As the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten livelihoods across the world, the live music sector has been hit hard. Under the current quarantine conditions most festivals and tours are cancelled or postponed, music venues and nightclubs are closed, and the fate of Ibiza 2020 currently hangs in the balance.
This is having a huge effect on the artists and DJs that were booked to play – but also on all those who work behind the scenes to help bring our favourite DJs to the stage. Everyone from venue staff, promotors, tour agents and bookers to tour managers, technical and live crews are suddenly all without work and now facing an uncertainty like never before.
Now, a selection of tour managers – some of the dance industry’s biggest players have come together to present Tour Managers Not Touring (TNT) – The Sofa Sessions. Over the coming weeks they’ll be releasing a series of exclusive mixes they’ve made themselves, together with previously unreleased mixes from the artists they work with. All available for a minimum of €5 or more, with all funds going direct to the tour managers involved.
Here’s Dubfire’s TM Tim Price aka Dingo on the project:
“The tour managers in our scene are like one big dysfunctional family. A lot of tour managers play themselves and have great musical taste. So we thought this would be a great way to come together, and an interesting concept to explore the sound of the tour managers in comparison to the sound of the DJs we work with.
Our goal is to release some new and interesting content to help with the #stayhome initiative and also try and gain some financial support for us tour managers during this unfortunate time as most of us if not all are not paid a salary, we are paid per show. This project is being done out of love of music, our scene and the people involved in it.”
The first edition of the series, which contains 27 podcasts = 31+ hours of unreleased music, is available now here.
The tour managers and the artists involved are:
Adri Sense | Nicole Moudaber
Antonio Meridiano | Hito
Bogdan Pakito | Paco Osuna
Dingo | Dubfire
Fusko | Joseph Capriati
Gabriel Torres | The Martinez Brothers
Ian Hussey | Carl Cox
J. Fonseca | Carnage
Paolo Francesco | Alan Fitzpatrick
Zak | Seth Troxler
For more information and to download the mixes please visit: https://tntsofasessions.bandcamp.com/