September 10, 2014
Day 4. The madness continues in the form of inspirational poetry.

Day 4. The madness continues in the form of inspirational poetry.

September 8, 2014

Anonymous said: I was wondering if you have any pointers as to how a band would get on warped tour? I have some awareness as to what you need to do, but over all, i could still really use some advice from someone experienced. Thank You!

The advice I’m sure you’ve heard before still applies. Build a social media presence (a real one, don’t buy followers), play shows, get people talking about your band. Warped wants to break bands, but they also want to book bands that are going to bring fans who purchase tickets. It’s business. I believe Warped has a link on their page where they’ll accept submissions during certain parts of the year. But you want to make sure your band has the best possible shot when you submit: that you both kick ass musically, and that you offer them something in return: your fanbase coming out to see you play.

Disclaimer: I’ve never been on the side that books artists for Warped or other tours, so I can’t offer an answer from that perspective. I can only offer an answer based on what I’ve seen friends and fellow tour peers experience.

September 8, 2014
This year has been a wonderful blur. And so we start a new adventure. One Direction & 5 Seconds of Summer at the Rose Bowl. Day 2.

This year has been a wonderful blur. And so we start a new adventure. One Direction & 5 Seconds of Summer at the Rose Bowl. Day 2.

August 20, 2013
Day two.

Day two.

August 6, 2013

The long, crazy ride that is HARD Summer has officially wrapped.

No time for rest, HARD Day of the Dead lineup announced tonight!

July 30, 2013
Of all the shows I’ve worked on, Sunday night was one of my favorites.

Jay Z & Justin Timberlake @ the Rose Bowl.

Of all the shows I’ve worked on, Sunday night was one of my favorites.

Jay Z & Justin Timberlake @ the Rose Bowl.

April 29, 2013

Don’t think I could ever get tired of this song.

April 23, 2013

Anonymous said: So I was reading the question someone asked about doing sound in college and I'm actually going to do radio production major at a college in LA. Im wanting to do sound and tour with bands as well along with interning, but it raised the question, in your opinion, do you think there are a lot of opportunities to do these things with this major besides radio stations? Thank you.

Let’s preface this with: I have not studied audio or radio production, so my response is based on what limited knowledge I have of what a radio production major studies in college.

Are your classes teaching you solely about radio, or is it more audio based? Is there an audio program in which you can take classes?

It goes back to the last question about radio/college, your major doesn’t necessarily dictate where you go from there. However, if you want to work in sound, and there’s an audio program available, is there a reason you’re choosing radio production over audio? If you’re looking to tour, especially as a sound engineer, audio training will likely never hurt your chances. Unless you’re the kind of person unwilling to learn anything outside of what you learned in the classroom, even from those in audio for twenty, thirty years. Don’t be that person. Local sound guys can get real mean, real fast.

There are a lot of opportunities in LA, period. You just have to be willing to work hard and sacrifice any semblance of a life for awhile to get that base foundation down. Since this is a city of networks, if you have the opportunity, major in the field you want to be in. Especially since you’re at college in LA. Many teachers can help, your fellow students are great people to keep in touch with, and the opportunity for guest speakers in your desired fields which you can network with is key.

One thing, be careful about programs that are set on teaching an industry in the way it is right now. For example, and I’m dating myself here, one film program I was in would only teach undergrads about news broadcast production using film cameras. They wouldn’t even consider discussing the inevitable explosion of digital production, which was on the brink that year, and spent months making sure we knew every facet of a physical piece of film. So now people who finished that program had a wealth of knowledge which was basically useless within a year or two. Had the same experience in a music industry class which taught us about the mainstream record labels, and how it was only a matter of time before indie labels folded. Teacher hadn’t ever actually worked in the music industry.

Just keep in mind: Fundamentals are important to learn. But make sure if your college program isn’t keeping up on the current industry, that you are.

April 22, 2013

Anonymous said: Hi I was the person who sent the two messages of going to college and pretty much getting somewhere and I just wanted to say thank you so much for responding and for taking the time. I guess I'm just nervous about things not working out and figuring out how to make all the connections, but I guess I'll figure that out when I get there. I do know there will be at least a 30 min commute on public transportation and a whole lot of hard work but I know it will be worth it so thank you again! :D

You’re welcome. It’s completely okay to feel nervous, and not quite sure about how you’re going to accomplish what you want. Everyone feels that way, whether they’re 18, 30, 45, or 60+. Use that uneasy feeling to fuel your drive to go after what you want.

If you can swing it - invest in a cheap car. Mostly for safety reasons. Trust me, you get stuck in Downtown LA & Union Station for one night in the middle of a freezing January with no coat and very little cash to your name with no way home, you’ll start to question every decision you’ve ever made. Oh, just me? We’ll carry on, then.

Anyway, best of luck at Northridge and in your chosen educational path. Feel free to send me an email once you’re out here, though I’m sure our paths will cross eventually in this tiny industry.

April 17, 2013
aaronkaiser:

“On The Precipice”Settings: 50mm and 1/4000 at f/2.5 (ISO 100)Featuring: Jennifer G

Check out my talented friend Aaron’s photography, and his smart 30 Days of Creativity challenge.

aaronkaiser:

“On The Precipice”
Settings: 50mm and 1/4000 at f/2.5 (ISO 100)
Featuring: Jennifer G

Check out my talented friend Aaron’s photography, and his smart 30 Days of Creativity challenge.

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