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 Shiprocked, the calm before the storm  

It may seem like we’ve been quiet but we’ve been battling some hellacious demons. Many that all of you face. We are trying to keep our head up and are looking forward to Shiprocked. This will be the biggest show I’ve ever played. I’ve been listening to Hyro the Hero, they are sick and I can’t wait to see them live. I also saw Papa roach and Asking Alexandria live the other day, Asking Alexandria will be on Shiprocked in February with us too. It’s almost unbelievable, I had someone tell me “you should be way more excited than you are...”. We are so excited all we want to do is show the world what we got. We are steadily hustling and writing songs, studying, working, grinding, practicing, talking, strategizing... 

Here lately I’m hearing more new metal on the radio so I’m hoping that people start wanting to support numetal more. I think our approach is different than those pioneers that came before us and I know that we have already left our stamp on this world. Thank you all so much for supporting us and purchasing merchandise. Thanks for coming to shows because many people don’t get out anymore. Live music is dying and all these shows are pay to play so how is any band supposed to survive? Here’s the typical Dallas show run down, you want to open up for a big band coming through town cool, I’m gonna need you to sell 50 tickets at $25 a pop. You’ll get $5 for every ticket you sell. You gotta sell at least 30, money is due before the set times will be established. More ticket sales equal a better slot. Damn sorry not sorry you have a day job load in is at 4pm, you go on at midnight. Maybe 8:30.... still waiting. No-one pays to get into these venues because everyone knows everyone. Tons of people get free drinks so these bars constantly lose money and close down. Any everyone wonders why their favorite band breaks up. Everyone wonders why their favorite venue closes down. The alternative is you play a show where you are lucky if your band makes $75 total. But the Tribute bands are doing great so at least we still have that.

Nerds and the Hive   

I’ve hit a point in my musical career where I feel like I’m not angry anymore. I used to battle some mental demons, that’s the reason for a lot of my writings. My spare time is usually spent assisting with the mental health needs of the NERD community. I used to see another band’s success or another person’s material possessions and instantly turn into the “player hater’s ball” in my head.  

Now I see things differently. I realize that all those times I was lounging around sleeping, binge watching shows, wearing only work and sleep clothes & being completely unproductive; I was going to die a worker bee. I figured out that staring at my phone wouldn’t make the changes in my life I wanted.  

I needed to use this phone as a tool. A tool to shape my life the way I wanted to instead of wasting my life with it. I started by deleting all the games off my phone. If I have time to play games, then I should use that time to be productive. One of my favorite motivational speakers is Eric Thomas. To paraphrase one of his segments where he talks about not being where you want to be in life; he said, “How are you going to sleep like a baby knowing you have work to do and goals to achieve? How can you sleep-in when you’re broke?” I heard that years ago and it was an eye opener for me.  

The people you see that are successful only sleep 5-6 hours a night. They rarely lounge around. You can’t be successful and watch every game or Netflix series. You could watch shows and play games on your phone until you die and still never see everything you want to see.  

We are flooded with media. I started figuring out what worked and what didn’t. It honestly took way too long to figure this out, so I hope that this helps you so you don’t have to go through all the shit that I did. We don’t have to die worker bees. That’s just what this system is designed to produce.  

At the heart of a BAND NERD is an individual with passion. That same passion can be used for pursuing your own true dream, not some expectation placed on you by the world or your family. A BAND NERD realizes that you can make your own family of likeminded-NERDS to hang out with while you plan your escape from the hive.  

WE ARE BAND NERDS. We are the cool family members that smoke, drink and stop by during random holidays to systematically drop mics. We aren’t fake as fuck. Those fake people are the ones you see on the daily news. We are the same online as we are in person. We don’t get along with everyone, but we aren’t bad people. Family members may be embarrassed to have us around, or, worried about what we will say next. We are just passionate; and small talk kills us slowly. We are the “plus-one” that people worry about.  

As a BAND NERD, we keep our circles small. We don’t hate, we work hard. We don’t envy possessions; we go out there and get it. We don’t kill ourselves because that would make too many people happy.

I’m a bigger fan than a member.  

I’m a bigger fan than a member.

I’m always so excited to see what we come up with next. We have a secret recipe. All these guys could each have their own reality show. They are each so unique, talented and charismatic. I’m the newest member of the band so I’m glad I found them. The coolest part is that I get to be in the videos, photo shoots, practices, recordings then I get to hear the finished product first before anyone. I feel honored to be in this band. The world hasn’t discovered us yet but when they do they are going to flip out. I feel like the song that I’ve been holding in my phone is a hit, I feel like I’m holding a winning lottery ticket in my pocket. I’ve been listening to it on repeat thinking “once the world hears this it’s on”. This must have been what LIL WAYNE was thinking while he was listening to the the first mastered version of Lollipop. The song is called “Sober” We are currently working on a music video for it’s roll out. These lyrics really speak to me. I like the way Maynard from TOOL put it, to paraphrase he said that he doesn’t like to tell people the meaning behind songs because he wants people to interpret it in their own way.That made sense to me. I’m in the inner circle now. These guys asked me to write this blog and I thought maybe I should spill all the beans. But I’m a huge TOOL fan and I understand what he’s talking about. Because artists have completely dissected their lyrics and it clashed with what I thought the song was about. For years I sung my heart out thinking it was about a girl then come to find out it’s about the music industry’s, that’s savage. In the end as artists we just want you to connect to the music.

I feel like we are about to blow up anytime now. Right now all six of us are steadily busy systematically tackling the social media industrial complex. We all read and love your comments honestly it’s all that keeps us going. We constantly chat about it and share the newest fan comments. We love you. We will communicate with our fans instantly, don’t be shy, we need your kind words.

I can’t tell you how many days I was ready to throw in the towel then one of your comments made me give it one more day. That’s what I always try to tell someone when they say the thought of suicide comes to mind, There’s always tomorrow. I can’t tell you how many lives we’ve saved but I know how many lives we’ve lost through this musical journey. My ultimate goal is to get enough money to help with suicide prevention and mental health reform. I’m already helping in tons of ways but once Band Nerds makes it I’ll be able to help out even more. I feel like if we were bees we would be NERD bees. All the other bees are just mindless worker bees but not us. We say Fuck you we have this shit figured out.We don’t want to just harvest for the Queen we want to see the scenery and mountains. We NERDS want to enjoy the planet, vibe and survive. So while everyone else just harvests for the queen we make our own way and live our own lives. We run into drone bees all the time in the wild, we have to work with them and sometimes we end up involved with them and things don’t end well. That’s what our lyrics are about. We are here to rally the NERDS and convert the drones. We hope you relate to the deep lyrics and notes that we put into each song. During the recording of each and every song our mark was made in history.

“Beginning to understand the wish to die” 

I’ve been playing bass for most of my life, and I’ve enjoyed music my entire life. Through all these years I’ve seen the passion for music destroy more than it’s healed. I know people say that music is the best therapy but it’s not the same as true therapy. Music can heal the pain temporarily but once the high is gone then the pain just comes back stronger.

This cycle continues and drives many musicians into a narcissistic state. These musicians feed the music their heart and soul, they pour everything they have into it and sacrifice their friends, family and careers over it. I know that it takes deep emotions to write many of the songs and lyrics that artists put out, then when the success comes and goes the pain and depression can set back in.

There’s a love/hate relationship between the musician and the pain because they feel like they need it to write music. This is what causes musicians to delay getting help. I think the intense musical relationship to the notes and songs comes from a deep understanding of where the writer was at emotionally when they wrote the songs. As a writer capturing those emotions and feelings in the music is a great release, and it gives closure or allows the artist to express something that they couldn’t just outright say. One of my favorite authors is Frank Kafka, he expressed himself through writing and struggled in the same way that many artists struggle today. Stay strong, and always give life one more day, suicide is not an option. We are Band Nerds. “One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die” Kafka

“Why are we BAND NERDS” 

We are band nerds, and many people ask what the name is about. After talking with the members I’ll put my spin on it here. We are the outcasts, socially awkward kids that never really grew up. We still have day jobs but we are only there physically because mentally we do everything for music. Music was there for us when no one else was. When we would get made fun of at school for being in the band or liking music that was looked down on. Lugging around band equipment like an albatross feeling ashamed that you had the passion for music. See some people just let the radio or some random playlist determine what they listen to but a band nerd says “fuck you I know exactly what I want to listen to”. As a Band Nerd we dive into every aspect of the music we like, we know the members names, important dates, what gear was used: guitars, pedals, amps, strings, speakers, tubes... all the stories, every lyric to every song, how to play every note. Music consumes a band nerd, and every day we wait for the opportunity to enjoy music, talk about music, practice music, write music, go to shows and perform.

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