As 2012 draws to a close, I took a look back at the year that was and I did some reflecting. I then sat down to write this letter...
Dear Chris and AAron,
This past year has been one that I will look back on with a huge smile. In March of 2012 I stumbled across the Decibel Geek Podcast. At the time I had just recently gone to see Russ "Dwarf" of the Killer Dwarfs play at the Rockpile here in Toronto and I was on the Internet just looking to read up on Russ and see if there was any show reviews.
In April I was at the gym listening to an episode when Chris and Aaron made a call out asking if anyone was interested in contributing to the website as a writer. I thought that it might be fun so I came upstairs, emailed Chris and jumped in the shower.
Ten minutes later, Chris and I are emailing back and forth and suddenly I am a writer for the Decibel Geek. I was shocked, a little nervous but if there is one topic that I can write about, it's heavy metal music and so I jumped in.
The next nine months have been an absolute Rock n Roll dream. I have sat on a patio drinking beers with Darrell "Dwarf" Millar (Killer Dwarfs, Automan.ca), got to chill with Rex Brown (Pantera, Kill Devil Hill) and Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Kill Devil Hill) on a picnic table, have interviewed Brian Vollmer (Helix), Michael Ross (Gypsy Rose), Wild Mick Brown (Dokken, Ted Nugent), Ron Keel (Keel), Steven Adler (Adler, Guns and Roses), Greg Fraser (Brighton Rock, Fraze Gang), sat backstage interviewing Gerry McGhee of Brighton Rock and went shopping for guitar strings with Carl Dixon (Coney Hatch).
I read that paragraph now and I truly can't believe it. If you had told me twenty years ago about this I would have said you were crazy! Hell, if you told me this two years ago I would have said you were crazy! These are some of my rock n roll heroes and thanks to the Decibel Geek, I now consider some of these guys my friends. It's quite surreal really.
Thanks to the Decibel Geek, I also met my partner in crime, my hoser heavy metal twin, and my good friend Rich "the Meister" Dillon. We got the chance to host our own episode, spun some Canadian tunes and had an absolute blast doing it.
Lastly, I want to thank you guys for your friendship, support and I am really looking forward to 2013 and all that the Decibel Geek has in store. Let's ROCK!