Busy busy busy. That has been the tempo of things as of late. 2 years removed from only playing 3 shows in two years, and a year removed from 10 shows in a year, here we sit with over 20. (I think it’s 23 but I lost count.) In the process of playing these shows we’ve recorded and released our first CD, had it featured on the radio, and even made it onto Ultimate-Guitar.com. Hell, we even were booked at one point to open for Kottonmouth Kings (their tour manager canned local acts,) the Misfits (I’ll get to that in a minute,) and (hed) P.E. (we’re still on that one!) But one thing is for sure: speaking for myself, I’ve learned some lessons.
Since A.D.D. afflicts a percentage of Americans, I’m going bullet point with this…
·Stay away from bull shit- I’ve been fortunate enough to have played in a band of brothers who are open, honest, and talk to each other about band issues instead of everyone else first. As I have come to notice, we apparently are a rarity in this area. Not pointing out any one band or person, but it seems like drama can take precedence over what really matters: having fun & making music you enjoy. Nothing worse than hearing about that before hearing how great a band was. So keep it simple: fuck bill shit, play music
·Stay humble- If you’re not signed, hell even if you are, and are playing the same venues as some of the bands you may look down upon, just remember that you were once them. Remember that you’re probably working a regular job and then coming home and putting your rock star outfit on just like they’re doing. You don’t have to get along with them or be a fan of their music, but remember you started from where they’re at at one point.
·Think ahead- You know that Misfits show I mentioned earlier? We’re not playing that because of two things. The main reason I can address publicly.
We couldn’t sell tickets. We booked the show thinking it would be a slam dunk for us, but we forgot: if fans aren’t interested, they won’t buy. Sometimes believing so much in yourself can lead to let downs, but if you learn a lesson, it’s worth it. Which is the perfect lead in to my next point
·EVERYTHING can be an accomplishment- I live by this. You didn’t poop your pants on stage for the first time? Accomplishment. You sold 1 CD? Accomplishment. You sold 100 CDs? You’re sharing the stage with a band you always hoped to play with? You get my point. Don’t overlook anything because you don’t think it’s significant. If the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, than every little step taken in the right direction should be looked at positively. Even a step in the wrong direction can be learned from.
I’m done with the points though. I’m not putting myself on some blue blood style pedestal, but if I can help somebody think clearly than I feel an obligation to. I’ll check in next week after the show with (hed) P.E. to let you know how living a dream goes. Take it easy