"The happiest moments for me are when bands have some success," says Sniper. "We have a couple of guys who are able to live off of their music. Being able to have bands live off of their music, to me, that's the biggest success, to give them some freedom from the daily grind and just be artists. That's something I didn't think would ever be possible. Especially for me to do this for someone else. I was living off of a slice of pizza and a Hawaiian punch a day through my 20s. Going to sold-out shows that DIIV or Wild Nothing play is a little weird. But knowing we've been there from the beginning is cool."

Later that night, standing on the balcony at Webster Hall, I'm looking down as DIIV open for Japandroids. The show is sold out. A few feet away from me, Sniper is watching with Garcia and Payseur, all three beaming with excitement.

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