“I see how it may
seem otherwise, but
winemaking is first
an art, and a business
and science second,”
he insists. “In that way,
it’s actually a lot like
large bars and small concerts with a wall
of speakers and a huge light show,” says
Nodland. “Spandex and leather!” Photos
from that era in his life attest to this. The
friendly, mild-mannered, bespectacled
barrister rocked the house! Nowadays,
though, he prefers playing jazz guitar with
the neo-swing band “Timmy Swift and the
Around the same time that living
large and touring was starting to take its
toll, Nodland was offered a job as a talent
agent. In short order, his portfolio grew to
18 “hair bands,” he recalls.
“I loved the business side of music, and
to reach the top would be securing an art-
ist development position with a record la-
bel,” he says. “The best path to that career
was to have a law degree.”
The only problem was that when he
graduated from Gonzaga University
School of Law 21 years ago, bands like Poi-
son, Mötley Crüe, and Quiet Riot were giv-
ing way to an entirely new genre that could
be summed up in one word: Nevermind.
“The music industry fell apart thanks
to Kurt Cobain and the Seattle grunge
scene,” says Nodland, “and overnight, my
would be a lawyer, joining debate team in
high school, with plans for pre-law study at
Washington State University. But then the
proverbial “something happened on the
way” to campus.
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