Within weeks of moving to Los Angeles in Y2K, I got a job with garage rock / reissue label Dionysus Records. We had a new imprint called Orange Sky, which was to focus on new acts. Our first signing was an L.A. group called The Tyde. Their 2001 debut Once remains my favorite album from that year; a perfect combination of California vibes and English indie pop. The group went on to record two more albums for Rough Trade: Twice (2003) and Threes Co. (2006) before frontman Darren Rademaker reemerged with the stunning Darren 4 in 2016. What follows is an interview I conducted with Darren on a Thursday evening before heading out to favorite scene spot Three Clubs. There’s a Tyde concert scene in my forthcoming novel Sunset Trip and I think this interview with Darren captures the vibe of what was going on in L.A. at the time. To this day, I think the scene there at that time was once of the best I have ever experienced. As exciting to me as when I lived in England in ’85-’86. Click on the PDF bellow and enjoy the ride. In the coming weeks, I’ll scan some more interviews I conducted during that time.