'Roadie Of The Month' 19 / 20

July 2020

1/ Name?

Luke Stabb

 

2/ Hometown?

Wodonga

 

3/ Currently Reside?

Melbourne

 

4/ Role?

Guitar Tech / Stage Manager

 

5/ Years on the road?

8

 

6/ First band you ever worked for?

To tell you the truth, I can’t remember

 

7/ Any mentors in the industry worth mentioning?

Cam Batten, Dugald McAndrew, Ant Milne and Pat Meyer, they are all a bunch of supremely talented individuals

 

8/ Favorite AUS venue?

I like the Forum a lot now that there’s a lift.

 

9/ Favorite AUS Bar or Restaurant? 

Any good Ramen place or Vietnamese restaruant

 

10/ When and where was your first OS tour?

Japan with JET in 2017

 

11/ Favorite OS country to tour?

France or Spain, anywhere with great food really

 

12/ Favorite OS venue?

It’s cliché but Red Rocks is amazing

 

13/ Favorite OS Bar or Restaurant?

Quimet Quimet in Barcelona

 

14/ Last three bands you have toured with?

Ocean Alley, John Butler Trio+ and Violent Soho

 

15/ What three tools are the most important to your role?

An X-acto Knife, My pretty ebony string winder and my overwhelming cheerfulness

 

16/ What are the three things you can’t leave for tour without?

Water bottle, some sort of over engineered and far heavier than it needs to be tool case and a backup pair of Ray Bans

 

16/ What’s your drink of choice after the truck is packed?

Coffee

 

18/ Who’s the most played artist on your iPod?

Usually who ever I’m working for at the time

 

19/W hat’s your favorite band / album of all time?

Muddy Waters with Led Zeppelin a close second

 

20/ What’s your favorite Book / Podcast ?

I love a bit of Philip K Dick or anything Anthony Bourdain wrote. As far as podcasts, you can’t go past the Fretboard Journal, Drum History or 99% Invisible.

 

21/ Any great websites out there for people to check out?

I’m giving www.clickspringprojects.com a bit of a work out at the moment. Also www.instructables.com is such a great concept and always worth checking out.

 

22/ What do you do when you are not on the road?
I eat a lot, travel as much as possible and build things of questionable quality from wood in my workshop

 

23/ Words of Wisdom?

Always carry a spare pair of socks, you never know when you might step in a puddle

 

24/ You can contact me on?

Email: lukelstabb@gmail.com

Phone: (+61) 403 881 343

Photo: csfilm

 

Photo: Christie Stabb 

Photo: Oyster Kilpatrick

* Top photo by Ian Laidlaw

February 2020

1/ Name? 

Brad Fulton

 

2/ Hometown? 

Horsham, Victoria 

 

3/ Currently Reside? 

Melbourne, Victoria

 

4/ Role? 

Guitar Tech. Backline Tech. Occasional TM

 

5/ Years on the road? 

5

 

6/ First band you ever worked for? 

As a guitar tech: Ceres. @weareceres

 

7/ Any mentors in the industry worth mentioning? 

Christian Walsh.

Watching Christian work is what made me want to become a tech and I’ve learnt an incredible amount from him.

 

8/ Favorite AUS venue? 

The Forum, Melbourne.

 

9/ Favorite AUS Bar or Restaurant? 

Bar: Crowbar (Syd & Bris)

Cafe: True North, Coburg, Melbourne

 

10/ When and where was your first OS tour?

2017.

North America with Make them Suffer.

 

11/ Favorite OS country to tour?

Canada

 

12/ Favorite OS venue?

 Barrowlands, Glasgow. 

 

13/ Favorite OS Bar or Restaurant?

Bleacher Bar at Fenway Park, Boston.

 

14/ Last three bands you have toured with?

 DMA’s, Violent Soho, The Jungle Giants.

 

15/ What three tools are the most important to your role?

 Soldering Iron, Multimeter, Tuner. 

 

16/ What are the three things you can’t leave for tour without?

Headphones, laptop, my roadsick key chain. 

 

16/ What’s your drink of choice after the truck is packed?

Ice Break double shot. 

 

18/ Who’s the most played artist on your iPod? 

Dealer (@thedealersound)

 

19/ What’s your favorite band / album of all time?

Misfits - Walk Among Us 

 

20/ What’s your favorite Book / Podcast ? 

Podcast: Axe to Grind. 

Book: Deathbeds - Wesley Eisold 

 

21/ Any great websites out there for people to check out? 

geelongcats.com.au

 

22/ What do you do when you are not on the road?

Nap as much as possible, smash a lot of coffee, get real fired up at AFL games (Go Cats), watch copious amounts of NBA (Go Celtics), play heaps of Rocket League on Nintendo Switch and hang with friends. 

 

23/ Words of Wisdom?

'Attach yourself to people who are funny, distance yourself from uptight squares'

- Patrick Kindlon

 

24/ You can contact me on?

Email: brad.fulton27@gmail.com

IG: @breadpls 

W/ DMAs @ Manchester Arena
Photo by @shaneobenson

Stage Systems Melbourne, 2018.

W/ Violent Soho - Good Things Festival.
Photo by @ian.laidlaw

W/ Jungle Giants at The Forum Theatre.
Photo by: @charliehardy

Luke Stabb and I out shopping in prep for some Ocean Alley shows.

Alex Nicoli & I w/Gang of Youths - Laneway 2019
Photo by @ian.laidlaw

* Top Photo *

W/ Hockey Dad, Yours and Owls Fest 2018.
Photo by @ian.laidlaw

 

November 2019

 

1/ Name?

Jo Bushing

 

2/ Hometown?

Brisbane 4178

 

3/ Currently Reside?

Brisbane 4034

 

4/ Role?

“Cotton Slinger” Merchandise Management and Driver / TM Assist.

 

5/ Years on the road?

15-20 But in this current role 5

 

6/ First band you ever worked for?

I think the first band to ever Pay me for working with them was the Kidney Thieves (Now known as Osaka Punch)

 

7/ Any mentors in the industry worth mentioning?

I have had the opportunity to learn from and work alongside so many incredible Mentors

Norman & Kate James, Nick Kapos, Elisha Boland, Madeleine Spencer, David & Courtney Robertson, Matt Young, David Haley, Dallas Frasca, Dale Harrison, Will O’Brien & Sabrina Lawrie...just to name a few.

 

8/ Favorite Australian venue?

Max Watts (Max Froffs) in Melbourne. Run by the amazing Leroy and crew. As there are too many amazing venues in Brisbane to mention just one.

 

9/ Favorite  Bar or Restaurant?

I was always torn between Sabotage Social and Crowbar, but with the closing of Sabo, Crowbar Brisbane !

 

10/ When and where was your first OS tour?

I am yet to tour overseas. Am passport ready, just waiting for the right opportunity.

 

11/ Favorite aspect of my Role?

Merchandise is more important now than Ever before. With spotify, itunes and the like taking the value out of the music people spend their lives and money creating. Along with the resurgence of Vinyl records. People purchasing a physical copy of Albums is essential. With the cost of touring etc, forever increasing. It ends up being the merchandise sales that the Artist’s eventually see in their pocket. That may explain why you walk into a Merch Emporium at some shows these days with huge selections of clothing and unique items available.  Buy it, please! Keep all of us in the position to keep making music and Travelling around like Carni Folk. Unpacking Vans and trucks to put on a memorable show for everyone, then long after you have all gone home. Packing and repacking, to head to the next one.

 

14/ Last three bands you have toured with?

Butterfingers

Then i doubled down with the Phil H. Anselmo and The Illegals & King Parrot tour and Emperor & Ruins

Elefant Traks- 20 years Celebration

 

15/ What three tools are the most important to your role?

T pins, Gaff Tape, Pen/sharpie

 

16/ What are the three things you can’t leave for tour without?

Thongs (Im a shoe hater like Ean Redman) , Roadsick Laundry bag (gotta keep the stank away from the fresh), Dice (for those Hurry up...and Wait moments)

 

16/ What’s your drink of choice after the truck is packed?

An Ice Cold Lager

 

18/ Who’s the most played artist on your iPod?

Tool & Radiohead

 

19/ What’s your favorite band / album of all time?

Tool- any album basically

 

20/ What’s your favorite book / Podcast ?

Podcast would be Ricky Gervais with Karl Pilkington. Book: anything by Henry Rollins & Charles Bukowski

 

21/ Any great websites out there for people to check out?

Outside of work Im a bit of a gardening nerd. PlantSnap is an app that you can take a photo of a plant and it identifies it. Music wise.. THE FACTION

 

22/ What do you do when you are not on the road?

I sell merch at local shows and support my local music scene.

 

23/ Words of Wisdom?

Go Experience More Live Music

As adults, other than going on a Roller coaster. That nervous excitement you get that gives you butterflies in your stomach can also be experienced when you are standing in a crowd and a band play the first note of a song you Love.

 

24/ You can contact me on?

jobushing@gmail.com

 

Last night of the Biggest tour I've done to date. 27 dates in 32 days in a 12 seater with a trailer. From Melbourne to Cairns and back.With King Parrot & Child Bite  

Byron bay with Cog, Hammers & Roadsick

One of my set ups in Max Watts Melbourne for Psycroptic & Archspire 

Home briefly from tour to do washing (good old roadsick laundry bag to the rescue) The fluffy Muppet Midnight was happy to see us

 

 

June / July 2019

 

1/ Name?

Christian Ustarroz

 

2/ Hometown?

Los Angeles, CA

 

3/ Currently Reside?

Los Angeles, CA

 

4/ Role?

TM / Stage ? Tech

 

5/ Years on the road?

5

 

6/ First band you ever worked for?

Fenix TX

 

7/ Any mentors in the industry worth mentioning?

Yogi, By far the most solid if not the most solid guy I've ever met touring

 

8/ Favourite US venue?

Palladium Worcester, MA

 

9/ Favourite US Bar or Restaurant?

Ye Rustic Inn!

 

10/ When and where was your first OS tour?

2016 with Unwritten Law

 

11/ Favourite OS country to tour?

Brisbane because the Lone Pine Sanctuary and the killer burger joint next to the Zoo

 

12/ Favorite OS venue?

Fowlers Live in Adelaide, R.I.P

 

13/ Favourite OS Bar or Restaurant?

Anywhere that has steak w/peppercorn sauce, chips and Tooheys or VB. Extra sauce!

 

14/ Last three bands you have toured with?

With Confidence

Runaway Kids

Unwritten Law

 

15/ What three tools are the most important to your role?

Gaff tape, tuner, more gaff tape

 

16/ What are the three things you can’t leave for tour without?

Laptop, sandals, baby wipes

 

17/ What’s your drink of choice after the truck is packed?

Chocolate milk or beer

 

18/ Who’s the most played artist on your iPod?

Growing up always Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and Silversun Pickups. Currently too many its Throphy Eyes, Fever 333, Julia Micheals, Ruby fields, Beartooth. Just all over the place

 

19/ What’s your favorite band / album of all time?

Nirvana, Nevermind

 

20/ What’s your favorite book / Podcast ?

Book: Child called it / Podcast: Howard Stern or Gary Vee

 

21/ Any great websites out there for people to check out?

Try not to spend time online / Live in real life

 

22/ What do you do when you are not on the road?

Lead at Event Production Company, Stage / Lighting / Sound builds

Also do construction builds and recording studios

 

23/ Words of Wisdom?

Be a good person and nice to every new person you meet on the road. Don’t be a dick!

Also, if you hot bag make sure its double bagged

 

24/ You can contact me on?

IG: @custarroz

 

Tech for Strung Out, restringing Chris Aiken's Mr. Sparkle bass

Bandwagon driver for Strung Out Vans warped tour 2017

Tech for Unwritten Law, Sabroso Taco Fest with Offspring & Sum 41

End of 2017 Warped with all bands from Hard Rock stage

 

 

 

March / April 2019 

 

1/ Name?

 Elisha Boland 

 

2/ Hometown?

South Sydney, NSW

 

3/ Currently Reside?

Melbourne, VIC 

 

4/ Role?

Touring Road Merchandise Manager

 

5/ Years on the road?

Been on and off for 11 years but full time for 2 years now 

 

6/ First band you ever worked for?

Cant nail it down but would be either In Hearts Wake, Bermuda or The Bride.

 

7/ Favorite AUS venue?

Toss up between the Opera House in Sydney for the views or The Forum + The Corner in Melb for the humans / vibe 

 

8/ Favorite AUS Bar or Restaurant?

Crowbar on tour or B.East / The Alderman off 

 

9/ When and where was your first OS tour?

Europe / UK winter 2017 with Northlane 

 

10/ Favorite OS country to tour?

Germany for sure 

 

11/ Favorite OS venue?

I recently loved Olympia in Paris. Leaving the venue during the day is important for sanity so the proximity to cool shit was 10/10.

 

12/ Favorite OS Bar or Restaurant?

Lucky dog in Williamsburg. Bury me with the bar dogs and pickle backs 

 

13/ Last three bands you have toured with?

Parkway Drive, Gang of Youths and currently with Tash Sultana 

 

14/ What three tools are the most important to your role?

T pins, a desirable personality and patience  

 

15/ What are the three things you can’t leave for tour without?

Peli kit, clean underwear and my laptop 

 

16/ What’s your drink of choice after the truck is packed?

Hendricks gin, tonic + lime please  

 

17/ Who’s the most played artist on your iPod?

Last few months Don Broco and Everytime I Die has been getting very thrashed

 

18/ What’s your favorite band / album of all time?

Too hard to narrow down but - The Flatliners back catalogue, Wilhelm Scream - Mute Print, The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten, Defeater - Letters Home, The Neighbourhood - I Love You, OWTH - Home 

 

19/ What’s your favorite book / Podcast ?

I try and read a book a tour so last one I knocked off was The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Podcast-wise i go back and forth between Anxious and Angry + Casefile 

 

20/ Any great websites out there for people to check out?

Google 

 

21/ What do you do when you are not on the road?

Try and have some semblance of a normal life - sleep, coffees, beach, spend time with my forever patient and understanding boyfriend + mates

 

22/ Words of Wisdom?

We’re pretty lucky at the end of the day to be able to do a job that takes us all over the world so I try to check myself and be grateful for it all. Even if it’s 3am on a tour bus leaving the UK and Granville has an acoustic guitar again

 

ALSO - chicks can be roadies too 

 

23/ You can contact me on?

elishaboland@icloud.com for business or @elishaboland for shinfo

 

One of my absolute favourite displays and runs with Parkway Aus tour 2018. And a very tired Boland after 4 back to back monster shows.

Walking around Paris on a day off on the most recent PWD Euro run 2019. My sanity was restored after walking the streets with the crew and getting out of the bus / venue loop.

Nuremberg in Germany during the Northlane Euro run 2017 - Left the venue with the angels in Ocean Grove to explore and ended up finding a lot of places that served as points of interest to WW2.

Day one on Warped Tour 2018 for In Hearts Wake in California. Before all the eye bags and bad tan lines took over.

Out the front of The Triffid in 2015 with In Hearts Wake quickly learning the importance of getting your gear to the truck on time. Turns out Fishy COULDNT strap 2 merch boards to the back of a 3 tonne.

 

January / February 2019

 1/ Name? 
Sophie Kirov
 
2/ Hometown? 
Perth, WA
 
3/ Currently Reside? 
Brunswick Heads, NSW
 
4/ Role? 
Owner of Badlands Group: entertainment visa and tour service provider
 
5/ Years on the road? 
8
 
6/ First band you ever worked for? 
Kimbra
 
7/ Favourite AUS venue? 
Going to gigs at the local Bruns pub is always a treat, but if I’m working I do love a show at the Forum in Melbourne.
 
8/ Favourite AUS Bar or Restaurant? 
The Napier Hotel in Melbourne is always a great spot for a cold beer and a hearty meal.
 
9/ When and where was your first OS tour? 
Flight Facilities in Asia.
 
10/ Favourite OS country to tour?
As unimaginative as it may be, I really do love touring through the US. From the truly picturesque drives through area likes Montana, Utah and Wyoming, to the early hours at a Truck Stop, and the world of Instacart, Amazon Prime and every-restaurant delivery app under the sun – it’s always a great time.
 
11/ Favourite OS venue? 
The Fillmore in San Francisco. It’s a beautiful venue with an epic history, and the load in with the forklift/steel cage combo is good for a laugh.
 
12/ Favourite OS Bar or Restaurant? 
Dino’s for a cold Bud and a quesadilla or Rolf & Daughters for a fancy dinner, both in Nashville.
 I’ve really gone in on the US here, so I should probably throw some love Europe’s way. I’ve had a blast at some of the campgrounds we parked the bus at, which I highly recommend instead of heading straight to into the city if you have a day off or travel day. They’re relatively inexpensive, and you can lie in the grass, go for a bike ride, have a bbq, and all that jazz.
 
13/ Last three bands you have toured with? 
Flight Facilities, K.Flay and Golden Features.
 
14/ What three tools are the most important to your role? 
My phone, laptop and a notebook.  
 
15/ What are the three things you can’t leave for tour without? 
Power Bank (portable charger) with extra USB leads, pedialyte or hydralite sachets and ArmaForce.
 
16/ What’s your drink of choice after the truck is packed?
A little bourbon on the rocks is generally welcomed.
 
17/ Who’s the most played artist on your ipod? 
This month I’m listening to a lot of country, like Kacey Musgraves and Nathan Rateliff.
 
18/ Whats your favourite band / album of all time? 
Oh yikes! Alt-J – An Awesome Wave, Paul Simon – Graceland, Cat Power – Sun, Bonobo – Black Sands, Neil Young – Harvest, J.J. Cale – Naturally… ok I’ll stop.
 
19/ Whats your favourite book / Podcast?
Listen to the Henry Rollins interview on the Joe Rogan experience. He’s the best. 
 
20/ Any great websites out there for people to check out? 
I’m going to cheat here and recommend a couple of apps instead. Rain Parrot, Headspace, Tabata and Dropbox.
 
21/ What do you do when you are not on the road?
The motto for Bruns is ‘simple pleasures’ which defines me to a T. Swimming, fishing, adventuring, reading and trialing my new obsession with pickling.
 
22/ Words of Wisdom? 
Try to have fun and drink more water.
 Oh and if you’re a photographer reading this, buy a black t-shirt.
 
23/ You can contact me on? 
 @sophiekirov or sophie@badlandsgroup.com
 
Probably the most unwell I've ever felt on tour, but on the plus side I got a great tan that day. 
W/ K.Flay at the Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City. 
Pre-take off w/ Flight Facilities at the Forum in Melbourne. Pre-show ritual on this tour was singing the jingle from a TV commercial so we’re probably mid 'happy little vegemites’. 
Making solid use of a day off in Colorado with a hike up to St Marys Glacier (*Not in picture but had the best vegetarian meal in Denver at City o’ City)