Hey Shane! I dunno if my last ask sent, my computer has been acting up. I just wanted to say thank you so much about the lighting thing. I know there's only a chance that I could intern, but that chance turned my whole life around. It made my world seems so much brighter. So thank you so much, it makes me so happy just to know there's a chance. You and Ry continue to inspire me to fight for this dream. So thank you, thank you, thank you. -Jamie
No problem Jamie. Tell you what… since I don’t know when Ryan will actually go on tour, just shoot me an email, and I’ll give you a list of lighting design companies you should send an email to. You’re better off starting there, than with me. I’m not really in a position to tell any lighting company who they should hire as an intern, because it’s just a totally different part of the business.
It’s hard to explain this to someone not in the business (yet), but the lighting techs basically give zero fucks what I have to say. Agents and managers are just… not lighting people. I’m colorblind. Trust me - they really don’t care what I’m saying about the stage. (That’s why we hire people.)
It’ll help if you’re in a major city, but even small places have lighting people somewhere. iMag is the big one in Nashville, and I have two close friends who work there. Outside of Nashville, I’m not really sure who I would ask, because you usually travel with your lighting company.
Also, remember this: Sometimes, you have to start small. Even if it’s not at a major company, you should try applying at a local venue, and learning there. That’s when you can start thinking about applying for better positions at bigger companies. Work your way up the ladder, like you would everywhere else.
Shoot me an email with your details, and I’ll try my best to point you in the right direction. shane AT beautifulmajesticdolphin DOT com — And best of luck to you. I hope you end up with a fun career in this industry.
Ryan Ross is the musician. He’s the genius who can write hit songs. I’m supposed to be the dude you mostly don’t know or hear about.
Sure, I have said some fucked up things, but we all have. “Let he who is without sin…”, right? Get past all the FOB shit. Get past the “Shane was mean to us…” stuff.
Y’all didn’t attack Z for working with me, while I did marketing for the JJAMZ album. I know you all like her, and I love Z to death. You’re just not aware that I am close with her. I mean, we’re “I have tweezed broken glass out of her bare feet” close. (Don’t walk around barefoot if you just broke a glass. Life tip.)
Stop attacking my friendship with Ryan. It’s not making any difference. It really just fills an otherwise positive space, with negativity about me. I don’t want that for Ryan, because I wouldn’t want all that negativity directed at him.
When these songs finally come out, I really doubt it will be as popular as “Light Em Up” by Fall Out Boy. I don’t expect them to be, because they’re just not… well… it’s hard to explain.
46 of you went out of your way tonight just to give me a piece of your mind. You just had to tell me how horrible I am. It’s not going to make a difference to me in the long run, but it does make me sad for you. That anger is just so misplaced. You could be saying, “I really love these demos. I can’t wait to hear more.” That’d be just… great to see.
I think you might consider something though; Ryan and J Walk left one of the most popular bands in the world. By choice. They chose to do something else, and The Young Veins happened. I really loved that album, but it wasn’t successful commercially. That doesn’t mean it was a failure. It just means Ryan has always been about the music first, and that’s why I admire him. I don’t care about what he did with PATD, because to be perfectly honest (hold on to your asses), I have never really been a big fan of PATD.
I mean, there were a couple songs on Pretty Odd (Northern Downpour being a standout) that I did dig. But I think that’s just because that particular style is really more of what Ryan migrated to with TYV. But I digress.
So why does Ryan work with me? You know… I don’t honestly know. I don’t have the answer to that question. If I had to guess, it’s because I’m just a little different. Most managers say, “I want you to be a superstar. I want you to be a millionaire. I’m going to take you to the top of the world.” I don’t do that. Do you know why? I don’t think fame is what he’s chasing. I just say, “What will make you happy, Ryan? How can I help you the achieve what you have in your head?” It starts with asking, rather than telling.
I believe he wants to make great songs, and if he somehow becomes a superstar for it, well then that is just cool. But you know, being happy doesn’t start with other people thinking you’re cool.
Just so you all know, I haven’t taken a dime from Ryan. I’m not doing this to leverage myself. Ryan is a guy that I think a lot of people misunderstood. I’m the same way. We bond over that. We’re both “pretty odd” (wink), I guess you could say.
In closing; if you’re a fan of Ryan’s old music, it’s entirely probable you won’t understand where his new songs are coming from. They’re beautiful songs, but they’re not much like what you’re familiar with Ryan doing. If the new album comes out, and you don’t dig it - that’s okay. But let’s figure out a way to remove the blame from me.
You, the fans, you’re not all bad. A few of you are…uhm… We’ll say “very passionate” and sometimes that means we bump heads a little. I’m sorry that’s happened. I’m sorry you feel like I over promised and didn’t deliver. There have been a few times I thought Ryan was ready to release new music, but then a month before, he’d say, “Shane. I’m not ready. I’m not 100% happy with these songs. I need you to put yourself on hold.” So I simply said, “You do what you need to do in order to be happy.” I’m not going to push him, because I don’t want him to be unhappy. He’s my friend first.
You, the various bandoms, we’re not supposed to be enemies, you know. I don’t want things to be this way. I want to be able to be cool with all of you. We’ll disagree sometimes, but that’s life. I’m trying to be transparent with y’all.
Like, last week, this kid Nico emailed me about wanting Ryan’s help with asking some girl Emma to the prom. You know how bad I wanted to help him with that? Ryan was busy, so it wasn’t an option, but if one of you is Nico, he’ll attest that I wasn’t an asshole about it. I tried to narrow down Emma’s favorite song Ryan wrote, and get some guitar tabs and lyrics for the guy. I don’t have to do stuff like that. I do it because I give a shit, and I remember what it was like to ask a girl to prom.
We’re going to have some fun, alright. All this negativity isn’t helping us have fun. Music is supposed to bring us together - not drive us apart.
I just finished up the site. Said I would do it by Monday, but my girlfriend got sick so I had to make sure she was taken care of before I really got into it.
And now it’s done, at like 2AM. (On Tuesday. I know y’all are gonna howl about me lying to you, because “Shane said he was gonna do it on Monday, and then he didn’t and I hate Shane Morris, and I hope he falls into a fire and blah blah blah.)
All of Ryan’s new demos can be downloaded totally for free. Hope you enjoy them.
I just… don’t want anything to do with Ryan Ross. Hence why I ignored one or two asks. Sorry. I like old pics, I like old Panic! Stuff, I even enjoy Ryden stuff - I just don’t have much time for Ryan as he is now or his new ‘music’.
Shane Morris is bullying FOB kids again and the fact that he switches from that, to trying to get people (who like Ryan cause of Panic!) to buy Ryan’s new stuff actually sickens me.
I’m not trying to get you to buy anything. Last time I checked, all of Ryan’s new demos are free downloads.
I’ll start here. I’ve been a Panic! at the Disco fan for a long time, but only recently have gone to the depth of researching music and artists to find where and how exactly the music I like came to be. Not too long ago whilst listening to P!ATD’s music did I come to the realization that their old music resonates more with me way more than their new music. So, to figure out why, I looked it up and figured out the reason was because Ryan Ross (your client, I’m assuming?) wrote the music in the pre-Vices & Virtues days-the music that I’m really passionate about. Thanks to Wikipedia, I figured out that he left the band around 2009 and is now pursuing a career on his own. That led to me finding his soundcloud page (which, if you’re wondering, made me fall in love with his music all over again and this time with his voice too) and then to your website and company in association with him. I looked around a bit on your facebook page and, holy shit, thank you. I have been searching the internet for a long while to find a source that will provide me with artists that are fresh and thought-provoking and that are altogether high quality and individual. The uniqueness your clients bring to the table is astounding; you are blessed with exquisite musical taste. I love alternative music and I just love what you’re doing and how you’re attempting to expose society to a different, more real type of music rather than just what’s mainstream.
Sorry if you thought this was going to be a potential client’s message. I wish I was talented enough to write music comparable to yours. I just really wanted to thank you for helping out this suburban girl who’s lost in a society where everyone’s the same. Thanks for being different. I look forward to everything your company has to offer in the future.
I really don’t know why I’m typing all this, I guess I just couldn’t go about my days without discovering you, having an opportunity to thank you, and not taking it. Again, thanks for providing kids like me an opportunity to listen to real music.
I think it’s time to come clean about my addiction. It’s something I’ve struggled with for a long time, especially recently. I knew today I had a problem when I opened the pantry, and I saw a half empty bottle.
It made my stomach churn to see a half empty bottle, and not pick it up. I just got the bottle yesterday, and already it was halfway gone. Last night, I fell asleep with a terrible stomach ache, and miserable heartburn - just because I had half the bottle, and barely any food with it.
You know it’s a problem when you’re thinking to yourself, “I don’t need any food. I just had like half this bottle.” But then the health consequences start creeping up on you. Even my roommate confronting me wasn’t enough. I bought a whole case for myself the other day, and he just said, “Those are all for you? Jesus, you’re fucking gross. I don’t know how the hell you do that.”
Sriracha kids. Don’t mess around with it. Once you start using it, you can’t stop.
Sometimes, I really wonder what the point of all this really is. No, not Tumblr.
I’m here, but my species has fully committed itself to enacting omnicide by means of a global anthropogenic ecological catastrophe. The only probable outcome of our actions is omnicide - only the means are in question. Whether it be catastrophic nuclear war, or complete environmental devastation, we’ll arrive at our certain end.
Additionally, I have become increasingly worried that I’ll be alive to witness what it means observe the finality our regrettable decisions. Depending on whether you accept Gott’s statistical models for human population, or you adopt a more Bayesian model, it would be ludicrous to assume we are among the a priori. We are clearly within the a posteriori of humanity, as evidenced by the population boom over the past two centuries, but most notably over the past 50 years. (In which we have doubled the total world population.) This fact is only exacerbated the more populated the world becomes.
It seems morally reprehensible to me, given my understanding, to bring children into the world, or continue my days on the given trajectory I have established for my life. It’s highly probable (with a GREAT degree of certainty) that we’re among the last 5% of human beings that will ever be born, and that humanity will cease to exist within the next 1,000 years. Furthermore, the statistical probability of total and complete human extinction within the next century is only growing.
Death is a natural part of life. Dinosaurs occupied this blue sphere long before we did. (Unless, you know, you think the Earth is only 6,000 years old, and you think people lived with dinosaurs. But hey, if you believe that, nothing I said above will make any difference to you, because you’re gonna go hang with Jesus, so chill out. I say, “complete human extinction” you say, “That’s what God said in the Bible!”)
I feel lucky to have lived among such a beautiful and elegant species, but have a bittersweet feeling about it - because despite our intelligence to transform everything about the world, we forgot to transform ourselves. It’s sad really, because I love living this thing called human life. We are fully capable and possess the intelligence to drastically slow our own extinction, yet we choose not to.
“Excuse me Carter, but we have some problems with your problems. After performing an audit, we came up with 121 - not the 99 you alleged. I’m going to need to see some paperwork on the remaining 22 problems. Please also reference ‘a bitch’, because despite your statement to the contrary, you have 22 missing problems Mr. Carter, and a bitch could be one of them.”— An IRS Auditor, to Jay-Z