I can’t say I wasn’t prepared, but I can say I wasn’t really thinking of updating the band blog when this last wave of publicity came about. First, there was the surprise submission of our song “Screens” to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, and then the publication of The Zim’s WOTS – Word On the Street podcast interview.
2016 was a very busy year for music. With side projects, day jobs, and families I found myself doing a lot of solo work and rearranging songs to fit the available lineup of Troublefakers for any given date. It was very educational and I ended up expanding my horizons musically, socially, and professionally. It was both exciting and exhausting.
I tell The Zim in this interview that if you see me at a show as a spectator it’s because I worked very hard to overcome my social anxiety to do so. This was true in November when we recorded the interview and is still true – I mark events on Facebook as ‘interested’ and keep all the shows that come up I want to go to on a wall calendar at home so I can plan ahead – the catch-22 is that social media fuels the anxiety, while at the same time it is the source for learning where the music (safe) spaces are. I’m looking forward to going to even more shows this year for bands I know and ones I need to know. I’d love it if more people joined me in this!
Despite the scheduling challenges and learning more about my own music so I can play it solo, 2016 was a pretty easy year and I played out a lot more than in previous years (I’ve been fronting The Troublefakers since 2005). 2017 may be a little different since we’ll be doing more recording, but you’ll see me and my band in one form or another guaranteed. I’ll play solo shows on February 12 (Blue Moon) and 18 (Horseshoe Tavern), and my band will join me March 11 (Blue Moon).
We hope to see you at a show! Until then, many thanks to The Zim for the interview and all he’s done for Seattle’s music scene. Listen to the podcast by clicking on the screenshot above, then subscribe to Zim’s Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/thezim