That tremblin lip, you-caught-me-look and akward side-glance.
Come home already.
Alex Reed taking a breather at the Gibson showroom during an incredibly hectic ‘day off’.
my babe, gorgeous picture Matt
I have begun a project in which I will be interviewing the people behind-the-scenes that make tour life more comfortable for the bands we all know and love.
To start the project I have enlisted the help of my good friend Derek who is the Commander of Merchandise for Go Radio.
Matt Burke: What is it about life on the road that keeps you coming back?
Derek Buell: Being on the road at this point in my life feels like the most important thing I could be spending my time on. I spend my days working hard with my friends, helping them build their careers as opposed to making money for some heartless corporation.
As far as jobs go, this one actually feels rewarding and I feel a much bigger sense of accomplishment at the end of the night than I ever did working in a warehouse or other forms of retail.
Matt Burke:What is the hardest part of transitioning from tour life to home life?
Derek Buell: I really miss my GO Radio brothers when tour ends. While on tour I have 7 other “roomates” who I see every single day, and I truly love the time I spend with them and when tour comes to an end that all goes away.
It can be a little bit lonely after spending every single day for 8 weeks around your 7 best friends plus 500-5000 other fun people, and then it all just stops pretty abruptly. Getting used to that can be a challenge.
Matt Burke: As a crew member, what is the best part of being on tour?
Derek Buell: The best part of being crew for me is the fact that I get to be on tour but I don’t have to have the same celebrity as the band. I don’t desire the same attention that the band gets but I love to travel and be part of something important. I have a job that takes some skill and a specific type of work ethic and I can be successful without having a foreman breathing down my neck.
Matt Burke:As a crew member, what is the WORST part of being on tour?
Derek Buell:For alot of people missing home, missing girlfriends or wives, or pets can make being on the road much harder. I fortunately dont have much of that going on. Being able to spend my time on the road focusing on work and helping the band without any distractions eliminates many of the problems that other people run into for me.
Beyond that, I dont have many “worst’s” in my life. Something being a little challenging only makes a person stronger, so I don’t mind working hard.
Just as I side note, when I asked the band what they thought the worst part of my day was they replied”I just don’t have time in my life for those cheesy biscuits”, an inside joke between the band and myself. Things like that help me not have worst’s in my life.
Matt Burke:What is your biggest pet peeve about kids at shows these days?
Derek Buell:I would say kids who don’t respect the little bit of privacy that the band has is pretty frustrating to me. We put our entire personal life on hold for these people. Some of the fans ive met along the way don’t get that and feel some sort of entitlement to every part of our lives and aren’t respectful to the times where we just want to relax and decompress for a few minutes.
Huge thanks to Derek for biting the bullet and being the first one to stare down my lens and answer my questions!
I will have a new interview coming early next week!
Let me know if there are any crew members you think are deserving of a spotlight!
When your (very) talented friend collaborates with your brother from another mother. Love my family. Miss (both) these guys.
Alex Reed of Go Radio
Atlanta, Ga | The Masquerade
So fucking awesome.
Insane Matt, miss ya bud
Typical Alex. To everyone who caught my guy at this show- thank you. Watching this from the stairs (though hilarious later) was pretty concerning at the time.
See you all tonight- come say hi!
Funny the way things work and come full circle…four years ago my first NY apartment was less than a block from here.
Listening to the new Go Radio and barreling through some serious work. Counting down the hours til New York and getting my arms around my guy: t-minus 48. Giddy.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEX PAUL!
For my best friend on his birthday: there are very few things I wouldn’t do to be with you today (only 72 hours!!!) but because I can’t ….
24 (very public) reasons that 24 years ago today, the world became a better place….
man oh man Mondays: two of the most handsome babes I know. Miss you guys, 11 days!
Is this real life? My boyfriend has (multiple) memes floating around the interweb? Even better, I’m wearing that shirt rightnow. Go Radio really does have the best fans.
We’re (still) all chasing red balloons, happy belated Lucky Street birthday to my @goradio brothers, so proud of you guys. Here’s to the insane follow up album and year ahead.