Ticketfly Talent: Gene “Bean” Bae—Oakland Punk

Give it up for the next entry in our “Ticketfly Talent” series, which showcases the many talents of our Flyers. We’ve got loads of musicians, DJs, singers, and artists of all types who are fly by day and rock stars by night. They’re awesome, and we want the world to know.

Today, we catch up with Gene “Bean” Bae, a customer support supervisor and Bay Area punk veteran. He gets down on the bass and guitar, and has amassed quite the record collection. His most recent band, Robbery, just split up. If you need a guitarist, hit him up! Get familiar with Gene as we talk about letting go of vinyl, playing with super soakers, and never returning to So Cal.

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Tell us a little about yourself, Bean.

I’m 42. I was born in the L.A. area but went to college at UC Santa Cruz and never moved back to Southern California after that.

Why not?

I moved to Northern California and it felt like a place I’d always been missing. I felt way more at home here than in Southern California. It’s just a different vibe, I guess.

How long have you lived in Oakland?

I’ve lived in Oakland about 15 years. I’ve seen it change a lot. When the customer support team moved to the Pandora office in downtown Oakland [from Ticketfly’s HQ in San Francisco], that was great for me because I do love it here.

What do you do at Ticketfly?

I’m a customer support supervisor. There are five supervisors on the team and we oversee the customer support agents who assist ticket buyers on the phone and via email. We’re kind of the front line, usually the only Ticketfly people that Ticketfly customers will have direct interaction with.

How’d you get your start in music?

I started playing guitar probably in my teens. I had always been drawn to music. Discovering punk rock in my teens really turned me onto the idea that anyone can play music and be a part of it. Since then, it’s been really important to me. I’m also a record collector. If you come to my house, I have a ton of records. That’s what drew me to a career in the music industry. After college, I started working at a record store. I worked at a record store for a really long time, probably longer than was healthy. When that business started declining, I was looking for a different place to move on to. I got lucky and remembered I had a friend at Ticketfly.

You mentioned being a record collector. What’s your most prized possession?

A lot of the records I bought 15-20 years ago weren’t really that special at the time but have become collector’s pieces as time has gone on. It sorta makes you feel old sometimes. One of the things that I bought when it originally came out was Drive Like Jehu’s first album, which happened to be on clear vinyl.

I’ve gotten less attached to vinyl—I still listen to most of my music on vinyl—but I’ve gotten less attached to the whole collector side of it. I always tell people that one of the great things about starting at Ticketfly was that I started working with people who were really into music again, as opposed to people who are really into things. I love record people, but sometimes it’s like the thing—the record and how rare it is—becomes more important to them than the music that’s actually on it. To me, that’s what’s really important.

I watched Robbery’s “Red Dawn” video. It looked like a great time. How fun was that to shoot?

Shooting a video always involves a lot of sitting around and repetition. But this one was fun … It’s not something that I’ve done before. No band I’ve been in before has done anything like this. It’s kind of silly too with the super soakers and everybody getting soaked.

Where was it filmed?

It was shot in the Oakland Hills. There’s a weird spot there that has kind of like a miniature pyramid. It’s up there and you can see the bay in the background. It’s a really cool spot. It’s one of the things that makes Oakland so great, you can really quickly go off into the woods and find weird places like that.

What was in the suitcase in the video?

That’s kind of up to your own interpretation. Something very important, clearly.

Has working at Ticketfly helped you as an artist?

I try to keep it somewhat separate in that I don’t want to take advantage of my position. But being in a DIY punk band, most of the venues we’ve played at have been smaller than the venues Ticketfly works with. Of course it’s a goal to play shows that the company tickets because that would mean a step up in how many people are coming to see us.

Why do you like working at Ticketfly?

When I was working at a record store, it was great but it was somewhat unsustainable. To move on to a company that was in the music industry in some way but also something I could grow with was really important to me. It’s great to be working around people who love music and going to live shows. I’m pretty close to promoters and venues and it’s nice to be working for a company where their primary interests are in line with mine.

What’s next for you?

The unfortunate thing is that Robbery has recently split up because our singer is both a mother and a business owner and has another band. There wasn’t quite enough time for that. But definitely the thing that I’m interested in is continuing to play music, and especially playing guitar. I was a bass player for a really long time. Robbery is the first band in a long time I’ve played guitar in and I’ve been having a lot of fun with that. I’ve already got a few musical dates lined up, and hopefully we’ll have a new band coming out of that.

Ticketfly Talent: Zola Goodrich—Resident Riot Grrrl

Make some noise for the next entry in our “Ticketfly Talent” series, which showcases the many talents of our Flyers. We’ve got loads of musicians, DJs, singers, and artists of all types who are fly by day and rock stars by night (though we tend to think they’re rock stars 24/7). They’re awesome, and we want the world to know.

Today, we catch up with Zola Goodrich, a customer support rep and veteran of the Riot Grrrl scene. She’s helmed keys, bass, guitar, and vocals for various Bay Area bands. Currently, Zola is one-half of awesome duo Bam! Bam! Here, she talks about her DIY beginnings, tire blowouts, and finding gems in the dollar bin.

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Tell us a little about yourself.

I work at Ticketfly in the customer support department. I’ve been playing in bands for a while now. My current band is called Bam! Bam! It’s a duo, me and this other girl Chloe. We have a 7-inch that’s out on a record label from Athens, GA called HHBTM, or Happy Happy Birthday To Me, Records. We’ll be releasing our full-length soon. Continue reading

Ticketfly Talent: Lindsay Dillon—Digital Marketer and Aspiring Producer

Put your hands together for the next entry in our “Ticketfly Talent” series, which showcases the many talents of our Flyers. We’ve got loads of musicians, DJs, singers, and artists of all types who are Fly by day and rock stars by night (though we tend to think they’re rock stars 24/7). They’re awesome, and we want the world to know.

Today, we catch up with Lindsay Dillon, our digital marketing services manager who’s getting ready to launch her career as a house DJ/producer. Here, she talks about her classical roots, working with her husband, and the one essential thing you should do before launching a marketing campaign.

Tell us a little about yourself.

My husband is a DJ (DJ SPLIT) with a crew called Lights Down Low here in San Francisco, which is a pretty well-known collective that throws underground house music parties at places like Monarch and Public Works. Basically, I have my apartment strewn with all of this music equipment that I’ve messed around with and played on. I decided late last year that I was going to learn how to use them more properly because I’d been working with my husband. When he’s creating mixes or working on songs—we live in an 800-square-feet apartment—the first thing he says is, “Hey, how does this sound? Help me figure out the best way to do this transition.” I DJ’d with him a couple of times just for fun but I decided that in 2016 I’m going to learn some real music production. I’m taking Ableton classes and working with an Ableton Push, a pretty sophisticated launchpad that allows me to compose music.

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Ticketfly Talent: Katiana Mashikian—Bassist, Singer, Sweet DJ

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Give a warm welcome to the next entry in our “Ticketfly Talent” series, which showcases the many talents of our Flyers. We’ve got loads of musicians, DJs, singers, and artists of all types who are Fly by day and rock stars by night (though we tend to think they’re rock stars 24/7). They’re awesome, and we want the world to know.

Today, we catch up with Katiana Mashikian, who not only curates the amazing shows that we feature on our homepage, but jams out on the bass and sings in dream pop band dot Vom. Here, she talks about her musical past—which includes performing on the Sunset Strip as a teen—her stint as a college radio DJ, and her love for “Tarzan Boy.”

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Ticketfly Talent: Brendan Mulvihill–Singer, Songwriter, Russian Translator

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Give it up for the next entry in our “Ticketfly Talent” series, which showcases the many talents of our Flyers. We’ve got loads of musicians, DJs, singers, and artists of all types who are Fly by day and rock stars by night (though we tend to think they’re rock stars 24/7). They’re awesome, and we want the world to know.

Today, we catch up with Brendan Mulvihill, one of the hardworking guys on our client support team. But that’s just one of the bullet-points on his eclectic resumé. Brendan is also the man behind solo “freak folk” band Norwegian Arms and a foreign language expert who occasionally translates articles for Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova. Here, the multitalented and multilingual renaissance man talks about his music, living in Russia and why vinyl rules.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m 29. I live in Brooklyn. I’m a client support representative at Ticketfly. I’m originally from Philadelphia.

How long have you been making music?
Probably since around 18; the tail end of high school. I got involved with the local punk/DIY scene in my hometown. I had a band and started setting up shows, putting out CDs and trying to go on some semblance of a tour as a 19-year-old guy with no connections at all in the suburbs.

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Ticketfly Talent: Daniel Martinez–Latin Rocker

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Make some noise for the next entry in our “Ticketfly Talent” series, which showcases the many talents of our Flyers. We’ve got loads of musicians, DJs, singers, and artists of all types who are fly by day and rock stars by night (though we tend to think they’re rock stars 24/7). They’re awesome, and we want the world to know.

Today, we catch up with Daniel Martinez, one of the super helpful dudes on our customer support team. He’s perfect at assisting our clients because he’s a musician himself, having toured the continent with his now-defunct band Posole. Here, the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist shares his stories from the road.

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Ticketfly Talent: Vanessa Bello—Fire Dancer

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Give it up for the next entry in our “Ticketfly Talent” series, which spotlights the many folks at the ‘fly who create beautiful art outside of work. We’ve got loads of musicians, DJs, singers, and artists of all types who are Flyers by day and rock stars by night (though we tend to think they’re rock stars 24/7). They’re awesome, and we want the world to know.

Today, we’re sitting down with Vanessa Bello, our front-office admin a.k.a. the Gatekeeper of Ticketfly. On nights and weekends, however, she’s known as Lionessa, a badass fire dancer who performs at festivals and events throughout the region with the Ministry of Flow. Here, she talks Burning Man, pyromania, and her other unique talent: rebuilding old motorcycles.

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Ticketfly Talent: Thomas Frongillo—Blackout Make Out

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Blackout Make Out live at The Independent in San Francisco

Clap your hands say yeah for the next entry in our “Ticketfly Talent” series, which shines a spotlight on the many folks at the ‘fly who make and play music outside of work. We’ve got loads of musicians, DJs, singers, and other artists of all types who are Flyers by day and rock stars by night (though we tend to think they’re rock stars 24/7). They’re awesome, and we want the world to know.

Today we’re sitting down with Thomas Frongillo, Sales Lead Gen Specialist, as well as a music producer, songwriter, and guitarist who tours SF with his act, Blackout Make Out. Here, he explains what it means to be a “bedroom producer,” how he talks to his audience, and why he’s regularly up at 2am on school nights.

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Ticketfly Talent: Acacia Newlon—Promoter & Performer

Put your hands together for the next entry in our new series, “Ticketfly Talent,” which shines a spotlight on the many folks at the ‘fly who make and play music outside of work. We’ve got loads of musicians, DJs, singers, and other artists of all types who are Flyers by day and rockstars by night (though we tend to think they’re rockstars 24/7). They’re awesome, and we want the world to know.

Today we’re sitting down with Acacia Newlon, Product Marketer extraordinaire coming up on her four-year ‘flyversary. In addition to being a member of the San Francisco Bach Choir, Acacia also runs a monthly free concert series called Wood Shoppe for the Bay Area community. Here, she tells us about recording trailer music for big budget fantasy flicks, how it feels to sell out a show, and why cheap drinks are key to finding new fans.

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Ticketfly Talent: Vaniish

We talk a lot about how all of us here at Ticketfly share a true passionate for live events. Recently we thought to ourselves, instead of just telling you how much we love the business our business supports, we’ll show you. Today, we’re introducing a new series on the blog called “Ticketfly Talent,” which will shine a spotlight on the many folks at the ‘fly who make and play music outside of work. We’ve got loads of musicians, DJs, singers, and other artists of all types who are Flyers by day and rockstars by night (though we tend to think they’re rockstars 24/7). They’re awesome, and we want the world to know.

First up, we’re sitting down with Keven Tecon in Customer Support and Adam Beck in the Design & Development arm of Marketing Services (you have Adam and his team to thank for spiffy websites like this one, this one, and this one), to talk about their band, Vaniish, what it’s like to play a show at a favorite venue, and why it’s so easy to get along with musically inclined colleagues.

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