Interviewer: You said that you hadn’t actually been playing in the northeast when you were up there, so all of this sort of started in the southeast. You now are starting to do touring, nationwide touring?
JM: Yeah, I think the only thing that’s allowed us to be national is a burning desire to play, number one. Which we should never discount.
Interviewer: A record deal?
JM: You know, yeah, I think what's really the done the work—and it’s really great to have Columbia and Aware on my side no doubt about it—but it’s been the internet, you know? And the internet is such a vast thing and there’s so many people clamoring to sort of make a presence that I don’t really understand what the variable is that’s allowed me to sort of benefit from it. And it’s been a great way to establish a lineage of music that otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to provide to people because I didn’t have the resources to make a record. So to be able to record a live show and put the three or four tracks that I thought came out really listenable and to put them up on Napster and have them sort of downloaded. It’s sort of my little microcosm for record releases even though they were little songs. So I think that’s sort of what’s made us national.
Interviewer: And the people who have been doing this sort of work on the internet have also found that when they actually try and take this out on the road, one of the problems they found on the internet is that it’s really hard to find out where those people are which is where Columbia and Aware come in.
JM: Absolutely, absolutely. I couldn’t do it without them.
Interviewer: Is it fun to get out of the region?
JM: It’s amazing you know? We played Detroit last night. And if you told me that we were gonna sell a place out in Detroit, you know, I had no idea. I think last night in fact I said to Dave, “You know Dave today’s the day that I think something different is going on now.” It astounds me. It’s ridiculous. I shouldn’t be twenty three and go to Detroit for the first time and sell out a room. And also it’s Howie Day. I don’t know if you heard of Howie Day but he’s a great songwriter, and a great singer, and a great performer so the both of us sort of had something to do with that. But I think as long as I keep acknowledging that this is completely ridiculous, I can find a way to feel like maybe I deserve to be there. As long as I just keep realizing that this is stupid.