Fridays with Flea Style: FreeRange Concepts Entertainment Director Kylee Kimosh
Kylee Kimosh has a pretty dreamy gig: She books musicians and talent for Dallas-based FreeRange Concepts that has 10+ venues across Texas. Recent musical acts she’s worked with include Lukas Nelson (yes, as in Willie’s son and A Star is Born phenom) and Margot Price.
When not scheduling stars, she’s tracking down agents, planning brand activations and brainstorming set designs — all while being a mom to a 7-year old boy. Listen to this 30-something talk about stumbling into her career and constantly connecting with others to make her dreams come true — and learn a little bit more about this girlboss in our fun Q + A below.
What’s your favorite quote? “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right” by Henry Ford of the Ford Motor Company.
What has been your biggest fan girl moment while working in the music industry? Producing the Willie Nelson 4th of July Picnic in 2010. Managing 27+ acts and working directly with Willie and his team was amazing. Being backstage managing and working directly with so many awesome artists and celebrities like Woody Harrelson, Kris Kristofferson, John Paul Dejoria, Willie Nelson, etc. was just a total dream.
We love learning about what people’s jobs are really like behind the scenes. Walk us through a day in your shoes on big event nights! Ok, I’m going to list it because it’s pretty bananas!
- Drop my son off at school by 7:45 a.m.
- Go home to get ready for the day
- Go meet artists and their tour manager at the Rustic for load-in by 10 a.m.
- Check in with the production team for additional technical gear needed for the act.
- Meet with the general manager on operational needs and overall event set up and daily schedule (with the various arrivals).
- Meet with vendors or partners who are part of the event.
- Checking in regularly with the acts to ensure their hospitality and needs are being met to create a remarkable experience for them until about 2 p.m.
- If I have time in the 2 p.m.-4 p.m. window, I go home and change and hug my son Cooper since I will be working that evening.
- A 5 p.m. I return to The Rustic to meet our ticketing partner Prekindle to set up.
- Doors to the show will typically open between 6 and 7 p.m. window. During the event I will be all over the place: backstage, front yard/check in area, check on bar lines, flow of traffic, make sure bands are happy and well fed!
- Once the headliner wraps we settle (pay and present marketing promotional materials) with the band normally around midnight.
- Head home by 1 a.m. and I am pooped by then! I often soak my swollen feet when I get home (Epsom salt does wonders!).
If you didn’t do your current job, what do you think you’d be doing and why? I honestly do not see myself doing anything else! I love event production and working in the fast-paced music industry. I could potentially see myself working with artist relations but that is only if I was not doing what I currently do. I have my dream job and feel very blessed to truly do what I love!
When not at your dream gig, describe your picture-perfect day off: A day spent with my husband and 7-year old son Cooper. We would definitely be doing something outside at a Texas ranch or on a lake for the day!
Book currently on your nightstand? Art is the Highest Form of Hope & Other Quotes by Artists. I also love the book Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die by Willie Nelson!
What is your favorite thing about working in this industry? Working with other like-minded creatives, being able to provide a platform for musicians to share their talents/music with us (on both a local to national level), building relationships with folks that inspire me (both musicians, outside partners like Flea Style and other local taste makers). I feel so lucky to work in an industry that inspires me daily. There truly is never a dull day whether it be incredibly challenging or rewarding. I really feel like Dallas has built a creative music scene with many friends/colleagues supporting one another. It takes a village!
What musician or band is currently on repeat in your life? Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Barnes Courtney, Noah T. Jackson and Rayland Baxter.
If money was no object, what would you splurge on for yourself? A long extended family trip to Europe. I would love to explore various countries for a month with my husband, son, my sister’s family and my parents. I would love to be able to go explore various countries with my entire family!
If you could score a mentor session with anybody for an hour, who would you want to sit down with and why? Shep Gordon, a legendary talent manager, film agent and producer. He is an incredibly successful agent who has worked with a laundry list of A-list talent (Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, etc.). He is a perfect example of someone who turned a belief in himself into an incredibly successful career in entertainment. If you have not seen the documentary Supermensch, you need to watch it!
Don’t miss Kylee’s podcast. It’s so good! Check it out along with other Fridays with Flea Style episodes on iTunes here. Want to nominate somebody to be a guest on our show or have a question for Brittany to answer? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!