|Andrew Youssef/OC Weekly|
|Here's my dream interview, still|
Nine years ago, I was in this wannabe new-wave band based in Santa Ana. Back then, our big goal in life was to get featured in OC Weekly
. The band imploded, as bands are wont to do, way before we even got a concert listing in the Calendar section (not even a Locals Only, sob!). The funny thing was, when the music editor job came up two years ago, the fact that I played at places such as the Gypsy Den
and rehearsed in a warehouse in Santa Ana (we even played the first OC Music Awards
showcase ever!) gave the hiring powers-that-be the impression that I knew enough about Orange County music to give me the job.
I took it gleefully, of course, knowing my life would be a whirlwind of awesome: free shows and new music, VIP passes to festivals and secret shows. I never anticipated how much work it would be: the sleepless nights writing Top 10 lists, editing concert reviews at 2 a.m., chasing down Bradley Nowell's friends and family two days before we went to press. Still, it was all worth it.
Along the way, I got married and started a family, giving birth to the cutest baby boy IN THE WORLD
. My priorities changed, and I realized I needed a grown-up job. So now I leave the Weekly
for a job at a university, taking with me only boxes full of concert stubs and shelves overflowing with promo CDs. That, and enough awesome music memories to last a lifetime. More »