As my recent travels through Europe unfurled in front of my bug-splattered van floating along the impeccable roads of France and Switzerland, as did many new friendships and heartfelt human connections.
I love the gigs, wholeheartedly, but what might be just as dear to me whilst on the road is broadening an ever expanding community, tribe, clan, whatever you might call it.
I received a vinyl order from Switzerland just days before embarking on my journey... I'm all about packing and sending vinyl orders... But if I can deliver merch in-person, I am there! Laurent (aka Tokiboun In Dub) and I arranged to meet meet outside a very busy train station and had no idea what each other looked like - but as soon as I arrived we spotted each other, smiled across the crowded street and drove together into the peaceful mountains, drank coffee, ate pastries, met his friends and family and stayed on a farm deep in the countryside with 6 horses, too many sheep to count and a serene quietness during the evenings.
And so, a vinyl exchange was made in the shadows of the Swiss mountains.