Grand Royal, one of the coolest record labels in the world recently folded and our boy Tick was their premier radio promotions honcho. Non-industry peeps knew Tick thanks to his long running column, Tick's Corner, which The Tripwire is proud to continue on our site. We asked Tick to comment about his "break up" with Grand Royal, to which he responded like any other devasted human, "I need more time...I can't talk about it now" (followed by tears we're sure). Tick grabbed his pen and wrote a letter to all of the Grand Royal's, which we have posted for you to read.
To all the peoples...
I just wanted to say THANK YOU. It took me 1 month to write this because you
must understand...I was with GR for 6 years!! I grew up here for real! To
everyone who made Grand Royal what it was, is, and always will be: I wanted
to thank anyone who picked up a Grand Royal record, requested a song, wore
the GR Card & Dice logo like a soldier, and loved the magazine. My dreams
started in 1995 when I walked through the Grand Royal doors, and worked my
way through the ranks. I remember even before that, I would go to Top Shelf
records and visit my man Lincoln who would turn me on to some cool breaks,
and tell me about this label called Grand Royal. Who would have thought that
I would write Tick's Corner, meet the people I met, and go on the road with
bands like Atari Teenage Riot, Luscious Jackson, Bis, Ben Lee, Beastie Boys,
Scapegoat Wax, and At the Drive-In...etc. My life changed forever because of
Grand Royal and I feel blessed every time I think of it. I befriended so
many people over the years.
I met some incredible people just over the phone who, though I never saw
their faces, I saw their hearts and passion for music.
When the news came down that the company was about to come to an end...I had
to admit I was very upset. Then I got a call from people in the GR Family,
who said that change is a constant and everything happens for a reason. I
feel there will be a void and over the years many people tried to bite what
Grand Royal started. Maybe that's cool...maybe a kid who grew up watching
what Grand Royal did will try and do something so incredible it will slap us
all upside the head...can you all say Count Tickula Records...Just kidding!!
No matter what, for me Grand Royal is my family. I grew up here. At an age
when most are trying to figure out what to do...I was already in the mix.
What made it so hype, was there was NO formula...only love for music that WE
ALL BELIEVED IN. Tears roll down my face as I write this to you all. What
were tears of sadness are now tears of accomplishment for ALL WHO HELPED
BUILD GR. To anyone who reads this, Grand Royal is NOT over. Take what you
read, heard, and learned and carry it always. Shit...if you want, make your
own "Grand Royal"...I am not saying make a record label but make something
you believe in that is "Guaranteed Every time".
I was a kid who had no idea
what my future was going to be, I bought records, bobbed my head to the
latest mix tapes, and my parents were freaking...Grand Royal gave me a career
and opportunity. I now make music with the Latch Brothers, continue to write
and try and be the best Tick I can be. In a time where we fear when
uncertainty is near, please embrace it and
know that there are no boundaries. 5 rules that Mike D gave me many years
back... ADAPTABILITY, CONSTANTLY THINK, STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF, COMMUNICATION,
BE OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS...now that's the real Blow Up Factor.
Everyone on that message board who spit the positive I love you, all the rest
of you who spit the booty and spread bullshit rumors you get my middle. JUST
KNOW THAT GR will be something that could never go away for those who really
Much respect to the GRAND ROYAL Family past present and future.
We are GR SOLDIERS for life.
Source: Tick (GRTICK@aol.com)