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BusinessHi Redditors, I am Pradeep Goel, an IT healthcare data Specialist. Now I am working with Blockchain! AMA

Apr 7th 2018 by PradeepGoelCEO • 34 Questions • 155 Points

Hello! My name is Brandon Hardesty and I'm the singer/songwriter of Maryland based ska/punk/reggae band Bumpin Uglies. We've been touring the United States since 2008 working on building up a fan base one fan at a time. We've done and seen a lot of crazy stuff over the last ten years and I would love to talk with you about it. We're currently on the road somewhere between Houston and Louisville so I'm gonna try to respond to questions as quickly as possible. AMA!

edit gonna be passing around my laptop to the other boys in the band, so if you have any questions for the band or crew ask away!

edit 2 sorry, got wrapped up in the show yesteday. gonna go back through and answer everyone elses questions now.

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Distributed ledgers are notoriously inneficient and take a great deal of power consumption for minor tasks. How can this translate to better for the shareholders? Some may say you are using blockchain technology to spur speculation by people who barely understand the technology instead of more efficient, less catchy methodology. Would you care to speak on how the blockchain is better for your type of business with specifics?

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UGLIES NATION!!!!!

Brandon - Who was/is your inspiration for your music? I hear a lot of SKA/Punk influence in your earlier material and was wondering what bands/groups you would attribute that too?


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Blockchain is a power hog in certain types of applications. But not in every configuration. We are using BC because it adds core value to our platform and we could not build the capability without it, at least as easily or quickly. Our platform architecture is public and on our website. It clearly shows how we leverage BC to design our Care.Protocol, Care.Wallet, Care.Card and Care.Coin. These constructs are not possible without an underlying distributed ledger.

That being said, like most early stage technologies evolve and BC is evolving rapidly. Each week we hear about different more efficient consensus models. So I think we will see a more optimal power usage foot print in the near future.

Specifically, we are using BC to decentralize eligibility, referrals, pre-authorization, billing, adjudication, payment and measurement of care delivery

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i'm gonna answer this, but its gonna require a lot of writing so i'm gonna come back to it later!


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Thank you for the answer Pradeep. That’s great news. So they buy from the exchange directly? This might be the first token that is really used for its utility instead of speculation.

Keep up the good work and keep making us happy.

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Hi brandon! if you had to pick one of your own songs, which one is your favorite and why?

Greetings from Chile!


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The clients are able to link their master wallet to different token sources. My pleasure and thank you for being part of this mission.

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whoa! would love to make it to south america one day. right now my favorite song is called optimism in F#. its the last song on the record we're about to release. i struggle with depression and tend to see the worst parts of situations and i wrote that song as a reminder to myself that i don't want to think or live like that. i don't listen to my own music or anything, but there's something therapeutic about being able to look back at a thought that you wrote out and thinking 'ok, i thought like that. i can think like that. lets think like THAT, and not like THIS.' not sure if that makes sense, but essentially it helps pull me out of funks when i'm feeling depressed.


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Hello! How is blockchain going to be used to store And share patient information? And, whilst blockchain technology is excellent, does the environmental impact of mining concern you (running servers etc)? Especially if we were to see a greater uptake of it across so many different applications.

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Is that the song y’all sang last in Pensacola when there were a few minutes left in the set?


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Hello Charlotte. Blockchain represents an incredible opportunity to decentralize processes that impede access to care and add friction to the healthcare system. There are many use cases that are compelling. We are at Solve.Care focused on care coordination, administration and payments of healthcare. So to us it is less about patient records and more about financial and administrative records. That being said, the nature of consensus and type of chain used will dictate the power consumption foot print of the solution. Our analysis shows that our solution does not create an excessive power usage foot print while delivering compelling value to our stakeholders. But in it is something that needs to be monitored and measured when calculating the ROI of any BC solution

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ya


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Can you answer this question again without the buzzwords

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Love you guys! Beyond stoked for your Long Island gig.

Question for all members - What is one "big name" band that you would love to tour with? Do you all have a set one, or do you each of you have your own "dream band" to share a stage with?


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Our solution is not a power hog. We use a limited number of nodes and do not represent the kind of computing scale and power usage that Bitcoin or other uses cases of BC that you are referencing.

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we definitely all have different ones. i'll ask.

brandon - slightly stoopid

tj - iggy pop

chad - papadosi

wolfie - the slackers / miley cyrus

carl - goldfinger

justin - the dude from youtube who turns every song into allstar


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To be more clear, those ehr companies tend to have billing products. Such as cerner's Revenue Cycle https://www.cerner.com/solutions/revenue-cycle-management-services

They tend to sell to hospitals who buy the ehr and billing together.

Is your product a complete replacement for a billing solution like revenue cycle? Don't you need integration with the EHR to know what care the patient got and to know what to bill for?

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When’d you get into reggae?


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There are clearly use cases where the hospital client will use our platform to augment existing processes. In case of bill origination, then use case that excites our clients the most is pass through claims that are essentially adjudicated in real time. So instead of sending a bill and then waiting for a payment cycle, instant transfer and value setting of Care.Coin will replace that expensive (and often ridiculous) billing-adjudication-payment process. We may not replace the existing systems immediately but we will siphon away most of the transactions from the existing systems.

As an insurer I have a lot of reasons to offer better revenue cycle in return for preferred contract terms and value based care payments. So we enable the handshake between insurer-provider to occur in a much more efficient way than any existing system.

I was talking to leaders of one of the leading health insurers in the US (and by size, globally) and they love the flexibility and innovative contracting/revenue cycle options our platform represents for them and for their care partners (physicians, hospitals, labs etc.)

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honestly i got into reggae after i got into ska/punk. i don't really consider sublime reggae, they're a melting pot of a lot of sounds, one of which is reggae. i'm not sure exactly when i got into it but it was sometime in my early twenties. i was immediately really drawn to dub like scientist and king tubby. i loved the psychedelic aspects of it. been really into chronixx lately too. his latest album is insane.


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You stated you work with 2 Presidents. Did you meet any of the presidents? What was that like? Also, what did you do? Anything you attach your name too?

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Yo! What's the craziest thing you've ever had happen to you while on stage? Much Love from South Dakota!

Ugliesnation!

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I was fortunate enough to work closely on the team in DC responsible for designing and supporting the launch of Health Savings Accounts, a signature accomplishment of President Bush. And similarly at the fore front of medicaid expansion and exchange implementations for ACA (a signature initiative of President Obama). Most of the work was done through HHS/CMS offices in Baltimore. And I had the privilege of meeting and working closely with many senior administration officials at state and federal levels. As far meeting the Presidents, I had the honor of meeting both at HC policy related events but I am not on a first name basis with either :)

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man its hard to pinpoint, but one time we played a festival next to a corn field and somehow or another wolfie ended up with an ear of corn. he proceded to play a gnarly slapbass solo using the ear of corn and the crowd lost their shit. it was incredible


Q:

Pradeep my man. Who do you think will win the US masters?

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not really a question, more of a request. can y’all please avoid playing at house of blues in the future? thanks!


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The advertisers :)

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haha we'll do our best! sorry you had a bad time at the venue. we'll be back this summer and the show is definitely not at HOB


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Interesting theory Pradeep. What do you make of Tigers comeback?

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Acoustic or Electric Guitar?


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I think America is the land of second chances and Tiger is case study.

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i'm way more comfortable on acoustic


Q:

That's deep Pradeep. However when it's someone like Lance Armstrong..does he deserve a second chance?

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Carl or Justin?


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I have mixed feelings. I guess in someways we all need a shot at redemption. But I have a hard time with the systematic and sustained abuse of trust. That being said, I think it is up to Lance to find his path and redemption. If he truly means to redeem himself then he can and will

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Carl is light, Justin is dark. Carl is Luke, Justin is Vader. Different twin for a different job


Q:

You there Pradeep??

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Where is your favorite place to perform and why (or why not) is it The Saint in Asbury Park?

I don’t really have any other questions but wanted to say thank you, your music has gotten me through some hard times.


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I am here. Hello everyone.

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thank you, that means a lot. that's all you can hope for as a songwriter. I really do love Asbury Park, the energy is always insane. Would have to be Asbury Park or Ohio in general. i love it when the crowd is raging.


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You fixed by looking at the difference between the pre-sale time and the current ETH rate. If so, you should also protect investors for changes in the ETH rate during the pre-sale.

I have registered for the 30% bonus period, but I have sent ETH after the presale has ended due to the delay of your kyc procedure. Therefore, I trade at an unfavorable rate than when I purchased ETH. If you fix the current rate, please fix the rate of the pre-sale at the best rate.

What do you think about this?

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What do you guys do in the van when touring for fun or to just pass the time?


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I understand your concern which boils down to volatility of ETH (and other crypt currencies). We can not address every scenario but we are absolutely committed to creating an equitable and logical solution for most cases. We did run a very special Roll Back Time sale to address some/many of these scenarios. And I will have to look at the specifics of your situation. Please feel free to email me and we will do what we can.

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listen to talk radio and stare at our phones


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Sounds great but in my opinion this can solve nothing because the true problem with healthcare is that the system is designed with misaligned incentives throughout the value chain. Until this is fixed with government action, everything is a bandaid fix. Your thoughts on my opinion?

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I used to love this band called Sweet Wet Earthly Desires ever heard of them?


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I agree that policy change is needed in many areas. But I do think and see evidence of economic and competitive pressures driving the change we are seeking to bring about.

In my conversations with clients around the world and most notably in US, there is a clear and urgent need for better patient engagement, less physician administrative burden and lower payment and coordination costs. We are leading with clear use cases with clear Return on Investment (ROI). And clients are responding with an emphatic interest.

ACN did not buy our solution without first evaluating and establishing clear business value for themselves and their clients. We will be announcing additional clients in the near future and as I said before, the interest level is staggering


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Regarding the recent changes in the token sale, I see only two ways of moving forward:

1) Recalculate the amount of CAN tokens each person gets so that everyone buys at ~$0.06 regardless the value of ETH when the purchase was made while keeping current offer for new buyers;

2) Revert changes, end current ETH peg and get back to the original token sale ending date.

What do you think of these proposals?

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My question is for Mr Wolfie. How sir have you managed to be such a safe driver over the years?And how often do you let Brandon drive?


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We are evaluating both options and a couple more. I have been in discussions with token buyers large and small. I think both options have merit and we are looking at combining options to create a most fair solution. I expect to announce the plan forward on Monday (or even sooner)

Personally I am more comfortable with option 2. But that is NOT a decision yet.

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Wolfie: Practice. Keep it between the lines. As little as possible.


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You should really reach a decision soon, from the activity in your Telegram channel investors are becoming restless.

Personally I'm fine with it because I have faith the market will recover and so will ETH with it. Anyways Mr Pradeep, I wish you good luck with the project and may it bring great success to both us investors and the company!

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With rising popularity, is it hard to fight off the massive amounts of pussy being thrown in your direction? Especially with a band name like Bumpin Uglies - I mean you guys fuck amirite?


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We will make a formal decision and announcement on Monday (and if possible sooner)

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3 of us are married or in serious relationships so TJ is the unquestioned president of slam town. It’s right next to Space Mountain, if you’re curious.


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Can you tell us something about medical science what is very important and very little people know ?

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Hey Brandon! I'm gutted I will miss the show in my home town tonight :(. Hope you guys have a good time! Would love to see the band at Mercury Ballroom here in the ville sometime.

My question is how do you start the songwriting process? Do you lay down music then words or vice versa, does the band come together as a group, drums first etc?


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Medical science is rapidly evolving field. I am a healthcare administrator and from my perspective, we will see tremendous advances in these areas:

1) Telemedicine will come to define care delivery in the near future 2) Personalized medicine is closer than most people realize 3) AI will absolutely play a role in care delivery 4) Most administrative processes in HC are due for redefinition and elimination over the next decade

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i usually write everything myself on an acoustic guitar and then we get together and turn it into a band song


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Are you hiring? I’m an IT professional in the healthcare field.

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Hey Brandon- Currently listening to White Boy Reggae, by far my favorite song of yours. What is your favorite song that you have written?

Also, I feel bad because I don't know the names of everyone in the band, what are they? And how long has your bassist (He goes by Wolfie I think I read somewhere) been growing out his hair and beard?!? That shit is majestic AF!

Love you guys so much!!


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By the way, I am sitting at her kitchen table in the middle of the night. She very kindly prepared and left a plate full of food on the table, just in case. So when I am done here, I think I will have a second helping.

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Hell yea! Right now my favorite song is Optimism in F#. Wolfies been dreading his hair for like 4 years now. They require their own green room at this point.


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If someone uses the Solve Care platform with their insurance but need something that is not covered under their insurance, but referred to by their doctor... would the patient need to use an exchange to purchase the CAN tokens and what reserve would the Care.Coins come from?

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Who's more stoked about the album, the band, or Uglies Nation?


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Great question. Referral management is a key use case. So the scenario you described would ideally result in your referral Care.Card being published by your Care.Wallet on the protocol/chain and accepted by the specialist. In that case the payment responsibility is likely to be identical to you seeing the primary care physician. But if you choose an out of network specialist then co-insurance may apply. In both scenarios you will still have access to Care.Coins issued by your insurer to pay the physician/specialist.

Now for the patient responsibility component of payment, you can attach your payment to the Care.Coin (ideal) or make a separate transaction (also better than current model) using Care.Wallet

As far as CAN is concerned, it is the gas. If your wallet is sponsored (by insurer or your employer) then it will likely draw down their CAN reserves. If not then it will draw down your CAN reserves in your wallet.

When any Wallet runs low on CAN, wallet holder has the requirement and choice of replenishing it from any number of CAN sources.

Our launch of Care.Wallet for ACN is a sponsored model where the client is sponsoring/paying for Wallets and transactions via their master wallet CAN reserves.

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i think Uglies Nation, the hype has been real!


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what other healthcare administration companies are looking at solve.care for potential business?

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Hey Brandon, big fan and fellow song writer here. I'm just curious about your writing process. I know you out a lot of thought in your song writing and it shows.

What I'm wondering is if you sit down and force yourself to write or do you wait for it organically? Do you start with a catchy concept or hook first?


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We are ABSOLUTELY thrilled with the interest we are receiving from healthcare insurers, large employers who administer/pay for employee healthcare care and integrated delivery networks. While we expected to persuade clients to adopt our platform, we did not dare project this level of interest from the community of healthcare administrators in the US and across the globe.

We expect to announce additional client partnerships in the next 30-60 days, far ahead of schedule.

Just realized you asked for names. I cant disclose names for confidentiality reasons. What I can say is that they are household names in their respective countries

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the ideas have to happen organically. you can't force a hook. once i have a good hook i can usually sit down and make myself write something. the best songs are the ones that just pour out of me though


Q:

What’s up Brandon, fellow musician here. I’ve always been curious as to what your writing process is for songs? Do the lyrics come first or the music?

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it varies from song to song. my phone is filled with lyrics in the 'notes' section and riff ideas in the 'voice memos' section. eventually they meld together to form a song


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Have the police ever stopped a show?

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every house party, ever


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Hey Brandon! Big fan from the ATL :) will you guys be coming to Georgia any time soon?

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we'll be in ATL this summer!


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Hey man! Any chance you can perform at the restaurant I work at in Davidsonville when you come back home?? My boss would be so pumped. He even has a dessert he’s waiting to do named after you guys!

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ha! what restaurant? i do a lot of acoustic stuff when i'm not on tour so i'd be down to do something like that there


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First song you ever wrote?

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a really shitty love song that i played in my high school talent show. i don't remember it, i just remmeber that it was bad


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You’ve come a long way from playing at Looneys! What is your idea of a successful musician and would you consider yourself one?

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Success is such a tricky thing to measure. I think there is artistic success and economic success. For me, artistic success is getting across whatever I’m trying to say in a way that makes people feel something. It varies from song to song. Some songs are success, some songs are failures. Economic success for me is being able to support myself off my art. It’s a work in progress, but’s it currently working so it’s currently successful.


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2pac or lil xan?

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is lil xan a real thing?


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If you were a potato how would you be cooked and why?

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scattered, smothered, and peppered


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Tits or ass?!?!

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booty!


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What's your favorite place to play in Lincoln, NE and why is it Bodegas Alley?

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Haha that place got wild!


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Brandon! Did you catch the rick and morty episode that was streaming on the Adult Swim website yesterday?

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haha the other guys did. i saw about 30 seconds and decided i'd had enough


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Not a song writer, but a writer writer. Do you ever get nervous about sharing such personal stuff, and if so how do you over come it? Also you guys rock please come to Minnesota more! Also if you go on reddit a lot, r/vandwellers is right for you! Would love to see the kind of set up you have!

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i dont really get nervous anymore unless i'm putting someone elses business out there. i'm an open book, but i'd had to fuck up a relationship with a friend because i wrote about something that they don't want being out there


Q:

Any advice on how to be a ska band in 2018? Asking for a friend who is not me and definitely does not play in a ska band in 2018.

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try to make it work with as few members as possible. you gotta tour to get noticed, and the more mouths you have to feed on tour the harder its gonna be. we have horns all over our studio shit but we cant afford to tour with them so we don't. it's all about minimalism


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How hygienic are you living in a van? How often do you shower?

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so living in a van is kind of a metaphore. we're on tour about 6 months of the year and we spend most of that time driving so it feels like we're living in the van at times. we crash at friends houses most of the times and we get hotels when we can't find somewhere to stay for free. try to shower daily.


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I'm a little late to this as I live in Guam now, but I saw you at Vinoy Park, St. Pete, Florida last year (?) Or the year before that at Reggae Rise Up.

The set changed my life and been a fan ever since we made eye contact and took a shot, yours was a flask, mine was a sunscreen bottle.

Anyways, did y'all enjoy your time at the festival and would you go back? ...or were you too drunk to remember most of it, like me!

Cheers from Guam!

Also everyone loves you out here if you ever wanted a vacation/overseas show

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oh HELL YES, that was a great festival! florida is a hot bed for our scene and RRU does a great job with their production. would love to do that festival again in 2019!

would love to make it to guam one day too! fingers crossed....


Q:

Is Rick and Morty season 4 ever coming out???

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