EventSpeak with Big John

EventSpeak with Big John

Our flagship show, EventSpeak with Big John is hosted by music/experiential industry veteran, event guru, and CEO of Beyond Experiential, Big John. Our shared purpose is to create dialogue among professionals from all facets and fields of the global event industry ecosystem with the hopes of informing and inspiring the next generation of event professionals uniting them in solidarity on the new and soon to be expansive EventSpeak Network. About Big John: Big John got his start as co-founder and playing guitar in former Chicago band SweaterGirl and founding B17 Records where SweaterGirl would go on to sell over 70,000 records (when that was still a thing) completely independent. After 4 consecutive summers on the Van's Warped Tour as one of the first ever DIY bands to be invited to tag along Big John was ready for what's next and stumbled into the event industry in 2005. Big John stayed on the road managing Mobile Marketing Tours and bands for Warped Tour clients/artists for the next 7 summers as well as a plethora of experiential tours, campaigns, events, and initiatives that include some of the biggest brands and bands in the world. Having a unique edge and being side by side with the pioneers in the brands to bands movement post the crash of the record business in the early 2000's Big John's knowledge and experience in both fields is extensive. After logging over 300,000 miles through countless tours, Big John parked himself in LA and co-founded Beyond Experiential, an experiential agency focused on creating unique and impactful experiences based in the brand marketing, experiential, and music industry. " This show (EventSpeak) is my latest passion and I'm so stoked for everyone to check it out!" -Big John... Show More

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February 11, 2021 65 min
In our first "Industry Spotlight" episode, Big John and Amanda sit down with leaders from the world of Cannabis to learn more about their business with the hopes of building bigger and better experiential campaigns. Our panel of experts include: Patrick Rea- Co-Founder and Managing Director of CanopyBoulder, a seed-stage, mentorship-driven business accelerator for the cannabis industry. CanopyBoulder has raised 5 funds a...
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February 1, 2021 35 min
Join us for an important conversation about equality and creating a safe environment for your employees no matter your race, gender, or background. Kate Gardiner is the Founder and CEO of Grey Horse, a full service communications company, who works with individuals and brands "who are changing the world for the better with big ideas, bold plans, and a commitment to equality and the environment." This is a power packed inter...
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December 12, 2020 39 min
Give a listen as Big John sits down for a delightful conversation with tried and true New Yorker, Laura Mignott, CEO of DFlash. Topics include simple ways to achieve well executed diverse events, the new café culture of NYC, living in a wallet free world and NYC cocktails! Laura also has a weekly podcast….The Reset Podcast and interviews a variety of Experiential Marketing guru’s. For more information on Laura and where to find h...
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November 20, 2020 25 min

Big John digs in with music promo veteran and Danny Wimmer Presents SVP, Maureen Valker. Maureen discusses how the reset button (aka the pandemic) is allowing music promotors and agencies to truly explore the digital options, and a variety of new revenue streams now becoming common place for music performers and artists (pay per view, digital broadcast, licensing, endorsements etc.).

For more info on Maureen and her company, DWP, ch...

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November 13, 2020 32 min

On this episode of EventSpeak, Big John chats with music industry exec, Michael Schneider about how his platform, Single Music, helps musicians/performers/bands keep their fair share of the pie in the livestreaming/merch-sales space.  Michael understands what artists are up against and is passionate about allowing them to keep their focus on the art and not worry about the business stuff. Join as we talk about "the business"...

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Big John has an epic interview with experiential expert Max Lenderman. Max knows a thing or two about the experiential/creative world, and it’s a punk rock lovefest as the two of them talk experiential. So sit, listen and enjoy, as Max reveals. “Advertising in general is meaningless while experiences are not!” Enjoy! For more information on Max, check out his website and socials below: www.maxlenderman.com https://eventspeak.c...
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October 30, 2020 34 min
On this episode of EventSpeak, Big John sits down with long time friend Soma Snakeoil Co-founder of nonprofit The Sidewalk Project. Join us as we discuss their events (pre COVID) to support LA's houseless community. They take a walk down memory lane of much wilder times in both of their pasts and be ready to blush as Soma is delightfully and unapologetically well.... Soma. This one is really fun put on your big kid shoes and ju...
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October 21, 2020 22 min

Big John sits down with Justin Miller, CEO and founder of Showplace. Showplace provides brands a platform to place products in the homes of short term rentals like Airbnb. Listen as Justin talks about how Showplace is revolutionizing the way way contactless sampling is done and how it could be used to elevate guests experiences attending high-profile events in the future.

 

More information on Justin and Showplace can be found at htt...

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Join us as Big John sits down with Digital Content Producer and Event Manager, Marielou Mandl. Marielou talks to us about amplifying your event with a digital strategy as consumers are looking for more ways to engage with brands. For more info on Marielou, check out her website at: www.marieloumandl.com And if you're content producer, looking for community support from tech tips to strategy, check out her Facebook group at: ...
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September 25, 2020 24 min
Join us at Big John sits down with the multi-talented (and creative genius behind our fancy new intro), Montana Debor, as we talk about the world of performance art and it's place in events. For more information on Montana, check out her socials below. And don't forget to continue the conversation at www.eventspeak.com https://www.montanadeborarts.com/ https://www.instagram.com/deboratorium/
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September 18, 2020 22 min
Big John sits down with creative soul, Sam Ewen. Listen in as they talk music, experiential events and where those two worlds collide. Sam is Managing Director at dotdotdash and is based in NYC and has been in the Experiential space for over twenty years. He is passionate about the art and emotions at play within the experiential space. Big John and has Sam discuss some amazing experiential campaigns, including a concert for the...
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On this episode of EventSpeak, Big John sits down with the "Road Mama" herself, Ms. Athena Simpson. Join us to be inspired and encouraged by this modern day Renaissance woman as we take you on a journey through they eyes of a world traveler, aerial silk performer, and podcasting savant.

For more info on Athena, check out her website at: https://athenasimpson.com

 

 

 

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September 4, 2020 27 min

Big John welcomes powerhouse pro drummer Gary Foster to the show. Gary and Big John go back to the good old days when both were playing out on the Van's Warped Tour and Gary is one of Big's closet friends. Listen in on a conversation of stories from the road, lessons in life- punk rock style and lighting roman candles down peoples pants... (Yes, you read that right) Enjoy!

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August 28, 2020 30 min
On this special tech focused episode of EventSpeak, Big John dives deep into the digital realm with our friends at Gamerjibe and EventSpeak's own Joel Martin joining as co-host. Who says you can't do events right now? Gamerjibe shows us how they do it and gives us a peek behind the curtain of what's not only the future but the now. Grab some conference center nachos and a $4 cola and pull up a chair you don't want t...
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July 30, 2020 29 min
Pull up a chair and sit down with ever entertaining Amanda Younger one of Big John's former tour family and dearest friends who's also the Senior Event Manager for NYC Pride! Amanda talks with Big John on some of the positives that have come out of working remote during Covid-19 and transitioning several times on the game plan for NYC Pride 2020 (due to and ever changing Covid-19 landscape) -- to basically an all-digital f...
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July 28, 2020 30 min
Teeg is an encyclopedia of Event Industry knowledge and heads up the AAEP (American Association of Event Professionals), a nonprofit organization that is long overdue in the event/experiential world. Teeg discusses the benefits of being an AAEP member, why it is needed, what role it will play in the industries future -- as well as reminiscing about the early days of the event industry and how they both just fall face first into it...
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July 21, 2020 21 min
Big John sits down with the delightful Devin Bender to discuss how a recent college grad has achieved so much so soon in her career. Devin is a social media influencer, Playboy model, and recent graduate of Florida State University. Topics include; Healthy living, Brands approaching social influencers, how to have a healthy relationship with social media and where to get the best chicken wings in the country - Devin's "i...
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Big John travels across the pond (via Zoom) to sit down with Claire Grecian, Managing Director at Circle Agency. Claire discusses some campaigns Circle Agency is involved with in the midst of COVID-19, talks similarities and differences between Experiential campaigns in the UK and US and reminisces about how she stumbled into events, fell in love with the industry and stuck with it like so many of us do!

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July 8, 2020 27 min
The amazing Billy Burrs joins Big John to discuss his journey in the record industry from, Zoo Entertainment to Geffen Records and now is at The Syndicate all in an executive capacity. Billy has worked with the likes of Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, The Strokes and Cage the Elephant and talks about how the record and touring industry is being impacted by COVID-19.
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On this amazing episode Big John is joined by Mitch Mishske who will blow your mind with his knowledge of being a tour manager, emcee, host and driver. Mitch hails from Chicago but now calls a hippie commune home in Colorado (no lie it is the fruitiest place west of the Mississippi). Mitch is also the recurring driver for March Forth (a band like no other) and regularly emcees at the Ride Festival each year. He is also the host of...
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