EventSpeak with Big John


Our flagship show, EventSpeak with Big John is hosted by music/experiential industry veteran, event guru, and CEO of Beyond Experiential, Big John. Our shared purpose is to create dialogue among professionals from all facets and fields of the global event industry ecosystem with the hopes of informing and inspiring the next generation of event professionals uniting them in solidarity on the new and soon to be expansive EventSpeak Network.

About Big John: Big John got his start as co-founder and playing guitar in former Chicago band SweaterGirl and founding B17 Records where SweaterGirl would go on to sell over 70,000 records (when that was still a thing) completely independent. After 4 consecutive summers on the Van’s Warped Tour as one of the first ever DIY bands to be invited to tag along  Big John was ready for what’s next and stumbled into the event industry in 2005. Big John stayed on the road managing Mobile Marketing Tours and bands for Warped Tour clients/artists for the next 7 summers as well as a plethora of experiential tours, campaigns, events, and initiatives that include some of the biggest brands and bands in the world. Having a unique edge and being side by side with the pioneers in the brands to bands movement post the crash of the record business in the early 2000’s Big John’s knowledge and experience in both fields is extensive. After logging over 300,000 miles through countless tours, Big John parked himself in LA and co-founded Beyond Experiential, an experiential agency focused on creating unique and impactful experiences based in the brand marketing, experiential, and music industry.

” This show (EventSpeak) is my latest passion and I’m so stoked for everyone to check it out!”

-Big John

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Ep. #25 – Amanda Younger (Event Manager, Host)

Pull up a chair and sit down with ever entertaining Amanda Younger one of Big John’s former tour family and dearest friends ...Read More

Ep. #24 – Teeg Stouffer (Co-founder, AAEP)

Teeg is an encyclopedia of Event Industry knowledge and heads up the AAEP (American Association of Event Professionals), a nonprof...Read More

Ep. #23 – Devin Bender (Influencer, Model)

Big John sits down with the delightful Devin Bender to discuss how a recent college grad has achieved so much so soon in her caree...Read More

Ep. #22 – Claire Grecian (Founder, The Circle Agency)

Big John travels across the pond (via Zoom) to sit down with Claire Grecian, Managing Director at Circle Agency. Claire discusses ...Read More

Ep. #21 – Billy Burrs (SVP, The Syndicate)

The amazing Billy Burrs joins Big John to discuss his journey in the record industry from, Zoo Entertainment to Geffen Records and...Read More

Ep. #20 – Mitch Mishke (Emcee, Road Warrior)

On this amazing episode Big John is joined by Mitch Mishske who will blow your mind with his knowledge of being a tour manager, em...Read More

Ep. #19 – Rachel Silvestrini (Road Warrior, Event Guru)

Big John sits down with the multi-talented Rachel Silvestrini of YouTube’s Movies, Music and Mayhem and regular competitor on Movi...Read More

Ep. #18 – Amy Armstrong (Singer, Performer)

On this special “Diva” edition of Event Speak, Big John sits with the Fabulous Ms Amy Armstrong. An internationally kn...Read More

Ep. #17 – Joe Wroblewski (President and Founder, Assist Marketing)

Join Big John as he sits down with Assist Marketing President and Founder, Joe Wroblewski, to talk shop on the staffing business, ...Read More

Ep. #16 – Richard Jones (Partner, Kreate Australia)

Join Big John on this special down under edition of Event Speak as he sits down with Richard Jones, Partner and Head of Experience...Read More

Ep. #15 – Bruce XuXin (Event Producer, Brain Trust in Beijing, China)

Big John talks with Event Producer and all around great person, Bruce XuXin from Brain Trust, a boutique event agency in Beijing, ...Read More

Ep. #14 – Steve Mallory (Actor, Writer, Producer)

Big John sits down with the legendary Steve Mallory, producer, writer and actor in many Hollywood productions including co-writer ...Read More

Ep. #13 – Ari Forman (Co-founder, On The Go Marketing)

Join us as Big John sits down with the co-founder of On The Go Marketing, Ari Forman, and how he turned his passion into a thrivin...Read More

Ep. #12 – Zach Waldman (Comedian, Magician & Mentalist)

Join Big John on this magical episode of Event Speak as he sits down with pro magician and comedian, Mr. Zach Waldman to talk abou...Read More

Ep. #11 – Jeff Yeatman (Experiential Production Director)

Big John sits down with Experiential Production Director, Jeff Yeatman. Topics include the US experiential industry, the future of...Read More

Ep. #10 – Austin Fremont (Co-founder, Blue Fremont Events)

Big John sits with NYC based event and art world boss, Austin Fremont, to discuss her company, Fremont Blue Events, COVID-19 life ...Read More

Ep. #9 – Feudor Lokshin (Drummer, Producer)

Big John talks with pro drummer and producer, Feudor Lockshin, on a special Russia with Love edition of Event Speak. Feudor talks ...Read More

Ep. #8 – Larry Hess (CEO, Encore Nationwide)

Big John sits down with the CEO of Encore Nationwide, Larry Hess to talk about the current event climate, how event staffing will ...Read More

Ep. #7 – Sierra Sapunar (Co-founder, Posh Productions)

Big John sits down with former Olympic gymnast, Cirque du Soleil performer and the Co-founder of Las Vegas based, Posh Productions...Read More

Ep. #6 – Lucas Keller (CEO), Milk & Honey)

Big John sits down with Lucas Keller, CEO of artist management company Milk & Honey to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the c...Read More

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