After working within the music enterprise for over 4 a long time, Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has a ton of behind-the-scenes tales to inform.
In the course of the pandemic — with the dwell occasions trade placed on maintain till COVID-19 circumstances drop and the vaccine roll out is additional alongside — Lyman’s been hanging round his Altadena residence, teaching virtually at the USC Thornton School of Music, rising greens in his neighborhood backyard and “driving my spouse loopy,” he mentioned with amusing throughout a latest telephone chat.
“She will be able to’t ship me out on tour,” he mentioned. “She was the one which mentioned, ‘It’s worthwhile to begin getting all of those tales you might have down.’ There have been all these folks I had come throughout in 40 years of being within the music enterprise. Individuals consider simply the Warped Tour, however I did Lollapalooza and the L.A. golf equipment for years earlier than that, so there are such a lot of folks I’ve crossed paths with.”
Lyman started reaching out to previous associates and colleagues to assist jog his reminiscence and teamed up together with his pal and golf buddy Tony Arratia to share these tales in podcast kind. He constructed slightly studio in his residence and employed a few of his former USC college students to help him in launching the “My Warped Life” podcast, which debuted on March 1 with new episodes uploaded each different Monday.
“It has been enjoyable,” Lyman mentioned of taping the podcast. To date, he’s had visitors on together with Foo Fighters and No Use for a Name guitarist Chris Shiflett, Jennifer Finch from L7, Warped Tour stage supervisor Greg Teal, artist supervisor Gus Brandt and radio personalities Jon Smith and Tazy Phyllipz. For future episodes, he’s exploring the historical past of the Van Doren household, which based the Orange County-based Vans sneaker company; speaking to Tana Douglas, the very first feminine roadie who labored Lollapalooza; and he put out a solicit on social media for those who might recall the “nice meals struggle” and different catering tales from Warped Tour.
“My Warped Life” is out there on quite a few streaming platforms. There’s additionally a $10 month-to-month membership tier on Patreon presents followers uncut, full-length interviews with every visitor on the present, extra in-depth behind-the-scenes content material and video interviews.
Lyman mentioned that whereas having some downtime has been nice, he does miss the street and Warped Tour.
“I miss the camaraderie,” he mentioned. “I miss the arduous work. I nonetheless work arduous in my very own means, however I miss that pushing ahead for an finish objective of opening these doorways and giving youngsters an excellent present. I’ve advised some folks that if I had an opportunity and somebody put a semi-truck in entrance of the home proper now, I’d arrange and do a pageant in entrance of my home. Everyone knows that can finally come, however I believed proper now is likely to be a great time to doc these tales.”
Lyman is finest recognized for founding Warped Tour, an enormous touring musical circus that launched in 1995 and efficiently built-in company sponsorship with excessive sports activities and punk, pop-punk, steel and rock music. The pageant’s final summerlong trek took place in 2018 and there have been a trio of celebratory pageant stops in 2019 to commemorate the twenty fifth anniversary.
The pageant was instrumental in breaking and boosting the recognition of many artists together with Blink-182, Katy Perry, Paramore, All-Time Low, Immobile in White, Fall Out Boy, Eminem, Avenged Sevenfold, The Maine, All-American Rejects, My Chemical Romance, Andrew W.K., Jeffree Star, New Year’s Day and Black Veil Brides. It additionally served as a enjoyable touring summer time camp for extra established artists like Pennywise, Bad Religion, Inexperienced Day, Much less Than Jake, Elegant, No Doubt, The Vandals, Reel Huge Fish and Rancid.
Lyman and his crew are additionally liable for festivals like Taste of Chaos, It’s Not Dead Festival, Mayhem Festival, Country Throwdown Tour and others. Since wrapping Warped Tour, Lyman has targeted on instructing and on his philanthropic ventures, like FEND, his non-profit opioid marketing campaign to get youths of medicine, or efforts to encourage music followers to donate canned items and different non-perishables at festivals to learn native meals banks inside their communities.
He’s heartbroken over what the pandemic has accomplished to the dwell leisure trade, however is assured it can make comeback. From a manufacturing standpoint, nonetheless, he mentioned one of many largest potential struggles when issues open again up once more could also be too many artists attempting to tour without delay.
“We do need to be cognizant of the place the economic system will likely be at the moment,” he mentioned. “That’s all I’m listening to now could be, ‘We’re going to get on the street.’ Effectively, will there be house for everybody to go on the street?”
In different interviews, Lyman has talked about that Warped Tour won’t be over, however might presumably make some sort of return. He mentioned he does see house for a Warped-style tour sooner or later, with artists like Machine Gun Kelly, Yungblud and Lil Yachty now bringing a mixture of the pop-punk and emo genres to their audiences.
“Pop-punk is again, who would have thought,” he mentioned. “Everybody’s speaking pop-punk once more, so possibly this is able to the time for somebody to, you understand, begin a tour.”