this year's indie jam ran like a well-oiled machine. at least from my perspective - it was mellow and fun and i only stressed out a wee little bit. see, my comfort zone at work is in the on-air studio, alone. i love occasional visitors, and people pop in and out of the studio all day long on a regular workday. but if anyone ever wants to just hang out in the studio with me? i don't do very well with that. i get self-conscious whenever i have to go on the air, and then i end up getting distracted by that, and then i focus on how lame it is that i can't hang, and then that just messes with my head even more. while i'm on the air, i'm pretty much constantly doing show-prep online and plotting my next break. so to have to maintain a conversation with someone while i'm trying to do that? i'm just not good at it. so anytime we have a live broadcast somewhere other than the studio, i tend to get the nervous belly feeling well in advance of each event. doing a stage announcement? on stage, with thousands of people staring at you? don't even get me started. i'm starting to sweat just typing that. i don't exactly look forward to our big events - i take that back. i do. i am always happy to see good live music and to hang out with friends and coworkers, and to meet the bands and see old friends and stuff - that part is super rad and i am very grateful to get to experience the behind-the-scenes parts of shows. but the interviews and broadcasting in front of people and getting on stage to introduce bands? sheesh. i am never able to relax until my shift or my stage announcements are over with.
this year's indie jam was a little different, though. for some reason, i was sort-of able to relax! a little bit. our broadcast was from an oceanview suite at the westin across the street from the oceanside pier. it was so nice! our promotions director, adam, had hit costco on an empty stomach, so there was a ridiculous amount of good snacks and beer. it was mellow, we had the emmys on TV, and bands came and went without it ever feeling crowded and stuff. it was just right. i got to interview the whigs, brian from the nervous wreckords, and alex ebert from edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros, who was a little intimidating but ended up being gracious and talkative. the whigs were super relaxed and funny, and beez from TNZ is a friend so we just laughed and winged it. and i only had to do two stage announcements - one before rogue wave, and one before ed sharpe, with the rest of the station staff. i had some tacos for dinner up on the pier, got to spend some time with good friends, and, once we wrangled carlos into the car, got to kiss our sleeping girl and get in bed before midnight. also: i'm apparently turning into my mother. bed before midnight, even!
now we get to start practices for the fm 94/9 station band's set at our 8th anniversary bash in november! my hands feel clammy.