Speaking of NAMM, Anthony Stauffer actually went to the show and has posted a recap of the interesting things he saw there. Even though I’m lucky enough to live in a city with a thriving music industry, I’ll echo Anthony’s sentiment here:
At dinner, someone asked me “Why do you come to these shows?” My answer was simple.
Where I live, there is virtually no music industry. Nobody ‘in the industry’ comes to State College, PA. There’s nothing happening here. If I don’t come to shows like NAMM, I never get to talk, in person, with anyone who understands what it’s like to serve an international audience of guitar players.
The people at these shows are my people, and being around them inspires me do better work for all of you.
While I’d love to write about guitars full time, my day job is outside of the music industry, so it’s really fun to go to shows like NAMM to meet and speak with other people who are passionate about the same things I am.