what is freeebird
NOT WHAT BUT WHY
Bringing the road to you with a mix of interviews, shows, collaborations, projects, a series of 7” records, and whatever comes up…
Somewhere along the line it dawned on me that I have been spending the last ten years of my life honing a very specific set of skills that don’t add up to anything easily celebrated. Besides the accumulated experience itself, I didn’t have much to show for it aside from some records on the wall, a plethora of contacts scribbled on little pieces of paper, assorted foreign spare change and my golden memories.
I don’t DJ Hypercolor dance parties on south beach or sell out back to back nights at the Bowery ball room, but over the years I have developed a very personal relationship with an extensive web of clubs, bars, houses, shops and whatever else throughout the 50 states. I’ve played, recorded, passed out, left my mark, been amazed, or learned something all along.
I can tell you what the cat’s name was at the Empty Bottle in Chicago, or how to get to rubber gloves from Denton General, but what good is that in the “real world.” Every kid just wants to make his parents proud, and although my parents acknowledge that I’ve done some pretty amazing things, but as is their job, they wonder “what kind of a career does this qualify me for?”
And that’s the point: I have never stopped learning – how to roam, how to live on the road, how to utilize public spaces or navigate trouble. These are my skills and this new venture is what I’ve been groomed for. It’s the only thing.
In my ten years of travel I have seen some amazing places, met some unforgettable characters, heard some unbelievable stories, and made some life-long friends. There’s an incredible network in this country that needs to be brought to light.
I got tired of blowing through town for a day and not being able to really spend quality time anywhere – or earnestly trying to re-tell the stories to friends and family at home who couldn’t quite get it because they weren’t there. I can recall countless times sitting alone on a train thinking I wish there was somebody here to experience this with me. So I sought to change the way I tour.
If people can’t come with me on my adventures, then why not bring the adventure to them? YouTube is our generation’s MTV: everything brought to you instantly, as it happens. Magical moments are captured on film and shared with the world. I want to rediscover America in all its splendor – to create something in the vein of Anthony Bourdain and Dave Attell, but that pertains more to my world: a world where names like 2MEX and M. Sayyid hold water, and bands like Deerhoof and TV on the Radio are king. So I’m making a show that not only showcases the people and places that I already know, but also seeks out the unknown – exciting, strange and beautiful.
Thanks to my friends at Grimm Image records I am free to roam the open road. Everybody dreams of it but most don’t get the opportunity. I lived abroad for three years and now I’m back to live the American dream, from the Rockies to the Walmarts: a freebird – a nod to my southern roots. Throw in an extra “e” for good measure and you have me, armed with dual flips and a suped-up born free motor coach, headed full bore towards the action. Freeebird. Now it’s time to take this show on the road, and bring the road on home.
Please check his site! : http://bleubird.org/