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This episode explores the difficulty navigating being an artist while having to wrestle with Christianity, credibility, commerce, and the conflicting expectations of fans, parents, record labels, and the non-Christian bands that you think of as peers.
Brandon Ebel’s ability to spot, harness, and highlight the talents of others (bands and staff) is his magic. The emerging scene and his unique personality were the right combination to turbo charge and launch a label that would go on to sell 26 million records.
A movement of Christian kids and leaders who not only embraced punk and DIY ethics, but saw it as consistent with their faith.
This is the ongoing story of the tension between those two worlds and the cultural scene, from the bands, managers, label employees, and people whose lives were changed by the movement. We’re back.