Ken: And today we’re sitting in your living room in Kalispell, Montana. What brought you here?
Kirk: I got really excited about music again and wanting to work in it. I had reconnected with an old friend of mine from Nashville, who had been doing some really cool things at Berklee College of Music, basically focusing on the future of music experiences and the business [of music] and what that means. A think tank, an academic think tank, to really focus on pushing music forward.
And, going all the way back to where I started, where I wanted to play music full time and was so passionate about that. I still felt that way.
I felt like with a young child, I was a bit more risk averse than I normally would've been. I wanted to provide some kind of secure environment or financially secure environment when, in reality I think the best thing is what we're doing now. Me pursuing something that I'm really excited about, that we figured out how to get enough time to be able to build something and work on something from here.
If time is kind of the new currency and how I want to spend my time is important, it's important that I'm fulfilled, so that I'm a good family member. I'm good for my daughter, I'm fulfilled in what I'm doing. [And then] I got a call from my brother-in-law, going, “Hey, I don't know what you guys are planning to do, but we have this house here, the house I grew up in and we're looking for someone to rent it.”
Annette, my wife 100% wanted me to do it. No hesitation. In fact, she just wants me to slow down a bit in life. She knows what my passions are and her response was, “Why don't you just play music for a year?” And I was like. “I love you. That's amazing. I'm so glad you said that.”