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The point of this podcast is simple. We want to pull back the curtain and bring you backstage, beyond the spotlight, to give you a glimpse into the world of folks like you and me who are working in the trenches of the music, theater, and entertainment industries. They may not be household names, but they are key players in bringing to life the shows we all enjoy. Over the last 41 years, your host Jon Diener has worked as a musician, producer, recording engineer, videographer, editor, motion graphics artist, and photographer. He's spent most of his life around people working hard behind the scenes and wants to learn more about their journeys and share their stories with you.

The point of this podcast is simple. We want to pull back the curtain and bring you backstage, beyond the spotlight, to give you a glimpse into the world of folks like you and me who are working in the trenches of the music, theater, and entertainment industries. They may not be household names, but they are key players in bringing to life the shows we all enjoy. Over the last 41 years, your host Jon Diener has worked as a musician, producer, recording engineer, videographer, editor, motion graphics artist, and photographer. He's spent most of his life around people working hard behind the scenes and wants to learn more about their journeys and share their stories with you.

Location:

United States

Description:

The point of this podcast is simple. We want to pull back the curtain and bring you backstage, beyond the spotlight, to give you a glimpse into the world of folks like you and me who are working in the trenches of the music, theater, and entertainment industries. They may not be household names, but they are key players in bringing to life the shows we all enjoy. Over the last 41 years, your host Jon Diener has worked as a musician, producer, recording engineer, videographer, editor, motion graphics artist, and photographer. He's spent most of his life around people working hard behind the scenes and wants to learn more about their journeys and share their stories with you.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep. 044: Michael Jeffers - Touring Bassist

6/21/2021
Michael Jeffers is a life long music professional, performer and player. He started out in music performing with his father’s family band, then became a founding member of the critically acclaimed band Pinmonkey and got signed to RCA Records. Michael’s been traveling town to town on tour buses since 1999, loves to golf, and he is a lover of all things real. Experience Touring Bass player Joe Nichols Jan 2008 – Present Founding member and bass player Pinmonkey Jan 1999 – Jan 2006 Doc...

Duration:00:26:33

Ep. 043: Mark Clark - Tour Manager / Production Manager / Tour Accountant

6/11/2021
Mark Clark has worked in the touring industry for over 10 years. He got his start in his home state of Alabama, driving artists at music festivals, and is currently based in New Orleans. Mark has managed tours throughout North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Europe. In his day-to-day work, he oversees a 360-degree advanced process, from show advance, to tour accounting, to settlements, visas, production, logistics, press, and all the ins-and-outs of the vital show...

Duration:00:42:33

Ep. 042: Angelique Mark - Production Coordinator

6/1/2021
Angelique Mark has amassed over two decades' experience traveling the globe, working with a variety of musical acts in rooms ranging from small clubs to stadiums. Her work focuses mainly in: logistics; immigration; accounting; and high-level time management, often under the most stressful of situations. Most recently, Angelique has been working as a mentor through Grammy U and the Well Dunn organization, helping young people learn about the world of live shows and touring. Production...

Duration:00:32:42

Ep. 041: Marty Hom - Tour Manager, Production Coordinator

5/21/2021
TOUR EXPERIENCE Present ROLLING STONES – Tour Manager 1997 - Present FLEETWOOD MAC – Tour Manager 1999 – Present BARBRA STREISAND – Tour Director January 24, 2020 MUSICARES PERSON OF THE YEAR HONORING DOLLY PARTON - Co-Producer 2010 – Present SHAKIRA – Tour Director 1997 - Present STEVIE NICKS - Tour Manager Dec ’15 – Nov ‘16 BEYONCE – Tour Director/Producer Formation Tour 2012 – Present VAN HALEN TOUR 2012 & 2015 – Tour Manager Feb '14 – Dec ‘15 LIONEL RICHIE - Tour...

Duration:00:30:11

Ep. 040: Aoife Ahern - Tour Manager, Production Coordinator

5/11/2021
Aoife Ahern has a huge amount of Project Management experience, having been a Global Producer, Tour Manager, Production Coordinator, Advance Manager|Artist Relations and a Talent Booker. She has advanced many large scale festivals (80,000+ capacity) such as Oxegen Festival to Kaaboo Festival. She has also been a promoter's rep and a production manager for a huge number of shows, as well as promoting weekly shows of 2000+ capacity. Aoife has toured with artists such as Prince, Beyonce, Jay-Z,...

Duration:00:27:48

Ep. 039: Rayna Zemel - Playback Engineer, Producer, Composer

5/1/2021
Passionate and extroverted, Rayna’s varied background gives her a unique perspective as well as an ability to engage people from all walks of life. Before graduating with a degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont, Rayna grew up at the intersection of multiple cultures. As a child, Rayna was raised between three worlds - She could be found at a Baptist church in Camden, New Jersey with her grandmother, at synagogue in Philadelphia with her mother’s family of Jewish...

Duration:00:40:33

Ep. 038: Sai Hanif - CEO, Drum Tech, Tour Manager

4/21/2021
Sai Hanif has been working in the music industry for over sixteen years. In addition to live event production, he founded and continues to run a successful musical instrument brand. Sai has taken his business acumen and applied it to the artists he works with throughout his career. He specializes in scaling artists by implementing processes to create efficient workflows with respect to the creative process. Specialties: Tour Direction, Production Management, Design, Budgeting, Travel,...

Duration:00:32:36

Ep. 037: Cherise P - Chief Marketing Officer, Special Brand + FanGage Nation

4/11/2021
Innovator, digital marketer, brand positioning expert, data geek, and even musician, are just some of the ways that Cherise P has been described. These words have been applied whether from the halls of Coca-Cola where she served as Senior Marketing Manager of Shopper Marketing Innovation and Senior Customer Marketing Manager (partnership marketing) to the Washington D.C. offices of the U.S. President appointed Election Assistance Commission where she negotiated over $100K in funding for her...

Duration:00:28:55

Ep. 036: Alex Prince - Tour Manager, Production Coordinator

4/1/2021
Alex Prince has been involved in the live music industry for years, working primarily as a Production Coordinator, but also as Tour Manager and Production Manager. He is a California native who recently relocated to Minnesota. His list of credits: Production Manager Ground Branch Management Freelance Dates Employed Sep 2020 – Present Production Managed the Biden Harris Live TV Studio from both remote and on-site settings. Production Coordinator Tyler, The Creator Dates Employed Jan...

Duration:00:26:52

Ep. 035: Paul Dalen - Tour Manager, Production Manager, FOH Mixer

3/21/2021
After 20+ years of traveling as a Tour Manager and FOH Sound Engineer, Paul Dalen retired from touring in the ‘90s and worked for Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco as production manager at The Fillmore, The Warfield and a number of other bay area venues. In 2001, he moved to New York and spent the next 5 years at David Whitehead’s highly respected firm Maine Road Management. At the time of his departure, the music roster included David Bowie, David Byrne, Luna, Joe Henry, Beth Orton,...

Duration:00:41:52

Ep. 034: Pam Matthews - Exec. Director, IEBA

3/11/2021
Pam Matthews is a proven industry leader with four decades of experience in the entertainment business. She began her career at age fifteen as a runner for Mid South Concerts in Memphis. Today, she serves the live entertainment industry as Executive Director of one of its most influential trade organizations. Matthews toured as an accountant for KISS and Ozzy Osbourne in the early 80s and was part of the Pace Concerts (now Live Nation) team that designed, constructed, and managed Starwood...

Duration:00:44:03

Ep. 033: Victor Reed, Sr. - Production Manager

3/1/2021
Victor Reed Sr. has been on the road since the late 70s. From his early days with Bobby Brown, Bell Biv DeVoe, and Rick James, to Stevie Wonder’s performance at President Obama’s 2nd inaugural, to recent tours with Kendrick Lamar and Mary J Blige, Victor has built an impressive resume of achievements and eventually became CEO of his own company, Global Events Production Network, LLC. Highlights from just the last 10 years of Victor's career: 2020 NICK CANNON – (Wild-N-Out Live US Tour)...

Duration:00:41:23

Ep. 032: Marcia Ramirez - Singer/Songwriter & Background Vocalist

2/21/2021
Many people have seen Marcia Ramirez performing on stage with artists such as Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless, Pam Tillis and Tanya Tucker. Now people are discovering Marcia's own music as she's becoming an in-demand performer at many venues across the country, such as the world famous "Bluebird Cafe" in Nashville, TN. Marcia is a multi-instrumentalist, as well as one of Nashville's busiest session singers. Marcia has 5 solo albums, “Compromise”, "The Barefoot Sessions", "Life Goes On",...

Duration:00:52:35

Ep. 031: Lady A - Performer/Manager/Producer

2/11/2021
Lady A began her performance career as a back-up singer in a Motown Revue band during the 90's. Her love of music, gospel background, Louisiana roots, and musical family always led her back to the blues and gospel music, mixed with flavors of soul and funk like a perfect jambalaya. Known as "The Hardest Workin Woman in Blues, Soul, Funk & Gospel" continue reading and find out why... Voted Best Blues Performer of the Year 2020 ~ Lady A's NEW CD Project: Lady A Live in New Orleans released in...

Duration:00:43:41

Ep. 030: Gabi Parra - Tour & Production Coordinator

2/1/2021
Gabi Parra is a tour production specialist with over 15 years in the live event business. Having begun as venue staff, production runner, and stagehand for a wide array of artists such as Elton John, Bob Dylan, Blue Man Group, Lil Wayne, and Tom Petty, she would then go on touring life. For the past 10 years, she has served as the lead production coordinator for Earth, Wind & Fire. Parra also has experience working in the corporate world as a freelance production coordinator for corporate...

Duration:00:32:04

Ep. 029: Sarina Larson - Co-Founder, Merch Roadie

1/21/2021
Sarina Larson is the Co-Founder of Merch Roadie. In pandemic times, she is focused on Digital-Tour Management work, a new approach to the music business for artists that she's hypothesized. She is from Sacramento, CA, and currently lives in Nashville, TN, frequenting Germany and the UK. She has lived in Thailand, The Netherlands, and the USA. She has a Bachelor's degree in International Business and is currently applying to law...

Duration:00:25:45

Ep. 028: Jim Digby - Event Safety Alliance & Show Makers

1/11/2021
Jim has spent three decades bringing celebrated talent to stages across the globe. Longtime Director of Touring for multi-platinum recording artists Linkin Park, he has shepherded productions for diverse and high-profile clients including Enrique Iglesias, Backstreet Boys, Marilyn Manson, The Bolshoi Ballet, Phil Collins, and Bon Jovi. Jim’s is passionate about event safety, sharing professional knowledge, and driving positive change in the industry. He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of the...

Duration:00:34:58

Ep. 027: Ashley Lomax - Hospitality & VIP Coordinator

1/1/2021
Ashley Lomax has 12+ years of singing and songwriting and 8+ years of VIP touring experience with such companies as Live Nation and On The List Presents. She has a deep love and passion for music, songwriting, and the arts in general. Ashley is one of the lucky ones who has figured out a way to incorporate the things that are actually a part of her skill set into her career and into her daily life. Ashley has been involved on various tours such as Kanye West, Slipknot and Janet Jackson as a...

Duration:00:37:20

Ep. 026: Janine Diaz - Health Coach & Personal Trainer

12/21/2020
Janine Diaz is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and NASM Certified Personal Trainer whose passion for health & wellness led her to create The Tour Life Podcast & The #Thriving Podcast. Through health coaching and her podcasts, Janine strives to bring awareness to the importance of prioritizing mental, physical, and emotional health everywhere, and especially in the Music Industry. After receiving her undergraduate degree at Indiana University, she completed her training at the...

Duration:00:30:30

Ep. 025: Jen Kellogg - Tour Accountant / Educator

12/11/2020
Jen Kellogg has spent over 25 adventurous years in the concert industry as a roadie, educator and entrepreneur. Sometimes she’s one part of the large machine that gets a huge show on stage for an arena full of excited fans. Other times she’s teaching the next generation of our industry so they can further their own careers. She began road life in 2004 with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson in minor league baseball parks across America as part of a talent buying team at Jam Productions. In...

Duration:00:25:05