It is with heavy hearts that we share this news with the Steppin Razor Massive today. Our drummer, co-founder, creative collaborator, and long-time manager, Mark Patterson, has decided to abdicate the throne (drummer humor). We’ve copied his announcement below, and we want to emphasize the invitation to our last three gigs together. It certainly will never be the same without Mark, who sells himself way too short. Rufus, as we often refer to our drummer of over 10 years, has been a tremendous asset to this band, through all of his hard work, his devotion to his craft, his voice of reason, and his creativity. More importantly, he has been a good friend, and we will miss the fun and ridiculousness at gigs and rehearsals, especially the jokes that we wouldn’t dare repeat to anyone outside of the band.
Mark, we wish you the best of fortunes in your new and exciting position, and we’re glad that your many years of commitment to the company have finally paid off in a big way. We also hope you keep your creativity alive through your photography. You have some serious talent, and we look forward to watching what you do with it for years to come.
“So what will become of Steppin Razor?” you ask? Steppin Razor will never die, of course; and no, we’re not going to lay down our axes anytime soon. We will most likely have a few more acoustic trio gigs over the next few months, but just as we always slow things down through the winter, we have every intention of emerging in the early spring to play some shows in one form or another. But let’s focus on the near future! We’ll see you:
Thursday, October 8th – Drake Tavern
Thursday, October 29th – Drake Tavern
Now heed the words of Rufus:
I’ll try to keep this relatively short, but no promises. Thursday, October 29, my band Steppin’ Razor will be playing at The Drake Tavern in Jenkintown.
This will be my final performance with the band.
Words haven’t been on my side this week, but I’ll try to break this down for those of you who want to know more. Is a band a band if it doesn’t have any kind of support network; fans, friends, family? No, I don’t believe it is. For 10 years I’ve seen this network grow and evolve with this band. For those of you who’ve never experienced something like this, please believe me when I say it’s amazing.
But as wonderful as it’s been, I now have a need to move in a different direction with my life, and maintaining my role within the band while I do so will not be possible. (Sounds cryptic, huh? No, I’m not dying. I mean, we all are, technically, but I don’t think I have any immediate life threatening diseases or anything).
Why? Man, you people are nosy. Okay, fine. I’ve always wanted to work in the music industry. I was hoping it would be as a professional drummer, but the reality is I’m nowhere near good enough to do that. I’m not just saying that because I’m down on myself but because it’s true. I’ve had some amazing opportunities when it comes to learning more about the craft of drumming and I squandered them. I was much younger and overflowing with derp (I’m sorry I let you down, Martin). Now, somehow, this college dropout has found his way into the industry, and over the last year, I’ve earned a position within one of the top 10 largest music retail companies in the country where my voice and ideas are heard and respected. I know, crazy, right!
I know what you’re going to say; “dude, you’re leaving the band for your day gig in an office?! What the actual F is that?!” One, it’s not the only reason, Two, I actually like what I’m doing, and I’m not ashamed of it. Three, there are other reasons, but they are incredibly personal and I have only shared them with my bandmates and the people in my life that are the closest to me. For now, I just have to leave it at that.
I’ve always thought of regret as a wasted emotion. All of the mistakes we make in this life are really opportunities, and I’ve made a ridiculous number of them. However, I do have one regret when it comes to this band; I don’t think I ever really expressed how grateful I was for every kind word said about us. For every person who decided to spend their time and money with us. For every gig we played. For every dollar we made. Maybe the opportunity lies in how I choose to live my life from this point forward. I guess I’ll find out later.
All that being said, everyone is invited to our last few gigs together. We’re (hopefully) playing 2 more shows at The Drake, Thursday October 8 and 29. We hit at 8:30. I’m not going to lie, I won’t have a drink with you because I’ll be driving a long way home, but I’ll gladly share hugs and handshakes. In the immortal words of Wyld Stallyns, “Be excellent to each other.”