I'm sitting here listening to a WTF Marc Maron Podcast episode with Mike Judge, thinking about the last week. Its always interesting to me to hear how "successful" artists navigated their way through different opportunities and weird fluke experiences to create their art and ultimately live their life. We know a lot of people doing a lot of cool things in music, performance, electronics, videos and movies, podcasts, tangible art, etc. We met with some of those people during our trip to California for NAMM in which we did not exhibit. But rather hung out. And it was fun that way. Less stressful in some ways. Busier in others. We saw some new good and bad gizmos for the music making world. Found ourselves reminded that the mainstream musical industry is still primarily driven by the big dollar over things of intrigue and peculiarity. Which is cool too, I guess. Keeps everything running. Had good times with other pedal manufacturers. Shot videos. Shot a video in a brewery. Visited a studio. Drank some coffee. Went to the Echo. Ate a killer Truck Taco plate of meat, vegetables and cheese informally called El Stonero Plato. Went to a bowling party reminiscent of the Big Lebowski in which it took a little while for everyone to loosen up and yielded excellent results once everyone did indeed loosen up. So, it was good. I can't help but feel that this trip might be told in the history of Old Blood at some point. As part of the saga of what we are trying to accomplish with art and jobs and surviving and making money. Maybe someday a story worthy for Maron.
And now we are home. And working on some stuff. We've got some orders to get caught up on. Taking on some new International Dealers. Some custom stuff in the works for Chicago Music Exchange. Launching some stuff for Coffee & Riffs. Working on the Procession Sci Fi Reverb trailer. And enjoying life at our own pace.
Before heading to Anaheim, we swung through Costa Mesa and grabbed some coffee from Cafecito Organico.
Walked the show marveling at stuff. Or being overwhelmed. Or anxious. And then just being tired.
Over the next two days we shot seven episodes of Coffee & Riffs at various locations. First up was Mason Stoops and Pete Jonas at Noble Ale Works. We shot until 5 am and tried almost everything they had to offer.
After a 5am wrap at Noble, we had a call time of 10am in LA. So we pulled ourselves out of bed and convened at Juan Alderete's Studio 5Starr Sound Labs for a few more shoots. Then we hightailed it over to the Echo for one last shoot with Henry Kohen from Mylets.
Once we were done with shooting, we made our way to a backyard hang in Highland Park, ate some street tacos, drank something tasty and headed to the EQD Bowling Party where the stories really get interesting. But naw. You don't want to hear this crap anyways.
Then we came home. To work I think.