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About this project
I traveled and gigged for six months around the U.S. last year. I funded the trip with tips and donations on the road and documented everything. Now I’m looking at 300 hours of travels, gigs, festivals, people & places that I’ve recorded. I would like to edit the footage that I have shot into web episodes, and post them free to the internet. The project would feature my original music with live performances and clips from my unreleased studio record.
Performance from the “Starving Artist Tour” at the Hi-Dive in Denver:
As the story goes…
I packed up the car and started driving. I had an offer to play at a cafe’ somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, and it was only a four hour drive to get there. I wasn’t entirely sure that my car would make the assent into the Rockies, but I was certain that I didn’t have enough gas money to get back. I would play my gig in Crested Butte and try to find more. Hopefully I would make enough money to get to the next town.
It was the closest thing to a plan I could come up with, and I only knew one thing for sure. I wasn’t turning back. I decided that even if it was going to be a total disaster (which much of it turned out to be), I would document everything on the video camera I brought, and hope for the best.
My travels took me through the western United States and I managed to find stages at the Burning Man Festival, the Peace Day Festival &The Viper Room, plus bars and coffee shops along the way. I was interviewed on KBUT.FM, WIIS.FM, mentioned in news papers, on blogs and internet radio.
- A side story: How a big road trip turned into a small tour
- Play: A Blog Talk Radio interview from the Starving Artist Tour
- Credit: On the Peace Day lineup
I survived by any means possible. I slept on couches, in garages, in the car and sometimes in the dirt. I made money from donations, gigs, tips and street busking. I met people who helped me along the way and befriended me. I reunited with friends from long ago. It was an adventure, but mostly it was a challenge with a few triumphs, and a lot of random-life moments in between.
The footage from those six months will be sifted down to almost a dozen free web-episodes in their final form. They will feature live shows, all-original music, radio interviews, the Burning Man festival, Peace Day and everything in-between. A DVD with all the episodes, extended live performances and bonus footage will also be available upon completion.
My previous award winning documentary credits include:
I extend many thanks to all the people who have supported my musical ambitions over the years, and I hope to bring this project to you all, so you may see first-hand into what your donations have helped create. Thank you.
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A pack of “Starving Artist” stickers
Your name listed in the ‘Special Thanks’, a link from our website, plus stickers.
A signed poster, plus ‘Special Thanks’, link & stickers.
A signed CD of the original soundtrack, plus poster, ‘Special Thanks’, link & stickers.
A signed DVD of the entire series, plus CD, poster, ‘Special Thanks’, link & stickers.
Your name listed as “Producer” for every episode with early screening of each one (see it 1 week before everyone else does) plus 2 media packs (signed DVD, CD, poster) link & stickers.
Your name listed as ‘Executive Producer’ for every episode, plus early screening, 5 media packs (signed DVD, CD, poster) link & stickers.
A private solo performance (3 hours) anywhere in the continental the United States, ‘Executive Producer’ credit, early screening, plus 5 media packs (signed DVD, CD, poster) link & stickers.
A private three piece band performance (3 hours) anywhere in the United States, ‘Executive Producer’ credit, early screening, plus 10 media packs (signed DVD, CD, poster) link & stickers.
Born into a musical family, I spent my younger years with my hippie mom traveling around and living in her 1950’s retro-fit church bus. As a young teen I lived with my dad, a jazz sax player in Seattle. I broke out on my own shortly after, quit high-school early and enrolled in college to study music, film, design and more. I have won a notable number of grants, press publications and awards for my efforts, including the prestigious Cultural Consortium in 2006.
In addition to working professionally as a musician, actor, recording engineer & film maker, I’ve also worked a long string of short-lived day jobs to support my creative habits, such as mover, telemarketer, ditch digger, mechanic, rent-a-cop, bottle factory worker, jet-ski guide, henna tattooist, bong salesman, delivery driver, burger flipper, summer camp counselor, auto detailer, seaplane dock-boy, fish cannery worker in Alaska, waiter, barista, bolt sorter, door to door salesman, and more. Each unique experience has given me inspiration, and I currently have a creative project list that will last me the rest of my lifetime. 🙂