The effects of the COVID-19 crisis continue to penetrate all industries around the world. The entertainment industry continues to face adversity as more people are becoming unemployed longer with no light at the end of the tunnel. Artists have been trying to stay relevant and afloat by streaming their music to their audience but tour managers and similar staff are continuing to suffer with no end in sight. Recently a group of tour managers have come together to create the “Tour Managers Not Touring (TNT) – The Sofa Sessions” movement. Basically, this group will be posting content with exclusive music created by them or music from artists that have never gotten released to the public before. To support this cause TNT is accepting small donations starting at 5 pounds and up. Below are the following individuals involved in the TNT movement:
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
The group, however, has been facing some backlash but not towards them, but the artists they work for. The claim is that these tour managers are hired by very successful artists who should be the ones putting in the donation and supporting their staff, not asking fans to.
John Askew, Maceo Plex, and a few fans recently took to social media to voice their opinions on the matter.
For f$ck sake.. please give your money to real charities and NOT to rich djs and their staff.
— Maceo Plex (@MaceoPlex) May 4, 2020
That video of Seth Troxler, Alan Fitzpatrick all those huge DJs asking for donations to pay their tour managers is scandalous. Hope people remember this carry on when clubs reopen and we return to normal. Support the folks who deserve it and not these over entitled nutcases.
— Reece Arrigan (@arrigan_) May 4, 2020
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THIS. IS. AN. UTTER. SCANDAL. Out of desperation for income in these trying times the tour managers of some of worlds richest DJs launch a mix series to try and raise donations from the public to help keep themselves afloat while out of work. And then the millionaires they work for have the audacity to beg and plead to the general public to get involved / donate give money I’m guessing so that they don’t have to themselves!!!??. What the actual fuck???????? So the DJs in question are not covering the basic costs of the loyal warriors that baby sit them 24/7 during normal touring periods????? And not only that but they’re then asking you – the out of work / broke / skint general public to put your hand in your pocket to help cover these costs – so they don’t have to??????? Am I loosing my mind here or did what I just watched actually happen? I’m truly lost for words, shocked and a little sad. Shame on the managers who advised these DJs that this was a good idea. Some of these DJs were heroes to me but now any / all respect I had has been lost. If you are one of the tour managers who work for the DJs in this video I feel deeply deeply sorry for you. You’re at their side wiping their ass every second of every day while on tour and now they won’t repay the favour by helping you with a few chunks of change from their VAST wealth????? It’s as scandalous as Victoria Beckham trying to furlough all her staff so that the tax payer could cover their costs. Luckily though – she saw sense and reversed the request when public outrage subtly reminded her she’s a fucking millionaire a hundred times over so can cover those costs out of the coins in her solid gold handbag. This lock down brings out good in some but horrors in others. If you’re going to donate to anything – donate to the NHS or your own country’s front line medical services.
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More mixes Monday. Check out @tntsofasessions .Tour Managers Not Touring. There’s a bundle of exclusive mixes from the scene’s best tour managers (and all fantastic DJ’s and music heads), plus unreleased mixes from myself and the DJ’s they work with (@carlcoxofficial @themartinezbros @jamiejonesmusic @pacoosuna @josephcapriati @dubfire @alanfitzpatrick @nicolemoudaber @hitolove ) My current tour manager is not involved but I want to help all our electronic music community This huge release is on their Bandcamp right now. #stayathome