Voices From The Trenches: Scott Mirkin, ESM Productions

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Scott also produces the live Tidal feeds, broadcasting them globally. The recent Papal visit to Philadelphia included ESM’s production of The World Meeting of Families events and Papal Mass, which brought millions of pilgrims to the city.

ESM has also worked with the city and former mayor to produce events like the Philly Fourth of July Jam.

Scott Mirkin
– Scott Mirkin

So how did you get into this business?

I started in production at a very young age, working on a variety of political events, mostly presidential, and that was my bridge into the entertainment side.

And what milestones have occurred in the recent past?

I am particularly proud of the milestones we have achieved with Tidal HIFI.  We have had the privilege to produce live events and live streams across the globe; bringing music to people is a wonderful feeling.

To quote “Office Space,” what would you say you do, exactly?

I am a hands-on producer, putting all of the pieces together, and executing through delivery.  It’s an on-your-feet, and on-your-toes, job, not really an office or desk job. I spend about 75 percent of my time on the road, and the balance in the office.

What does the summer hold for you and ESM?

Many festival and special live streams that will be broadcast on Tidal.com.  We are super stoked for Made in America this year!

You have three shout-outs.

Not my thing.  Mom, Dad, and brother Craig.

What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

I am a biker, 20-plus years of riding, certified in motorcycle safety. I got a couple of Harleys and often serve as a moto-Marshall or escort on various rides and runs.

Any thoughts on Fyre or Pemberton?

Festivals are a real business and need to be seriously planned, funded and managed, by organizations that have a proven track record.

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

Motorcycle club member

Three most memorable concerts, not necessarily the best ones.

My first,

If there is one thing you could change about the business, what would it be?

More improvements on safety and security. We have come a long way but we need to make sure the smaller and emerging events are safe for the worker and the fan.

What’s your pet peeve?

Unanswered emails.