What I Would Do if I Was Still in a Band

From the age of about 14 until… um… I guess 25 or so, I was always in a band. Whether it was just a bunch of racket while we were still learning our instruments or—well, more racket after we finally knew what we were doing (sort of), it was a great release.

Going to school for visual design and being in a band were a perfect match. I was able to marry the two together on so many projects. I mean hell… by the time I was 21 years old, one of my bands had a comprehensive retrospective CD-ROM complete with a metaphoric user interface created with 3D modeling and animation. Man, those were the days…

(I’m overgeneralizing here, but) Every two and a half years, I have a kid. And before that kid is old enough to roll away, walk away, or swear at me, I dig out my old geetawr and serenade him or her with covers I half remember and some shotty songs I wrote a decade or so ago. This time around, now that I’m basically living on the web, I’ve had some thoughts about how the web would play a much greater role if I was in a band today.

So, here are some things I’d do if I had a band today (no particular order):

I’m sure there are more things, but those are the ones that have popped into my head. Social media and bands seem like a great match. Know of any bands out there really using social media well?

A Special Treat: Some Music

I somehow have managed to never post any of my old bands’ music at this blog. Time to change that. Today, I share a couple tidbits from my past. Enjoy. And comment.

But only if it’s nice. ;)


  1. On November 8th, 2007 at 9:56 pm Sarah Coopersmith said:

    I really like your “if I had a band ideas”, especially the twitter one.

    When I was in High School and obsessed with a few choice bands I would’ve really appreciated being able to see what they were up to on a frequent basis.

    It’s amazing how much stronger any fan base will grow once that personal touch is added.

    Human connection… can’t get enough of it.

  2. On November 8th, 2007 at 10:24 pm Adam Darowski said:

    @Sarah: Can’t you just imagine high school now? All the kids’ cell phones chirping every few seconds because they’re getting the latest tweet from [insert band that high school kids actually listen to here]?

    For the record, I’d love to follow Twitters of Teenage Fanclub (esp individual members, seeing what they’re up to since they’re not nearly as active as they were a decade ago), Mogwai (since I’d love to know what makes those guys click), Ben Gibbard (because you have to love him, even my kids love the guy), Yo La Tengo (I mean, they’re a national treasure), and Travis (the only thing that could make Ella stop crying when she was born). I’d follow many others, but those would be my favorites.