July 23rd, 2016. Our first show. We rented a generator and some speakers. Bought over a 100 beers and some trashcan lemonade. And set up a show in the woods off barnet highway in Pomo.
Right from when Garrison and I first started laying down the first demos in my bedroom, I knew I wanted sta to be different from every other band in Vancouver. And I'm not talking about the music, more the attitude. I've had my own failures and experiences with an unsuccessful band from highschool, I've watched my friends perform at their shows, and from a particular night that changed my view on music. I knew exactly the band I wanted sta to be.
Everyone I knew in the Vancouver music industry took things so seriously, I took a music class in high school called 'rock school' and that's what the teacher also taught. You got to be professional and "be like the pros" ay. And for a while, It was ingrained in me. I have a lot of friends who also push for their music dreams and do live shows. I would get heaps of messages with invites to their shows. $13 ticket fee. And of course I'd go and support my friends when I could. But $13 tickets add up fast. And we're all young and broke and have trouble buying $7 pints. It's a lot of money at this age. And! through the whole first part of the show they'd be back in the green room. I wouldn't even see them. Then they would come on stage and play their show and go back to the green room. I would get knackered about it cause I didn't pay $13 to hear their music. Honestly, most of the time it's to see them and have a glass. But I think what happens is, we see our idols go into the green room, and they have this untouchable 'cool' persona. that you also want to have,
"David Bowie uses a green room, it's professional".
First off, fuck wit. Going into the green room is the easiest thing you can do with your music career. Building a fan base that's crazy enough that you have to use a green room as security is the goal. Don't think because you walked into a little room other people can't that it makes you special. But I did it as well in my first band. you want to be like your idols.
After going to so many local shows and seeing artist treat their friends like fans. I said to myself "fuck the green room" that shit is for pricks who think they're better. And your fans when you're starting out, aren't your fans. They're your friends. They paid their $13 to come support you. That's an hour of work for most. Don't go into the green room. That's just a divide. Drink together, Eat together. Share a glass with everyone in the room. Your friends have come out to support you, celebrate that. Don't hide in the
fucking 'green room' cause you think it will make you seem untouchable and 'cool'. I think there's nothing more professional then going from the floor partying with your friends to going on stage and playing for them, then to go back to them after and continue partying. have an experience.
my number one rule when it comes to music is; it's easier to sell a good time that it is to sell good music.
I had a life changing night the first time I went and saw Sticky Fingers live at a sold out fortune sound club. They finished and right away the lead singer (Dylan) goes to duck off stage and there are fans literally grabbing at his clothes. A friend and I had rolled a good size joint to try and smoke with the band but after seeing this, I thought there was no way Dylan and the band was going to be hanging with this crowd. Well, I was lucky enough to find myself walking into their green room about 20 minutes after they we're done. I walk through a door following the bassist from the staircase and walk into a room, 2 couches, a barrel of molson, and a barrel of red bull. And Sticky Fingers scattered around the room. The first thing I thought was. "Fuck... I do not belong here." and as I'm standing there probably looking like an idiot, Dylan grabbed a beer and handed it to me. I relaxed. And that night grew to be one of my favourite nights of my life. I didn't shut up about that night forever. I was telling everybody about Sticky Fingers and the time I had with them. I would play them their music and tell them about that night. And after a while it hit me. This is how I want to be with my live music. Give an experience that people will talk about and share with their friends. It's still important to have good tunes to back it up, but hands down, the good time is more important.
I'm extremely blessed for the friends I have, every show they're out their causing a ruckus. They bring their friends, and those friends bring more friends to the next show. And it grows. I've had friendly artists from other bands come up to me after shows and say how great our fans are. And that they are even a little envious. And I get really proud when I hear that, not just like a self proudness, but this collective feeling of what has been created. And I swear to you. It is because I don't treat my friends like fans. And I never hang out in the fucking green room.
Happenstance, these are just my thoughts,