|With about $250 bucks and a $365 check
from selling my 3 shares of IBM stock, I packed the Monte Carlo with my guitars, amp,
clothes and a little stuff and it's off to LA with the SSL directory in hand. I had a
friend living at a party house in Rialto with the
couch available, so I was in.
I got lucky and found a gig at Ground Control in Santa Monica the first week. They were just finishing a new SSL room and had a little room upstairs. I don't remember many gigs from the little room, Julie Brown (I Like'em Big and Stupid and MTV, nice rack) was in there before she got a deal, and I worked with Tommy Fletcher and Randy Holland (from Bullett, small world) at some point. They already had a guy lined up to work the new SSL room, and the 2nd gig he couldn't do, Soooo!
to the bigs
A thing I've always done since I was a kid was make nicknames for people. I can't remember names, so this is how I do it. I had a name for everybody, and had gotten my paybacks with a name from Niko and Dan Nash that stuck for the entire time I was in LA. Trigger. I still get messages from Niko trigger, trigger, trigger, trigger, love niko
Niko and I had breakfast at Denny's at Western and the 101 after the gig was over, and the only thing I can remember is him saying "you won't believe who you'll be working with next week". Landing a gig at the best studio in LA (maybe the world) 2 months into town was a little scary. Shelly liked me but agreed I was a little "rough around the edges", and the next week I was working at A&M.
The very first days are a little hazy, but I made enough dough after a few months to get a shitty apartment in Hollywood. Yea dad!, Hollywood, just like I pictured it.......