The Gossip’s guitarist Nathan Howdeshell is a man after my own heart. He believes in (and practices) the all-important art of DIY — he couldn’t care less about mainstream music or the industry despite The Gossip’s own mainstream accomplishments. He helps his friends and nurtures the underground music community releasing music on self-made label Fast Weapons just because he digs it and can; showcasing friends’ art on blog Art Throb, curating art shows and making zines because he can. Do you see there’s a theme and lesson here? Do-It-Yourself … because you can, anyone can, yes even you! Doing things yourself makes things happen, creates community, creates networks and lets you mould the destiny of what you love – music, art, zines, whatever. Things are put in your (very capable) hands. Most importantly though, doing things yourself is fun! Other things of common interest to Nathan and I include consciousness, spirituality and awareness — all of which can be connected to the punk and Riot Grrrl communities we grew up in and still have a strong affinity to today.
Read my INTERVIEW with NATHAN.