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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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    • 5.0 • 73 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.

    What Does a Stylist Do? ft. Brooke Llewellyn (Demi Lovato, Sia)

    What Does a Stylist Do? ft. Brooke Llewellyn (Demi Lovato, Sia)

    This week we have Brooke on the podcast! I got to hang out with Brooke a few weeks ago at a wedding and the whole time I was just thinking - I need to know more about what she does for a living. We met once before, but never really got the time to sit down and know her - now I have! Brooke is a stylist that has worked with Demi Lovato, SIA, and St. Vincent to name a few. I never realized what a big role a stylist plays in someone's look. After the fact, it kind of seemed like a no-brainer, and I am not sure how I overlooked it before. As always I hope you genuinely enjoy this episode as much as I did. Any week I get to learn about someone else’s job on the road is a good week for me.  

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

    • How Brooke started being a stylist
    • What it’s like being on tour for most of the year
    • How Brooke went from being a photo assistant to a lead stylist for A list artist
    • How Brooke’s great network of friends helped her tour with Demi Lovato

    (00:00) Intro
    (01:53) Patreon
    (02:28) Brooke gets on the bus
    (04:32) What does a stylist do
    (10:03) The need to have a stylist on your team
    (12:03) How Brooke started in styling  
    (18:49) Brooke going on tour with Anlias
    (27:24) Touring with Demi Lovato
    (31:35) Making the best of a situation
    (39:19) A stylist schedule on tour
    (51:55) What Brooke is working on now
    (55:08) What's next for Brooke
    (57:02) Wrap up notes  
    (57:33) Shower Shoes

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    Brooke Llewellyn - Guest

    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stylistbrooke
    ► Website: http://brooke-llewellyn.squarespace.com/

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    Don't Shit On The Bus Podcast

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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

    • 59 min
    Fostering Friendships in the Music Industry – Interview with Thomas Falcone (Usher, Big Sean, Dillon Francis)

    Fostering Friendships in the Music Industry – Interview with Thomas Falcone (Usher, Big Sean, Dillon Francis)

    This week we have Thomas Falcone on the bus! Thomas and I have been friends for a while. He has toured around the world - and I have been lucky enough to have toured with him myself. AV Club reporting for Duty. He started in the Warped Tour world, made his way through hip hop, DJs, and now spends most of his time with the biggest artists you know - such as Big Sean, Shawn Mendes, and John Mayer. Anyway, if there is one thing Thomas is a pro at - it’s being a good dude. He fills every room he enters with his good vibes and this week, we take a dive into what it takes to navigate this industry and make friends along the way.  

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

    • How Thomas started photography
    • How to make lasting relationships on tour
    • The importance of ending a business relationship the correct way
    •  How Thomas made large advances in his career

    (00:00) Intro
    (03:22) Thomas gets on the bus
    (08:01) More than just photography
    (10:03) How Thomas became a music photographer
    (14:53) The artists Thomas has worked with
    (17:45) Finding time to make friends on tour
    (25:20) Making transitions from artist to artist
    (28:11) Touring with the correct artist for your career
    (35:40) How to end a business relationship on good terms
    (43:21) How to become internet friends with people
    (48:39) Embarrassing social situations
    (51:48) Best way to remember names
    (53:39) Wrap up notes  
    (56:55) Shower Shoes

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    Thomas Falcone - Guest

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

    • 59 min
    Interview with Podcast Host Adam Elmakias

    Interview with Podcast Host Adam Elmakias

    This week we did something a little different. We will be back to our normal schedule next week. My friend Crague hit me up and said “no one knows your story” - and as much as I feel like I have told it cumulatively throughout the podcast, he made a good point. We haven’t really devoted any solid time to it. And hey, if you are just showing up here to watch the podcast and don’t know anything about me. That is okay! If you want to know a bit about me - here it is. This episode is brought to you advertisement free by our Patreons!  

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

    • How Adam started photography
    • To focus on doing what you love
    • The importance of keeping your experiences fresh
    •  How to do whatever it takes to get on tour

    (00:00) Intro
    (01:24) How Adam and Connor met
    (04:21) Patreon
    (05:06) Adam gets on the bus
    (06:38) How Adam start in photography  
    (09:45) When did Adam start to tour
    (13:22) Going from local shows to international acts
    (18:10) Being a fine arts photographer
    (22:36) From band world to DJ world
    (25:47) When Adam met Diplo
    (28:17) First3 Agency
    (35:02) What photographers can do to get on tour
    (37:21) Giving back  
    (40:53) Wrap up notes  
    (42:49) Shower Shoes


    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

    • 44 min
    Becoming a Personal Photographer ft. Conor McDonnell (Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding)

    Becoming a Personal Photographer ft. Conor McDonnell (Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding)

    This week we welcome Conor McDonnell to the bus! I have known Conor for the past ten years and seeing the accomplishments he has pulled off both professionally and personally are nothing short of impressive. In this episode, we talk about what it takes to go from touring with an artist - to working with them on a very personal level. Touring is already personal, but being the guy who goes with them to private events, parties, and everything else - that takes a true connection. We very much limit our conversations to his jobs within the music industry - but I would encourage you to check out his portfolio for some amazing images in other areas as well.

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

    • How Conor became a person photographer
    • The importance of always learning
    • The significance of reading rooms
    • How to become more than a photographer to an artist

    (00:00) Intro
    (02:11) Patreon
    (03:02) Conor gets on the bus
    (05:45) How Conor got into photography
    (10:20) When Conor started touring  
    (11:52) When Conor met Calvin Harris
    (14:10) Being able to read the room
    (15:07) Being more than a photographer
    (19:15) When Conor knew he made it as a photographer
    (20:38) Conor saying yes a lot early in his career
    (24:04) Roadblocks switching between photography styles
    (25:43) Working with managers
    (30:13) Different music genres operate their own way
    (31:49) Being a personal photographer for Calvin Harris  
    (34:15) Creatively collaborating with Calvin  
    (35:13) Learn as you go
    (37:00) Staying humble
    (40:34) How to not be seen during a concert
    (46:07) Wrap up notes
    (46:20) Shower Shoes

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    Conor McDonnell - Guest

    ► Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ConorMcDPhoto/
    ► Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConorMcDPhoto
    ► Website: https://conormcdonnell.co.uk/

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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
    ► 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

    • 48 min
    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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    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
    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



    ► 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 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 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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