Tier None Productions is a central Arkansas based company that dedicates their time towards bringing Arkansas the best live music possible. Below, you will find an interview with the owner/promoter of TNP, Anthony Tiernan, along with the upcoming shows being put on in the next few months.
1) Can you explain what led you towards your current career as a promoter?
I’ve been going to shows of this genre/nature since 2009, when I was just 14 years old, and have loved the environment ever since. Since around that time, music was always a big part of my life, and shows were just another extension of that. For years, I saw a large number of shows, with bands you wouldn’t really expect in Arkansas. Downtown Music and The Village were huge parts of my life back then, and I absolutely loved it. Once those venues both went away, it was very dry for shows in general in this genre, if only by comparison of what we used to have. Big venues like Juanita’s and Rev Room were getting the really big shows, but those are few and far between. Once MF Metal came along, it helped with the smaller, more regional bands. During this time, I got to see a handful of bands I’d never heard of, like Knocked Loose, Wicked World, etc., and I made a lot of connections I never would have expected. In 2015, I got asked by Wicked World to see if I could get in contact with one of the other promoters who was in the area to get them a show at MF Metal. After many attempts of contacting the promoter, I told WW the dilemma, but decided that I wanted to see them enough, that I would wing it and do it all myself. This show was very successful, and put me in the situation where I wanted to continue with this, as I really enjoyed the experience, and having bands myself and others enjoyed get to play Arkansas.
2) How long have you been in the music industry?
I started dealing with booking back in August 2015, and have been doing it ever since.
3) What other jobs have you worked that pushed you towards this one?
I actually still work full-time doing IT work for the City of Hot Springs.
4) Do you have a bucket list of artists you want to book for shows? If so, who?
I have a long bucket list, and I haven’t discussed it with many people. Here are some of the artists I’d personally love to have in Arkansas:
- Despised Icon
The Acacia Strain
5) What are your 2017 goals?
My goals for 2017 are to continue to build on the foundation we’ve laid last year, and bring more notable acts to Arkansas. We started off last year hot and heavy with Vanna, then Beartooth right out of the gate, and I feel like this year, we can go even bigger.
6) For people who don’t already know, explain what a promoter does, and what all the job consists of.
As a promoter, one of the biggest things is coordination. You coordinate with the touring bands agent/manager to make sure the deal is to everyone’s liking, then proceed to getting local acts, venue holds, flyers, tickets, etc. Once that’s done, you have to announce the show, and promote as much as possible to help build a turnout.
Some insight on you:
7) What artists do you prefer to listen to?
I’ve listened to mostly deathcore since I was younger, but picked up a bit of hardcore and hip-hop here in the last few years. Here’s what I’ve been listening to lately:
Face Your Maker
8) Of all of the concerts you have been to, what has been the most memorable?
That’s a pretty tough question. One of the most memorable was the strangest of shows. Here recently, we had a lineup that was supposed to consist of Bloodline, Be\\gotten, All Is At An End, Oblivion Rising, and Up In Smoke at The Building. Before the show, I got word that UIS couldn’t make it due to member troubles, then shortly before doors, Bloodline let me know that they had a trailer issue preventing them from making it, which is the second time they’ve had this bad luck while trying to come to Arkansas. All of a sudden, I now had a three band show, and I expected the turnout to be understandably small because of that. Instead, we ended up with a solid turnout, and when Be\\gotten started, playing on the floor instead of the stage, the crowd went absolutely wild and didn’t stop the whole set. It was one of the craziest things I’ve seen out of the crowds at The Building, with the exception of Traitors playing there.
9) What are some of your hobbies?
I tend to enjoy spending time with my kids, or playing video games outside of shows. This last month I’ve been able to do a lot of that, with the low amount of shows. This month and next are PACKED, and I’ll also be out of state for a few different shows (Expire’s last show, So What?! Fest, etc.) so I’ll be busy almost 24/7.
10) If you weren’t working in the music industry, what do you think you would be doing?
Probably just doing IT work, catching any shows that come through.
11) What all does Tier None Productions have going on right now?
Currently, we have three shows for February, five for March (one unannounced), two/three for April (one/two unannounced). Here are the dates we’re working on currently:
2/12 – Seeker w/ Cognitive at Vino’s Brewpub
2/18 – You The Few w/ Mortalus & More Than Evergreen at Vino’s Brewpub
2/26 – To Speak Of Wolves w/ Rival Choir, Conspire, & Becoming Saints at Vino’s Brewpub
3/4/17 – He Is Legend w/ StrangeFaces, I Was Afraid, Othello, Oblivion Rising at Vino’s Brewpub
3/11/17 – TBA at Vino’s Brewpub
3/25/17 – Erra w/ Auras, Levels, MisManage, & Of Human Action at Vino’s Brewpub
3/27/17 – Like Moths To Flames w/ Becoming Saints, Census, & Mortalus at Vino’s Brewpub
4/14/17 – Falsifier w/ Filth, Legions Await, All Is At An End, & A Fate Foretold at Vino’s Brewpub
4/17/17 – TBA at TBA venue
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