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Nightlife profile: Andy the Doorbum 

If you have ever visited The Milestone over the past six years or Snug Harbor recently, you have more than likely encountered Andy the Doorbum's smiling face. In between singing sweet tunes while standing guard at what is known to many as the "Ghetto Fortress" (that would be The Milestone, if you're unfamiliar) and handing patrons toilet paper, Andy will greet you at the door with the utmost kindness. And the way he slaps that wristband around your arm demonstrates his seasoned status within Charlotte's music and nightlife scene.

Creative Loafing: What would you say is the most eclectic experience you have had throughout the years?

Andy the Doorbum: I would say as far as at The Milestone, it would probably be when I released The Door Booth Album. It was Neil MF Harper's one-year anniversary of running The Milestone so we did a show for the album release that I played from the door booth. We had to get everybody out and pack up every single thing in the building because in the morning we were flying to Costa Rica. Well, we couldn't get people to leave because it was such a fun party, and there were so many people there and everybody was so drunk. A friend of ours that is a police officer came inside and acted like he was arresting Neil on stage and told everybody that they had to leave.

Would you say that your job has inspired any aspects of your personal musical journey? If so, how?

I wouldn't be doing the Andy the Doorbum thing if it weren't for The Milestone. Before that I played in bands and I was writing a lot of acoustic songs and stuff and just playing them at the end of the night. Neil and Robert Childers, who was working there at the time, convinced me that I should start playing them live and pretty much forced me to play a show.

Over the years have you witnessed any notable changes within Charlotte's music scene?

It seems like Charlotte used to be more ... there were certain groups of people who came to see certain bands and you could pretty much anticipate with the kind of music which people you would see. Lately, you start seeing a lot of different people showing up to the same shows. Maybe I just wasn't seeing it six years ago but it seems like it's been a real change to me.

Where do you think the scene is going next?

It could go to shit and it could turn into something amazing. Suppose everything is kind of like that.

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