What Is It Like To Tour With A Major Artist?

  • Ron 'Blondie
    Boy' Thaler
  • Drummer
    Record Producer
  • Musical Director
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Many musicians and singers dream of working with top artists, but that life isn't as glorious as you might think. It's grueling work, and you're with the band and crew 24/7!

Producer, drummer and entrepreneur, Ron Thaler (Alicia Keys, John Legend, Moby and many others) talks about his experiences, good and bad working with major artists on tour.

Some Insights Ron Shares In This Video

Variety Of Artists

From working with Alicia Keys to Willie Nelson, learn how each tour is unique.

What's Important

Find out what is much more important than your talent when it comes to touring.


How Ron deals with the variety of  team personalities and occasional conflicts.


Find out what your responsibilites are besides shoeing up and playing the gig.

Team Player

Learn the value of being a team player -it's  how it's how you get referrals to more gigs. 


From the team members to the fans, learn the value of the relationships you can build.
About The EXPERT

Ron 'Blondie Boy' Thaler

Ron Thaler is a record producer, recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and spatial sound pioneer. He is credited on over 450 albums, 43 billion streams, and 11 #1 Billboard hits.

Thaler is best known by fans as the drummer on Alicia Keys' double Grammy-award-winning No One, and as a character and bandmember on NBC TV’s primetime series Lipstick Jungle. Thaler has produced artists for Sony, Warner, UMG and other labels, receiving three Producer-of-the-Year Grammy nominations and eleven Artist Grammy ballot nominations, . He has provided business development, project management, and oversight to labels on new artist initiatives, and has spent time touring and backing many recording artists as a sideman, recording studio drummer & multi-instrumentalist.

Thaler is active in music licensing, publishing and synchronization, through his three firms RTP Music (Canada), Soda Box Music LLC (offices in New York USA and Florence Italy), and Concorde Music Agency SAS based in Bogota Colombia. Thaler is an artist-in-residence and visiting professor at The Collective (New York City), where he teaches music business, music production, the economics of music, music law & contracts, and networking principles, in addition to masterclasses in drum performance and studio recording techniques.

Thaler is a pioneer in the field of 360° immersive sound and spatial music creation, having launched SoundSphere Studios, CineSphere, and Lysten 360 Sound Systems in 2017 with partner Steven Boardman. He has directed educational initiatives in 360° sound at post-secondary facilities in North and South America, with curriculums focussed on industry transformations taking place in the worlds of spatial sound capture, music creation and 360° immersive sound transmission.

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Thaler released an instructional program for drummers called Phraseology And Individuality On The Drumset, and has appeared as a performer and keynote speaker at international AR/VR/MR(XR) technology conferences, music and gaming expos, synchronization forums, drum festivals and music colleges.


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