Spotlight On: Roadies of Color United, with Bill Reeves and Lance “K.C.” Jackson
Interview by Mathew Walt
About the Podcast
Hustle Like U BrokeA Balanced Look from Behind the Scenes, Celebrating the Working-Class Heroes of the Concert IndustryMatthew Walt, Kyle Hamilton, Christine Dallas, and Chris Lee tell their stories from the trenches of the live entertainment world. With over 80 combined years of experience, working with a wide range of A-list artists – including Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, JLo, Rihanna, Jay Z, Drake, Mac Miller and more – these concert veterans share their unique perspectives on surviving and thriving in the music world. Joining them each week are the people that make the shows happen – the working-class heroes – including production vendors, touring and production managers, engineers and techs, MDs, stylists and backstage managers, bus drivers, tour accountants, travel agents and many more.
Co-Founded by Lance “K.C.” Jackson and William “Bill” Reeves in 2009, Roadies Of Color United was started as a social network to represent, introduce, and unite those in concert touring and entertainment services that were not being represented in the major industry publications and associations. Like those before them, K.C. and Bill made it a priority to create new opportunities for PoC in the music industry, providing resources and education to develop technical skills and business acumen for the next generation of entrepreneurs. Since its founding, Roadies of Color United has grown to nearly 1100 members, and will soon release a database of verified professional touring staff and a list of black owned music production service providers. In our discussion with K.C. and Bill we talk about the impediments that still exist in the industry, the road that led to where we are now, and the pathway forward.