Archive for September, 2007
I got a chance to go home this weekend, to my dad’s. No plans attached, no Sorgstock, no stopping by on the way to New York, and do I feel refreshed. And in the process, I managed to catch up on some YouTubin’ vids. FINALLY, I’ve caught up on all the CRAP shows and Podcamp-ness (but still need to find the other tape for the Mayhem Show/ShouldIDrinkThat.com session). So here you go!
CRAP TV ALL ACCESS: Games N’ At
Podcamp Pittsburgh 2: We Love Pocky
Podcamp Pittsburgh 2: After Party at Bossa Nova
Podcamp Pittsburgh 2: After Party 649
Podcamp Pittsburgh 2: After Party NFL Girlfriends
Podcamp Pittsburgh 2: After Party Walk Back
Now to start work on those DVD projects for Deface…
I had the pleasure to sit down with one of Pittsburgh’s real movers and shakers, DaButtonPusha. She talks to us about her cable access shows, Hip Hop Buffet shows, and what’s really going on in Pittsburgh Hip Hop. Tune in for an eye opening look at the scene…
I’ve worked very hard for a lot of things over the years. School. A career. A social fan site. Music. Wrestling shows. And I’ve often find myself overwhelmed with a barrage of hate and problems from people. Either people who you only hear from when things go wrong, or seemingly, people who just seem to love to start shit.
But in the meantime, though few and far between, I find myself being approached by several people who inspired me to do the things I have been doing to give props. And in the days of some turmoil in trying to get things to float outside of my day to day career, I think back to all the good.
For almost 6 years now, I’ve run a fan site called WesternPAJuggalos.com. Admittedly, it was in response to wanting to be involved in this then newfound Juggalo internet community, and was partially inspired by PittsburghJuggalos.com/.net. I got together with some guys from school (Snackz, JuggaloJohn, Dingo) and started AIP Juggalos. That became WesternPAJuggalos.com, and we continued. Mini Gatherings, Juggalo Comedy Shows, and music. There was a period of turmoil where my inspiration was attacking us, claiming we had stolen some of their ideas. Putting our names on their events was the supposed accusation, I believe. And that I recall, I helped to co-promote their events through the communication with one of the site’s creators, Kryptik. But alas. A couple years back, at a Twiztid show, I’d guess, I ran into NedenSpredin, whom I thought was one of the guys that used to be against me in this whole thing. At this point, PJ had been long gone, and I hadn’t heard from anyone for a bit. But this ninja told me he respected that I had kept thing going and blew things up beyond where they had been. And that WPAJ was one of the first Juggalo sites he came back to. That had meant a lot to me, and justified all the hard work that I, and the rest of the WPAJ staff current and past, had done over the years.
And for the Mayhem Show and music, it’s been a similar role. Luckily, those are done for the fun of it, not knowing where it can really lead me in the long run. But when a fellow musician tells me they dig our crazy stage show, or the album, or a wrestling fan comes up to me at a show or Podcamp and tells me they never miss an episode. Or hearing the expectations for our panels at “Unconferences”. That is payment you can’t measure in this thing.
And if there’s something you are enjoying. Be it that podcast, or small time band, or other medium. Leave that positive comment. Because there are more vocal haters than fans out there for anyone’s medium.
For all the hatred there may be, nothing can stop my shine these days from all the good and hard work I know that my peers and I have accomplished together. And I have a better group of people than ever to get things done for all of us. This is a great time, friends.
Did some more video this evening. Almost caught up on the youtubing!!!
Podcamp Pittsburgh 2: Mans on the Streets
Podcamp Pittsburgh 2: Doc Remedy: Human Billboard
Podcamp Pittsburgh 2: Sessions
I just wanna give a thanks to Western PA Juggalos for emailing us all these interviews. I’m sure everyone appreciates them, but you really save us at FLH a lot of trouble in chasing people to ask them questions haha. Thanks to you guys!
Though I still don’t know why they’ve taken to referring to me as “the infamous” Mike Sorg lately…
Due to some crazy scheduling, we’re a week late on the interviews, but no worries! This week we hit you with a double shot of interviews!!!
First off, we have Suburban Noize’s own Big B, fresh off releasing his latest album, “More to Hate” and ready to go out on tour in the coming months once again.
And just recorded tonight, we have our good friend Assault of McKeesport, PA’s MCK, catching up and telling us about what they’re working on, an they’re shows next week in Cleveland, Oh alongside the likes of Zug Izland, Critical Bil, and Rehab.
First off, yours truly was interviewed at this past Podcamp Pittsburgh by Alex Landfield.
And also, I’ve managed to put in some overtime and deliver ALL of the RWF Wrestling from this past Saturday’s Sorgstock!
Well, this past week, I was involved in a lot. I mean, a LOT. And I chalk it up as paying my dues and learning a few lessons in two of the fields I now pursue. Basically, nothing in the past week went as I had hoped, really.
First of all, I was entrenched in a freelance project that I had been on and off with, and finally had a deadline, but just recently had all of the scripts and materials I needed to complete. So what was to be a month long project became a week long project. So from Saturday through Friday, I was working two jobs. My day job, staying on top of my training video projects, and then skimming through some atrocious organization and attempting to cobble together a half hour long documentary. Truly my skills were put to the test. As were my tolerances to caffeine and lack of sleep. Nothing is more defeating than realizing you have to be at work in three hours and ou’re still not even home and not going to be able to finish the tasks for that “evening”.
But I digress…Here is what I’ve learned from this experience.
- Set goals for your client. If signing up for a video and there is no script yet, I’d hope this is rare occurance, set a deadline for the client on when you must receive materials vital to you making the deadline they set.
- Organization is key. I have never seen the importance in the organization of the hundreds of videos from over the years at my day job until I had to deal with about 60 tapes that were NOT organized as effectively. Poorly done, hand done, log sheets are not as easy to deal with as an online searchable database of the same material.
- Projects like this are bad for your health. How many of the freelancers I’ve heard of are hopped up on energy drinks and coffee, and who knows what else, trying to get projects done. Yes, this is necassary to get something on this insane scale done in time, but in general, eat better. My director has been on this project in some fashion the two years she has been at this job, and contends it’s been the worse thing for her health. I’m attempting to return to some level of fitness, now that this is done. It does offer that one should see what their profession, and the habits entailed, may be doing for your body and wellness…
This is no bearing on the people I worked with. They were all fantastic, though inexperienced, and that’s where I came in. I am happy to have been there to help smooth things further along with my expertise (of which I realized might actually be valuable to some people.) and hope to work with them in the future. I just wish I was involved much earlier in this particular project.
Then, of course, we go straight from this project of all projects, to the event of all events, Sorgstock. The wrestling was great, performances amazing, but there were more people, and more craziness at the Spring Edition, which had been plagued by rain! But there were lessons…
- Own your schedule We ended up doing this one on Labot Day weekend. Which was of course a mistake. People have plenty of stuff they’d rather be doing on a three day holiday than attending you event. Count on it. But with everything I had made reservations for, the Sauce Storms, Juggalo Days, Gatherings, Podcamps, and who knows what else I moved both of the ‘stocks around for this year, we suffered for it. So next year, I plan to announce both dates early and loudly, and do what’s best for what we’re doing.
- You can’t accomplish as much without others. The ability to look at someone and have them accomplish something you would have done yourself, and never gotten everything done otherwise, is invaluable. Sending someone to get ice, food, supplies, so that I may setup the PA system I’d never looked at before cuts time in half. And maybe, just maybe you’ll get five minutes to take a breath before having to go straight into your set.
- Don’t count on anyone This is a long time lesson that I’ve learned in advance. But this isn’t the type of event I require people to sign contracts over, but when you put several names on the flyer that no show, it only hurts them in the long run. But things happen that are out of everyone’s control, and this is just something we have to live with. But much of what we do and accomplish is from knowing who to depend on and who not to.
- This is a lab More and more, this gets easier. While we don’t do anything but put on a show, hope people attend, and otherwise party, Sorgstock is a proving ground and experimentation lab for ideas and attempts at setting up shows. What we learn from our mistakes doing this in a backyard in Jamestown, PA, we can apply to setting up shows in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and beyond.