ruel is so hands-on for his image

    (32:35) Touring with family values

    (35:59) Amsterdam Story 

    (38:43) Ruel's and Michelle’s connection during a live show 

    (48:44) Working remotely

    (50:12) Wrap up notes 

    (50:18) Shower Shoes 

     

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    Ruel - Guest



    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneruel/

    ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/oneruel

    ► TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@oneruel



    Michelle Grace Hunder - Guest



    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/michelleghunder/

    ► Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/michelleghunder

    ► Website: https://www.michellegracehunder.com/



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    Don't Shit On The Bus Podcast



    ► Website: http://www.dontshitonthebus.com



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    ► TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@dontshitonthebus

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    ► Facebook: https://facebook.com/DSotBpodcast



    ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/DSotB

     

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    Adam Elmakias - Host



    ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/elmakias

    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elmakias

    ► Website: https://www.adamelmakias.com



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    Edited & Produced by Connor Gaskey

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

    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 his way up to a Tour Manager. Nowadays he is off the road and a manager at Big Loud. This episode was supposed to be Drew and me answering everyone's questions… and we eventually did. However the first half or so we just go over Drew’s journey in the music industry. I think his journey has some great lessons and examples of how working hard pays off. What the heck is it like Tour Managing an artist as big as Imagine Dragons? (I’ll give you a clue it doesn't involve a lot of sleep)

    Anyway, I don’t know what to call this episode. But it was a lot of fun and I hope you enjoy it too. Maybe we start just doing episodes on people’s origin stories - who knows! As always let us know what you think in the reviews! See you next week!  

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

    • How to work your way up to managing a band
    • The power of a positive mindset
    • How Drew tours with international bands/artists
    • How stressful being away on the road can be

    (00:00) Intro
    (01:37) Patreon
    (02:30) Drew gets on the bus
    (03:52) How Drew got to where he is today
    (07:44) When Drew went on the road
    (15:40) Drew maintaining his friendship over his career
    (17:35) Rafting Adventure
    (18:56) Selling merch on tour  
    (21:02) Transition from merch to tour managing
    (22:46) Tour managing for Imagine Dragons
    (28:24) Drew being a manager
    (31:32) How to remember names better
    (34:15) Knowing the right person for the job
    (37:56) International bands and photographers
    (39:36) How to deal with a bad client
    (45:19) Being in a relationship on tour
    (48:35) Sneaking into shows  
    (52:22) Wrap up notes
    (52:23) Shower Shoes

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    Drew Magid - Guest

    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drewmagid/
    ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/magiddrew
    ► Website: https://bigloudmanagement.com/

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    Don't Shit On The Bus Podcast

    ► Website: http://www.dontshitonthebus.com

    ► Spotify: http://bit.ly/DSotBspotify
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    ► TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@dontshitonthebus
    ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/DSotBpodcast
    ► Instagram: https://instagram.com/DSotBpodcast
    ► Facebook: https://facebook.com/DSotBpodcast

    ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/DSotB

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    Adam Elmakias - Host

    ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/elmakias
    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elmakias
    ► Website: https://www.adamelmakias.com

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    Edited & Produced by Connor Gaskey

    • 54 min
    Danny Worsnop - Everything and Nothing

    Danny Worsnop - Everything and Nothing

    This week we welcome Danny Worspon 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 witnessed firsthand some adventures with Danny. He has years of touring experience traveling all across the world - this guy definitely does not shit on the bus. Thank you Danny for your time and hope to see you on the road again soon.

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

    • How to find yourself off of tour
    • How Danny handled growing up on tour
    • The importance of knowing yourself
    • The physical and mental stress touring can cause

    (00:00) Intro
    (03:31) Danny gets on the bus
    (06:30) Being the same on and off stage
    (08:06) What it's like being an artist on stage
    (10:01) Seattle Incident
    (15:41) How Danny thinks of his different phases
    (17:17) Ireland Story
    (21:43) The next phase after Asking Alexandria  
    (22:45) What it feels to be in a downward spiral
    (23:11) Looking back at retrospective moments
    (26:25) What Danny's life was like for 8 years
    (27:36) Advice for up and coming artist
    (30:52) Taking the music business seriously
    (40:16) Feeling normal
    (44:58) How to interact with certain artist
    (50:45) What Danny thinks of himself
    (53:23) Danny getting ready for tour  
    (55:05) Wrap up notes
    (55:53) Shower Shoes

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    Danny Worsnop - Guest

    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dannyworsnop/
    ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/dannyworsnop
    ► Website: https://www.dannyworsnop.net/

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    Don't Shit On The Bus Podcast

    ► Website: http://www.dontshitonthebus.com

    ► Spotify: http://bit.ly/DSotBspotify
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    ► TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@dontshitonthebus
    ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/DSotBpodcast
    ► Instagram: https://instagram.com/DSotBpodcast
    ► Facebook: https://facebook.com/DSotBpodcast

    ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/DSotB

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    Adam Elmakias - Host

    ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/elmakias
    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elmakias
    ► Website: https://www.adamelmakias.com

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    Edited & Produced by Connor Gaskey

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

    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 artists - she teaches us how to network. Thank you Katy for your time and for sharing your knowledge.

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

    • What a publicist does in the music industry
    • How to properly reach out to a publicist
    • The importance of a publicists
    • How to navigate the music industry as a publicist

    (00:00) Intro
    (03:07) Patreon
    (04:04) Katy gets on the bus
    (04:56) How Katy got involved in the music industry
    (09:12) What it takes to be a good publicist
    (10:44) What does a publicist do
    (14:00) How a publicist works with an artist
    (17:47) Skills needed to be a publicist
    (21:12) An average day as a publicist
    (24:46) Being a pro at taking rejection
    (28:03) The correct way to reach out to a publicist
    (29:18) The proper way to email a request
    (33:26) Ticket buys and how tickets are given out
    (37:42) Creating and maintaining relationships
    (39:52) What a publicist does at a show
    (42:24) Moments that helped Katy learn
    (43:51) Being a woman in the music industry
    (50:55) Size matters for a publication
    (52:51) Major mistakes to avoid when talking to a publicist
    (54:58) Wrap up notes
    (55:06) Shower Shoes

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    Katy Cooper - Guest

    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katycoops_/?hl=en
    ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/katycoops_?lang=en
    ► Big Picture Media: https://bigpicturemediaonline.com/

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    Don't Shit On The Bus Podcast

    ► Website: http://www.dontshitonthebus.com

    ► Spotify: http://bit.ly/DSotBspotify
    ► Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/DSotBapple

    ► TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@dontshitonthebus
    ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/DSotBpodcast
    ► Instagram: https://instagram.com/DSotBpodcast
    ► Facebook: https://facebook.com/DSotBpodcast

    ► Patreon: https://patreon.com/DSotB

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    Adam Elmakias - Host

    ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/elmakias
    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elmakias
    ► Website: https://www.adamelmakias.com

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    Edited & Produced by Connor Gaskey

    • 1 hr 3 min

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