Touring around the world for five years with my band, Formidable Vegetable Sound System inspired me to formulate some fun ideas around educating people through music & fun skits based on the ethics of:
The band has managed to do some wonderful things with your help in the past: we've toured to 14 countries, played at Glastonbury Festival (with the Rolling Stones & Radiohead!) and even been featured by the United Nations during the International Year of Soils!
NOW, WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE IT EVEN MORE SUSTAINABLE
The thing about not having a 'normal' job is that, well... you can never really predict when you're going to get paid. I don't mind, because I live very cheaply, but even though touring, recording and making music videos is a lot of fun, it can also be expensive and very energy intensive. Thus far, I've pretty much done everything on the smell of a oily rag (I literally run my van on waste veggie oil!) with the occasional support of generous crowdfunders and arts-grants from time to time.
But now, I've decided to ask anyone who is up for being a grass-roots supporter of some well-intentioned, fun ideas, a crazy muppet with too much energy and a dream-team of freelance creative cohorts (including filmmakers, musicians, animators, puppeteers...etc) who can help implement them to:
PLEASE HELP US BUILD THIS INTO SOMETHING AMAZING!
Here's how it works:
Here's how it works:
- I'll aim to release one thing per month…(probably less, due to our often crazy touring schedule)
- That thing could be a new song, a little skit, some gardening tips or something completely random! The things will be simple at first, but they will evolve as this community grows.
- In exchange for your support, stuff like studio recordings of new songs and professional music videos will be sent to my Patreon supporters as soon as they're ready - before anyone else!
- You, my patrons, decide how much to contribute per thing.. $2...$10, $20... or $100! Anything you feel! There’s a reward for any contribution. I think you'll like them.
If you've only just heard of Formidable Vegetable Sound System or aren't that familiar with our work, this music video we made with our amazingly talented friend Dropbear is the kind of thing I'm hoping to eventually make more of:
...and this other one made by Bigfish is also heaps of fun:
...not to mention, the guy who's been helping me out since the very beginning with animations and illustrations - Oz Thomas, who did the cover of the new album and a bunch of our earlier music vids:
So the idea is... over the next while, I'm looking to create a filmed & animated online series of fun webisodes called "Grow Do It!" - based around the ideas in our new kids' album, but also with new themes as they emerge - all about eating/thinking/growing healthy food/thoughts/gardens and encouraging everybody to take good care of their friends, family & planet and to EAT their front-yards.
If you've made it this far, THANK YOU in advance for considering being a part of this exciting community experiment supporting both the arts and sustainability education in such a grass-roots way! I promise to crank it out the best I can, so please feel free to give what is within your means and I hope we get to meet up soon!
lots and lots and lots of love,
PS. If you're not sick of watching music videos yet, here's another one that teaches you how to make tasty fermented cabbage: