Matthew Walt, Kyle Hamilton, Christine Dallas, and Chris Lee tell their stories from the trenches of the live entertainment world. With over 80 combined years of experience, working with a wide range of A-list artists - including Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, JLo, Rihanna, Jay Z, Drake, Mac Miller and more - these concert veterans share their unique perspectives on surviving and thriving in the music world. Joining them each week are the people that make the shows happen – the working-class heroes - including production vendors, touring and production managers, engineers and techs, MDs, stylists and backstage managers, bus drivers, tour accountants, travel agents and many more.
Catching Up with the Core 4 (Round 3)
Matt, Kyle, Chris, and Dallas are back! It's been a minute, and they've all been working, so we check in on the state of the industry, the things that are working and those that aren't, and hear about some of the big festivals and residencies in which our hosts have taken part.
Abby Franklin Talks the Ins-and-Outs of Wardrobe and Backstage Management
The world of wardrobe and backstage manager occupies a unique space in the touring industry. Few positions on a tour have as much intimate access and proximity to the artist, creating a role that is both fundamental and distinct in the touring industry. It takes a special type of person to fulfill those obligations, and Abby Franklin is one of them. A close friend of Christine, Abby has been working behind-the-scenes to dress and fulfill requests for artists like Prince, Drake, The Jonas Brothers, Phil Collins, Katy Perry, Michael Jackson, and many others. In our discussion with Abby we learn about the extremes that backstage personnel go to in order to create environments where artists Thrive, the self-confidence required to handle such a demanding position, and the importance of self-care on the road.
Fireplay's Nick Whitehouse Talks Creative Production & Technology
Fireplay’s Chief Creative Officer and CEO Nick Whitehouse has honed his craft with nearly a quarter of a century in this business. Starting as a Lighting Designer and with the guidance of a mentor, Whitehouse expanded his role to production designer and creative producer with a bold style that has won the admiration of music’s most prominent figures and a 15-year collaboration with Justin Timberlake. From Super Bowl performances and award shows to pivotal moments in popular culture, chances are you’ve seen Whitehouse’s work without even knowing it. The UK native created Fireplay to bring a unique and collaborative touch to the industry and to provide services that go beyond artists’ expectations to revolutionize production and design. In our discussion, we talk about ways the entertainment industry has been at the forefront of sustainability through technological innovations, the approach that makes Fireplay unique, and the opportunities that exist in AR/VR coming out of the pandemic.
The Music Industry Mental Health White Paper, with Chayim Newman & Zack Borer
Dr. Chayim Newman & Zack Borer are back to discuss mental health in the music industry. Between February and March of 2020 (prior to the work stoppage caused by the pandemic), over 1100 global music industry professionals responded to a survey, indicating exacerbated levels of stress, anxiety, and detrimental behaviors. Upon reviewing the responses and the infrastructure present in the industry, Chayim and Zack created an industry white paper, outlining where we are now, identifying tools and resources that currently exist to address these chronic concerns, and contemplating a blueprint for the road ahead. In our discussion, we talk about the role a governing body could play in mandating industry health and wellness standards, the importance of actionable items being prioritized moving forward, and the different ways members of the music industry can support these efforts as we get back to work.
Special Edition: One Year Anniversary Episode
We started Hustle Like U Broke to highlight the working-class heroes of the music industry, and it turned out to be a great way to stay connected with our road family during an unprecedented hiatus. Here we are a year later and we've had professionals from all walks of touring - audio, lighting, video, design, travel, compliance, security, fan engagement, non-profit support, insurance, and so much more. We knew the breadth of the talent in this industry was wide, but in the past year our appreciation for this incredible group of humans has grown. And that's why our special anniversary episode features a whole cast of characters - along with the Core 4 (Matthew, Kyle, Chris, and Dallas), we're joined by Tami Blevins (C3 Artist Relations), Malchijah Bailey (Independent Risk Management & Security), Ian Simon (Strangeloop Video), Meg Dieter (BWG Festivals & Live Event Logistic), and Dani Triebner (Ascot Travel). In this discussion, we talk about the state of our industry and where we all are, questions specific to each of our fields, and we revisit the most poignant question we ask on the show - tell us one thing you would like to see our industry doing better?
Strength, Knowledge, and Information, with Malchijah Bailey
Veteran Risk Management and Security Specialist Malchijah Bailey has built a sterling reputation working with artists of all genres at the highest level. During his 25 years in business, Bailey has taken a wealth of experiences as a Road Manager, Tour Manager and one man tour de force handling personal and venue security on stadium tours, gaining intimate knowledge of the different audiences that come see his clients, resulting in a security mindset that prioritizes people and relationships. In our discussion with Bailey we talk about how backstage will need to evolve when we return to the road, the best way to create and preserve the right tour vibe, and learn tricks of the trade that have made him a source of knowledge and inspiration.