Thursday, February 22, 2007

Army of Techno taking casualties

In the last few years we at AOT have lost some soldiers, and today one more.
In response to our membership dues email:

"It's interesting that you put it like that, because I have been giving it a lot of thought, and I do want to opt out. I am a huge, huge army of techno fan, but I have come to the realization that the ship has sailed on me personally being a professional musician. I love it, but you can't balance a 12 hour per day job with actually being serious about music. I am firmly of the opinion that the label is loaded with talent and one or both of you could really become a major player in the music industry. I will gladly continue to help handing out CD's and things of that nature, but the last thing I want to do is drag down such an awesome thing as this label by not bringing the same enthusiasm to it that the other members do. I love you guys and I hope you don't hate me for this."

John Oden / Stomper / Melvin / Twink / DJ Draftdodger

The main problem I have with this resignation is

"but you can't balance a 12 hour per day job with actually being serious about music"

That statement is complete bullshit. Ask the 99% of musicians that play music every free second they get. Ask the jazz musicians from back in the day. Ask anyone who didn't grow in a Disney test tube, succeeding in music is sweet because of the struggle to succeed.

I saw pre amsterdam john (Melvin),
then post wedding john (Stomper),

and both sucked in
my opinion.
He used us,
left us with nothing
and he didn't care to call either of us,
maybe he was scared.
All I know is that John Oden is a quitter
and he can fuck off for eternity in my book.
Closing the door on something open to you is foolish,
AOT didn't ask you to leave, you wanted to.

You can voice your displeasure to him at

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