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.
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.
Passion, Product, and Perseverance, with Megan Duckett
Megan Duckett came to the US with dreams of becoming a rock 'n' roll lighting tech. Unfortunately, that dream was never fully realized, but with the true hustler spirit, Megan carved out her own unique space in soft goods, and has taken her business from an 800-square-foot operation in Torrance to a 50,000-square-foot operation in Compton, employing more than 30 people, making backdrops and custom soft goods for groups like KISS, The Foo Fighters, Guns 'N' Roses, and Kendrick Lamar. In our discussion, we talk about Megan's hustler spirit, the innovative ways she's incorporated technology into her business, her pivot to PPE during COVID, and the importance of finding purpose in the face of adversity.
Tour Insurance and the Road Back to Live, with Brent Daughrity
Brent Daughrity leads the Entertainment Practice Group at Anderson Benson Insurance and Risk Management. In this role, he works with clients across multiple genres, ranging from baby acts to superstars, providing strategic counsel and tailored coverage solutions to protect artists and their interests. During his tenure Daughrity and team developed a Music and Social influencer program and were named Lloyd’s Coverholders. In today's episode with Brent we learn the nuts and bolts of the live event insurance market, where we are right now and where we need to get to, and the challenges facing the live event marketplace after COVID.