DIY Music: Not that weird
January 19, 2012 § 11 Comments
Below is a letter I wrote to the editor of the SB Independent in response to the following article: Light Years, Pentimento, and Souvenirs at the Biko Co-Op Garage.
I just read Levi Michaels’ article about the Souvenirs/Chrissy Summer show and something about the math doesn’t add up. There are five bands mentioned in the headline, and yet Michaels lists only four bands by name. What happened to the other band in the headline — Quick Attack?
Oh yeah, I play guitar in that band. The singer in our band also set up that show, not some “amorphous task force”. I’m glad the author came to our show — we put a lot of work into setting it up — although I’m a bit disappointed he didn’t see it fit to watch our set. On the other hand, I am very frustrated with his portrayal of DIY music and our scene in general. Everyone I know who is involved in booking DIY music at the Biko house and elsewhere in Santa Barbara — at least 3 or 4 shows every single week — is approachable and friendly, and rarely are we “grimy”. All we really have in common is that we love playing music and setting up shows, and we’d rather not make any money doing it. Rather than filling column inches trying to mystify DIY music and giving another shout out to his friends in Souvenirs, I wish Michaels had done some work himself to find out who set the show up, and perhaps even watched all the bands who played. After all, DIY does stand for “Do It Yourself”.