We Wouldn’t Be Here Without Tim Leingang ~OR~ Why Tonight’s Show at Heartland is Important
Tim Leingang opened the 321 Art Space in Kennewick, Washington, in maybe 2004. I didn’t come about to this space until sometime in mid-to-late 2006, when I was informed about it by my best friend at the time Javier G. Madrigal Jr. At the moment I’m fuzzy about what the first show I ever saw there was but it was either seeing Alan Singly and Pants Machine or something else. I know he was at least a touring act at some point.
Experiencing 321 was the first time I really experienced some kind of DIY scene or music scene in general. It wasn’t my first time seeing music but I feel that in retrospect, it was because of the level that it was on, it was my my introductory experience. I was a very different person then than who I am now, and what I do, but this space that Tim had started, which was supported by and in support for people who wanted cool stuff to happen, was got me started in doing everything that I’ve been doing since 2006.
It’s where I started my obsession of being a documentarian. I began recording live events because I was going to almost every one I could, and some friends were not there, which I thought was insane, so I started recording them and putting them online for those who had missed out on that nights’ event. 321 is where I worked the door for events for the first time in my life, it’s where I started to develop musical taste and preference through what I experienced and the music sharing that was between friends and I. It’s where I felt more comfortable socially than I had before. It’s where I met everyone in LAKE, who I would have no idea that would be such important people to me later in life. Same goes for Calvin Johnson and Phil Elverum whom I probably weirded out even without context for who they were other than musicians that my friends were really into.
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It’s where I learned that the coolest places to be are these tiny spaces that have a lot of heart put into them.
I feel like I’m doing a poor and rushed quality in describing this scene to you, but the point is that Tim Leingang and the community that he helped foster is the great reason why I’m here or I’m doing anything today. This is a true fact.
Tim Leingang’s band PETS plays tonight at Heartland with my music, Slashed Tires, and Japanese Guy, the band of Andrew Swanson (Heatwarmer, WAND), Skyler Skjelset (Fleet Foxes), and Evan Woodle (Heatwarmer, Chemical Clock), who will be sitting in for Chris Icasiano because he is on tour somewhere.
If you are a fan of me, or anything that I’ve done, or anything that we’ve done together, you can thank Tim for that. At least shake his hand. One could argue that Heartland is because of Tim.
I will forever be grateful.