“I am a graphic designer. I grew up in Michigan and joined the Army in 2011. A girl I became friends moved to Mobile for school. I was stationed in Destin and we started dating. When I got out of the Army I moved to Mobile and we are now engaged.
I have been streaming music in Twitch for a few years, playing drums, and taking requests. I also play with Jonny Hayes and other groups but lost all of those gigs because of the Coronavirus. I took the equipment and what I learned from Twitch and started Quarantunes with some friends to stream live shows to help bands get through this. We have been doing this for seven weeks and just passed the $20,000 mark in tips for the bands. Restaurants have started streaming and providing additional platforms for the bands. It usually takes four people to run Quarantunes and we are trying to keep it going for six days a week. It is tedious, but worth every second. Tonight is Meredith Hicks. She is from Mobile and she is a powerhouse and a hidden gem. I get goosebumps each time I get to play with her.
We have been recording at the Ice Box, but this is our last week there as things reopen. I get to the studio at 3:00 or 3:30 and we don’t leave until 10:30 that night. The band loads in about 5:30. We do soundcheck and test stream. We have about an hour to talk with bands because we want to build relationships with them. Music is so personal and we want to keep that romantic part. We want this to be a fulfilling experience for the band, the crew, and everyone watching. I hope it distracts bands and viewers from the daily stress of the pandemic. If we move someone, we did our job. I never thought I would be doing shows like this, but I am now love with it and my fiance is supportive
We are volunteering our time and aren’t in Quarantunes to make money for ourselves. Maybe after this is over, it becomes a business venture. We have ideas for the equipment we need and more cameras. We have sort of Frankensteined this with the equipment we have. We would love to go to different venues and stream live. It will be a platform for the people who can’t get to the show so they can see it, too. I have played music in a lot of cities, but I have never seen a city that has such an organic, raw, and genuine music scene as Mobile. It is one of the best cities I have lived in.
I was in the Army for nine years and loved every second of it. I went in because I was young, bored, and stressed and wasn’t getting enough out of anything I was doing. I wanted to do something bigger than myself with adventure and challenge. The Army taught me discipline and what I could accomplish. Complete the mission and then get the gratification you are seeking. All of those were lessons I needed to learn.”