Guest Post: Amir Al-Qadaffi
Guest Post: Amir Al-Qadaffi // @iamamirhasan
Being a better Tour Manager inspires me. After my initial round of touring in 2009 where I was thrown to the wolves and generally had a rough go of things (which I am shockingly grateful for), touring for me has been pretty easy. I did the biggest tours of my life in that year, arena tours with some of the biggest rock acts today, Korn, Mudvayne, Black Label Society. Not necessarily my cup of tea, but these acts are all undeniably huge.
After that first year, things got easy. I think too easy almost. I went out with a couple of bands that really appreciated and embraced me. The tours were generally pretty easy, and working them was a cinch. Recently I had a not so great experience. I wasn't treated badly, I made great money, I was on a tour bus but there is more to having a positive experience than that. I learned that I value feeling like part of a team, clear communication, and assertive leadership are more important than making more than the next guys will pay, or traveling in the cushy tour bus.