This whole thing started back in the early summer of 2008. I had started to upload whole albums to youtube with no permission. I just clicked, and there was the music on YouTube. I began to feel bad about this as I knew that artists could lose money and I should do this the right way by asking permission. So, while my other account was still running, I started another one.
This one would be legal, and awesome. Yet, I never thought I'd get permission from anybody. I closed my other account down soon, and completely forgot about both YouTube accounts until September. Among the labels I had emailed in June was Jade Tree Records. I had always liked them, though I didn't know too many bands from them. Well, in September an employee emailed me back and told me it was cool. My heart skipped more than one beats.
The next day I made a few songs from Change Is A Sound by Strike Anywhere into videos, loaded them up, and contacted the only one supporter I could remember from the first account: keymaster2 (Shawn). I continued doing this for months, and I met plenty of cool people on YouTube while always staying friends with Shawn. I started putting up music videos, more labels took on my offer, and everything was looking good. The symbol is actually from the band Morning Glory. I messaged them and got permission to use it, it's called The Crown and The Down. It's fucking badass, by the way.
Shawn messaged me one day, telling me about podcasts, and how I needed to do one with the music I had available to use. We made three demos, and then really got to work. We've interviewed bands/people like Ian Mackaye, MDC, and The Dwarves, and we are looking forward to a bright future.
In February of 2010, Shawn left PunkCDSampler in all shapes and forms.
So I haven't updated this since last February. Where to start, where to start. Things have gotten much better since then. I started a radio show back in March and it has been a wild ride ever since. Live interviews where the band can get asked questions by the listeners, live music, giveaways. In May of 2010 I also started a forum. I didn't think it would ever really be used but it's gotten a suprising amount of members so far. I've met so many people because of PunkCDSampler. I've had so many unique experiences that I would never trade. I am proud to say that it has been a bumpy, awesome road and things are definitely looking up!