This weekend I was blessed with the opportunity to cover the 2014 Savannah Stopover Music Festival for SCAD Radio with my amazing girlfriend, Nicole Miller. Going to over 3 shows a day, taking and editing pictures from the concerts, posting content to the SCAD Radio website, and going to sleep at 4 a.m. three nights in a row the weekend before finals was no easy task, but I am thankful for it all, especially the night I met the folks from Public Service Broadcasting.
About a month ago I sent out dozens of emails to bands coming to perform at Stopover to see if they could come to SCAD Radio for an in-studio performance. To tell you the truth I didn't expect any of them to reply. I couldn't help but wish that they did though, especially Public Service Broadcasting because I had become a huge fan of their music after hearing their album Inform - Educate - Entertain. J. Willgoose, Eq., the frontman from PSB, sent me a reply promptly and I was speechless. He said that unfortunately they would probably not be able to come to the station but that he'd love to do an interview before or after their show at the venue. I couldn't believe it. I was going to meet some of my idols.
Nicole and I arrived at the venue early and we caught a glimpse of J. and his band member, Wrigglesworth, setting up their equipment on stage. I hesitated to speak to J., I didn't want to bother him and I thought that he probably wouldn't even remember who I was. You know how it is, we get scared when have a lot of anticipation for something. I don't know why but I think it's just because we fear being disappointed with the outcome. I thought to myself, "Why bother him? He's probably busy and he doesn't need some small time college radio station interviewing him." Nicole told me to go ahead and do it, and so I did. I walked over to him timidly. The venue was still quite empty so he could clearly tell I was coming over to talk to him. I wanted to turn around and run.
"Hello J., I'm Leo from SCAD Radio!"
"Oh yes, Leo, of course! I'm so sorry about not being able to do the in studio. Thanks for coming to see us! Find me after the show and we'll do an interview."
My jaw might have dropped to the floor at that moment. I think I rambled to him for another 5 minutes after that about how much I loved their music and about all the good things I had heard about their live performances. It was amazing to be able to talk to someone I admired so much.
Once the show started I think my jaw dropped to the floor again and it stayed there until they stopped playing. It was absolutely phenomenal! Here are a couple of the pictures I took during their performance.
After they were done playing and they were finished putting away their equipment I went up to J. and he ushered Wrigglesworth to come with us. We went into an empty room and began our interview. I can't begin to describe how incredible it was to sit down with a band right after they are done playing and to hear them talk and laugh and behave like normal human beings. Sometimes being a member of the audience you forget that there is a human element to music. J. and Wrigglesworth really help break that misconception. They are extremely happy and excited to talk with the fans before and after their shows and they were just down-to-earth nice guys. It was refreshing to see that they didn't have big egos and that they just wanted to share their music with the world.
Meeting a band I love and to be able to talk to them and catch a glimpse of the human aspect of the music they create, that was a truly magical experience.
J. and Wrigglesworth, thank you. Thank you for making my day. Thank you for making what I do worth while and thank you for showing musicians and fans around the world that music is a tool that helps bring people together. I appreciate what you guys do and I wish you the best!