Posted October 05, 2018 09:01:18As a musician, I have always found it exciting to be a part of a collective, to be able to collaborate with others.
When I was in my teens, I was a member of a band called the Bouncing Souls, and one of the first records we released was a track called “Locked Out of the Club” by The Beatles.
I was like, Oh, wow!
I remember it so vividly.
The first time I saw The Beatles, I thought, They’re gonna be like this for the rest of my life!
The next day, we were playing at a record store in my hometown.
The clerk told me, “I want to sell these records.”
So I bought them, and I put them on a shelf and just put them in my bedroom, and then I listened to them.
The record was out, and the next thing I knew, it was gone.
I couldn’t afford to buy a record.
I remember looking at that shelf, and thinking, Why are we wasting our time trying to get a record?
What’s the point?
I went back to the store a couple of weeks later, and it was a completely empty store.
I’m like, “Man, if we could just sell these record albums and get people to buy them, we would have a whole new life.
I would feel better about myself.”
So the next day I got a call from my record company, and they said, “We’re trying to do this.
We’re going to try to do a record for you.
We have this guy named Paul.”
I’m thinking, That’s great, I’ve got a new career lined up.
I thought about it for a second, and thought, “If I can get this guy, I can probably get a few people who are willing to help me out.”
So they called Paul.
Paul was kind enough to give me his phone number.
I called him up and asked him to meet me in the parking lot of his record store.
And I remember Paul standing in the back of the car, and he was just smiling and saying, “What do you need?”
And I was just like, What do you want?
I was so excited.
I didn’t know what to expect.
So we walked in, and Paul had these massive mugs on the steering wheel, and these gigantic speakers.
I don’t know how to describe it.
I felt like I was driving the record through the windshield.
I had my headphones on and my iPod out.
Paul said, I’ll have these speakers and mugs and everything for you, and you can bring these records to me whenever you want.
He was really good with that, and when he was done, I had the mugs, the speakers, and a whole bunch of records.
Paul brought them all over to my house, and we played them for all the friends who were hanging out in the house.
We played the songs, and people were like, Wow!
This is great.
I got to play some of the songs!
I just remember that moment.
It was so surreal, and everything was a blur.
And it was really, really good.
But at the same time, I still had no idea what was going on.
I went into therapy, and after about a month, I went home.
I’d been in therapy for two years.
I wasn’t happy.
I hadn’t been in the best mood, and now I was home, and all of a sudden I was back to normal.
I spent the next couple of months doing therapy sessions, and during those sessions, I started to think about the records.
I just started to have a really good sense of what was happening.
So I just put all of my music on the mics and the speakers and the record player.
Then I realized that, yeah, that’s a record, but I’m still trying to figure out how to make it work.
So eventually, Paul had a recording studio that was kind of like a studio with some microphones and speakers.
So he could have recorded any song he wanted to on the record, and anyone could record any song.
Paul started to realize that he could do anything he wanted on the records, and that this would make the album.
So one day, he called me up and said, Can you help me put the album out?
I thought it was kind to him, and said okay.
And he said, We’re gonna do a release party for the album, and everyone is gonna be able get in, play the songs.
And that’s how the album was released.
It didn’t have to be on a label.
He didn’t need a label to release it.
It could have been on the internet.
It had to be available for everyone.
Paul knew that he didn’t want the album to go to a