EventSpeak with 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.

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 nonprofit organization that is long o...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 career. Devin is a social media inf...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 some campaigns Circle Agency i...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 now is at The Syndicate all i...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, emcee, host and driver. Mitch ha...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 Movie Trivia Schmoedown. Rachel an...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 known singer and performer., Amy...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, AAEP, and how they are adaptin...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 Experiences at Kreate Australia.