Meet Your Modern Hobo: Drew

Drew and I met at the beginning of the tour I'm currently on but we became fast friends, sharing a love for cool glasses and buttoning up shirts all the way. Drew left practicing law to tour the world playing drums for a living, proof-positive that no matter how conventionally successful one might be, it's just as important to follow your dreams and be happy.


NAME: Drew Shoals

NICKNAME(S): #trueshoals #drummerdrewsview

OCCUPATION: Drums

YOUR BAND: Train

BANDS YOU'VE WORKED FOR: Tony Furtado, Curtis Salgado, Ben Darwish, Matt Sheehy (Lost Lander), max basic.

OTHER INTERESTS/SKILLS: Lawyering.

YOUR STORY: I grew up in Portland, Oregon. After graduating in 2005 from Whitman College, a liberal arts college in Washington state, I moved back home to Portland to work as a musician. I ended up touring and recording playing drums with a number of bands, including Tony Furtado, Curtis Salgado, Ben Darwish and Matt Sheehy (Lost Lander). I also toured with Pat Monahan, the lead singer of the band Train. In 2008, I took a break from music and moved to New York City to work as a court advocate for a legal nonprofit organization called Fortune Society. In 2009, I moved to Philadelphia to attend University of Pennsylvania Law School, where I served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Law. Upon graduation in 2012, I moved back to NYC to work at an international law firm called Shearman & Sterling, LLP. In May 2014, I returned back to the music industry when I joined the band Train. We released the band's seventh studio album, Bulletproof Picasso, in September 2014, and we've been touring all around the world in support of that record since then.

FAVOURITE PART OF TOUR/TRAVEL: My favorite part of touring is making new friends and meeting fans of the band in different cities and countries. I'm lucky to play with a band whose music and lyrics really touch a lot of people and the fans have embraced my new role in the band with open arms. It feels great to be welcomed into the Train family because the band really does have some of the best and most loyal fans in the world. 

TOUR/TRAVEL HACK: I find that it's easier to stay sane while touring if you leave the venue to explore the city that you're visiting. It becomes pretty easy just to stay onsite at the venue all day, but then every city starts to look identical. I try to make plans with my friends and make sure I get out and check out the awesome places we get to travel to.

I've also found social media as a great outlet for sharing my travels with friends and family and connecting with new people I meet on tour. I'm not the best photographer, but I love looking back at my Instagram feed and having a photo journal of the places I've been over the past year or so. It keeps me focused on capturing a little piece of documentation everywhere I go.

BEST TOUR/TRAVEL STORY: Train had the chance to play the V Fest in the U.K. in 2014. We played a set right before Chic and Nile Rogers, the famous guitarist and producer, watched our entire set from the side of the stage and took pictures the whole time with a huge smile across his face. Nile is a music legend and he's also one of the most humble guys I've ever met. He recently beat cancer and has had a bit of a resurgence due the success of Daft Punk's hit, Get Lucky, on which he played guitar. He shared with us that given his close encounter with death, he's made it a priority to fearlessly play on as many records and play as many shows as he can now. After chatting with him, he invited us on the stage with Chic to dance along and sing We are a Family in front of a massive crowd of about 50,000 people. Meeting Nile and learning from his courage, talent and humility has been one of my favorite touring moments so far. 

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SAY?: I hope I get a chance to meet you someday, somewhere! And I hope you'll be wearing a Modern Hobo shirt.


Meet Your Modern Hobo: Marie

This super-babe and I have been friends for a long time, I have watched her go from corporate badass (she has a MBA!) to music-industry maven to musician to her current career, designing amazing jewelry under her brand WASTED EFFORT. Most of my pieces are by her, including a badass custom lanyard she made me that I wear on all my tours. Though not a touring lady, she truly embodies the Modern Hobo spirit and is known to get in a car and end up in the desert. Check her out below!


NAME: Marie Foxall

NICKNAME(S): Hoochiemama

OCCUPATION: Jeweler / Small Business Owner / Pop-up Shop Wrangler / Maker of Various Things / Math Whiz.

YOUR COMPANY: Wasted Effort

OTHER INTERESTS/SKILLS: Avid reader / Excellent gardener / Mediocre drummer.

YOUR STORY: Hooker with a heart of gold.

FAVOURITE PART OF TRAVEL: The way that nothing ever really works out the way you plan, and that's how the most incredible stuff happens.

TRAVEL HACK: Bring a film camera! If you don't have one, spend a couple bucks on a disposable. I'm as guilty of wanting instant instagram gratification as the next guy, but hear me out. If you break out the film camera even only a small fraction of the time, on those occasions you'll spend a few minutes getting the right shot and the rest of the time actually enjoying what's happening around you, instead of half-heartedly snapping a bunch of mediocre phone photos that will never be seen again. Then you get to relive everything when the photos get developed! Remember how rad that felt? You will now!

BEST TOUR/TRAVEL STORY: My pal Mel and I were driving through America on a lengthy road trip and we had been away for almost a month when our trusty golden goose of a Mazda, Geena, broke down irreparably on the Texas/Louisiana border. We called a tow truck and asked the driver to tow her to the nearest junkyard so she could be laid to rest. Once we'd said our farewells to Geena, our tow truck driver Larry insisted on driving us all over town to figure out where the bus station was (it was in a 7-11/sandwich shop). The next bus didn't leave for another 24 hours, so Larry insisted on having us stay the night at his place. After much hesitation (and visions of all worst-case scenarios flashing through our minds), we agreed... and he graciously put us up in his camouflage-decorated, crossbow-filled trailer, ordered us a couple pizzas, told us tales of alligator wrestling and gar fishing, and truly lived up to the hype of Southern hospitality. If you're ever in Bridge City, Texas, and you run into a tow truck driver named Larry... give him ten high-fives in a row from me.


Meet Your Modern Hobo: Anthony

Anthony and I met on the Blink 182/Rancid tour when I was out with Against Me! and we've been friends ever since. I most recently saw him when we had a day off in the same town he was gigging in. We're rarely at home so our friendships are as fluid as our schedule, and running into tour friends on the road is one of my favourite parts of this lifestyle. Check him out below!


NAME: Anthony Amor

OCCUPATION: Handler of cotton goods and cheap plastic.

BANDS YOU'VE WORKED FOR: Tegan and Sara, 30 Seconds to Mars, Dillon Francis, Henry Rollins, Chris Cornell, Blink 182.

OTHER INTERESTS/SKILLS: Morrissey, St Louis Cardinals, animal rights, straight edge.

YOUR STORY: I'm just passing through here on my way to somewhere civilized.

FAVOURITE PART OF TOUR/TRAVEL: The kind of sleep only a bunk on a bus can provide.

TOUR/TRAVEL HACK: Padlocking a porta potty. 

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SAY?: Give vegan a chance.


Find Anthony:

INSTAGRAM

TWITTER

Meet Your Modern Hobo: Justin

Justin and I both played on the now-defunct Agency Group slo-pitch team. A former pro ball player, music aficionado and branding/design genius, Justin is another person I've met along the way whose interests have aligned with mine and I hope we continue to work together. Though he's now based in Toronto, Justin has been, lived and worked a whole lot of places, a Modern Hobo at heart. Photos by his wife Ani, an amazing illustrator and photographer.


NAME: Justin Adam

NICKNAMES: Bird, Birdman, J.J., Jay, Moon McMullen

OCCUPATION: Creative, Designer, Artist, Musician.

I...

Was born on a Thursday in August with ants in my pants.

Learned to walk by 9 months.

Broke my first bone when I was 2 (I've broken 3 since then).

Am 6 foot 4.

Banged my head over 1000 times.

Am obsessed with music.

Saw Public Enemy in Detroit with my Dad when I was 13. 

Met Chuck D the next year.

Used to be a pro baseball player.

Was chosen by the Kansas City Royals in 7th round of the 1992 draft… 

Met my pitching hero, Dave Stewart, when I was 20. 

Played on the same team as Mike Sweeney, Johnny Damon and Carlos Beltran.

Fell in front of my whole high school trying to dunk.

Won the dunk competition in Windsor when I was 16, ask ex-mayor Eddie Francis, he has the tape.

(Denis Rodman refused to give me his sneakers.)

Was interviewed on TSN and ESPN. 

Was classically trained in piano. 

Taught myself guitar and drums.

(My last name doesn't have an 's' and it means 'Man'.) 

LOVE Mexican food (and Mexicans). 

Speak Spanish.

Learned to cook from my Mom, Yan and Justin Wilson. 

Have been making hip hop beats since I was 10.

Have lived in over 20 places.

Can lick my own nose.

Have 2 daughters.

Gave De La Soul the short film that I made in the alley behind the Commodore (it won at the Brooklyn International Film Festival.)

Love the rain. 

Can't see 2 feet in front of me without my glasses.

Have the key to the city. 

Was taught by Alastair McCloud. 

(My mom is a saint.) 

Dress the same way as I did when I was 2.

Prefer to walk.

Have a brother and a sister. 

Am the oldest of 30 grandchildren.

(My cousin was an Ultimate Fighter.) 

Believe music can save the world. 

Am bewildered by outer space.  

Wake up at 5. 

Work harder than you. 

Play to have fun. 

Like to help people out. 

Am happy for each day. 


Meet Your Modern Hobo: Sarah

I met Sarah when we were both on tour with Haim, and if there is a perfect example of an inspiring and amazing Modern Hobo, it's her! She is an incredible lighting designer and I'm so glad I got to witness her shows in person. Read on for her tips & stories!


NAME: Sarah Landau

NICKNAME(S): That's private ;)

OCCUPATION: Lighting Designer

YOUR BAND/COMPANY: Current: Grimes, M83, Brand New, Haim, Savages, Childish Gambino, Bleachers, Susanne Sundfør, The Knife, Austra, Zola Jesus.

BANDS YOU'VE WORKED FOR: Past: Purity Ring, Ladytron, Passion Pit,  Beach House, Glassjaw, Gossip, The Faint, Janelle Monae, Jason Mraz, All Time Low.

OTHER INTERESTS/SKILLS: Cave Scuba Diver, master instagram photographer.

YOUR STORY: Moved around a lot as a kid. Studied theatre lighting in college thanks to a wacky and inspirational professor who was best at installation art, not theatre, and learned precious few practical skills but a lot of art.  Fell into concert and event lighting thanks to a craigslist job ad posting for a warehouse position at legendary NYC lighting and sound company See Factor. Got properly schooled by some hilarious characters - old school dudes with wild stories about Rush and Tesla tours in the 80s. Simultaneously worked as a house LD at Irving Plaza and started touring in 2006. Put my stuff in storage a year or so later, been a hobo ever since. Now been to all 50 states, 73 countries, with a very long to-go list.

FAVOURITE PART OF TOUR/TRAVEL: So many! Top 3:

  1. Making amazing friends and then running into them all over the world.
  2. Using flights to and from "home" to facilitate vacations. 
  3. Every day being different.

TOUR/TRAVEL HACK: Attaching my tour pass to my water canteen so I don't lose either of them, and stay hydrated. My light shows and a good spot at FOH are very seductive to people from Tinder. 


Find Sarah:

WEBSITE

INSTAGRAM - follow me!

Meet Your Modern Hobo: Michael

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Michael and I met through pals and the music scene in Vancouver. We became fast friends with a mutual love for good music and fancy t-shirts. Legs Occult, the band he's in with two of my dear friends, will change your life. Check him out below.


NAME: Michael Douglas Weiss

NICKNAME(S): F**k'n Weiss

OCCUPATION: Drummer/welder/science instrument builder/fashion forecaster/muse.

YOUR BAND: Legs Occult

BANDS YOU'VE PLAYED IN: Legs Occult, Two Towns, Tender Hearts.

OTHER INTERESTS/SKILLS: I love fashion photography, beautiful homes, going to the ballet with my girlfriend, making cocktails at home, telling boys to shave their beards and generally looking amazing ;).

YOUR STORY: Small town kid. Amazing family. Started playing music so my big bro would like me. It worked. I was always into the arts and music was the one that really stuck. As time went on I found it more interesting to talk to other artists and get them inspired and evolve their work. Constantly pushing and asking for more. To me that is one of the highest places I have gone with my work. 

FAVOURITE PART OF TOUR/TRAVEL: Looking amazing ;).

TOUR/TRAVEL HACK: Take nothing but carry on when flying, always show up 2 hours early for flights and have a drink, look amazing, I always think "what would Charlie Watts do?" then do that :).

BEST TOUR/TRAVEL STORY: A group of friends and I were riding our motorcycles over a long weekend and of course it rained the entire time. The last day a solid 8 hours in we were heading back to Vancouver and a couple of us broke off the main group to crash at my gramma's place. Soaked to the bone, cold, tired, hungover and completely defeated we pulled into her place. With open arms (full of beers) she let us in and offered every one of us a nighty to wear while our clothes were being washed and dried. Being in a room full of bikers with my gramma's floral nighties on and listening to her tell stories (half a bottle of scotch in) was what made that stupid motorcycle trip the best one yet <3. Love you gramma <3.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SAY?: Call me some time <3.


Meet Your Modern Hobo: Ian

Though he is heavily involved in music, I actually met Ian through the hilarious and informative baseball podcast (Productive Outs) he co-hosts with Riley from Thrice. He came down to a show when I toured through SF and we've stayed in touch ever since.


NAME: Ian Miller

NICKNAME(S): None that I know of.

OCCUPATION: Writer/editor/web dork and "musician".

YOUR BAND/COMPANYUC Berkeley during the day, Kowloon Walled City, Puig Destroyer, Roman Cities, and various others at night.

BANDS YOU'VE WORKED FORI've done time in Redemption 87, Skankin' Pickle, All You Can Eat, and a bunch of others over the years.

OTHER INTERESTS/SKILLS: I love baseball, cycling, and vegan cooking.

YOUR STORYI've been playing music for more than two-thirds of my life. It keeps me sane, it makes me whole, and it's allowed me to travel the world, meet amazing people, and have incredible experiences I would never have had otherwise. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

FAVOURITE PART OF TOUR/TRAVEL: It sounds pretty stereotypical, but getting to meet new people, hear new music, and see new sights everyday are all fantastic. Sleeping in the van is a very close second to all of those. 

TOUR/TRAVEL HACK: I started practicing yoga about a year ago and doing yoga on the road has been AMAZING. Tour basically requires you to torture your body: you eat poorly, stay up too late, and generally act like a jerk. Doing something physical (in addition to playing and humping gear) is essential. I load video yoga classes on my tablet and do them in my room whenever I get some free time. Do pushups at a rest stop, stretch in your seat or bunk, or take advantage of the hotel gym. Do SOMETHING to counteract all the dumb stuff you're doing on the road. Your body (and your mind!) will thank you. 

Also, bands: DON'T LEAVE ANYTHING UNATTENDED IN THE VAN, EVER. EVER.

BEST TOUR/TRAVEL STORYHas to be the time a band I was playing in got booked to play a leg of a tour with 311 and No Doubt. Our management booked us in the same hotel as the other two bands in Minneapolis the night of the show at First Avenue show, and a bunch of my bandmates got shithoused and crank-called Gwen and Tony's room all night. They also realized that 311's tour bus -- in which the band and crew were sleeping -- was parked directly outside our hotel window, so they just pummeled it with beer bottles from like 3 to 4 am. The bands eventually figured out who was behind these shenanigans, and while Gwen and Tony were sweethearts about it, the 311 dudes were (understandably) not. Needless to say, we didn't play the rest of that tour!

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SAY?: Thanks for asking me to participate, and support your local Hobo! :D


Risk-Taking and the Art of Commitment

On tour in Italy.

On tour in Italy.

Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die has a hilarious advice column and a couple weeks ago he gave his take on the age old question - Should I Quit My Job and Go on Tour? 

I often get asked this question by both musicians and aspiring crew members alike, and the only answer I can really give is based on my own experiences. After university and a lot of hustling, I ended up with a great job in the music industry, one which I was happy and fulfilled and mentored at for years. But my goal was always touring, and one day I made the leap. My boss asked if I was taking a month off for the tour or quitting, and I made the decision that I had to quit. Nothing is more motivating than not having a job and having bills looming over your head, and that extra pressure when I returned home after that first tour made me do everything I could to get the next gig. Don't get me wrong, it was a rough few years but I managed to make it work.

So I guess my advice would be this: without risk there is no reward but set yourself up to succeed. I didn't simply just quit my job and hope for the best. While working full-time in the industry, I worked hard to learn everything, make connections, go to shows and festivals, meet managers and agents, aggressively pay down my school debt, and save money for the slow times. Your talent and desire are not enough - no one will give you anything, you have to work hard and earn it.

Now go out there and follow your dreams.

Meet Your Modern Hobo: Anthony

Anthony is a great example of how small the touring world really is. I first met him on Warped Tour when he was playing with illScarlett and I was on tour with Against Me! - a few years later he had joined my superpals' band, Arkells. His story and tour hacks are below!


NAMEAnthony Carone

NICKNAMESTony/Tone/Skinny/Anto/Bone

OCCUPATION: Musician/Keyboards

BAND: Arkells

OTHER BANDS YOU'VE PLAYED FORillScarlett/Big D & The Kids Table/The Knockouts/Trouble & Daughter/NEFE & more.

OTHER INTERESTS/SKILLSYoga/Running. I also make a pretty mean pasta sauce & braciole.

YOUR STORYGrew up in Mississauga, ON. My dad always had instruments around the house when I was growing up, so I was exposed to music early on. Began piano lessons when I was six, studied classical piano under the RCM. After high school I attended Humber College with the help of Mississauga’s “Oscar Peterson Music Scholarship”, and graduated with a diploma in music, all the while playing in different bands around the punk/ska scene. After Humber, I played in illScarlett for about 3/4 years, then had the opportunity to audition for Arkells when their keyboardist left to pursue an education in law. Been playing with Arkells for four years now, and I'm still pretty active as a session musician around Toronto.

FAVOURITE PART OF TOUR/TRAVELThe food. Every city has something different and great to offer with respects to food. I always gain a few pounds towards the end of a tour...

TOUR/TRAVEL HACKStocking up on entertainment (movies, TV shows & a new book) always helps the time pass when you have a long drive ahead of you. I've also been blessed with the ability to sleep in any position, so it's never hard to pass out.

BEST TOUR/TRAVEL STORYWhen Arkells were on our European tour with The Augustines last year, we stopped in Warsaw, Poland. The drive was a good 8 hours with absolutely nothing but forest and farmland to look at on the way. Come showtime there were maybe about 5/6 people in the audience, but one couple knew every song from the Arkells' catalogue. Max basically directed the entire show to these two who shouted out songs they wanted to hear (this also began our "all request hour" sets). I just remember thinking that was so cool, how you can travel halfway across the world and have a fan there that knows every song and every word. They made the grueling drive well worth it.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SAY?: I miss my dog.


Meet Your Modern Hobo: Franny

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Meet Your Modern Hobo (MYMH) is a weekly feature on all the amazing Modern Hobos we know and love, those travellers and nomads who are part of the MH family.

Franny is a talented and lovely woman, and we are stoked to have her as our first featured Modern Hobo - especially since she did the design for the debut MH shirt, Spirit of '93! Read on to find out her story and best tour/travel hacks.


NAME: Francesca Anderson

NICKNAME(S): Franny

OCCUPATION: Model / actor / designer / Booted Design creator (Etsy store opening in June).

BANDS: I used to sing a bit with Buck 65, but now I just sing in the shower! Been in music videos for Buck 65, Dear Rouge, Coal Chamber, and Spoon.

OTHER INTERESTS/SKILLS: Cooking, crocheting, learning how to code, illustrating.

YOUR STORY: Although I'm not a music tour nomad, I would definitely categorize myself as a Modern Hobo. I'm in the midst of a transition from Canadian to USA living (I'm an American on my passport, but a Canadian at heart!). For the past 9 months I've been living out of suitcases between Toronto & NYC for modelling and acting gigs. I may settle into a design job with actual working hours, or I may just keep on with the "gig" lifestyle. Part of being a Modern Hobo is just not knowing - which is part of the fun!

FAV. PART OF TOUR/TRAVEL: The excuse of not being able to cook on the road - that means I get to challenge myself to find the best, cheap food in every neighborhood I'm in.

TOUR/TRAVEL HACK: Wear frumpier than usual clothing, rub your eyes red, talk nasally, cough once for good measure. No one wants to deal with interrogating you in this state. This pertains also to long bus rides: grab a seat in the back, sprawl your shit out everywhere, and start coughing like crazy so no one wants to sit next to you. I guarantee you'll have a row all to yourself. 

BEST TOUR/TRAVEL STORY: I was once on a 12 hour bus from Toronto to NYC. The driver fancied himself a comedian and got on the intercom EVERY HALF HOUR for a sports / news / weather / "view from the driver's seat" segment. I wanted to kill myself at the time, but it's a good story now. And it means I can live through anything.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SAY?: I like turtles.