Director / CrewI am Scot Armstrong, writer of Old School, Hangover 2, and Road Trip. Season 2 of my show Dice premiers this Sunday on Showtime, so AMA!
Aug 16th 2017 by ScotArmstrong • 9 Questions • 37 Points
The Associated Press is launching Future of Work, a series of stories exploring how technology and global pressures are transforming workplaces across the U.S. and around the world. The first installments went out this week and focus on workers’ relationships with robots, and how automation is changing the availability and nature of employment in manufacturing.
There’s a paradox in how we think of modern American manufacturing jobs.
While it’s true that many of these jobs have gone overseas, U.S. manufacturers have actually added nearly a million jobs in the past seven years, and federal statistics show nearly 390,000 such jobs are unfilled.
But this isn’t the kind of assembly-line work your parents and grandparents did. More and more factory jobs now demand education, technical know-how or specialized skills to run robots. Many of the workers laid off from low-tech factories lack such qualifications, and training opportunities are limited, particularly for older workers. Japan is way ahead of the U.S. in introducing robots to the workplace, but it hasn’t resulted in some of the job reductions observed in other nations. It has also not created the surge in higher-skilled employment. So, it turns out, there are plenty of manufacturing jobs. There just aren’t enough of the right kind of workers to fill them.
Here’s your chance to talk about this with some of the Associated Press journalists who reported these stories in text, photos, video and graphics across three continents. We are writer Dan Sewell and photographer John Minchillo in Cincinnati: business writer Yuri Kageyama in Tokyo: economics editor Fred Monyak in Washington: and enterprise editor Jeff McMillan in Philadelphia. Ask us anything!
This AMA is now closed. Thanks to everyone who offered questions!
Who was the person that had the biggest impact on you while you were inside?
How did you guys live and support yourselves financially during the development process? Before you released on early access?
I have a family member who has been in the Church for a number of years now, she has essentially distanced herself from most of us because we could be considered SPs. What are some ways to reach out to her and show her we care about her?
If somebody else were interested in starting up their own label, what advice would you give them to help them start up?
Do people ever shout "Waaaalt" at you in public?
I don't know much of how you get paid for competing on the Olympic circuits, is it all reliant on sponsorships or are the competitors paid a living stipend?
Or, am I likely to run into an Olympian working at Home Depot?
Do you think robots should be taxed?
I think he is. Part of that is just pure hope. And part of that is watching his raw talent. And part of that is knowing there is a low bar for being the best bears quarterback. Right now Cutler owns all the records.
That would have to be Carl King, my best friend. He was a fanatic, and that's how his family labeled him. He was always fighting for me.
Gustaw - We gathered funds during a Indiegogo campaign. Before that, we were working after hours, with no funding at all, working day jobs / freelancing.
Leah: You have to fight for her. You have to fight. I used to say be kind, just be there for them, but that doesn't work. You have to shove the truth in their face you have to say, "Look at what's been going on and it's your responsilibiy to look." The only Scientology I would to use to the people that are still in LRH and Scientology is, "What's true for you is what you have observed" and "Look don't listen" and "Think for yourself" and I would say to them, Why are you not allowed to look on the internet? Why can't you watch the Aftermath? Why can't you watch Going Clear? If Scientology is so perfect they should be able to confront what is being said about Scientology outside of Scientology. That is the argument I would use to Scientologists.
the most important thing & first step is to find the band that you are passionate about working with and see if they are willing to take a chance on a label startup. from there, they should figure out what they want to do for the release (cd's, vinyl, tapes, digital) and do a little research to find out where to get the exact product they want for a good price. then, they will have to get started on the behind the scenes stuff - finding a website host, ordering shipping supplies, creating some sort of marketing plan. a lot of the stuff you don't realize you have to do until you do it.
Unfortunately, all the time.
Americans do not get paid at all to be in the US team. The us team provides coaches, techs, trainers, and travel budget. It is up to you to seek other sponsorships and ambassador opportunities to create an brand and a following to help you continue what you love to do.
I go to Home Depot all the time, I love crafting and fixing things ha
Some people do. The idea of a tax on companies that automate human jobs out of existence isn’t being considered at the federal level. But the notion has begun to emerge in a few politically progressive pockets of the country. Officials in San Francisco, for example, are calling for a tax on companies that automate jobs and put people out of work. It’s too soon to say if the idea will go anywhere, even in San Fran. Some Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs say they’re being unfairly targeted. So prospects for the idea remain hazy. (Monyak)
There's a lot of trippy shit in this game. Any real life experiences / dreams that became an inspiration for darkwood?
Hi Leah, how are you now treated by Scientologists in Hollywood?
I'm the sort of nerd that all I took from reading this is you need to create marketing plans for all of these new bands you take on. I've worked with a number of different marketing automation systems and I love any sort of design / marketing projects so if you need any help or advice your welcome to ask.
Is there anything else about Japanese culture or policies they're developing that makes them more accepting of robots at work? Thanks!
Gustaw - both me and Artur suffer from having hallucinations when waking up during the night. I used to even have sleep paralysis, but not anymore. Sometimes I see some really trippy stuff. Today I woke up and stared at a poster on the wall for like a minute, which changed from a hole in the wall to it's original form (a face). I guess those were pretty easy to take inspiration from, at least from the perspective of emotions we wanted the player to feel.
Leah: They ignore me and walk out of rooms.
when i say marketing plans, i mean like i think of "ok these sites may write reviews or premiere a track, these subreddits may be interested in the album" nothing too in depth
mt Baker in Washington. It is a small family owned and they keep it far from the commercialized classification ;)
Traditional Japanese culture sees life in inanimate objects. Also the Japanese government supports the development and use of robots. (Kageyama)
Roughly how long did Old School and/or Hangover 2 take to write? What's the process like?
What was it like to be in prison knowing that you're innocent? What did you feel when you were trying to tell people you were innocent but they didnt believe you?
Ya'll called your company AcidWizard...sure it does not have anything to do with you guys taking copious amounts of LSD? I mean that logo sure seems like it.
Out of curiosity what are your opinions of Matt Stone and Trey Parker?
Hey Lindsey, did you enjoy your time on Champs vs. Pros? It was refreshing to see pro athletes such as yourself compete in silly (but still challenging) competitions. What castmember were you closest to during filming?
Are you worried about reddit and other internet sources eliminating your jobs? I see more MSM content that originated here, every day.
ooh boy it depends. Those were both different animals. Old School evolved over time. I remember I was pitched the basic one liner idea and asked if I thought it could work as a big hook. Todd and I met up and played around with it for a few days to see if it really was a 'movie' (as opposed to just a funny premise). So the process was that- once we feel like we really got something we went to Ivan Rietman etc and kind of pitched the mechanics of who the characters were, and how the story would play out. Hangover 2 was different. We there was more pressure and there was def a deadline. So that was probably faster. But you benefit from knowing who the characters are and who the actors are and being able to push the material forward. From the beginning on both, I think we felt like we wanted to be aggressive with the voices, who these guys were, pushing it, making it a cool tone etc. Once we get the go ahead on the story beats it takes three months or something for a first draft, takes a while to get feedback and then the re-write takes another big chunk of time. Then there is re-fining and trying to get a green light while going out to cast. You're really re-writing on and off all the way until you wrap on the last day of shooting.
Being in prison felt like hell. It felt like a strange land that I was forced to get accustomed to. What I realized early on was that I was fighting for my survival. From the day of my arrest to getting out, I was fighting for survival in prison on a daily basis and fighting for my freedom. My feelings were loneliness, frustration, a lot of anger, feeling like I was a nobody. Feeling like I had no one in the world that I could depend on. My main fear was that I would come out of prison and still be labeled a murderer.
Gustaw - we're called Acid Wizard because we make stuff that will make you feel as if you've taken acid.
Mike: Funny Leah: Ballsy Mike: I think it's about time they did another episode on Scientology
Champs vs Pros was really fun until I had to eat a pig heart. That was gnarly and by far the hardest thing I have ever had to force myself to do but it was for my charity so I tried my best. I had a blast with everyone, I got to meet all sorts of new people with all different walks in life and everyone relationship created was wonderful
I worry about everything that could eliminate my job, from Reddit to robots. That's why we try to keep evolving forward as journalists. And we believe that in the flood of information today, there's a great need for journalists who can dig out information and verify it with the help of editors. (Sewell)
Why were you forced to launch the game in early access in 2014?
Hi Leah and Mike! My question is for Mike: After you left your position with Scientology and began to expose things, how long did it take people to truly belive that you actually left and how hard was it trying to make things right with the people you tried so hard to public destroy?
Thank you both for all of your hard work!!
What about Bay Faction wanted to make you invest in them?
Also, favorite band not on Counter Intuitive?
Double homicide notwithstanding, I sympathized with Michael on LOST, and it always bothered me that he seemed to be the one character out of reach of redemption. I mean, even Ben made it to the pre-afterlife "place," and he was responsible for more deaths than Michael.
How do you wish Michael's story had ended?
I live in Reno Nevada and I've met a few people now that work at Tesla and Panasonic...these are part of the new economy that your topic today is centered around. Do you think companies like these moving to Western Nevada will create a tech hub for us here?
Kuba - We were running out of cash, to finalize project. Money from crowdfunding campain weren`t sufficient to make DARKWOOD happen.
Mike: Wow, I don't know how to answer that... to first part of that question, that's for people to decide whether to believe me or not. As for the second part that's an ongoing process and this show is a part of that process.
Leah: Mike is taking responsibility, unlike Scientology.
when i listened to the bay faction demo for the first time, despite the lofi production, their songwriting talent just bled through and was so infectious. i hadn't really even thought to start a label before but i had to at least reach out to them and once they showed interest, i must have relistened to that demo 500 times over the next 6 months until the real lp masters came in. even now, i love that demo to death.
fav band off the label currently... gotta be oso oso
So, (double homicide notwithstanding) I've said this before but I think Michael and Walt should have had a chance to be together. I wish Michael could have raised Walt, on the island or back in the real world, because I think Michael was robbed of that opportunity from the beginning. But that's just me.
love tia too, I get to see here when we are both not off traveling somewhere and we grab some waves :)
Companies decide to move operations to a region based on many factors, including state and local government policies, existing infrastructure, workforce numbers, and many other competing interests. This very specific question demands more investigation on a local level. This is an interesting topic to explore! (Minchillo)
Which programming language did you use for developing this game? And/or did you build upon an existing engine?
Bought your game since day 1 - it was an awesome ride following you guys...
You’ve suggested that some of the things you learned in Scientology (such as how to ‘get to the bottom of things’) are useful skills while other things you learned are lies, often used to control you. Now that you’ve been out for a while, how easy is it to tell whether a particular thing you learned in the church is helpful or detrimental to you as a person?
Right now most of the automated jobs are things that don't require a massive amount of reflexes and instant response times. Eg maybe a robotic nurse preventing an elderly man from falling down.
Any idea about where that level of robotics is at the moment, and how soon we can expect them to actually significant affect a larger proportion of the work force ?
Gustaw - we used Unity, and everything was written in C#. The main plugins we took advantage of are toolkit2d, A* Pathfinding, 2d volumetric lights, Rotorz tile system, Rewired. Previously we were developing in XNA and the jump to Unity was a tremendous quality of life improvement! Although some versions of Unity are very buggy, I would still heavily recommend this engine for small teams.
Leah: Still dealing with it.
Mike: I think I have it sorted it, but I'm not totally convinced that's true.
In Japan, robots are starting to be used to take care of the elderly, such as helping in picking up things and shampooing their hair and other tasks. In auto plants, some robotics parts are getting designed to be soft and gentle to the human touch so they can be present in the same space. (Kageyama)
Hi Jake, how's it feel to be a big-time manager for the most cooked band on the east coast?
Do you think Josh Holloway could have played Gambit of the X-Men 10 years ago? I would have loved to see him in that role.
Hey Lindsey, I played flipcup with you once, many years ago, and you were the most competitive person I've ever met. Do you know anyone who hates losing more than you do?
Right now most of the automated jobs are things that don't require a massive amount of reflexes and instant response times. Eg maybe a robotic nurse preventing an elderly man from falling down.
Any idea about where that level of robotics is at the moment, and how soon we can expect them to actually significant affect a larger proportion of the work force ?
my answer to this question may be very different after spending next week in the van with you
We did see robotic systems in plants that self-adjust (with humans monitoring) and to your question, a lot of growth is expected in the next decade with use of robots in the kind of service roles you mention becoming a major area, as the needs increase for aging Baby Boomers (like me) (Sewell)
How are the animations made? Frame by frame, pixel by pixel, or is it done another way and then pixelised to your style afterwards? Sort of like a filter over the animation to make it look pixely?
What do you think draws people towards becoming Scientologists?
Kuba - Character animations were made frame by frame. I was working on bigger image, like 4x bigger than destined sprite. When we were exporting sprites we scaled sprite 4x smaller and then we were scaling it 200% so it was working like a filter pixelating graphic.
In the past people were drawn, because they were looking for something new. Currently, it’s only the second or third generation that are growing up in it and have no choice.
How much time did you spend with the actor portraying you, Keith Stanfield? Are you happy with how he represents you on the big screen?
Is telling everyone that there's no jump scares really just a long-con setup to a major jump scare?
Hi Leah, I got an autographed picture of you years ago(thank you) and with it was information on Scientology. Did you know they were sending these things to your fans?
I'm not sure. It's always tempting to go back and bring those characters to life again. But right now I'm personally trying to focus on new and different stuff
I spent about a week with Lakeith. He came to my house, came to see a movie with me. I like him a lot, because he's young, and he's doing what he loves. He found it early. For my role, you can't capture everything in a movie, but there's a lot that people can identify with. I want the movie to touch as many people as possible.
Gustaw - unfortunately no, but we will use this idea for our next game which will be solely jump scare based.
Leah: I think that was something that I was doing and agreed to do for Scientology so yes and I am sorry and you're welcome
I am also afraid to play horror games. Should I play Darkwood?
Do you think Scientology will continue to grow once David M has died ? Because he seems like the driving force at the moment and if so is there someone lined up to replace him ?
How to you make a living. Is it solely on sponsors paying you for being awesome (and I guess talented)?
What is the very best cheese?
Gustaw - I don't know to be honest. This was meant to be a horror game for players who are not horror fans (made by players who are not horror fans), but after reading some comments I'm not sure anymore, as there are both people claiming that the game is not scary at all, and at the opposite end there are players who uninstalled the game after their first meeting with the Banshee... Maybe wait for some reviews?
Mike: Scientology isn't continuing to grow while David is alive! it's shrinking.
Leah: Yes, one of the people that David is holding in Riverside county, they will be able to take a shower, put on a suit and take over.
My favorite is Camembert but there are many great kinds of cheese in the world (Kageyama)
Oh god I hope they're good. We don't need another disappointment coming from Jersey. We already have Christy.
I second this! u/harold_perrineau As an autistic person, I'd really love to know more about what made you decide to do advocacy for us - thank you, BTW - and why you picked ASAN over other charities?
I have faith in New Yorkers and people like Colin who want to fight to improve our legal system to have more justice for everyone. Because of people like Colin and Carl who are so committed to justice, I think there is optimism for progress. We've seen progress take place over the last five years. There were counties in New York where defendants did not have an attorney and had to negotiate plea deals themselves. But because of the Hurrell-Harring lawsuit the NYCLU brought, we've been able to change that. Change is possible, but there's a lot more work to be done. - Phil (NYCLU)
Gustaw - I'm afraid Ice-pick Lodge are Russian.
Leah: No! Just going to get straight to it, no! There is a public persona of the guy who looks at you directly in the eye and shakes your hand and hugs you and is an attentive person to you and there's the person behind the mask who is a completely different person. Someone could say we all have that -- what we are to the public and who we are behind the scenes, but the people who are around Tom and work for Tom, not even people who are Scientologists, they will say he is diaboloical. People who've worked with me will say I can be an asshole - all actors can be. That is different. He's very similar to David Miscavige, they could be twins.
THEY FUCKING ROCK
I answered this somewhere else as well but: I chose ASAN because they are run by and for autistic people. I like that they advocate for equal rights and don't treat Autism as a disease to be cured.
sometimes, they are fun but hard to bring home
Hi, Leah and Mike. I read that tonight's episode is about child molestation in Scientology. I've seen a preview clip and it's incredibly intense. We've already seen so many tragic stories in Season 1.
For several reasons, including Scientology's status as a church, their financial contributions to local police charities, and employees within the agencies that should be overseeing them, the normal law enforcement processes are not bringing justice, and that has really bothered me for a long time.
But there's another way to get the government involved. If we call our representatives and ask them to hold congressional hearings on Scientology, would you be willing to testify under oath, Leah? Do you think former Scientology officials like Mike, and people who have appeared on the show, including victims of child abuse, would be willing to testify under oath?
this is great!
Augustus Hill! Loved you as the voice of Oz, definitely a classic TV show and highly binge worthy.
Do you have any interesting or memorable stories from your years of work on that show? How was the guy who played Adabisi in person? He seems like he'd be a loud, but nice and funny guy
Would you ever do another MTV show?
Who was your favorite male and female Challenge cast mate on 'Champs vs Pros'?
OZ was one of my favorite work experiences. We had such a great group of creative people and we were doing something that had not been done before so it was exciting and scary all at the same time.
During the first season we would do this thing were we would shoot 2 versions of certain scenes. 1 for HBO and 1 for network television but somewhere toward the end of that season we realized that we were NEVER going to be on network TV.
i could be convinced, would you like to see me in one again?
How did you meet the DICEMAN?
Also, was it hard getting a show about Andrew Dice Clay made?
What do you guys use to learn programming so well? I am curious what kind of tutorials you used.
Why do you think it has been so difficult for Scientology members who abuse former members not to end up charged with crimes that land them in the courts? Are Scientology's lawyers -that- good?
Holy fuck I love the sound of both of these bands.
Oz was one of my favorite shows years ago, and Augustus' words of wisdom were always my favorite parts.
I'm sure you encounter fans on the slopes occasionally. What are the dos and don'ts of riding around one's idol?
here it is
Gustaw - In the beginning, I tried recreating other games, like Terraria. It was fun! Then I pretty much just went and experimented with stuff.
Leah: Because victims have been afraid to speak out due to Scientology's policies of attacking anyone who do speak out.
Mike: They also hide behind the protection of the 1st amendment pretending to qualify as a charitable humanitarian organization.
come to a show!!
i would just be super happy and excited, i always like taking pictures with happy people
You guys coming to Michigan ever?
What did you find difficult about portraying a person that is autistic?
If you could be any animal, which animal would you choose to be? :)
Leah: Yes and his girlfriend/assistant Laurisse. Enjoy, assholes!
if they still want a manager they will be touring a lot in the next year
The trickiest part was trying to connect but not connect with the other actors. I had to find very specific things to focus on in my own brain and it left me confused about what was actually happening in each scene. I hope that makes sense.
hummmm.... a wolf
How does the church recruit? I've seen your show and I know they target celebs and family members, but how do they recruit randoms? Do they go door to door? Scientology isn't big where I live so I've never met any. What do they tell people, how do they try to convince them? Thanks for your show by the way, it's awesome!
Hey Jake, big fan of all the stuff you've put out. As a musician I was wondering what you look for in bands to potentially release music for? I'm really curious about what goes on behind the scenes in that regard. Can't wait for future releases, there isn't a single band in your roster that I don't like!
If you were walking down the street and heard a stranger yelling "WALT!" would you join in?
Awesome! I love wolves :)
Leah: Well, if you go on a public street where there's a Scientology building they set up these stress tests and they do a free personality tests and then they sell them a little mini course. It builds slowly.
Mike: It's the boil the frog theory
thank you as always for the kind words!! for awhile i was 100% only about the music. i just looked for fresh new music that i loved and figured if i like it other people probably will to, right? but now i've started to be a bit more selective going forward. making music i love is the #1 thing but after that i try to find bands that are hardworking, touring as much as they can, and simply playing because they love it & don't want to do anything else.
every musician can say "i love music it's all i want to be doing with my life" but not many actually will go through tour after tour of barely, if even, breaking even or getting a response from new fans. so, i definitely look for dedication.
Hi, Leah, thank you for doing this!
I'm sure you know that if you Google your name, one of the first few results is the ridiculous Scientology site that is quite obviously spouting terrible lies about you. I've also noticed that they've created one for Mike, too. It seems bonkers that a so-called 'church' would go to such extremes and even put their name on it (but then, because of your show, we know what extremes they are capable of). Have you tried to get these sites shut down?
First, would like to say I will be donating to this cause. I have $1,000 that I have been saving up in my coin jar to donate to a non profit and after doing some research this would be perfect. I know it isn't much, but I try and donate to one cause per year based on what I can afford.
My question: I know lost was filmed on the island of Oahu. My wife and I happen to be going on vacation there next week. Any suggestions on making the best of the island? Any specific spot we can go to that you would suggest, where filming was done that maybe not a lot of people know about?
Leah: I'm not interested in their juvenile tactics
Mike: Such as name calling and ad hominem and them never adressing the actual abuses.
Leah: Especially with what's going on today an organization calling itself a religion would be better served taking care of the victims of its own abuse.
it was, and is, an absolute pleasure. they are a great group of people. i actually will be with them on a full US tour later this year ;)
This may be my favorite comment of the day. And $1,000 is a lot of money!
Lost was filmed all over the island. There is a tour (I think a bus tour) that you can take that will take you to a lot of the more famous locations.
so true, like all predators they get the bad rep
I've never snowboarded so im not really knowledge based.
Are you afraid of being trapped under a mountain of snow and if you were, would you be able to survive and create a new underground city with the snow people till spring comes?
Leah: I don't think it was any kind of implication. I think it was very clear that the movie was about L. Ron Hubbard, but Scientologists will argue about anything, that is the truth.
Mike: I didn't see it.
i put out their 7" split with sports!!
Thank you CaptainLawyerDude (awesome name btw) for your work as well on disability advocacy. I'm really glad to have a chance to add my voice to this ongoing conversation. So to your first question, and the answer is boring, there are no movies or television shows that I wish I was a part of. I'm a firm believer in, you get the gigs you are supposed to get. So anything I've seen that is classic was probably done by the right people. Though there are shows I've done that I wish had a longer life. A show called "The Unusuals" for instance. It was so much fun, I wish we could have done it longer. 2nd- I have not had any pushback from the autistic community only great support.
avalanches can be terrifying but it is always best to have the proper knowledge if you venture out into the back country. But i think I could survive in an underground city for a bit, as long as I was the events coordinator for the community ha
Hey guys, congrats on all your achievements!
I'm a mid-30's guy in a completely different industry than game development who is currently seriously considering making a career switch. I have zero programming knowledge but tend to have a creative personality, and game making always fascinated me. I have the fortune of having started a very modestly successful business, so I would have some income from that to keep me going during my learning period. My family is supportive of my goals.
My question(s)... what has been the good and bad about changing careers at this point in life? While you were still figuring out game development, how much did you regret leaving your former jobs? What would you have done differently in the beginning to better prepare yourself for today?
My girlfriend grew up a scientologist and even though she hasn't been involved with them in over 20 years she still receives mail all the time. I was wondering if that is common, and if I should worry that they are trying to re-recruit her?
I work at a venue in Gainesville and we have had 3 bands from your label (Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Graduating Life, and Mom's Jeans) play, send us some more! Each of them have been awesome shows
As for the question, did you tour with Prince Daddy & The Hyena early this year? If you did then we've met.
Greetings from Argentina Harold, big fan of your work. Two quick questions: 1. Are you still friends with any other LOST co-star apart from Dan Dae Kim and Josh? 2. You worked with Adewale in both Oz and LOST. Is he a cool guy on set? His characters were a bit creepy lol.
Thanks and keep it up!
Leah: No. Scientology if you are unfortunate enough to put your information on a Scientology peice of paper you will receive mail until you die
Mike: -- and beyond.
Leah:Scientology uses statistics and one of the statics of the week is how many pieces of mail they send out. Even Scientologists complain about how much mail they get.
i was in gainesville with them for a show with insignificant other (great band) if you ran that show i believe we got food together at a rad mexican place after while the band stayed and played smash lol
send me contact info and i'll send you more bands!
Still friends with Dom. Jorge. Just had dinner with Nestor. Michael Emerson. Hear from Foxy from time to time as well as Evie. Love Adawale. He is always a cool guy to work with. Professional, kind. Ian Somerhalder. Love that dude. Who else? Don't want to forget anyone.
all would be welcome
Hey there! I never had any exposure to Darkwood until it released on Steam, whereupon I quickly bought it and have enjoyed six hours so far. It feels like if Sunless Sea had a kid with Dark Souls to me, in all the right ways.
Now that you've established a very heavy lore, where do you go from here? Expansion pack? Sequel with some of the side characters? You may have known the Darkwood world for five+ years in development. Tired of it. Saturated in it. Wanting to move on. Working on it /every day./ But for us fans, maybe we've only known hours of it, and would happily pay for more exposure in this world if the DLC was done right.
Thank you Acid Wizards, best of luck to you in the future!
Is there a special kind of counseling for those that get out? My friend's aunt has been in since the 70's. I am wondering how would they help her if they did her get out. Can you post resources for others that might need that help?
What is the minumum number of records needed to be sold to break even and then start earning a decent profit? How much do albums cost at that level and how much do you recommend selling them for?
what about terry? :)
Leah: The first thing is to talk to someone who has experience getting out of cults, reading books that were forbidden to read while in the church of Scientology, reconnecting with friends and family that weren't in Scientology, and connecting with people that were in Scientology and left. It is a slow healing process, but you will get there.
the minimum order the pressing plant takes is 250, this costs around $2,000. I sell for between $12-$15 and we maybe will make $500 on an order that size, so it takes about 200 to break even. if you want to make any profit you need to be ordering in quantities of 500-2500 which i'm slowly getting closer to doing for every release. it's just a lot of money up front.
when i was just starting i was selling 12" for $10 which is basically unheard of, but it help me build a bit of a following. now i still think my prices are relatively low for the market
Tell us more about specific roles of each Wizard in your project. Is Artur can be called "Soul of Darkwood" as he worked on dialogues, characters and music design, videos etc.?
Hi Leah and Mike. Do either of you remember a long time ago when John Travolta was on Oprah and they said he'd explain Scientology when they came back after the break but then it was never mentioned again? I was wondering if every single interview they do is monitored?
Leah: I don't know, is it?
Mike: Well first of all, I don't remember that circumstance.
Leah: I don't mean to call people out, journalists or talk show hosts, but if people agree to that sort of thing, they're subscribing to Scientology's rules.
yeah those labels can fuck off and die
I would love to. I just did 2 indie films in a row with JK, one where I play his therapist. Love that man.
it makes it challenging and hard when you are not easily tied down
What's a band you like which is different from the ones you usually work with/listen to?
Hey Harold I'm a big fan of your work. What was it like when you were making The Edge? The filming conditions must've been rough but it's an awesome film.
Artur - Every character is draw by hand, from scratch. I did not use photos as a backdrop to draw on (except the tractor for the Musician). I cut the image to parts and then sent to Kuba for him to animate.
I will always love you. I hope one day you will be able to forgive me for putting you into a world you did not choose
i'm really into this band good old war and they are really acoustic driven folky pop type band. i usually work with more punk rock/pop punk/emo type stuff
It was amazing. We were up in Canada and I'd never experienced anything like that before. I was colder than I'd ever been in my life, but I was with Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin so who cared.
Congratulations guys! It must feel great! At any point during development were you tempted to throw in the towel?
Do you think that Scientology is dying in the intetnet age, due to so much information about the nature of Scientology being available at people's fingertips? (I ask because Scientology is notorious for not offering ita participants valuable information about the core of its religion unless they reach a certain level.)
Leah: Absolutely. and also because it doesn't work.
Mike: Dianetics said it could cure cancer and it didn't work so they died off and then there are people who reached the highest OT level and they died off
thanks, you clearly do also! i bet it was awesome seeing anthony do his guest part during their set!!
fun fact, soem friends and i paid $1k to their kickstarter and had them drive up to MA and play a set in my friends living room. one of the best sets i've ever seen. i'll never forget it!
Would have no idea, but prob more than you could imagine. Love the meme...who wouldn't want to get their kid back?
that you get stereotyped a "punk" or a lazy athlete. Truth be told boardercross has some of the highest physical demands of any winter sport. You need endurance, strength, power, quickness and only 15 minutes between each run that can last up to 2 minutes for a recovery. We average about 6-8 runs on race day. That doesn't take into account training day on the course as well as time trials day. Those few days can be rigorous and the next weekend you have to do it all over again. That is why I would out year round. :)
Damn, I actually still remember when you dropped the Bay Faction album on /r/vinyl. Still have my signed copy. Went back a week or two ago to your website to see if you had another band (that wasn't Bay Faction or Plainclothes). To my surprise there were a ton of albums and I shamelessly bought 10, lol.
Anyways, do you have the bands remaster their music for vinyl, or do you just have the og masters/lossless files pressed directly? Do you have an end goal for counter intuitive, or do you plan to keep it as a smaller hobby/job setup with you operating solo as best as you can?
What's your favorite kind of cheese 🧀?
3 questions: Do you do any type of meditation to train your mind?
Do you have any dieting tips for aging (I apologize for implying you're old) athletes?
Do you do any type of unconventional training?
Artur - the fact that people paid for Darkwood (especially during the Indiegogo campaign). On the one hand, it was very motivating. On the other, especially during the last 2 years, kept me awake at night.
Leah: The best part is seeing our contributors get the support on social media. Seeing that is really the best part. Everyone who comes on knows the policy of Scientology they know that the second this airs they will get a hate site created about them, they know their family and friends will disconnect from them, yet they are embraced by strnagers.
The worst part is seeing and hearing the devastation that people are still going through 20 - 30 years later.
i remember that order, i actually made a instagram story of me packing the order saying it was my favorite kind since there was such a diverse amount of my releases in it. thank you for your support!!
never specifically asked for a vinyl master, just lossless masters have been perfect. no end goal, hoenstly already achieved everything i ever dreamed of..i had to start thinking of new dreams to chase since it expanded so quickly! i hope to one day employee people, maybe even friends
not so much meditation but it is a controlled breathing and making sure I am not being too high strung in the present moment and remember it is just a race. With my age i just have to make sure that i am getting to recovery that i need and that is just trial and error really
Dudes. Your game is terrifying. I got it yesterday (steam watchlist) and the last time I've been so creeped out was playing Dark Descent.
I can only play for a few minutes at a time before I need a break. That's a compliment.
What are you planning for the future of the studio. Is horror "your thing"?
Bump into the 'ol Tom Cruise often?
Just wanted to say, I hope you fucking blow the fuck up and take over the music business.
If I have to put a question up here, I guess I'll ask... What's your favorite venue/music festival, favorite IPA, favorite part of a woman/man, and favorite part of your day?
Answer any, all, or none. Good luck man!
What was it like working with Christopher Walken, and Harvey Kaitel?
Leah: I have not bumped into Tom and if we were to be in the same room Tom would be forced to walk out of the room and avoid me and any Ex-Scientologist.
fav big venue: the sinclair in boston. i dont fuck w ipa's. thanks for the kind words :)
I was so young both times that I was just hoping that I didn't fuck things up. It was exciting though. They are both great actors whose work I really admire.
sleep is my go to, but there are cold tubs, massage, spinning on a stationary bike, cupping all sorts just have to find what works for you
Last season ended with a trip to the lawyers office. Will we see an update on the progress you have made with legal strategy?
As someone who works for Human Rights, what would you recommend I do to help end the abuse and the destructive policies?
Gustaw - we'd like to, yes! But currently there has been nothing done towards this, we've been to preoccupied with the PC release.
Leah: Things have happened but for legal reasons you won't be able to see it on camera. There are things happening behind the scenes.
i book in lowell cause i went to college there but am moving to boston from central ma
Has Silent Hill been an inspiration for you? 2 especially is what I consider the best horror game, especially since it's so atmosphere heavy
I don't typically watch reality/documentary-type shows, but my wife recently started streaming S1 of Aftermath and I'm hooked.
The story of how Scientology got its tax exempt status by basically blackmailing IRS employees is extremely troublesome. Do you think that they have expanded, or are seeking to expand their influence in the federal government?
If David Miscavige were to step down as head of Scientology, would we see any sort of change to the church, either for better or for worse?
How are the 2 new films you have been producing coming along?
Hey Lindsey, how do you generally prepare for races? Physically and mentally.
Gustaw - I loved the game and it was a big inspiration (the rest of the team did not play it however, although it was a huge influence in terms of music).
Leah: No you would not see any change.
Mike: Scientology is 100% controlled by the writings of L Ron Hubbard and he is dead so he cannot change his writings and nobody else has the authority to do so.
i'll do ya one better. here is a pros and cons list i made of the band after our first tour together.
Your wages came from the Indie Gogo campaign after you quit full-time. How do you decide a reasonable level of pay for all working in the project? Do you split it evenly, or for hours worked? Do you consider overtime? For a project where all the money is upfront, then equity after the games launch starting the cycle again for the next project, I've always wondered how you work out wages.
As someone who has nothing to do with Scientology, who barely knew anything before you guys brought it to light with your fantastic TV show, I just wanted to applaud you both for being so incredibly brave and educating the people.
Can I ask both Leah and Mike, what is the ultimate endgame you could wish for? That Scientology be destroyed? That it go back to Hubbard times? It would be a Miscavige of justice if it continued the way it was, but would you want it to still exist in some way? Do you think it does any good for some?
I love you guys for what you do <3
I don’t want it destroyed. We want the abuses to end, and the destructive policies that destroy families abolished.
it's new jersey speak for being a moron
Can you put the Bay Faction album back on Spotify please!!??
Hi Harold! Lost was one of my favorite shows of all time, but you were also great on my favorite "cancelled before it's time" show, The Unusuals. You showed a real gift for comedic acting on that show, so I was wondering if you foresee or plan a return to comedy in your career in the future?
Any thoughts of marrying Shaun white and having a snowboarding super baby??
Gustaw - Hi! I guess that depends on the game we will want to do. Early Access was both a blessing and a curse for us. Thanks to it, we were able to finish Darkwood and benefit from the community's feedback. But it was also a source of great anxiety, as people were beginning to be angry about the delays.
Leah: Support the show as they have been. Write to their congressmen and women. Demand that the IRS take another look at the tax exempt status they so freely handed over.
i have no control over that, you'll have to ask the band
I want to do the spinoff of that show with Adam Goldberg. Its gonna be called Banks and Delahoy. Someone get me Noah Hawley on the horn...
that might be a little too much snowboarding DNA ;) kind of like a pure bread dog, the best pups are the mixes :) hahaha
Is there any interesting idea/character/creature cut from the game in early development that you would like to share with us?
Very happy about this, congratulations!
The peeps over at Scientology HQ are certainly reading this AMA. Anything you'd like to say to them?
Leah: Go f*ck yourselves. Mike: Couldn't have said it better myself
no, in fact i think this is the best chance bands have at a consistent monthly income from low investment (basically free to get digital distribution) you just need an audience
I think Matt Ryans Constantine was very underrated. I would love for him to get the chance to show that to the masses. Good dude. Great actor.
shaun is a cool guy and great competitor, but i just hate to think of myself as an athletic baby factory... weird right?
lol I'd love to see what color that curly hair would come out :)
Gustaw - he defended our hideout bravely, but he actually made sounds for the Mutated Dog enemy in the game!
Leah: I think the challenge has been trying to effectively help people. It's not easy to sit and listen to people's pain and not be enraged when we just want to help in doing something. I think the hardest part is just listening. It's very hard for me to not have the power to actually bring justice.
Mike: For me confronting the things I have done in the past that have resulted in pain and suffering to poeple is probably the most difficult part of this journey.
i think any band is happy when they are making money. i think the bigger bands are the ones most happy with what they are making. $$ comes from a lot of angles when you are in a band, shows, physical sales, digital, it's all good no matter what the size. and if it's a big band i can pass on quite a bit of money from vinyl sales
I work with a bunch of amazing actors on the set. But outside of work I hang out a lot with Jason Antoon who cracks me up.
that would be something
I hate jumpscares too! Question is though, if given the extra funding and/or time, would you do it in VR?
What do you think about young actresses are preaching feminism and equal rights when they're also part of the church? Isn't it counterproductive?
How often do you get recognized out in public? Is it hard to go public places without people bothering you or do most people have no idea who you are?
Gustaw - Top-down in VR? That's a interesting proposition, we'll have to check it out ;)
this is a really hard one to pick obviously, but i'm going to say the Graduating Life album An Introduction to Rock & Roll. i found grad life just days after their first demo and did cd's for their first 2 ep's, but this release simply blew those out of the water and it felt really cool to see a band i believed in from the get go find their voice and make what i think is an instant classic.
Tell us a story of how you started making first concepts and ideas about Darkwood. How did you met with each other?
What do you think will ultimately take down the Church of Scientology, what is the achilles heel?
How often do you receive demos, and has there ever been one that you accepted? Any horror stories with demos? Also, whats the process with working with record plants? Do you have one you go to each time? Any time the process has gone wrong?
Best Buds is probably one of my favorite albums ever, thanks
Did the writers/creator have a particular type of affect in mind for Dean or was it collaborative? For lack of better phrasing, do you guys have an autism spectrum consultant? Same thoughts on him being a survivor of sexual abuse.
I really enjoy the show and though I don’t know much about the autism spectrum you seem to be giving a great amount of respect and thoughtfulness in your portrayal (like all your roles).
Hi Lindsey, where's your favorite mountain to hit on the east coast?
Kuba - We met at the college. We were studying computer graphics/art. First concepts of darkwood started when Gustaw was making his firts steps in programming, we wanted to make our first quick game. It was somehing like tower defense/Home alone kind of thing. We were trying to do it in week or something like that... that thing evolved into DARKWOOD :smile:
damn thank you for the kind words on best buds, one of my favorites as well.
i receive about ~5-10 demos a week sometimes. it's gotten to the point that i can't respond to them all anymore. i just put them in a folder and go through a bunch at a time. for the most part there are some decent submissions but most of the bands come from me seeing them while they are on tour, a recommendation from a band on my label, or just me randomly finding them online.
no real horror stories and i don't think i've had any bands submit stuff to me that i end up working on.
the process is pretty easy, i go through this company A to Z media who has a color guide of options for the records, i tell them what i want and they send me a quote and we go from there. recently they've had great turnaround times. i've never had any really big issues, and they have rectified most of the small mistakes.
We did have a consultant and so the effort was a collaborative one. Dean's biggest function was to tie Desna to something very grounded and different from all of the craziness around her.
Stratton mtn in VT
Are you only saying this so we relax and get caught off guard by the jumpscares in your game?
Question for Mike: how were your first weeks out of scientology? What did you do and how did you feel?
Hey Jake, I know I sound like a typical student here but do you have any opportunities for internships or have would you consider being a mentor?
I started my own music PR website when I was 15 and now I'm 20, I'd love to get more stuck in with someone who a) knows what they're doing, and b) will let me work with them to gain experience in my dream job.
Is this something you're able to do?
Hi Harold! Thank you for doing this AMA and for bringing up the cause of Autism.
I loved you in Lost and Sons of Anarchy!
What was your favorite scene you filmed in Lost? And in SOA?
who of the girls on the circuit are you most competitive with?
Gustaw - unfortunately no, but we will use this idea for our next game which will be solely jump scare based.
Mike: Wow, they were great. I felt liberated, but sad that I knew that I had said goodbye to my entire family. I felt greatly relieved that I was able to contact others who had left who took me in when I had nowhere else to go. Thank you Tom DeVocht and Ronnie and Bitty Miscavige.
Leah: Scary, and I felt like even though I was in the real world more than most I felt like I was on shaky ground. I had been taught that without Scientology in my life I would fail so I had a lot of doubts and fear. I was dealing with a lot of loss, I lost all my friends in one fell swoop.
right now, no i can't do that. but in the future i'm hoping to be able to offer internships similar to what topshelf records and run for cover records do. look into both those labels, they offer student internships
Favorite Lost scene; Hurly takes us to golf and have some fun. It was a good scene and in real life we needed some fun because we were working our butts off.
SOA; when Jax meets Pope for the first time. I'd never played someone so cool and dangerous. It was fun.
all the girls are really stepping it up from all nations as well
Are there any Plans for the Future like, DLC's or Free Updates to expand?
Do you think that Scientology will ever change their views on psychiatry?
Oh shit, you put out Casual Friday's album? Been playing the fuck out of that record since I heard it a couple weeks ago.
Picked up your discography off bandcamp since some of the stuff isn't on Google Play Music. Keep doing your thing man. I love to see people help get bands out of the local scene.
What's your favorite kind of lizard?
Who takes all the photos? Event and comp images I get since there are photographers there, but the lifestyle/social/travel/casual images? You're all over the globe but rarely are these selfies so I'm curious how this happens
Gustaw - At the time being, no. We have a huge list of stuff we wanted to implement, but did not have the time (or at least, we did not want to delay the game any further) to implement. Maybe a DLC, Darkwood 2, or something else entirely? Who knows. We will definitely try porting Darkwood to consoles though!
Leah and Mike: No!
Mike: Absolutely not. That is perhaps the most fundamental doctrine of Scientology which sets up the us versus them mentality. Within the bubble of Scientology it is psychiatry that is attempting to destroy man's hope for salvation. Plus L Ron hubbard said it so it must be so.
Don't know anything about lizards. This is for sure a Dom Monaghan question.
we have a few people on tour that carry there own camera gear
Will you be launching to other platforms, like PS4 or possibly Switch?
Do you think Scientology will ever be reformed into a less corrupt church? Do you think Free Zone Scientologists will have influence in the future of the church?
Quiet Ann. Judy Reyes is playing the shit out of that role. And with few words. If you knew her, you would know why I'm saying this. Just fantastic work. every damn episode.
steep and deep terrain, pow never gets old
How do gay men and women fair in the church of Scientology? Are they at a bigger risk to psychological damage by heterosexual members? Do they do forced conversion therapy? They are morally against same sex relationships, correct?
How big of an effect do you think /r/emo has had on the success of the bands on your label?
Leah: So the answer to the question is yes. There is a lot of psychological damage done to men and women who are gay because Scientology has written about it in “Dianetics” as well as “Science of Survival” and “The Chart of Human Evaluation” collectively. L Ron Hubbard wrote that homosexuality lands on this very low position on this chart. Where homosexuality is charted and labeled as covert hostility. If you're in this covert hostility band, per L Ron Hubbard, Scientology teaches that you are the worst kind of person. You are sadistic you are a back stabber. Scientology considers homosexualtiy as an aberration, which means something to be fixed.
Mike: In Scientology the goal of auditing is to move you up the chart of human evaluation. By definition is it intended by Scientology that you will be cured of your ills through Scientology auditing.
in the grand scheme of things, a post blowing up on r/vinyl or r/listentothis is 100x times more financially helpful to my label. but r/emo holds a special place in my heart for being the sub that helped me start it and the sub that most closely represents my taste in music...they just need to be more open and encouraging to bands in the genre with female members/singers
Do you or Mike ever feel you are/could be in imminent danger due to their attack policies? Thanks and I'll be watching! 😍 Keep slugging!
When I read the title of this post, I knew it was someone who was involved in the DIY scene.
I've been putting on shows and touring for the past 4 years, I know how much work goes into it and I just wanted to say good job and keep up the good work!
P.S. Do Prince Daddy And The Hyena smoke as much weed as they want people to think?
As someone that works with kids that have Autism, thank you for raising awareness and money!
Were there any previously held stereotypes or biases that were challenged during your time portraying someone with Autism?
Do you know Caroline Lalive? Haha....heres a funny story for you. Well as you know, shes a very beautiful woman.. When I used to live in Steamboat I was out dancing somewhere. I had a hat on that said Canadien snowboarders team. Well, I did not know Caroline at this point, but she walks up to me at the bar and says...oh so your on the Canadien anowboard team huh? No....why, are you. Yep. And she just sashayed away with a little piece of my heart.
Leah: Imininet danger? No, never.
Mike: Speak for yourself
they smoke a fair amount, i have trouble keeping up and can't start as early in the day as them
playing an autistic person, for me, is pretty challenging because of stereotypes. That's the question I had to constantly as myself and the people around me, am I falling into any stereotyped patterns of speech or behaviors. I kept looking for authentic responses.
would she have said "a?" instead of huh? haha
How many shattered families have you met that have been able to be repaired after Scientology? Any?
Note: Exjw's thank you for this series. It's kind of a voice for all the millions of families Watchtower's shunning rules have shattered too and it's appreciated.
You just need to put the passion you have for music towards smoking more weed.
Seriously though, keep doing what you're doing. I imagine you'll probably be at the Fest, send me a DM if you want a beer during Prince Daddy's set!
Mike: Every family is shattered who has left Scientology. There is probably not one that has left that is hasn't ruined relationships.
Leah: Many families have been reconnected. I have a lot of friends who were in and left and disconected with their families and have gotten them and have since reconnected.
How come some of the albums on your bandcamp are name your price, but some of them have a set price?
I thought you did great as Mercutio....in fact that is your most memorable role for me. I saw it during High School when we were studying Shakespeare. I've enjoyed all of your roles over the years and glad to see you using your exposure to benefit a great cause.
Was Shakespeare a stretch for you to portray? Or was it something you had worked with before? How do you rank/remember that role amongst your others?
Leah: Shelly Miscavige -- I don't know. That's why I filed the police report, but it's time for her family to do something, I can tell you that.
I know you don't talk much about Xenu or anything regarding that, since that's not the focus of your show. But will you get more into it this season?
reached out to them and ended up investing all the money I had (and a lot more I had to earn) into their first full length album
How did you dare to do that? Was it a true trust in their potential, a bit of a "eh fuck it lets see if it works" or just a little bit of crazy? Of course money ain't everything but to invest all you had in a band you weren't even in baffles me.
Sorry if my question is worded in a offensive way, not native speaker.
What would happen if you were cast with a Scientologist on a show or movie? Would they be unwilling to work with you completely, or is it just somehow dealt with?
Isn't the music industry quite a bit of a gamble? As laymen we hear about how showbiz is a combination of talent, knowing the right people, having a TON of luck (releasing the right content at the right time) etc.. So as far as I'd know it's always a gamble, but maybe it isn't after all? Got any interesting insights on this from the other side of the fence?
Hi Harold! What job do you think you would you have in another life, brother?
Well, I would do it, because unlike Scientologists I'm not a bigot, but Scientologists can't work with me.
Leah, I remember an interview with you before you left Co$. In that interview, you were using Scientology jargon and speaking about your daughter as if she was an adult. Your daughter still used a bottle at 4 years old and it was filled with barley water and sugar. I trust your daughter is no longer drinking from a bottle, but what impact, if any, did raising your daughter in Scientology have on her and on your relationship with her? Did you need to relearn parenting since leaving Co$?
Great there is a season two. Big thanks to you and Mike.
Sorry if this has been asked, but what's your background as far as music is concerned? I absolutely love a good band, and I love finding things people aren't familiar with and getting them some publicity. I was just commenting to a musician friend the other day that I'd love to be able to do that for a living.
Hello, sir. I just wanted to say thanks for supporting ASAN. As the parent of an adult daughter on the spectrum, I greatly appreciate the work that ASAN does to further autistic rights and self-advocacy.
My question, then: There are certainly other groups out there (some of whom the less said the better), so what made you choose ASAN to partner with in particular?
Leah: She tried it once as a baby and spit it out to the dismay of my scientology friends who told me to force it on her because it was L Ron Hubbards policy. I didn't use the Scientology jargon while raising my daughter. One of my Scientology friends wrote a report on my because I wasn't using Scientology terms around my baby. Sofia doesn't remeber Scientology, but she does ask me why her Scientology aunt (by marriage) can't talk to her.
played drums off and on since 14, just started drumming in this band called moon house
got into local diy music around 17 after the hotelier put out their album it never goes out. shit changed the course of my life as it lead me to dive deeper into the world of local music since these kids were around my age growing up in a similar central MA suburb 30 mins from me
I chose ASAN because they are run by and for autistic people. I like that they advocate for equal rights and don't treat Autism as a disease to be cured.
Do you think the "church" will ever recognize all their doings?
What's your opinion on Jake Checkoway? I don't think you've ever made a statement about him before.
Would you ever consider teaching a one time acting class for your fellow actors?
Leah:No. Mike: Not a chance. They believe that what they are doing is right and that they are justified by the greater good and the amazing things they are doing for the planet and mankind.
Dude, that's awesome and all, but Prince Daddy & The Hyena? How could you simply gloss over that? That's a story right there.
Probably a bit late now, but my girlfriend and I are going through Oz currently and we both agree this show would not be what it is without you. Thank you for all you do and raising awareness for Autism.
If you do read this, could you give a shout out to my girlfriend Lacy? She would go nuts.
Also, you really don't have to. You're busy and I'm an internet stranger.
because if you get me started on them i will talk your ear off all day. we just re-released their debut LP which is an artistic achievement in channeling the feeling of being alone and depressed in the internet age
Hi Lacy!! Hope all is well.
I am currently digging the hell out of the Bay Faction album on band camp. Are there any current plans for a resressing? Being a fellow MA native I would love to support a local act.
I have but one question.
Do you think they'll invite you back as Manny in the animated Constantine series on CW Seed?
No idea. Thinking that it will be a different story line, but I'd love to play if they were going that route.
Hey Jake, super interesting AMA!
I volunteer for a diy music venue, and something that's on our agenda is having a small music distro to support independent artists and labels.
Have you sold music/merch on consignment or is there a better way for you to get your records into shops? Or do you prefer online sales?
Bonus question: how do you feel about licensing agencies like BMI and ASCAP?
If 28 Months Later was ever made, would you be open to return and play Flynn once again?
to be honest i dont know much about licensing agencies..if that stuff ever comes up i'll just defer it to my lawyer haha
i have been offered consignment but i prefer to sell the records up front. i'm happy to provide distro to anyone and everyone but for now it needs to be an up front deal rather than consignment, that being said i think i have pretty good distro prices and am willing to do really small quantity orders.
So you work with Mom Jeans? Can you get them to come to OKC or Tulsa again? I missed their tour this summer.
I also have to ask, what are some of your favorite emo bands that got you interested in the genre?
I'm autistic and suffer from OCD and depression, life is hard for me but I make due, graduating. Getting a girlfriend that has been with me for a year and a half. Having a steady job, I can do it so can every one, So I come here for a question. Where is Constantine?
P.s, make that 2 cause your my favorite character. The fuck kinda name is Manny for a gatdang angel
Edit: Also what's your favorite pokemon. Yes I'm serious
they have some awesome tours coming up, including a full US tour for FEST in october. i'm sure they will play one of those cities at least once more this year.
i'll be in OKC with prince daddy & the hyena in a few weeks. you should check them out
Hey Wyatt. Happy to hear you are graduating, and that you have found someone to share your life with.
Constantine was cancelled. Manny may have come from Emmanuel the angel.
I don't know any Pokemons.
Sleeping patterns is from my hometown. They deserve all the recognition, thanks for helping them put out such an amazing album. My question is who contacted who?
Hey Harold. Where'd ya go?
i've been friends with them awhile, we had been talking about it since before they started recording the album, so im not really sure. great group of people
Hey Jake, first and foremost, congratulations on your company's success! I am currently a senior in high school and very interested in the music industry, but not into making the music but more about promoting and being able to help artists I really like get their name out there, since it's something I want to be able to pursue in the future. I, however, have zero experience and I want to hopefully be able to do what you've done. Any idea on how to start, how to approach an artist and how to provide a generous investment among other things? I am very interested in being able to do something here like you've done and hopefully you can provide me some insight and information on how I can start to build a foundation now so I can be able to do something with this later on. Thank you very much and good luck on your future endeavors!
If you could be stuck on a desert island with one character from OZ, who and why?
hey buddy!! thanks for the kind words, i didn't event think to get involved til i was 21 so you got a step up on me already. here is what my line of thought was when i decided to start. what can i offer this band that they can't do themselves? i had no name recognition, no prior experience..how could i help? the only thing i could think of was financial investment. they were starting out and dropping a ton to record an album. i had to match that with enthusiam and my own financial risk so that they would even have a reason for working with someone they had never met. so my advice is that when you find a project you are passionate about, ask yourself "what can i do for them that they can't do for themselves" and if you can come up with an answer, pitch it to them and see where it takes you!
I'd go with Vern. Turns out he's a really nice dude after all. And we are friends in real life.
What would you say is the best way to put a demo out into the world and actually have producers listen to it?
Hey Harold, thank you for raising awareness for autism!
My question is... do you know who else auditioned for the role of Michael on LOST? Terrence Howard once claimed that he auditioned and I'm curious if that's true and/or about other actors.
you need to support it in person. i will notice bands that tour, play/book a lot of local shows, etc
I know that T Howard did, cause we are friends. I honestly can't remember who else did...but we see a lot of the same guys in the same rooms.
Have you ever worked to connect your artists with any commercials/advertising forms or any tv shows/movies? Basically, have u ever come across some awesome music that isn't that popular and then helped the artist get the song heard via advertising/entertainment.
I thought about this when I heard Portugal. The man's "feel it still" on a vitamin water commercial and I was like ayyy good for them that's a great song. HBO's "Big little lies" has a dope soundtrack too.
What alternative direction would you have liked to see Michael Dawson take?
this is hard to do. a dude from sony bought an album and i sent him songs for months trying to get a meeting to get them in mlb the show. he stopped answering me
Of course reuniting with my son and living happily ever after together.
How often do you get in annoying conversations with people who confuse mid-2000's pop punk with Emo?
haha actually rarely, i try to avoid that stuff nowadays
what quantity of T-shirt sizes and brands do you recommend every band take on tour for selling?
out of any recommendation i make, there is no company i support more than Leigh Valley Apparel Creation based out of PA. small operation in terms of only being a few employees, but an amazing printing company that always gets shit done perfect, for amazing prices, and works really hard for me and everyone else they print for. support local business!!!!! they've made every shirt and custom vinyl jacket i've ever ordered
i usually buy between 50-150 shirts per design, heavy on medium and large sizes as they sell more, and most of sales are on tour so the more shirts the better on a long run!