North: ‘Be brave. Give up ev­ery­thing for your band at least un­til you’re 30’

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is all we can do. My job is to find new stuff. My busi­ness part­ner puts it on eBay or our site. We ac­count ev­ery six weeks and split the profit af­ter costs. Very DIY!

JD: You and the U.K. Subs were re­ally cool and pro­fes­sional when I had the chance to work with you, which is what I ad­mire in bands that come through the An­te­lope Val­ley. What are some ways you feel have helped main­tain that rep­u­ta­tion with you and the band?

PN: I have a few sim­ple rules. I only work for peo­ple I like. I only work for bands I would watch as a fan. We are on time. We do our job as best as we can do. If you do those things, you won’t go far wrong. Oh and be hon­est with the bands. Keep them in­formed and get them as much rest as pos­si­ble.

JD: What are some pros and cons you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced work­ing in Punk Rock?

PN: Pros — It’s the best form of mu­sic. There’s less in­dus­try non­sense. The vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple are cool, espe­cially with the smaller bands I tour with, where the pro­moter feeds us and puts us up at his own place. Usu­ally, at his ex­pense. I don’t think that hap­pens in other gen­res as much. Cons — There’s not much money for bands. USA and UK venues don’t treat bands well (there are ex­cep­tions). Van break­down is­sues are the worst and can de­stroy a tour, fi­nan­cially.

As a rule, even af­ter a bad tour or gig, you can’t wait to do it again.

JD: Af­ter meet­ing you, I was re­minded of Ian, the tour man­ager char­ac­ter from “This is Spinal Tap.” Is there a lot of sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the movie and what you ex­pe­ri­ence on the road?

PN: You won’t be­lieve this, but I’ve never seen it! But ev­ery­one says I should and it’s very rel­e­vant. I’m sure it is and one day, I’ll watch it.

JD: Do you have an ad­vice for young peo­ple en­ter­ing into the mu­sic busi­ness?

PN: Be brave. Give up ev­ery­thing for your band at least un­til you’re 30. Get one hon­est, or­ga­nized per­son to look af­ter money, etc. Split money evenly be­tween band mem­bers, the crew, and the man­ager. Be the ab­so­lute best you can be on the stage!

JESSE DAVID­SON/Spe­cial to the Val­ley Press

A typ­i­cal of­fice for Paul North.

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