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The Tour Life

The Tour Life

By Janine Diaz
Stories from music industry professionals about life on & off the road to help you lead a happier & healthier life. Hosted by Janine, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and NASM-CPT. Follow on @thetourlifepodcast & check out
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Diversity & Inclusion, Mental Health, & Authentic Networking with Tour Manager Lotje Horvers
Lotje Horvers is a Tour Manager who has worked with artists such as Fever Ray, Robyn, Röyksopp, M83, and The Knife. She won the 2020 Women in Live Music "Tour Manager of the year" award, has been a frequent panelist throughout the pandemic, and sits on the committee of the Tour Production Group. In 2021, she launched the non-profit Backstage Pass, aimed at improving diversity and inclusion in the Dutch live music industry. In this episode, she shares how putting on shows as a teenager led her to pursue a music management degree and into concert touring. We also discuss why it’s super important to look after your mental health when filling your calendar, the role that diversity and inclusion play in the touring world, and how keeping in touch with new friends can help you give and receive professional opportunities in the future. You can find her on Instagram @lotjetm. Download the TPG Mental Health Charter
December 28, 2021
Financial Responsibility & Self-Care with Tour Manager Joseph Farriella
Joseph Farriella is a Tour Manager, Production Manager, and Tour accountant who has worked with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Toni Braxton, Orianthi, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chromeo, The Ataris, Simple Plan, and Matchbox Twenty, among others. In this episode, we discuss the state of touring going into fall 2021, how touring has changed over the years, and the importance of being financially responsible in the touring industry. You can find him on Instagram @ponyboy_productions.
November 09, 2021
Tour Book, Behind the Scenes of the Live Event Industry with Rachel Pfenning Hales
Rachel Pfenning Hales started her career touring around the world with the Black Eyed Peas, and then, with Lynyrd Skynyrd. She has spent the last several years working at one-of-a-kind Rock Lititz helping with various touring rehearsals and building up the live event culture on campus. She has also maintained a passion for writing about the live event industry and beyond. In this episode, we discuss Tour Book, which explores a show day in the life of roadies in the live event industry, and how the book can help crew and their friends and family understand what really goes on in a roadie’s day-to-day life. We also discuss the importance of asking questions and listening to the answers in order to make sense of a non-traditional career path, especially if you want to work out on the road. You can find her on Instagram @rapfenhales About the book: "It's show night. You've bought tickets and are waiting with your friends. The lights drop. The darkness swells in anticipation. A collective cheer grows. A breath of silence. Then, that first chord screams from the speakers. Lights flash to flood the stage, radiating as the concert comes to life. We are there, too, in the dark under the show, behind it, and above it. Each prop or cool trick, every costume or scene change requires the hidden help of someone behind the scenes. In a few hours, you will have gone home, but we will still be here, tearing it all down. We will pack up the gear, load up more than a dozen tractor-trailers, and head out to the next city."
October 05, 2021
Bringing Wellness on Tour to Avoid Burnout with Tour Manager & Naturopathic Nutritionist Suzi Green
Suzi Green is a Tour Manager and Naturopathic Nutritionist who has worked with artists such as Wolf Alice, Placebo, Katie Melua, PJ Harvey, Marina Diamandis, The Chemical Brothers, and James Blake. She is the creator of The Back Lounge, a support group where touring professionals have come together throughout the pandemic to share their experiences as well to prepare to get back on the road in a healthier and more sustainable way. She is also a member of the Tour Production Group which looks to make touring a friendlier and more inclusive place. In this episode, we discuss the magic of going on your first tour, getting back to work after experiencing burnout, how the illusions of being on tour contrast with reality, how The Back Lounge came to be, as well as ways we can bring wellness on tour. You can find her on Instagram @suzigr & @thebackloungetouring and also at Read Suzi's Pollstar feature here.
September 07, 2021
Crisis Management & Returning to Life on the Road with The Black Keys Tour Manager Jim Runge
Jim Runge is an award-winning tour manager who has worked with artists such as The Black Keys, Lil Dicky, Major Lazer, Imagine Dragons, Lucinda Williams, the Replacements, Chase Rice, and a long list of others. His 30+ years of entertainment industry experience has brought him to nearly every major venue and festival in the US. His career has taken him from promoting punk bands in the early '80s to managing large-scale tours. He is also a co-host and co-producer of Tour Management 101. In this episode, we discuss the importance of mentor/mentee relationships, how to stay connected to “the real world” while on the road, being a working parent, nurturing a culture of respect, how it feels to be so close to returning to the road, as well as crisis management while on the road and the toll it can take on our mental health.
August 24, 2021
Why Following Up is Key & Avoiding Burnout with Tour Photographer Justin Press
Justin Press is a tour photographer and podcaster who also provides tour security services through Silver Spear Security. He is the co-host of the Making Waves Podcast and the Scatterbrain Podcast. He is also a contributor to the radio industry magazine, Max Alt Rock. In this episode, we discuss why following up is so important, how he got his first taste of the Security world with In This Moment, the role podcasting played for out-of-work touring folk in 2020, how he stays connected to the Shiprocked community of fans, and why physical fitness is incredibly important for the touring community. You can find him on Instagram @justinpress_photo.
July 20, 2021
Becoming a Better Leader Through Self-Reflection & Mental Health First Aid Training with Linkin Park Tour Director Jim Digby
Jim Digby is a Production Manager and Tour Director who has worked with artists such as Linkin Park, Enrique Iglesias, and Backstreet Boys among many others. He is the Co-Founder and President of the global nonprofit Event Safety Alliance. He is also one of the founders of Show Makers, a platform that was developed to share industry content, facilitate conversations, provide thought leadership, and showcase organizations that are dedicated to the live events community. In this episode, we discuss how self-reflection can help you understand who you are and what role can play in this world, the importance of prioritizing 'the human' behind the work above all else, the value of becoming an empathetic listener, how Chester Bennington's (Linkin Park) death by suicide opened his eyes to the underlying mental health difficulties that were closer than they appeared, how Mental Health First Aid training shifted his perspective on leadership, and how to invest in yourself in order to be equipped to care for the humans you work with. You can find him on Instagram @digbyjim.
July 06, 2021
Reexamining the Relationship Between You & Your Career with Lighting Designer Graham Rolak
Graham Rolak is a lighting designer who has worked with artists such as AFI, Deftones, Primus, Papa Roach, Incubus, At The Drive-In, System of a Down, and The Neighbourhood. In this episode, we discuss what it has been like living through the pandemic, reexamining the relationship between you and your career, the value of live performances for fans, artists, and crew, as well as the importance of prioritizing transparency and collaboration over competition. You can find him on Instagram @grahamrolak.
June 22, 2021
Safe Live Music Tour Management During & Post COVID Pandemic with Sai Hanif of Ghost Tech
Sai Hanif is a tour director and production manager who has worked with artists such as The Wallflowers, Cage the Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, Walk the Moon, Gabriel “ fluffy” Iglesias, X ambassadors, and Capital Cities. He is also the creator and owner of Masters of Maple Drums and Ghost Tech, a tech company that aims to solve the health and safety challenges of touring during and post-COVID pandemic. In this episode, we discuss how the world has changed and how important it is to stay on top of and ahead of the health and safety challenges that COVID has brought us, including how to keep your crew and artists’ personal information safe. You can find him on Instagram @ladrumguy and at
June 01, 2021
Touring and Parenting with Jen Kellogg
Jen Kellogg is a Tour Accountant who has worked on productions such as warped tour and began her career in the industry at Jam Productions in Chicago. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia College Chicago and the Executive Director of Show Makers which was developed to share industry content, facilitate conversations, provide thought leadership, and showcase organizations that are dedicated to the live events community. In this episode, we discuss finding a career path in the music industry, how to show up for your kids as they find their way in life, being pregnant on tour, understanding your values and priorities in order to establish and enforce personal boundaries, the value of decluttering, as well as the effects of motherhood on Jen’s interpersonal communication style. You can find her on Instagram @jkellogg11.
May 18, 2021
Finding Fulfillment, Diversity, and Healthcare in Touring with Rolling Stones Tour Manager Marty Hom
Marty Hom is Tour Manager and Tour Director who has worked with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Barbara Streisand, Lenny Kravitz, Chicago, Paula Abdul, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Beyoncé, Backstreet Boys, Stevie Nicks, Van Halen, Bette Midler, Ricky Martin, Boston, Janet Jackson, and Bill Withers among many others. In this episode, we discuss what it’s like to take a leap of faith by leaving the family business to pursue a non-traditional path, how the industry can provide healthcare for touring professionals, the importance of educating people about the industry in order to create diversity in touring, the path to fulfillment in your career, and adapting to home life when you get home from the road. You can find him on Instagram @thehomster.
April 20, 2021
Representation, Equity, and Community in a post-COVID World with Playback Engineer Rayna Zemel
Rayna Zemel is a music producer, playback engineer, live show designer, photographer, film producer, consultant, and activist who has worked with artists such as Pentatonix, Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey, and The Lonely Island among many others. In this episode, we discuss what live music executives and artists can do to care for their crews, the importance of learning emotional intelligence, how nurturing your community can help fight post-tour depression and other mental health issues, the importance of representation, what it’s like being the only black, queer female playback engineer, political activism, and how the tour industry can be more equitable post-COVID. You can find her on Instagram @rayzemel.
April 06, 2021
Practicing Self-Awareness for a Sustainable Life & Career with Paul Dalen
Paul Dalen is a Tour Manager, Production Manager, and Audio Engineer who has worked with artists such as Animal Collective, Aimee Mann, Bonnie Raitt, Cowboy Junkies, Fiona Apple, Luna, Marc Cohn, Nas, Nick Lowe, Nick Swardson, My Morning Jacket, The Wallflowers, Indigo Girls, tUnE-yArDs, Joe Henry, Rosanne Cash, Bruce Hornsby, The Jayhawks, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Joan Baez, Suzanne Vega, among many others. In this episode, we discuss the importance of surrounding yourself with people who inspire and encourage you, as well as how practicing self-awareness, empathy, and acceptance can help you be lead a sustainable life and career. You can find him on Instagram @realrealpauldalen.
March 23, 2021
Leaning Into the Discomfort with Talent Manager Philip Payne
Philip Payne is a Talent Manager who for nearly a decade as a partner of ScoreMore MGMT, has played an intimate role in the career of Tory Lanez with past responsibilities including tour manager, DJ, Music Director, security, A&R, and songwriter. In this episode we discuss what it’s like to have to pivot from football into working in the music industry, leaning into uncomfortable feelings in order to reach your full potential, being self-aware in order to grow and hold yourself accountable, why failing is an essential part of the journey and the importance of trusting your gut. You can find him on Instagram @philipapayne.
March 09, 2021
Life-Changing Small Habits with Kevin McGuire of The Gama Sennin
Kevin McGuire is a 20 year veteran of the live event industry, Musician, and LED Tech/Media Server operator who has worked with artists such as Duran Duran, John Legend, The Weeknd, Shakira, Hugh Jackman, and on the VMAs and Grammy Awards. His new single is dropping on Feb 26th with a full-length release on April 2nd for his collective The Gama Sennin. In this episode we discuss experiencing loss, retreating, reflecting, choosing wellness one small habit at a time, and the wonders that come from taking care of plants. You can find him on Instagram @dr_m_11 & @thegamasennin
February 23, 2021
Touring During & After the COVID-19 Pandemic with Security Director John Gaurnieri
John Gaurnieri is a former member of the United States Secret Service and the Chief Operating Officer of Silver Spear Security, LLC, a private security firm. He is the security Director for the band Shinedown and Smith & Myers. In this episode, we discuss what it was like to have his tour shut down because of coronavirus in March 2020, what it’s like to be out touring during the pandemic, the vital role of COVID Compliance Officers & training, as well as how starting a podcast has helped him continue to learn & grow. Follow John on Instagram @johnsilverspear and @speartalkpodcast.
February 09, 2021
Advocating for Better Working Conditions & Transparency in the Music Industry with Audio Engineer Danny Badorine
Danny Badorine is a mental health professional turned audio engineer who has worked with artists such as A Perfect Circle, Incubus, Slipknot, Meghan Trainor, The Raconteurs, Puscifer, Papa Roach, Skyler Stecker, Paul McCartney, Katie Perry, John Mayer, The Eagles, and many others. In this episode, we discuss his journey from helping at-risk youth with their mental health to where he is today, the effect of intense and stressful working conditions on mental health, advocating for yourself, and the importance of transparency in the music industry—especially between peers.
January 26, 2021
The Roadie Clinic, COVID Feels, Personal & Professional Relationship Dynamics with Audio Engineer Paul Klimson
Paul Klimson is an audio engineer who has toured with artists such as Drake, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, The Roots and he was a monitor engineer for The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. In this episode, we discuss how his personal story and his personal and professional relationship dynamics led to the creation and mission of The Roadie Clinic to empower & heal roadies and their families by providing resources & services tailored to the struggles of the touring lifestyle. We also explore the feelings that the COVID pandemic has brought up. You can find him on Instagram @theoryoneproductions & @theroadieclinic
January 12, 2021
Giving a F.U.C.K. & Coloring Outside the Lines with Tour Manager & Philanthropy Pro Kimberly Hurtarte
Kimberly Hurtarte is a tour manager, the Executive Director of The Make yourself Foundation, and a Community Organizer of 'Show Makers'--a platform developed to share music industry content, facilitate conversations, provide thought leadership, and showcase organizations that are dedicated to the live events community. She has worked with artists such as Linking Park, Incubus, Lizzo, and Megan Trainer. In this episode, we discuss being a responsible ambassador for a cause, maintaining awareness of others, the importance of collaboration, and falling through manhole covers. You can find her on Instagram @where_iz_walda.
December 08, 2020
Mental Illness Research in the Music Industry with Ace Piva of Over the Bridge
Ace Piva is a certified addictions worker who’s been involved in the music industry since 1996, he knows the ins and outs of the road and its associated pressures and struggles. He’s been there as a musician, tour manager, stage manager, sound engineer, production manager, and addictions recovery coach, and is a founding partner, of Over The Bridge, which assists industry members who are at their most vulnerable, in cultivating and achieving long-term mental health and addiction recovery goals. In this episode, we discuss recreating Pantera home videos, providing recovery services on tour, helping a loved one through mental illness, post-tour depression, and much more. You can find him on Instagram @acepiva & @otbnonprofit.
November 24, 2020
Creativity, Addiction, Self-sabotage, & Recovery with Dave Sherman, Certified Addictions Counselor
Dave Sherman is a Certified Addictions Counselor with 10 years of experience in the music industry and currently 16 years of direct clinical experience with those suffering from addictions and alcoholism. He has worked in all levels of care in the field including Inpatient, Outpatient, Residential and private practice and has direct experience with both interventions and on-tour counseling with musicians. He was the recipient of the Caron Foundations' 'Unsung Hero Award' in 2009. In this episode, we discuss his personal alcohol and addiction story that set him on a path to helping others recover from their own addiction. You can find Dave on Instagram @favidsherman & for more information on rehab and recovery with addiction check out
November 17, 2020
Learning To Trust Your Gut, Paying It Forward, Living With Dysthymia with Mary Jo Kaczka, Tour Manager & Accountant
Mary Jo Kaczka is a tour manager and tour accountant who has toured with artists such as Tool, Florence + The Machine, Beck, Bassnectar, Ryan Adams, Bauhaus, King Crimson & Kraftwerk. She established and directed the Artist Transport departments for Coachella, Stagecoach & Desert Trip festivals. She’s currently one of the regular co-hosts of the educational webinar series Tour Management 101. In this episode we discuss mental health, discovering and living with Dysthymia, learning to trust your gut, paying it forward while coping with the pandemic, embracing growing pains, and the realest, and most hilarious advice to live by. You can find her on Instagram @missmjk
November 03, 2020
The Importance of Hustling, Having Fun, & Slowing Down When You Need To with Sahir 'Sai' Hanif, Tour Director & Production Manager
Sahir 'Sai' Hanif is a Tour Director and production manager who has toured with artists such as The Wallflowers, Cage the Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, Walk the Moon, Gabriel “ fluffy” Iglesias, X ambassadors, and Capital Cities. He is also the creator and owner of Masters of Maple Drums. You can find him on Instagram @ladrumguy. In this episode, we discuss growing up with a recording studio in the house, hustling your own drums, even when you’re not supposed to, legos, morale on tour, and slowing down.
October 27, 2020
Touring In The EDM World & Tour Management 101 with Mark Clark, Tour Manager
Mark Clark is a Tour Manager who has worked with artists such as American Authors, KAYZO, TOKiMONSTA, Snails, NGHTMRE, Bro Safari, Grizzly, Savoy, Slander, and The Roosevelts. He is one of the co-hosts of Tour Management 101. You can find him on Instagram @markclarktm In this episode, we talk about trusting your instincts, what it’s like working in the EDM world, the importance of taking time off and documenting your adventures.
October 13, 2020
Getting Unstuck, Moving The Live Music Industry Forward with Adriane Biondo, Tour Manager
Adriane Biondo is a Tour Manager who has worked with artists such as Mariah Carey, Wiz Khalifa, Neil Young, Jessie J, Kid Cudi, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Diamanda Galas, Madonna, Dean Brody, Dispatch, Conan O’Brien, Paramore, Britney Spears, Stone Temple Pilots, Marilyn Mason, Spice Girls, Aerosmith, Lauryn Hill, and Prince. She is one of the co-hosts of Tour Management 101. You can find her on Instagram @theoriginallioness In this episode we discuss growing up in the theatre, hitting the reset button when you feel burn out coming, the value of nurturing relationships, mental health in the music industry, the touring ecosystem, the birth of Tour Management 101, and taking action during the pandemic in order to move the music industry forward.
October 06, 2020
LA During Quarantine, Finding Motivation, How To Be A Good Traveler with The Strokes Road Manager Rylee Kellogg
Rylee Kellogg is a Road Manager who has worked with artists such as The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Halsey, Die Antwoord, Ryan Adams, Danny Wimmer, Chet Faker, Disturbed, and Kid Rock. In this episode we talk about the road from Production Coordinator to Road Manager, what it’s like living in LA during Quarantine, traveling to obscure places, finding the motivation to take care of yourself and to work out, and ways to be a good world traveler. You can find her on Instagram @ryharlow.
September 29, 2020
Resilience, Social Media, Knowing When To Pivot with Adam Labov, Tour Manager & Audio Engineer
Adam Labov is a tour manager and audio engineer who has toured with artists such as Mini Mansions, The Record Company, The Growlers, Crash Kings, Nico Vega, Vintage Trouble, Sea Wolf, Priscilla Ahn, Crash Kings, blind melon, the shelters, Daniel power, Crooked Colours, and Rufus du sol among many others. In this episode we discuss overcoming tough times, giving back, the pitfalls of social media, setting professional communication boundaries, and knowing when to pivot. You can find him on his website and on Instagram @adam_labov.
September 22, 2020
Diversity in Touring, Managing & Overcoming Anger with Tyler, the Creator Production Manager David ‘5-1’ Norman
David '5-1' Norman is a Tour Director, Tour Manager, Production Manager, and Tour Accountant who has toured with artists such as Tyler the Creator, Earth, Wind & Fire, Prince, Avicii, John Legend, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Fall Out Boy, Toni Braxton, John Fogerty, Charlie Wilson, Toto, Joss Stone, Panic! at the Disco, Green Day, and Goo Goo Dolls. He is a co-host of Tour Management 101 and has been a featured speaker on a variety of panels at the Tour Link Conference, IMFCON, The Hubb at CAA in Nashville, The Leadership Music Panel (Nashville), the University of Georgia Music Business Program, and the William Paterson University Music Business Program. In this episode, we talk about diversity in touring, managing and overcoming anger, and practical actions you can take to learn about and get into the music business. You can find him on Instagram @davidfiveone.
September 15, 2020
Security On Tour, Building Professional Relationships, Being A Parent While Touring with Lizzo Security Director David “Sarge” Villarreal
David “Sarge” Villarreal is a security director who has toured with artists such as Lizzo, Maroon 5, Alison Wonderland, and Ziggy Marley. In this episode we chat about security on tour, taking care of yourself so you don’t burn out, building professional relationships, and what it's like to be a parent who's gone on tour all the time. You can find him on Instagram @sarge_protects.
September 01, 2020
The Realities Women & Minorities Face In Touring, Speaking Up When It’s Not Easy, Learning To be Self-Aware with Kali Uchis Audio Engineer Loreen Bohannon
Loreen Bohannon is an audio engineer who has worked with artists such as Kali Uchis, Lizzo, Anita baker, Plain White Ts, Skip Marley, Dhani Harrison, Prettymuch, The Accidentals, and Michael Bolton. In this episode, we have a truly candid and much-needed conversation about the realities women face in American culture and specifically in touring. We explore how speaking out, owning your truth, and working on being self-aware can be the most empowering thing we can do. You can find her on Instagram @soundlady13.
August 25, 2020
How To Be Great At Your Job, Being Mindful, Making Room For Growth with Kenny Sharretts, Backline/Playback Tech & Stage Manager
Kenny Sharretts is a backline playback tech, stage, manager, and YouTube educator who has worked with artists such as Elvis Castello, Janet Jackson, Sean LOVE Combs (formally known as Puff Daddy), Train, Stevie Wonder, Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias, Melissa Etheridge, Michelle Branch, Kelly Clarkson, Peter Frampton, Joss Stone, 30 Seconds to Mars, Double Trouble, and Smashmouth. In this episode, we discuss some of the great things he learned from working with Stevie Wonder about living life in a more fulfilling and meaning full way. As well as how to be the best that you can possibly be at your job. You can catch on his YouTube channel and on Instagram @kennysharretts.
August 18, 2020
The Importance of Giving Back, How To Pivot & Adapt, Living In Canada with Doug Wilson, Tour Manager
Doug Wilson is a tour manager who has worked with artists such as Half Moon Run, July Talk, Grouplove, The Antlers, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Glass Animals, Alabama Shakes, Phantogram, Frightened Rabbit, Glasvegas, and Delta Spirit. In this episode we talk about getting your foot in the door, making Canada your home base, learning a new language, the importance of giving back, and how to pivot when things don’t go as planned. You can also find him on Instagram @dougmwilson.
August 04, 2020
Finding Balance By Slowing Down, Coronavirus Politics, How To Help The Live Music Industry with Run The Jewels & A$AP Rocky Tour Director Christian Coffey
Christian Coffey is a tour director who has worked with artists such as Childish Gambino, Run the Jewels, A$AP Rocky, Clairo, Zara Larsson, Mike Snow, Summer Walker, and 6lack. In this episode we talk about finding balance in life, learning to say no, how the coronavirus pandemic has hit the people of the touring industry, how it affects the entire world economy, and how you can help #saveourstages by going to to contact your representatives in support of the Restart Act. You can find him on Instagram @christian_coffey.
July 28, 2020
Staying Connected To Fans, Fitness On The Road, Packing For Tour, Sneakers with Kyle Konkiel of Bad Wolves
Kyle Konkiel is the bass player from the band 'Bad Wolves.' In this episode we discuss staying connected to fans during the coronavirus quarantine, staying fit on the road, how and what to pack for tour, as well as a whole lot of sneaker talk. You can find him on Instagram @kylekonkiel.
July 21, 2020
Live Sound, Taking Care of Your Mental & Emotional Health with Vampire Weekend Audio Engineer Matthew Andrade
Matthew Andrade is the host of The Dirty Decibel Podcast and an audio engineer who has worked with artists such as Vampire Weekend, Luis Miguel, The Neighbourhood, Alter Bridge, Steel Panther, Deftones, Run The Jewels, Alter Bridge, Christina Aguilera, Joe Perry Project, GROUPLOVE, Led Zeppelin, Kid Sister, among many others. In this episode, we discuss what it's like to be a monitor engineer, how to take care of your mental and emotional health on and off tour. You can find him on Instagram @matthewmatics.
July 14, 2020
Mike Robinson, Musician - Food On Tour Podcast, Learning From Friends, Chain Stitch Embroidery & Tour Tattoos
Mike Robinson has played drums with artists such as Joseph, The Chain Gang of 1974, Morgxn, Alex Winston, and Empires. He is also the host of the Food On Tour podcast where he talks to other touring professionals about where bands eat and drink, because bands travel way more than you do. In this episode, we discuss starting a tour food podcast, learning from friends in order to grow your career, chain stitch embroidery, and tour tattoos. You can find him on Instagram @mikerobinson and @food.ontour.
July 07, 2020
Jair Crews, Audio Engineer - The Value of Capturing & Sharing Your Experiences, Maintaining Good Mental Health, Achieving Your Dreams
Jair Crews is an audio engineer who has toured with artists such as BROCKHAMPTON, Lil Mosey, YBN Cordae, Dominic Fike, Ro James, DVSN, Aminé, Andy Mineo, Kiana Ledé, Kid Ink, Slowthai, 100 Gecs, Deb Never, and Aaron Camper. In this episode, he tells us how his experience working on a WWE production was the foundation of his how he sets up his workflow today. We also talk about mental health, chasing dreams, and even tasting an orange for the very first time. You can find him on Instagram @jlifemusic.
June 23, 2020
Jonathon Lee Burlew, Backline Tech - Touring Abroad, Following Your Passion, Overcoming Criticism
Jonathon Lee Burlew is a backline tech who has toured with artists such as White Arrows, Primus, Jenny Lewis, the Neighbourhood, Chicano Batman, Echo & the Bunnymen, Refused, Warpaint, Jack Garratt, Miike Snow, and OK Go!. In this episode, we discuss adventures touring abroad, letting go of expectations and embracing your passion, and overcoming criticism. You can find him on Instagram @theinfamousjonb.
June 16, 2020
Henry Bordeaux, Tour & Talent Manager - Mentoring, Leadership, & Leading A Non-conventional Life
Henry Bordeaux has toured around the world for over 19 years in the center of over 38 major label releases working as a Tour Manager, producing concerts, events, and TV shows seen by millions of people around the world. He has worked with artists such as Tyler The Creator, Travis Scott, J Lo, Avicci, Miley Cyrus, Jason Derulo, Yellow Card, and Fall Out Boy. He is also the co-creator of Tour Management 101 found at where he hosts webinars for aspiring touring professionals. Most recently, he helped Joe Biden and Kamala Harris tour the United States on their journey to the White House for the Biden/Harris 2020 Presidential Campaign. In this episode, we discuss the importance of mentoring in touring, the dynamics of leadership, and how to successfully lead a non-conventional life. You can find him on Instagram @henrybordeaux.
June 09, 2020
Mary Broadbent, Tour Manager & Guitar Tech - Navigating Life During Coronavirus Quarantine, Setting Healthy Boundaries, & Finding Connection
Mary Broadbent is a tour manager and guitar tech who has worked with artists such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Plain White Ts, The Mowglis, Clairo, The Staves, Tegan & Sara, and Chris Isaak. Her latest tour with Against Me! was unfortunately cut short by the Coronavirus Pandemic. In this episode, we discuss navigating life during the Coronavirus pandemic, setting healthy boundaries in work and in life, and seeking out and finding human connection. You can find her on Instagram @marybroadbent.
May 26, 2020
Sam Saideman, Artist Manager - Taking Care of yourself First, Overcoming Negative Financial Experiences, Developing Your Business & Goals
Sam Saideman is Co-Founder and CEO of Innovo Management, headquartered in Nashville, TN, he directly manages acts such as YONAS, danny G, and Sam Johnston, while driving the company’s vision and success since its inception. He has directly created, implemented, and managed label budget for marketing campaigns on projects that include Cherub, LIT, Method Man, CeeLo Green, Thompson Square, and more. In this episode, we discuss learning to take care of yourself first, overcoming financial loss, and developing your business and goals. You can find him on Instagram @samthemanager_.
May 19, 2020
Erin Bridges, Health Coach, Dancer & Choreographer - Cabaret, Touring With Metal Band ‘In This Moment,’ Health Coaching
Erin Bridges is a dancer, choreographer, and health coach. She was 5 days out of her next tour with ‘In This Moment’ when it was canceled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Their new album “Mother” is streaming everywhere now including their Grammy-nominated performance of their track, The In-Between. In this episode, we discuss touring in the metal world and deciding to be a health coach in order to help the music industry grow and thrive. You can find her on Instagram @erinelizabeth_money_itm.
May 05, 2020
3 Actions You Can Take To Relieve COVID-19 Money Stress
What actions can we take to feel better about our finances during a crisis? I'll read you a brief article by Brianna Firestone that explores three action steps you can take.
April 27, 2020
Bardo, Musician - Growing Up Abroad, Expanding Your Scene, Embracing Failure
Bardo is an artist who I met through his collaboration with Family of Geniuses. Find Bardo's new single 'Igual Que Tú' is on Spotify and Apple Music. In this episode, we chat about growing up abroad, expanding your world-view through language-learning, building genuine relationships, and how important it is to fail. You can find him on Instagram @whereisbardo.
April 21, 2020
Aaron Sweatt, Musician & Tour Manager - Spotting Opportunities, Growing Your Skillset, Getting Back In The Gym
Aaron Sweatt is a Bassist, Tour Manager, Production Coordinator, and Lighting Designer who I met when he was with his band Carbon Tigers. He has toured with some notable artists like Chance The Rapper, Knox Fortune, Clairo, Falling In Reverse, Cautious Clay, Kero Kero Bonito, J Fernandez, and Anamanaguchi. In this episode, we catch up on how he went from booking shows at The Abby to touring with artists like Chance the Rapper, spotting opportunities, growing your skillset, and how to get back in the gym. You can find him on Instagram @aaronsweatt.
April 14, 2020
Rachel Villaneuva, Yoga Instructor & Reiki Master - Overcoming Fear, Slowing Down, Finding Joy In Movement & Nature
Rachel Villanueva is a Yoga instructor, Reiki Master, and nature lover who is married to the musician and poet Rene Villanueva of the band Hacienda. In this episode, we talk about overcoming fear, slowing down in a time of crisis, and finding joy in movement and in nature. You can find her on Instagram @yogahouseboerne.
April 07, 2020
Six Ways To Cope With Unexpected Losses During The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
How do we cope with loss in a healthy way? The Coronavirus Pandemic has really put our coping skills to the. This episode shares 6 Psychologist-Approved Ways To Cope With Unexpected Losses Right Now by Psychologist Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D. who is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno and has served as president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. Originally published by Mind Body Green.
March 30, 2020
Ben Dacoba, Musician - Playing Gigs, Relationships, Pros & Cons of The Tour Life
Ben Dacoba is a drummer who has toured and collaborated with Ace Reporter, Jennifer Hall, Greg Woods, Mich, The Lucky Dutch, Blue Water Kings, Gravity, Leah Jean, Guitar 4 Guiraldi, Secret Bad Boy, Packy Lundholm, and Great Moments in Vinyl. In this episode, we discuss some of the pros & cons of tour life, as well as how important relationships are in music. You can find him on Instagram @bensbeats.
March 24, 2020
VibeQueen, Musician - Seeking Balance, Finding Your 'Why', Deciding to Keep Going
VibeQueen is a singer, songwriter, and the host of the Vibe Talk Music podcast. The show is co-hosted with Evan Price of the music consulting firm Artist Collective. On their show, Evan and VibeQueen discuss gratitude, vulnerability, and other tools which help us lead a conscious life with empathy over ego while pursuing a music career. In this episode, we discuss her experience with attempted suicide, deciding to keep going by finding your 'WHY' in life and seeking balance through it all. You can find her on Instagram @vibequeenmusic.
March 10, 2020
Evan Price, Music Business Mentor & Artist Manager - Networking, Growing your team, Self-awareness
Evan Price is a music business mentor, artist manager, and co-host of the Vibe Talk Music Podcast. In this episode, we discuss music networking, growing your team, and learning to be self-aware. You can find him on Instagram @ac_evan and @artistcollect.
February 25, 2020
ShowYouSuck, Musician - Working Through Imposter Syndrome, Stopping Negative Self-talk, Living Life With Intent
Clinton Sandifer (ShowYouSuck) is a pansexual Chicago MC who has collaborated with artists such as Netherfriends, Probcause, Psalm One, and The Hood Internet. In this episode, we discuss imposter syndrome, negative self-talk, and living life with intent. You can find him on Instagram @showyousuck and as 1/2 of @aircredits.
February 10, 2020
Mark Breedon, Personal Trainer - How to be Healthy and Fit While Traveling
Mark Breedon is an online personal trainer who focuses on helping his clients get fit through strength training. We talk about how strength training affects your nutrition and caloric expenditure, what to prioritize when eating on the road, how to actually be healthy while avoiding burnout, and much more. In this episode, we discuss how to be healthy and fit while traveling. Find Mark Breedon on Instagram @training.strong.women.
February 03, 2020
Rich Jones, Musician - Collaborating, Marketing, Touring Solo
Rich Jones is a Chicago mc who, through various collaborations with people like Taylor Bennett, The O’My’s, Kiara Lanier, L.A VanGogh, Sports Boyfriend, and Showyousuck gained praise around the city, eventually being voted second-best rapper in the city by the Chicago Reader in 2016, right behind Chance The Rapper. You can catch Rich performing with Walkingshoe as their new project, Bad Ambassadors. In this episode, we discuss what it's like to tour solo and some hilarious misadventures while trying to save a buck. You can find him on Instagram @richjones_music & @bad_ambassadors
January 20, 2020
Joshua Powell, Musician - Building a Music Career, Music Licensing, Health & Wellness on Tour
Joshua Powell is a songwriter who, with his band, has played hundreds of shows and continues to tour throughout the United States. You can find him on Instagram @joshuapowellmusic.
January 13, 2020
Touring as an LQBTQ+ Person in America and Europe with Musician Teddy Kwo
Teddy Kwo is a musician who got his start in the LQBTQ music scene of the Pacific Northwest and now plays bass on tour with Beth Ditto. You can find him on Instagram @teddykwo.
January 06, 2020
Eric Hehr, Musician, Writer, & Photographer - 35mm Film, Cocktails, & Tiki Bars
Eric Hehr is a musician, writer, and photographer who has collaborated and performed with artists such as Hellogoodbye, Springtime Carnivore, Gold Motel, Deserta, TV Party, Secret Colours, and Genevieve You can find him and his beautiful 35mm photography on Instagram @ehehr1955.
November 25, 2019
Marc Walloch, Musician - Gratitude, Being Observant, Letting Go of Perfection, Making Moves
Marc Walloch is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with, his band, Company of Thieves, and has collaborated and toured with Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates, Juliette Lewis, Dead Sara, AWOLNATION, Beck, and many others. Listen to his current collaborations "Shadow Dweller" by Alice Osian and "After Hours" by Marcus Atom. You can currently find him on tour alongside Beck. Find Marc Walloch on Instagram @spill_sounds.
October 28, 2019
Hector Pacheco (Purple Tokyo), Musician & Producer - Collaboration, Networking, Balance, Reinvention
Hector Pacheco is a producer who has transformed the way he approaches his work in electronic music by placing a greater focus on his health and wellbeing. We chat about collaboration, networking, work/life balance, and using your experience to evolve creatively and professionally. Find Hector Pacheco (Purple Tokyo) on Instagram @purpletokyo and at @pacheco_hktr.
October 21, 2019
Kelly Appleton, Musican - Running, Contracts, Living Abroad, Being Eclectic
Kelly Appleton is a session and touring guitarist who has worked with artists such as Beth Ditto of Gossip, Tricky of Massive Attack, Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud, Dappy of N-Dubz, Taio Cruz, Corinne Bailey Rae, Heather Peace, and Craig David. She was part of the house band in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Television series “ITV Superstars” and played for several artists during the live shows of The U.K X-Factor, Hit Me Baby One More Time, Greece Is The Word, and Parkinson. Find Kelly on Instagram @kellyappletonguitar.
October 14, 2019
Chris Hershman, Musician, Filmmaker, & Photographer - Being Fearless, Professional Relationships, Genuine Conversations
Chris Hershman is a filmmaker, photographer, and musician who has worked with artists such as Switchfoot, Alabama Shakes, Hozier, and my personal favorite, Mavis Staples. His photography has appeared in Rolling Stone, Paste and Consequence of Sound and has been featured on NPR and the Grammy Awards. You can check out his recent project, the Joe McNally documentary series for Nikon on Youtube. Find Chris Hershman on Instagram @chrishershman.
October 07, 2019
Nick Bataran, Guitar Tech & Graphic Designer - Radial Nerve Palsy, Flying Anxiety, Leveling Up, Communication
Nick Bataran is a guitar tech and graphic designer who has worked with artists such as Jenny Lewis, Gossip, The Kills, and Bruno Mars. In this episode we talk about how he dealt with Nick's hand being paralyzed with Radial Nerve Palsy, getting serious about working in the music business, having a serious fear of flying, creative insomnia, rampant low-balling, and much more. You can find Nick Bataran and his graphic design work on Instagram @nickoutthejams.
September 30, 2019
Rene Villanueva, Musician & Writer - Mental Health, Self-advocation, Working Through Trauma and Grief, SXSW
Rene Villanueva is a musician and writer who has collaborated and performed with Hacienda, Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Dr. Dog, Alberta Cross, and most recently, Idyll Green. You can find his book, “when love ends be the water” on Amazon and his current musical project on Instagram @Idyllgreen. Find Rene Villanueva on Instagram @hacienda_tx.
September 23, 2019
Adam Wayne, Musician - Compensation, Curiosity, Resources, Relationships
Adam Wayne is a bassist who has collaborated and performed with artists such as Bardo, Springtime Carnivore, Jenny Lewis, and Family of Geniuses. Find Adam Wayne on Instagram @adamwithpictures, and on stage with @familyofgeniuses & @elsinoremusic.
September 16, 2019
Macey Taylor, Musician - Living Communally, Saying Yes, Recording Remotely, Pets
Macey Taylor is an amazing bassist who has collaborated and performed with artists such as The Grenadines, Conor Oberst, Bright Eyes, Wilder Atkins, Maria Taylor, Jesse Marchant, Jenny Lewis, and most recently, Amanda Shires. We chat about dealing with being homesick, kids (human and goat), and mindset. Find Macey Taylor on Instagram @tmaceyt.
September 09, 2019
Nathan Graham, Musician - Riders, Post-tour Depression, Axe Throwing, Money
Nathan Graham has performed with musicians such as Buddy Guy, BB King, Koko Taylor, and most recently, Yelawolf. His new solo effort is about life on the road, ambition and lies we tell ourselves and others to maintain a semblance of stability. Find Nathan Graham on Instagram @nathan_graham_music, his new solo track "Fake Friends" is available on Youtube.
September 04, 2019
Welcome to The Tour Life
In this episode, you get to know me better, and I talk about my WHY for creating this podcast. Find me, Janine, on Instagram @j9somethingsomething and @thetourlifepodcast.
September 04, 2019
The Tour Life - Trailer
Launching 9/9 Look out for a weekly episode of The Tour Life. You will hear interviews with some of the most interesting and hardworking professionals in the music industry. Learn about what they do, why they do it, and the things they have learned which help them live a happier and healthier lives on and off the road.
September 04, 2019