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How to get a job working at an EDM festival

Friday, June 06, 2014
MIchael Iuorio

What could be better than going to see one of your favorite artists perform live?  How about going to see MULTIPLE of your favorite artists perform on stage? tumblr_n620olfS4m1qm4hj2o1_500 Music festivals have been huge in the music world for many years, but with the relatively recent blast-off of the EDM scene, new ones seem to be popping up all over the world.  Because of this,  a job in this business seems to be ideal for all different kinds of music lovers. I personally interned for Arizona’s largest multi-genre music festival, and I hear questions about it all of the time. Was it hard/fun? How do I get a job in festivals? How was the experience? The experience was amazing,  increased my love for music, and molded me into the incredibly hard worker that I am today. In result, I have decided to share 4 tips that I found to be imperative in regards to working for a festival:

1. Immerse Yourself in Music Scene

The main question I hear from others is, “how did you land that job? I want to do that!”  I believe everybody will have a different answer to this question, but mine would be to try and get involved with your area’s music scene. If this is the field you want to work in, you never know what kind of contacts you will make that will help you in the future. I worked for a major radio station in my area and it resulted in me landing multiple other jobs because of it.  If you network and work hard, it will become easier for you to find a job in the area you want to be in.

2. Prepare Yourself

If you receive a job offer, CONGRATS, YOU DID IT!


However, there is something you need to realize. A music festival may seem like all fun and games, but there's an immense amount of work that goes into it.  When you decide to intern or work for a company that produces music festivals, you need to mentally prepare yourself.  Polish your communication skills, know that you may have many late nights, and be ready to stay focused at all times.

3. Become a Sponge

When you begin working, especially as an intern, remember that many people would kill to be in your position, and your time may come to an end.  Keeping this in mind, remember to soak in everything you learn. You may never have this opportunity again, so get excited for everything you experience.  Remember, knowledge is everything, so if you let yourself learn it could help you out greatly with your future career.

4. Have Fun

Like I said before, it may be likely that your experience could be a one-time thing, so always remember to enjoy yourself.   I personally acted as an artist rep for the band Capital Cities and worked backstage to assist other popular artists like Wiz Khalifa and Bassnectar.  It was very stressful at times, but when I remembered how lucky I was to even be doing it I began to relax and have fun.  At the end of the day it's music and entertainment, so why not have fun with it? The music business can be tricky to get into, so when you do, remember to stay focused, allow yourself to learn, and most of all…HAVE A BLAST!

Oh, and here's a picture of me at the festival I worked for: