[Ryan Lewis, holding a rescue cat.]
At first we didn't have contacts, or appointments, I was just literally showing up with pets and hoping for even a glance from anyone, at what was in the crate- but we have been fortunate enough to earn the respect and admiration of some local venues, who not only help us make these meet and greets happen, but who are really supportive of our cause. Really, who doesn't want to see kittens and puppies when they show up at work? The staff all clamors to see who tonight's special furry guest is- especially when they know it makes the talent much more relaxed and happy, in what can be a stressful setting. In honor of The Showbox and its employees in particular, helping us get this whole idea started, we have actually named the adoptable cat room at our new studio after their historic venue!
Through this whirlwind, backstage tour, we ran into a local experimental radio dj, Hannah Levin (Seek & destroy, KEXP: http://kexp.org/programs/SeekAndDestroy) who really loved what we are about. She showed up backstage at Slayer to interview Kerry King, and there were 4 kittens running around! We were quickly taken under her wing, and many of the meetings since, have been due to her diligence. We also befriended Hannah's good friend Niffer Calderwood (https://www.facebook.com/NifferCalderwoodPhotography), who is a concert photographer- so not only do we have the professional hook up, but also a pro, roving photographer to document these awesome meetings! Hannah also organized a Swami Records Tribute benefit show. Bands like Minus the Bear, These Arms are Snakes, and Helms Alee (plus others) got together and learned the songs of other bands like Rocket from the Crypt, Pitchfork and Drive Like Jehu (and others). We were so honored that everyone got together to not only play, but to learn new songs and honor Swami Records bands- while helping raise more than $1,000 for our rescue pets.