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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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    • 4.9 • 78 Ratings

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.

    Trust Your Gut ft. Eric Gerloff (A$AP Ferg, Lil Uzi Vert, BoywithUke)

    Trust Your Gut ft. Eric Gerloff (A$AP Ferg, Lil Uzi Vert, BoywithUke)

    Everyone lets welcome onto the bus, Eric Gerloff! Eric wears a lot of hats on tour; he’s a tour manager, production manager, and sound engineer to name a few. Eric has toured with a wide variety of artists starting all the way back on Warped Tour and now tour manages A$AP Ferg, Lil Uzi Vert, and BoywithUke. Thanks to his years of experience in the music industry, Eric has a strong gut feeling when hiring crew members or working with a new artist. There’s so much knowledge to gain from Eric so get comfy for this week’s episode of Don’t Shit on the Bus!

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

    • How Eric has worked with a long list of varied genre artist
    • What is it like to tour in the rap/hip hop world
    • Why does Eric trust his gut so much when choosing crew members or artists to work for
    • Lessons Eric learned from mistakes he made early in his career

    (00:00) Intro
    (01:47) Patreon
    (02:13) Eric gets on the bus
    (02:27) How long Adam and Eric have known each other
    (04:50) When Eric started touring
    (06:24) Mistakes Eric made early on in his career
    (11:08) Who Eric has worked for
    (13:43) Difference between Warped Tour bands and hip-hop artists
    (20:02) What it's like being on a free for all tour
    (25:47) How to let people know you're available
    (27:37) What Eric looks for when bringing on new tour members
    (36:28) Smoking and drinking on the job
    (49:27) How to know when you're the right fit for an artist
    (56:04) Wrap up notes
    (56:38) Shower Shoes

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    Eric Gerloff - Guest

    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/detroitbatman_/
    ► Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-gerloff-29880351

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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 6 min
    Introducing Entourage Pro - A Verified Global Crew Network

    Introducing Entourage Pro - A Verified Global Crew Network

    Everyone please welcome the founders of Entourage Pro James and Joel. Entourage Pro is at its very core -  a verified private global crew network. I was very excited when I learned about this site and I feel deeply that this is exactly what the music industry needs. James and Joel answer all of my questions, provide some insight on how they made this site,  and cover how you can sign up and create an account. Sign up!  

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

    • What is Entourage Pro
    • Why did Joel and James create Entourage Pro for
    • How to create and edit an account on Entourage Pro
    • Why the music industry operates on a word-of-mouth system for getting gigs

    (00:00) Intro
    (02:22) Patreon
    (03:18) Joel and James get on the bus
    (04:06) What Joel and James do in the music industry
    (14:28) Why the music industry was such a word-of-mouth industry?
    (19:50) What is Entourage Pro?
    (24:33) Pitfalls Joel and James avoided when creating Entourage Pro
    (29:38) Who gets hired on Entourage Pro and who does the hiring
    (40:07) Convincing people to switch over to Entourage Pro
    (50:42) Going on and using Entourage Pro
    (01:12:56) Editability on the site
    (01:17:02) How it felt to launch the Entourage Pro
    (01:18:47) Wrap up notes

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    Entourage Pro - Guest

    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/entourageproltd
    ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/pro_entourage
    ► Website: https://www.entouragepro.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 20 min
    Stagehand 101 ft. Kenny Barnwell (Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Seal)

    Stagehand 101 ft. Kenny Barnwell (Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Seal)

    Everyone welcome one of the most enthusiastic people we’ve had on the bus, Kenny Barnwell! Over the past 20 years, Kenny has worked his way up from a local stagehand to touring with Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber, and Ariana Grande. Kenny also is the co-founder of Freedom Music events, an author, and teaches online courses for crew careers. Let's get ready for this week’s episode of Don’t Shit on the Bus!  

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

    • What someone can do to level up as a stagehand
    • How Kenny went from living in his car to touring with A-list artist
    • The value of working for free at the beginning in the music industry
    • What Kenny believes people on the road now can do to help out new stagehands

    (00:00) Intro
    (03:05) Patreon
    (03:59) Kenny gets on the bus
    (06:12) How Kenny got started in the music industry
    (17:04) Working for free
    (19:31) How stagehands are hired on
    (21:14) How Kenny transitioned into touring
    (27:38) What is a stagehand
    (33:12) It's all about who knows you
    (35:10) Missteps when reaching out to someone
    (40:24) Can you be a good hang on tour
    (43:38) Being a stagehand is like paid training
    (48:07) First steps to being hired as a local stagehand
    (55:22) Leveling up from a stagehand
    (01:05:37) What people on the road can do now to help new stage hands out
    (01:11:00) Wrap up notes

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    Kenny Barnwell - Guest

    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekennybarnwell
    ► Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kennybarnwell
    ► Crew Coach: https://freedommusicevents.com/crew-coach
    ► Back Stage Crew Careers: https://www.instagram.com/backstagecrewcareers

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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 14 min
    Connor's First Tour (BoywithUke)

    Connor's First Tour (BoywithUke)

    Connor made me write the caption this week…. Because we have Connor on the podcast! Everyone welcome our very own producer, editor, and resident good vibes advocate Connor Gaskey. Connor is on his first. tour. ever. And I couldn’t be more proud, excited, and thrilled for him. Of course, it’s only right we snag him for a day to talk to him about what he has been up to.

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

    • How Connor was able to network his way onto his first tour
    • What skills Connor has learned while on the road
    • The importance of being organized and clean on a bandwagon
    • What it’s like to work so one on one with BoywithUke

    (00:00) Intro
    (01:29) Patreon
    (02:22) Connor gets on the bus
    (03:45) How Connor networked his way to getting his first tour
    (06:59) Connor reached out to other photographers
    (10:07) Stuff you need to know before going on the road
    (12:32) First day on tour
    (19:05) Rules of a bandwagon
    (19:54) Stories from the road
    (26:28) Days seem the same on the road
    (29:14)  Daily routine on tour
    (33:04) Staying healthy on tour
    (35:05) The show
    (36:15) Working one on one with BoywithUke
    (38:46) Recognizing things Connor learned from the podcast on tour
    (40:27) One thing of touring Connor did not expect
    (41:17) Shower shoes
    (41:27) Using skills learned from off the road on tour
    (42:25) Things Connor is trying to improve on while touring
    (43:28) Wrap up notes

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    Connor Gaskey - Guest

    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/connortherealgaskey
    ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/cjgaskey
    ► Website: https://www.connorgaskey.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

    • 46 min
    Being The Best Hang ft. Chris Lent (The Villa, Polyphia)

    Being The Best Hang ft. Chris Lent (The Villa, Polyphia)

    Let's welcome Chris Lent to the podcast this week! Chris is a drum tech, drummer, and stage manager. Chris has played with From First To Last, I Set My Friends On Fire - and is currently in The Villa and Pretty Idiiot.  He is currently stage manager for Polyphia. The path Chirs has made into the music industry is one of the most rock n roll ways and it’s incredible to chat with him about how he kept leveling up his career. He’s a guy of many talents both as a crew member as well as being in a couple of his own bands. There’s a lot to learn about being a great hang on the road in this one so get ready for this week’s episode of  Don’t Shit on the Bus!  

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

    • Why Chris makes friends with all his crew mates on tour
    • How Chris has worked with and been in several bands over his music career
    • The importance of leaving your ego at the door when going out on the road
    • What happened in the viral video Chris was in

    (00:00) Intro
    (01:57) Patreon
    (03:03) Chris gets on the bus
    (03:16) Chris's viral video
    (12:06) Scaling up with Polyphia
    (13:23) Going from drum tech to stage manager
    (14:47) How Chris started touring
    (18:42) Stories from the road
    (26:02) Chris on joining I See My Friends on Fire
    (30:35) Who Chris is currently touring with
    (35:09) Working off the road
    (38:39) Working without an ego
    (40:02) Taking a break from music
    (43:55) Creating relationships with crew members
    (50:48) How to be a good guest on stage
    (55:35) Wrap up notes
    (56:01) Shower Shoes

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    Chris Lent - Guest

    ► Linktree: https://linktr.ee/PrettyIdiiot
    ► The Vila: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ae8KWCsJNw

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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

    • 58 min
    Started as a Runner ft. Angie Warner (Post Malone, Jay-Z, BTS)

    Started as a Runner ft. Angie Warner (Post Malone, Jay-Z, BTS)

    This week on the podcast let's welcome Angie Warner who is a tour manager. Angie has toured with artists such as Post Malone, Jay-Z, and is the western residency tour manager for BTS. It’s incredible how much Angie has accomplished in her 22 years in the music industry, this episode felt like Angie was telling stories around a bonfire. She’s truly one of the best at what she does and her insight of arena-filling talent is something you won’t want to miss. There’s so much to learn this week so get comfy, grab a good drink, and enjoy another week of Don’t Shit on the Bus!

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

    • How Angie has been able to work with some of the biggest names in the music industry
    • What it’s like tour manage arena level show with Post Malone and BTS is like
    • How important security becomes at larger scale music events
    • The type of security measures that are needed for larger-scale music events

    (00:00) Intro
    (02:15) Patreon
    (02:47) Angie gets on the bus
    (07:47) How Angie got started in the music industry
    (13:43) How to stand out as a runner
    (16:56) Morals Angie lives by when teaching others in the industry
    (21:10) How touring has changed over the last 20 years
    (25:08) How Angie has worked with the artist she’s toured with
    (32:14) What a tour manager has to do at different levels of touring
    (40:47) Angie's routine on tour
    (43:22) Getting a tour dog
    (49:40) What security is like on arena level tours
    (01:00:13) Wrap up notes
    (01:01:01)Shower Shoes

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    Angie Warner - Guest

    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kidang711
    ► Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kidang

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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 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

bayleebruno ,

The insider info I’ve been looking for!

This podcast gives all of the explicit details that I was looking for on the day-to-day responsibilities of a wide variety of touring jobs. Adam and Neil discuss details on where to start, who to talk to , and hearing the real life experiences from the professionals they interview is very helpful. Also the discord community is so supportive and friendly!! My favorite podcast!

jackiiiiih ,

Dsotb

This podcast is such an easy listen! Adam and Neil have a really great rapport, I laugh just as much as I learn in each episode. Whether you’re trying to break into the touring industry or you’re branching out from your usual murdery type podcasts, this is definitely worth a listen!!

Shelby_44 ,

Love it!!! 10/10 would recommend

This podcast is super informative for anyone who’s interested in working in the music industry or just anyone who’s curious about how everything works on tour. I’ve always been curious about the different types of jobs in the music industry and what goes into making a tour happen, and this podcast is perfect for learning about that. Everyone on the podcast has so much valuable information to share and are great to listen to. Neil and Adam are amazing hosts and make the podcast fun and entertaining and have so many funny memories and stories to share. Go check out this amazing podcast and join our incredible Discord community!

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