This Saturday, August 25 we perform at the Hard Rock Cafe (GET TICKETS) here in Seattle with the one and only Thaddillac, pictured here with us while on our last tour to O’ahu. The show features the release of his brand new mind-blowing double album, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Totem Star Records, the non-profit youth-run record label co-founded by Pak and Thaddeus. Here is the complete story of how it all came together:
In the summer of 2006 Pak met a guitar player named Thaddeus Turner (aka Thaddillac) at the Rock School summer camp at Seattle Center. It was the first time they would teach together, each taking a group of young aspiring musicians (many of whom have never met before) and in just two weeks getting them ready to perform at the Vera Project (in front of a large audience, which often included celebrity guests like Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam).
Pak and Thaddeus would continue to bring youth together through music instruction for the next four years, running after-school programs at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in addition to the annual Rock School summer programs. And in June 2010, they received an unexpected phone call that would open a whole new door for them.
YouthSource is a youth one-stop center located at WorkSource Renton, offering education, employment, and leadership development programs for young adults ages 16 to 21 who have dropped out of high school. These programs also provide connections to youth programs, community resources for life stabilization, job readiness and placement services, and comprehensive case management. One of the programs designed to specifically assist youth involved with the juvenile justice system and transitioning back into the community from detention is LEAP (Learning and Employment to Achieve Potential).
In June 2010, Pak received a call from longtime friend Amanda Justen, one of the youth case managers at YouthSource (who had previously mentored youth with Pak through non-profit the Service Board). She explained that the LEAP program had a sizable budget to do a summer work training program with a group of youth just released from detention and if he was interested in putting something together. He immediately called Thaddeus, explained the potential partnership, and one month later Totem Star Records was born at their very first program at Rainier Community Center.
Two years later, Totem Star Records is now in its fifth program, currently at the Metrocenter YMCA downtown, and is preparing to release its first compilation of work by the youth at the first annual City of Music Community Expo at Bumbershoot 2012. Totem Star Records has served over 80 youth from South Seattle and has built strong community relationships with Mayor McGinn, the Mayor’s Music Commission, KUBE 93, KEXP 90.3 FM, Sub Pop Records, Sportn’ Life Records, Jewel Turner Records, Seattle Theater Group, Seattle Neighborhood Group, the Seattle Violence Prevention Initiative, the Northwest African American Museum, the Royal Esquire Club, and much more.