For as long as I could remember, I've been saying that once I can consistently be busy with writing and performing music that I'll be happy. This week I'm doing just that. I'm playing two farewell shows with my band Late Slip. We are playing the Music of Curiosities Festival in Coney Island at the Sideshow Stage. It's funny to me that two of the biggest facets of my current and past lifestyles are coming together here. The Sideshow Stage is a popular Burlesque performance spot. After all of my years working at The Box as a stage manager, I'm finally going to be performing on a stage where many of my colleagues have called home. It's kind of surreal to me that performing has come back into my life in such a positive and fulfilling way. This will be a memorable and humbling performance for me, and this is just one day of my week (the last day actually). Before that, I'll be playing a show at El Cortez in Bushwick as a formal going away party for the frontwoman of Late Slip. She's moving to California, where I believe her music is going to skyrocket. I'm proud to have been a part of it thus far.
If this was all I was doing this week, I'd be content, but there is something much more significant to my own personal career happening as well. I will be, for the first time, entering the studio to put my drums onto an album. My other band, Awful Din, is recording a five song EP at Mollusk Studios in Brooklyn. I've been wanting this ever since my high school best friends started a band and recorded their first album together. They're called A Secret Scenario, check them out.
It's funny to think that a little over two years ago, I wasn't playing drums at all. I'd let one bad experience rip all of my confidence away and leave me defeated. I've grown and learned so much since then. There's a lot of work still to do and I'm looking forward to it.