Paul Dalen / Owner
I’ve been involved in music my entire life, As a musician in my teens and 20’s and a tour manager and FOH sound engineer after that. I retired from touring in the 90’s and worked for Clear Channel / Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco.
In 2001 I moved to New York and spent the next 5+ years at Maine Road Management. At the time of my departure the client roster included David Bowie, David Byrne, Luna, Joe Henry, Beth Orton, Helmet, Dean and Britta, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Air, Jim White, Laura Cantrell and Joe Ely.
In 2005 I created Reverse Thread with one goal in mind: to work steadfastly with people that I respect, without interruptions or compromises, helping this small group of talented individuals reach their goals.
Returning to full time touring in 2012 has been a great experience and I remain enthusisatic about traveling the world, able to use the skills I acquired in managemant to great effect in my current role at TM.
Former and current clients:
FESTIVALS (Production Manager / Stage Manager)
BONNAROO 2011 – 2015 Stage Manager
COMIC-CON SAN DIEGO 2012 / Production Manager USS Midway / Adult Swim
FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012 – 2015 / Main Stage
MUMFORD & SONS “GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD” FESTIVAL Bristol VA / PM
GOOGAMOOGA FESTIVAL 2012 / Main Stage Manager
GOVERNORS BALL NYC 2012 – 2014 / Stage Manager
LOCKN’ Festival 2014 – 15 / Stage Manager on both Main Stages
ROCK THE BELLS 2012 / Stage Manager for Nas (SF / LA / NYC)
OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL 2011 – 2014 / Stage Manager 2nd Stage
TOURS (Variously at TM / PM / FOH)
AIMEE MANN World Tours, 1999-2001
ANIMAL COLLECTVE World Tours 2012-2013
AIR SUPPLY Taiwan tour, 1989
BARRY MANILOW US/UK tours,91-92. CADAC desk. US tour 94-95
BARRY WHITE European tour, 1988. Full strings, over 70 inputs
BONNIE RAITT 2014 – 2016 Tour Manager
CHICAGO US tour 1989-90
CHRISTOPHER CROSS World tour dates, 2001-2012
CHRIS ISAAK World tours 1994-97
COWBOY JUNKIES North America: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
DAVID SANBORN World tours, 1986-90 and 1993-94, 2001-2003
FIONA APPLE World tours, 1996-98. 2007-2008, 2010
JOE SAMPLE Japan tour, 1990. 2003, 2004
JOE HENRY US Tous 1999-2003, 2008, 2009
LISA STANSFIELD World tours, 1990-92, Hong Kong 1997
MARC COHN North American Tours 2013 – 2015
NICK SWARDSON North Amercican Tour 2014
PSYCHEDELIC FURS US tours, 1986-87
10,000 MANIACS US tours 1992-93
THE WALLFLOWERS 2012-2013
ONE OFFS AND MINI-TOURS, variously at TM / PM / FOH
Clean / Sober
Member of Event Safety Alliance since 2014 / Attended Event Safety Summits 2014 & 2015
Participated in Severe Weather Summit / Norman OK 2014
CPR / AED Certified through Dec. 2017
References provided upon request.
Reverse Thread, Inc.
Post Office Box 11
Saugerties, NY 12477 USA
Guest Panelist at “Futures Of Entertainment 4” Conference at theComparative Media Studies Convergence Culture Consortium (C3) at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. November 21, 2009.
Panelist at South By Southwest. March 2010, entitled “The Cultural Significance of Direct-to-Fan Marketing.” Moderated by Ian Rogers from TopSpin and is described here.
Popkomm in Berlin, 2010. How Do Technologies & Social Media Influence Music Culture. Info can be found here.
Feira Musica Brasil in Belo Horizonte Brazil, November 2010. Guest panelist on the topic of Musicians As Entrepeneurs.
Social Causes / Community Action
Reverse Thread supports and makes financial contributions to the following groups:
The Innocence Project, New Orleans IPNO is a 501 C (3), and is a branch of the national Innocence Project. They provide free legal services, seeking exoneration for those who have been wrongfully convicted. They do not seek freedom for their clients by finding loopholes or technicalities but rather primarily through DNA evidence proving their innocence, (334 and counting!) often with the added benefit of finding the actual perpetrator. (140 so far.)
New Yorkers Against The Death Penalty. NYADP is a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals committed to the abolition of capital punishment. NYADP advocates for public policy change through education, grass-roots organizing, and lobbying.
Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center. The LESHRC was founded in 1990 as an all-volunteer, community-based effort to stop the rapidly expanding HIV/AIDS epidemic. Neighborhood activists, religious leaders, residents, and service providers joined forces in the streets to provide harm reduction services to the diverse communities of New York City’s Lower East Side, who were particularly hard hit by this health crisis.
Exchanging clean needles for used ones is a proven method for reducing the transmission of AIDS and other blood-borne diseases and does not, as some have suggested, increase drug use in any way.