July 16, 2014
by Bryne Yancey
By the time I was twelve years old—old enough to go and experience select things on my own, without parental supervision, but far too young to be out after 9 p.m. without it—I started getting a weekly allowance.
Great memories here. I used to clean up at Warped Tour. Fat used to sell 4 CDs for $5.
Short Music for Short People was the best!
Be the change you want to see in the world. (Credit: Yondr Studio)
Incredibly inspiring to hear all the stories of Rick Rubin’s past. He had a huge hand in so many legendary records.
If you have 2 hours this weekend, watch this documentary on David Geffen’s life story. I re-watched it last night and it’s amazing to see how many times he built from scratch to success.
2 of my dear friends are playing on the Late Show with David Letterman tonight with their band Empires. I was fortunate enough to meet Sean VanVleet when he was a super weird kid with a giant heart. He was instrumental in me starting (and helping) with LLR Recordings. We would spent countless nights discussing music. Seemed like a waste of time to most others but I think it makes a lot of sense if you know either of us now. I also owe a lot of my musical tastes to Tom Conrad as well. Before I met him, I’d always see what band shirts he was wearing and check out the bands. Creepy right? Found out about Small Brown Bike, New Found Glory, Saves The Day and more that way. He also had enough faith in me to be the first band (504 plan) on my first label. I had to write them a heart felt letter to convince them but I’m very glad it worked and they trusted me. Tune in to watch where those guys lives are headed after practicing their entire lives. Proud to say I know them and to be a fan.
Alkaline Trio will be playing all eight of their albums over four nights in three cities this coming fall. Check out the dates below after the jump!
One of my favorite bands, Every Time I Die, are streaming their new records via Youtube. Diving into this now and I suggest you do the same!
On this week’s Off The Record, Zack and Jesse talk about a topic that’s very near and dear to my heart. College. For all intensive purposes, I didn’t really attend college. I took a few classes at a community school, passed some of them, cared very little, decided to quit, and got a job. The interesting thing is, I hit the ground running because I already had a ton of experience in my field of design. I spent every summer working for my uncle’s construction company, in California. So when I sent my resume out, I looked pretty impressive for a teenager. Here’s the point though. Experience is a million times more important than school. And the reason is simple. You pay to go to school. Sure you get accepted, but so do all those other kids. Experience requires someone trusting you. Interning is a great way to get experience, but the problem with kids these days is they wait till college, or even after college, to be an intern. Wrong approach. You need to be interning in high school. This accelerates the entire process. I had a career at 20, and was making 6 figures before 30.
So here’s the question, I guess. Is college worth it? If you want to be a doctor, or a lawyer, or something else that requires schooling to be allowed to practice that profession, then obviously, school is needed and worth it. But beyond that, my opinion is that college is largely a waste of time and money. Everyone has a degree now a days. A bachelor’s degree is worth about as much as the paper it’s printed on. What you really want is experience.
Another thing that was mentioned by Jesse, was that if you’re going to study business, don’t study a specific industry’s business, just study business in general. I like that because the baseline is worth something in every industry, and if you want to switch, it’s easier. But I’m going to go one step further. If you want to be your own boss, and own your own company, don’t wait for college to start learning business. Just start one. It could be anything at all. My first business, like many other business owners, was selling candy in middle school. But after that, I owned a tiny little side business in automotive electronics. Just start something. Anything. Get a feel for dealing with customers, managing revenue, screw ups, procurement, profit margins, etc. What’s cool about business is, revenue can be broken down into quadrants. The skills you need to make $1000 a year, are the same exact skills you need to make $50,000 a year. So starting a business that makes almost nothing in revenue, makes you $50,000 in skills. After $50k, things get more complicated. But here’s another cool thing, you can cross that bridge when, and if, you get there. For now, just start a business. Have fun and learn the foundation. The process for building a foundation, on 99% of homes, is the same. Poured concrete in the shape of the home’s footprint. When you can pour foundations, you can pour them for anything. You want to start by being great at pouring foundations. After that, all you need to do is switch out the facade.
I tweeted my support for this advice yesterday but cannot stress enough how important it is. Nailed my thoughts on the topic.
Soupy Campbell of The Wonder Years will be releasing a new album called We Don’t Have Each Other under the moniker. Aaron West And The Roaring Twenties. The release will come out on July 8th via Hopeless Records and was produced by Ace Enders of The Early November. Check out the artwork and track listing for the release below after the jump.
This record is really fucking good! Ace did a wonderful job.