Last fall I went on tour with Teen Daze through the United States and Canada. I kept a journal that started out as me writing letters to my future self that turned into disorganized nonsense. I’ll post photos and keep all of my mistakes intact but I’ll leave out some details that are just for us…
Last year, me and four friends traversed a large portion of North America over six weeks, playing shows as Teen Daze. Kyle, the drummer from the Teen Daze band, also opened each show with his project, Camp Counselors. Along the way, Kyle kept a journal of our travels, and he’s going to be posting them for the next little while, along with some of the beautiful pictures he took.
Touring is an interesting and difficult facet of pursuing music as a career, because it leaves you in a very vulnerable position. Vulnerable in lots of different ways: in front of an audience each night, in front the friends you travel with, and the idea of being vulnerable with yourself. It’s easy to be pushed to your limits of patience when you’re spending all day waiting (in a car, in a venue…) and you may not like that person that you become when you’re in that uncomfortable position. All of this is to say that touring can make a person go crazy, and a lot of conflict can come from that, hence why tour documentaries/journals can be fascinating reads. You get to experience people that you may consider to be elevated or special, as very real human beings.
I can tell you right now that Kyle’s journals aren’t going to be tales of unabashed hedonism and self-indulgence. We got a bottle of bourbon at our first show and it lasted us for four weeks. This tour story is one of five guys who love to travel, who love music and films, and who despite all being at different places in their lives, found a community through this band.
If you haven’t read Questlove’s book, “Mo Meta Blues”, you should. One my favourite parts about it is how each footnote is The Roots’ manager giving a different perspective to the story. Without trying to get in Kyle’s way here, I thought it could be cool to revisit these stories myself, and provide another aspect to Kyle’s memories.
Thanks for reading, listening, engaging. Keep visiting this space over the next few weeks.