In the days of old the only way to get into a musician’s or band’s tour bus was to be a member, roadie or the less attractive option…a groupie.
Digital Tour Bus allows an egalitarian approach to a behind-the-scenes peak at life on the road. From luxury tour buses to rusting minivans, you’ll experience the rides and the colorful personalities of the people who travel in them. This all-access pass allows fans to view footage and interviews from their favorite artists including bands and artists like Bowling for Soup, Reel Big Fish and Cady Groves. With over 220 video tours on archive, DTB delivers on a wide spectrum of genres and age groups dedicated to Indie label, Major label and unsigned acts.
In addition to video tours, fans can enter contests and participate in discussions ranging from tour announcements to tech news.
Owner and founder Joshua Weidling started out in the music business promoting and booking shows for local venues and then national acts. He then created an annual Chicago music festival Stick it to the Man! Fest, which takes place each summer in the Chicago-land area. Weidling found his way to both ForTheSound.com, where he served as a chief news poster, and Chicago’s Crescendo Magazine as an editor, contributing writer and director of marketing and advertising. With a sharp focus on DTB, managing several artists and oh yes, pursuing a degree in Business/Marketing full-time at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he may be some type of robot.
What were you doing at 20 years of age? I was at SIU doing what all good Saluki’s do best. Why hunting for Egyptian wild game, what else? Bad jokes aside, Weidling says his passion for music has been consistent throughout the years and DTB allows him to explore it in one of the most personal ways.
“Even though it is called Digital Tour Bus, the most important thing in the video isn’t the vehicle, but the people in the video. Each band member brings a different personality to the table,” Weidling said.