They tend to come bunched together over the course of a number of days, but the Planning Meeting is a sight to behold.
The Wichita Office isn’t a particularly large place. In fact there are broom cupboards with more cat-swinging potential. So when you attempt to squeeze in ten or so people, plus the usual office incumbants, it’s akin to a gagline that involves elephants and phoneboxes. Still it’s very homely and rather fun, the tea + coffee order alone is a veritable test of memory skills mixed with balance and motor skills; ‘Sorry, did you say milk and one sugar? No milk and two sugars? Oh, sorry. Anybody want a tea with milk and one sugar?’.
Still, these things are a sight to behold. There’s usually so much positive energy and can-do attitude, it warms the hearts. Radio people, press people, the folk that actually get the records on the shelves in the stores (I don’t want to call them sales people, it sounds so clinical) – all sorts crammed onto the batter chaise-longue style couch and the old school chairs that get pulled off the stack and peppered around various crevices in the office. They’re always full of good folk and general bonhomie and whenever these people pile through the office door, it feels like an extended family party where you actually *like* your cousins and extended relatives. And having been part of some major label affairs – full of recriminations and stared-at feet, I can tell you that these are wondrously industrious and positive things.
It’s these sort of events that make you realise that there really is a place for smaller labels in the big fish eating music world.