Our guest today is Mike Smith, a show promoter in Milwaukee, WI, and creator of the Days of the Doomed festival. I met Mike when Earthen Grave played the first Days of the Doomed in 2011 and got to know him a bit as he booked us on shows in Milwaukee, Kenosha & Cudahy. Earthen Grave ended up playing the first three DotD festivals. They were all very smooth-running ships and Mike was always a very straight shooter, which is why we're talking to him.

Show Notes


* Music from Castle (San Francisco), courtesy of Van Records
* About the show – What are we doing here?
* About the host, Jason Muxlow — Who the hell is this guy?

Interview with Mike Smith

* Working with Castle (San Francisco)
* Days of the Doomed Festival

* Announcements for Days of the Doomed V coming in April!
* How the fest got started
* Why he does it

* Planning a festival

* Logistics
* Crew
* Sound & FOH
* Backlines
* Sponsors & sponsorships
* Working with local businesses
* MHX Radio and live broadcasts

* Booking local shows

* Metal Grill / working with venues
* How to approach a promoter
* How not to approach a promoter
* Working with other promoters

* Milwaukee metal scene

Music Played
Castle, "Black Widow" from Welcome to the Graveyard (2016, Van Records)