Fleetwood Mac • Barbra Streisand • Shakira
During the nomination process for Pollstar’s inaugural Top Tour Managers list, no person was more nominated than Marty Hom. Even though he most recently worked tours by Fleetwood Mac, Barbra Streisand, Shakira (as well as Beyonce’s historic 2016 “Formation” run), the well-liked professional cites his work co-producing the annual MusiCares event as one of his greatest honors.
Starting out tour managing the legendary Bill Withers’ 1985 tour, Hom recalls doing his job with “pay phones, fax machines, pagers, notepads and binders.”
He credits his success with “hiring and surrounding [himself] with the best people possible and letting them know that [he] supports them, is always there for them and then letting them go do their jobs…”
He also advises being “equally fair amongst both men & women on your tour,” before adding a key ingredient to any backstage crew: “Continue to follow your dream and make sure you feed your crew well!!”
His gratitude for his line of work is inspiring: “I would have never thought that same third generation Asian American kid from Sacramento would even have a chance to work in the music industry he loves.”