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Backbone Talks: The Technical Production November 5, 2018

Backbone International has grown into a company that tackles the most complex projects worldwide. We help our clients and partners in almost all areas, but the core of our service remains the ‘Technical Production’. A Hobby Started Everyone at Backbone has technical production through their veins or at least has a weakness for it. I myself ended up in the world of events, because I always thought it was fun to organize a party for the neighborhood with the amplifier…

Backbone Talks: Never Underestimate Safety November 5, 2018

“It will never happen to me” by Captain EJ Smith (Captain of the Titanic – quoted in the press just before sailing) Underestimating hazards/risks is perhaps more dangerous than the hazard/risk itself. Titanic is a good example of this. A captain, who misjudges the possible risks in advance, therefore prepares wrongly for the possible risks. The moment that a situation arises, which he underestimated and he therefore does not respond adequately, with a catastrophic consequence. The control is completely lost…

Backbone Talks: Bringing Creative Ideas to Life November 5, 2018

From College Events to Backbone International From the first stage show I ever saw I fell immediately in love with the beauty of well-planned events. When you make a journey of sounds and sights and feel a true connection with your fellow fans without noticing the little army of hard working people needed to make it all possible, it can be a truly amazing experience. When I later started to organise my own events in college, I quickly realised that…

Backbone Talks: Finances and Beyond August 7, 2018

My Beginning As a huge music fan and avid concertgoer, I never realized how much work was involved with putting together small club shows, let alone large music festivals, until I joined Backbone International. And I have to admit, I am at times still amazed by the size and logistics of everything that happens behind the scenes. Everyone agrees that having artists as well as the right equipment and infrastructure in place is essential for the production of a show,…

Entertainment Business Live: The Success Story of Backbone
Entertainment Business Live: The Success Story of Backbone
Entertainment Business Live: The Success Story of Backbone

Entertainment Business Live: The Success Story of Backbone June 26, 2018

The roots of Backbone International go right back to 2007. At that time, Joris Joosen was working as a free-lance producer for among others Marcel Elbertse, who was the Operations Director at ID&T at the time. In 2010 they decided to start up their own production company: Backbone. “Our ambition was international right from the beginning”, explains Joosen. “When we started up Backbone, we took on a number of great people to realize our dream: the creation of a worldwide…

Entertainment Business Live: The Backbone Standard

Entertainment Business Live: The Backbone Standard June 26, 2018

We were fortunate, that in recent years, we could spread our wings and realize our international ambitions,” said Joris Joosen. “It was our dream to create a global production net­ work, where we can connect people with the same passion and Backbone DNA. However, our growth brings challenge: we want to offer all of our customers the same quality and service, without making any concessions. We invest in our local networks and enter into join ventures with local parties. There…

Backbone Talks June 26, 2018

Generally, we production people are not such “talkers”. To talk about socializing is not a problem, that works for hours and hours at a time. It often goes like; “Do you remember then and then” and “there and there, with that and that …. that was a good time”. To make our experiences more personal, we have come up with the idea, as a team, to share more essential content about our company. Not only seemingly beautiful pictures and content…

Backbone Talks: Production vs. Disaster Relief June 26, 2018

In this Backbone Talk, I want to take you into the thoughts behind one of the ambitions that Backbone has. One of our core activities is the production and advancement of festivals where the emphasis is usually on the entertainment of third parties. With stages that leave nothing to the imagination you are taken to the most diverse fantasies by decor, artists, and show. What a lot of people do not realize is that for a festival or congregation –…

Backbone Talks: Communication Challenges June 26, 2018

It is up to me to write a piece for BACKBONE TALKS, which entails a new way to share our experiences in the wonderful world of events in which we live in. My subject is communication, which happens all day, every day and is something that everyone has to deal with, but is also subject to change. Over the years, so much has changed in this area. Not only because we are acquiring more means of communication, but also due…

Backbone Talks: The REAL Backbone June 26, 2018

It’s now my turn to tell my perspective about the REAL Backbone – to ultimately give an idea of what happens behind the scenes at our company headquarters and while on location. When I first arrived in 2016, there was hardly anyone in the office, everyone was working out of office on projects. Bevrijdingspop always marks the start of Backbone’s festival season, which was the exact time I was scheduled to start. Pieter (the managing director of Backbone Europe) called…


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