10 - Derrick Johnston from Make That a Take Records
My fascination (or perhaps obsession) with punk rock began when I was 12 years old. I heard ‘Pretty Fly for a White Guy’ by The Offspring on the radio and instantly fell in love. It’s probably a stretch of even the most liberal definition of what punk is to place that song in the category of “punk rock”, but through it I bought Americana, and from that I heard Smash and the rest is, as they say, history.
We find comfort in familiarity. The comfort zone is a very real and often very dangerous thing. How can we expect to grow as people if we never challenge ourselves? How can we expect to overcome stagnation and boredom if we never try new things? Right now I’m in the comfort zone – talking to people with whom I’m reasonably confident that I’ll share common ground with. Punk fans. Punk bands. People who I’m pretty sure had similar eye opening, brain expanding moments to the one I had back when I was 12...
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