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Does anyone have any tips on handling press at a major music festival? I think I have a handle on it but this will be the first time I am setting up press conferences with press and artists so I just wondered if anyone had any tips =) thanks! (I went to the EIY meets up at Warped Tour a few years ago but since this will be with press and not young adults eager to get into the music industry I figured it won't be as calm ha)
Have there ever been people that you've known of that just follow the Warped tour and volunteer each day with different organizations that need help?
Anonymous

I do know of this, but not for the entire tour. I’ve known people to do multiple weeks at a time in a car. This is a really tough way to do things. Some of the drives are long, and you won’t get much sleep. Also, as a volunteer, you don’t have full access to things, so getting in and out of the venue could be tough. If you can get to 2-4 dates, that’s great, but you don’t need to make a huge impression by being there for multiple weeks.

feedourchildrennow:

Attention California Volunteers! 

On Sunday November 25th Feed Our Children NOW will be a part of a very special event in the NEWPORT BEACH AREA. We need Volunteers to help run a food drive between the hours of 1pm and 5pm. You will need your own transportation to and from the event. Again you must live in California and be able to get to Newport Beach area. If this is you send us an email to Hailey@feedourchildrennow.org and tell us why you would like to volunteer!

feedourchildrennow:

Attention California Volunteers! 

On Sunday November 25th Feed Our Children NOW will be a part of a very special event in the NEWPORT BEACH AREA. We need Volunteers to help run a food drive between the hours of 1pm and 5pm. You will need your own transportation to and from the event. Again you must live in California and be able to get to Newport Beach area. If this is you send us an email to Hailey@feedourchildrennow.org and tell us why you would like to volunteer!
My Week Behind the Scenes on Vans Warped Tour!

wheresemmy:

Whaddup, EIY? I’m Emmy, I’m a student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and this past week I had the privilege of doing presswork for Earnityourself.com on Vans Warped Tour! 

Here’s the breakdown of how it went. 

I’m currently at home in DC for the summer, so I left for my first day at 4am to make it to Camden by 8:30. After being granted permission to park in the bus lot (way cool!), I got my vendor bracelet from Natalie Dickinson, founder of Wearethekidsblog.com, and helped set up the FeedOurChildrenNow tent outside the venue. We spent a few hours slapping skip-the line bracelets on kids in exchange for their donations, then Natalie took me to the press area. 

There I got another bracelet that allowed me access to the interview areas, and a photography pass for my camera (aka my iPhone, yikes!) We signed in with an awesome woman named Bethany, who gave me a list of time slots for the bands available for interview that day (who all happened to be milling about, right there!  Just act casual, right??) After starring at some really big names, I settled on Mayday Parade and made my way back to the FeedOurChildrenNow merch tent inside the venue. I hid from the rain selling t-shirts until it was time for my interview with Derek, Mayday Parade’s vocalist. 

I returned to the press area, where Bethany introduced the two of us and lead us to a semi-quiet area to talk on camera. Another EIY volunteer, Megan Duong, filmed as we talked about his time on the tour thus far. It was my first experience conducting an interview, and luckily Derek went easy on me! 

I spent the rest of my afternoon in the merch tent until breakdown, and we finished just in time to make it backstage for YellowCard and Taking Back Sunday (unbelievable!). 

My next 5 days went about the same, with lots of hours driving in between! Lucky for me, I have some awesome friends who let me couch-surf from Connecticut down to Virginia Beach. Thanks to the passes from EIY and my newfound friendship with press super-star Bethany, I ended up scoring over 15 interviews on my journey. Some highlights were getting to help with practical jokes on Rise to Remain’s vocalist, Austin Dickinson, and being asked to shoot Taking Back Sunday’s acoustic set. 

Fingers crossed that I’ll be able to get myself on a bus next year, and save my nighttime hours for rest instead of jamming out cross country in my suicidal Chevy! 

Until then- hit me up with questions, comments, concerns, or just say hi! 

My interviews with Mayday Parade, We the Kings, and many more can all be found on my youtube. 

Adios Amigos :)

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Tonight (starting in 5min) @ 8pm CST: It’s a STAR WARS TAKEOVER of the EIY Podcast!
Stream it live HERE
Chat during the show HERE
May the force be with you…

Tonight (starting in 5min) @ 8pm CST: It’s a STAR WARS TAKEOVER of the EIY Podcast!

Stream it live HERE

Chat during the show HERE

May the force be with you…

Los Angeles EIY Chapter Member Paula Jean attended Warped Tour on behalf of EIY this summer. Read her full report including interviews with Mayday Parade, Polar Bear Club, iwrestledabearonce, All Time Low, Lisa Brownlee and Kevin Lyman - CLICK HERE.

"It may have been just one day or a couple of hours I spent volunteering, but it was surely something that changed my life."

earnityourself-philadelphia:

As mentioned on the BlogTalk Radio Podcast. We are hosting a virtual meet-up chat on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 7 PM. This chat will last approximately 90 minutes. We are inviting other chapters to come and join us and ask questions and get feedback! Below is the agenda for the chat on Wednesday. 

  • Introductions: Who are you? What is EIY? What is EIY Philadelphia’s Mission Statement? What do you want to see come out of EIY Philadelphia? Signing up for EIY. EIYPedia and Forums.
  • Project Warped Tour: What is it? Ideas on promoting PWT. Swag bags & Giveaways. 
  • Events & Meet-ups: Becca’s Acoustic Hang Session, Post Warped Tour Event, Benefit Event: ideas. 
  • Q&A and Comments: Ask Away!

Everything that EIY Philadelphia hosts or is involved in will be archived on the EIY Philadelphia tumblr. 

Please share this with everyone who is in the Philadelphia area that is interested in music! We’d love to have you all join us. 

Tune in to tomorrow night’s EIY Podcast for some awesome conversations with some special guests, starting with Kevin Scoles from Ernie Ball — he’s the guy that listens to aaaaaaalllll the bands who submit for the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands! He’s been a big supporter and good friend of EIY’s for many years. He even did an interview for the EIY Handbook! Learn about the inner-workings of one of the coolest guitar companies and one of the longest-running battle of the bands in the world!
We’ll also be chatting with my long-time friend and veteran of the Midwest punk scene, Robbie from The Timmys. They’re putting out a new album and we’ll have some exclusive previews of the new songs! We’ll be chatting about the punk scene and how the underground music world has changed in the 15 years they’ve been a DIY band.
As usual, we’ll also be playing music from unsigned bands on the show, and we’re always looking for more songs! Email us your best mp3 (or two) along with basic info about your band, to podcast@earnityourself.com. We may ask you to call in to the show for a “bandterview” — a quick 5 minute interview on the air, before we play your song!
Stream the show live Monday night at 8pm CST (6pm PST / 9pm EST) or listen to the archives of past shows at earnityourself.com/podcast.
Call in live during the show to talk with our guests: (347) 327-9612
Join the live online chat during the show, hosted by Natalie from We Are The Kids: tinychat.com/wearethekids
Love,Sarah Saturday

Tune in to tomorrow night’s EIY Podcast for some awesome conversations with some special guests, starting with Kevin Scoles from Ernie Ball — he’s the guy that listens to aaaaaaalllll the bands who submit for the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands! He’s been a big supporter and good friend of EIY’s for many years. He even did an interview for the EIY Handbook! Learn about the inner-workings of one of the coolest guitar companies and one of the longest-running battle of the bands in the world!

We’ll also be chatting with my long-time friend and veteran of the Midwest punk scene, Robbie from The Timmys. They’re putting out a new album and we’ll have some exclusive previews of the new songs! We’ll be chatting about the punk scene and how the underground music world has changed in the 15 years they’ve been a DIY band.

As usual, we’ll also be playing music from unsigned bands on the show, and we’re always looking for more songs! Email us your best mp3 (or two) along with basic info about your band, to podcast@earnityourself.com. We may ask you to call in to the show for a “bandterview” — a quick 5 minute interview on the air, before we play your song!

Stream the show live Monday night at 8pm CST (6pm PST / 9pm EST) or listen to the archives of past shows at earnityourself.com/podcast.

Call in live during the show to talk with our guests: (347) 327-9612

Join the live online chat during the show, hosted by Natalie from We Are The Kids: tinychat.com/wearethekids

Love,
Sarah Saturday

Check out Las Cruces, NM, EIY Chapter Member Chelsea's interview with Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman. Read her full report from her day working on the Warped Tour: CLICK HERE

Want to interview bands and staff backstage at Warped Tour on behalf of EIY? Read about Project Warped Tour and join your Local EIY Chapter today!