DIY Touring the World 

A six-part, web-series made with the assistance of The Wireless about the differences between countries and communities that impact on the underground touring musician.

Directed, Edited, Written by Ash Smith
Produced, Filmed, Written, Narrated by Ian Jorgensen.

If you would like to learn HOW to organise a tour around the world, download the DIY Touring the World book HERE.

Episode 1: China

 
 

In this six-part series music impresario Ian Jorgensen details his experiences of the musical underground around the world, speaking with musicians, promoters and venue operators in China, America, Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.Part one explores China, the behemoth on our front doorstep. 

It hasn’t always been on the radar for touring bands, but many are starting to see it as an affordable and exciting alternative to predictable destinations like the UK and US. Here Jorgensen finds a nascent music scene - one growing rapidly, in tandem with the Chinese economy. 

Directed, Edited, Written by Ash Smith 
Produced, Filmed, Written, Narrated by Ian Jorgensen of A Low Hum.

Soundtrack: Thruoutin - Chicano Heaven Blast

Featured music: Lonely LearySubs

This content is brought to you with funding support from NZ On Air.

Episode 2: USA

 
 

In this episode, Ian Jorgensen explores the USA. Here independent promoters take it upon themselves to create a platform for music, art, and attitudes that reflect the world they want to live in. 

Directed, Edited, Written by Ash SmithProduced, 
Filmed, Written, Narrated by Ian Jorgensen of A Low Hum.


Soundtrack:
Holy Ghost Party - Earth Jam/Memory (https://ehserecords.bandcamp.com/albu...)

Featured music:
Darren Keen (https://orangemilkrecords.bandcamp.co...), SOAR (https://soartheband.bandcamp.com/rele...), Scroll Downers (https://ehserecords.bandcamp.com/albu...)

Episode 3: Europe

 
 

In part three of DIY Touring The World, Ian Jorgensen heads to Europe, a place which is the closest a DIY band might get to feeling like royalty. Europe equals exceptional hospitality and atypical venues ­- think boats, art galleries, squats and shipping containers. 

Directed, Edited, Written by Ash Smith

Produced, Filmed, Written, Narrated by Ian Jorgensen of A Low Hum.

Soundtrack: Phil Wave ­of spiral jetta recordings

Featured music: Dope Body, Beastie Vee

This content is brought to you with funding support from NZ On Air.

Episode 4: UK

 
 

In part four of DIY Touring The World, Ian Jorgensen finds himself in the UK. As a hub for the music industry, it's a magnet for artists looking to “make it”. With more supply than demand, it’s turned into a difficult place for a touring band. 

Directed, Edited, Written by Ash Smith

Produced, Filmed, Written, Narrated by Ian Jorgensen of A Low Hum.

Soundtrack: Secret Knives - Curious Drone, Borrowed CS – Luna, Unmap - Deep Sleepr

Featured music: PopstrangersGussie Larkin

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Episode 5: NZ

 
 

New Zealand has a small population, few places to play and not much money for touring bands - but you can’t beat the beautiful landscapes, hidden gem venues and fantastic audiences.

Directed, Edited, Written by Ash Smith

Produced, Filmed, Written, Narrated by Ian Jorgensen of A LOW HUM

Soundtrack: Seth Frightening - Wake Up

Featured music:Death & The MaidenMermaidens and Carb on Carb

This content is brought to you with funding support from NZ On Air

Episode 6: Australia

 
 

For the Kiwi musician, the grass has always seemed greener in Australia. In the final episode of DIY Touring The World, A Low Hum's Ian Jorgensen heads to Big Sound - a music industry conference and festival held in Brisbane. Industry events offer the chance to propel artists to their next career tier but it's also expensive for bands to get there and perform. Jorgensen meets some of the artists who played the festival to ask them if they think it’s worth it.

Directed, Edited, Written by Ash Smith

Produced, Filmed, Written, Narrated by Ian Jorgensen of A LOW HUM

Soundtrack: Summer Flake ­- Shoot and Score

Featured music: Anthonie TonnonAldous HardingMesa Cosa 

This content is brought to you with funding support from NZ On Air