"What I do is such a non-traditional profession that sometimes you can wonder if it’s what you’re supposed to be doing. We all only have a certain amount of time on this earth, is this really what I should be doing with my life? Should I be doing something more constructive? But then you play that great show and someone comes up to you after the show with a story. The best thing, hands down, are those moments when you feel affirmed about what you do.
This one time a guy walked up to me and told me about how when he was in Iraq in the military, he was pinned by sniper fire in a fox hole for forty-eight hours, he listened to The Ladder because it made him think of home and in some small way, helped him to get through it. Something like that really slaps you in the face. You might not be able to see much beyond the recording process and how you make these songs. But what you don’t see, what you can’t see, is how it can touch and affect people for the positive. Stories like that make me happy and really appreciate what I get to do.
It actually makes me pretty frustrated with myself for ever doubting whether or not this is what I should be doing. It’s the moments with people who have heard your music and have been influenced and affected in a way that I can remember being influenced by the bands that I love. It’s an honor to be able to serve that purpose. With the way that music is distributed now, I can only imagine the people, who I’ll never know, who had a chance to interact with, even be changed by the music. The ripple effect that we’ll never know the extent of is a very encouraging thing you only discover on the road.”
- Andrew Belle (excerpt from an interview with SerialBox)