So all was well. Even though my short little romp into rock ‘n roll hadn’t ended all that well, I was happy to be off that roller coaster. It gave me a little time to figure out what should happen next.
But I didn’t have a clue. My phone kept ringing, so that was a good sign. One of the groupie types that hung around my previous job had started working for a small – really small company who was presenting shows at clubs. They called me often to find the answers to any number of questions, so one day I just said why don’t you hire me as a consultant.
The owners who were more than a little rough around the edges said okay, so I’d go to this funky little office every day for not much money to help them with some of the stuff they needed help with.
There isn’t much memorable about this as it was such a rough and tumble outfit. They had no experience in the music biz, and worse, they didn’t have the money to sustain their inexperience.
Let me say that again. They didn’t have the money to sustain their inexperience. Music is an expensive business to be in. You must have money to keep the boat afloat. And this little company was a bird’s eye view into what the future would bring with the indie movement. People with good intentions who wanted to work in music but no experience to back it up.
If they’d played their cards right, those folks would be legends right now, but they had no idea what they were looking at, and not enough capital to see them down the road.
All kinds of musicians would filter in and out of that office on a regular basis. Mostly members of no name bands, and their entourage of lots of girls in heavy makeup. Many of them were under 21 and couldn’t play in the clubs under the state laws, so they were looking for solutions.
They happened to be members of groups associated with or would later form the grunge movement including Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. Too bad I didn’t know who I was talking to at the time, but I didn’t. They were looking for someone — anyone to take a chance on them, and it wasn’t my place to say one way or another what we could do for them.
It wasn’t too long into this little company’s future they ran out of money, stiffed me for a month’s pay, but illuminated yet another dark side of the music biz and what would come next.