I could ramble on here, boost my ego and so on, but I think that I won't.... But, here's a little introduction to the author of this site. In case you haven't figured it out, my name's Ananda. I was born in Trinidad, a small island in the West Indies, late in 1978. I lived there until I was 11, then I moved with my mom and my two brothers to Santa Barbara, California. What can I say? Moving from a beautiful tropical island to beautiful Santa Barbara.... Not too bad huh?
I didn't really get into music much when I was in Trinidad. We didn't really have too much available to us. There was a lot of calypso and reggae being played, and because I grew up in a primarily Indian community, there was also lots of music like Ravi Shankar and so on to be heard.When I moved to Santa Barbara, I moved into a house next door to my Grandfather's place. My G'pa had collected music for quite some time. He used to work at the public library and was in charge of their music collection, and, because of his compulsive collecting habits, he ended up with a collection of some 15-25,000 LPs (heck, after you get to a certain point you stop counting, right?) His entire bedroom (which is a BIG room) used to be filled with records.The funny thing about his collection, though, was that he seemed to loose interest in music in around 1983. He would have the complete catalog of recordings by a particular artist (say, David Bowie) up until 1983... and then nothing else. Still, his collection was quite incredible.... There was the Sex Pistols, Bauhaus, The Clash, Joy Division, Frank Zappa, John Zorn, Can, Cabaret Voltaire, Devo, Henry Cow, The Ramones, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Slapp Happy... and what G'pa would do would bring over a box of maybe 100 LPs each week to give to my brothers and I. He sort of imagined that we would be more into the rock n' roll stuff than jazz and so on, which we indeed were at the time, so the great jazz records he had all went to a friend of ours who played jazz piano.
Anyway, G'pa would bring over all of this music for us. And I really started getting into music. There was so much to discover (and I didn't have to pay for any of it!) Eventually he stopped after bringing over maybe 2000 LPs. I'm sure there were more records that he had that I would have liked, but maybe not at the time.... Remember I was only 11 at the time... my musical tastes had not yet developed.
After my first summer in Santa Barbara, I began Santa Barbara Junior High School. I used to ride my bike to school, and after school I would go downtown to this great record store, Deep Grooves. One day, while at Deep Grooves, a couple of records caught my eyes. One was an LP by Downcast, and the other a 10" by Suckerpunch. Both were released by local record labels, and get this... even though they were brand new, the LP was only $5, and the 10" (which was on transparent red vinyl) was only $3.50. "I can afford these!" I excitedly thought to myself, and, without any prior knowledge of either of the bands, quickly snatched up both of them. And that's what got me into the world of punk and hardcore.
The Downcast LP was on Ebullition Records, a new record label in Goleta (just outside of Santa Barbara). The record had an insert that mentioned how to contact Ebullition and some other records that were available. So, I decided to order a few records and see what else the hardcore scene had to offer. Kent McClard promptly sent me my records and also included a note... something about "do you play drums? The Goleta scene really needs more drummers...." He also included a few flyers to some upcoming shows, described what he looked like, and said if I went, I should introduce myself. Needless to say, I went to the shows, and it became sort of a ritual. The shows were usually "upstairs" at the Ananconda. They were cheap, frequent, and so many bands came through....
For a long time, I was simply an audience member. But I really had the desire to do more. A few friends and I got together and started a terrible band "Distortion." We had no drummer, bad music skills.... Let's just say that we were doomed to never leave the bedroom. My G'pa kept encouraging me though. One year for my birthday, he gave me three books on home recording. "Read these and decide what you would need to record your music at home, and let me know before Christmas so I can give you something worthwhile." And that's what he did.... I picked a four-track starter kit that included a microphone and a pair of headphones... and that Christmas, I was on my way towards being a solo performer.
Then, come ninth grade, when I was finally at Santa Barbara High School, Kiran, my older brother, introduced me to Sam Bennett. Sam was super creative and resourceful. We needed a bass, he'd find a bass. We needed an amp, "Let me call my friend and see if we can borrow his." Sam was also doing live recordings at the Anaconda, and he planned to release them on his cassette label "Rotten Metropolis." We got together and recorded during the first spring break after we met, and produced Rotten Metropolis #2. Later, we morphed into Jeberrekeñelle, but you can read more about that on the Jeberrekeñelle page. What's important was that I was finally in a real band, playing shows, having a great time, planning records etc. The Anaconda no longer existed, so for a while shows were rare, but eventually, the UFCW, the predecessor to The Living Room, was started. It turned out that Sam was a key player at the UFCW. He even lived there!
Anyway, Jeberrekeñelle played lots of shows... we put out our own inexpensive record... I did my share of zine type writing (though I tended to be a bit more picky about graphic aesthetics).... I played in lots of different bands (see the various pages for more information), and now we're at where I am today... Honestly, I'm a little bit annoyed by the "narrow mindedness" of many of the people in the hardcore scene when it comes to musical variety.... That (and the proliferation of terrible rap/metal type stuff) has sort of led to me being uninvolved in any sort of "scene." I rarely go to shows these days. I've mostly switched to acoustic instrumentation. Most of my songs are now instrumental. Lots of things have changed. And given time, things will continue to change.
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