The plan at the beginning of the year was to support one Kickstarter project a month. Then came unemployment threats and panic and I stopped doing it all together in April/May. Well, the job thing really hasn’t gotten any better but it hasn’t gotten any worse either so I’d been tossing the idea of picking up the process again when I came across Franz Nicolay’s kickstarter. On his kickstarter page is an amazing FAQ he penned that you should go read even if you don’t contribute to his plight. Well, in said FAQ he manages to capture the reason why I started doing the monthly kickstarter support thing to begin with and he does so with far more eloquence than I ever could:
“One of the things I’ve always liked about punk rock world is the idea that it’s a community, that the people who make the music are no different functionally than the people who consume it, that it’s a conversation, not a monologue. And part of being a community is having a stake in it, feeling a sense of responsibility toward keeping that community moving forward. If you don’t like my music, by all means don’t feel an obligation to contribute. But there is some other musician out there whose music you love, and could use your help. And if we can agree to support the idea of community-sourcing funding for projects from this, to Kevin Seconds’ tour van, to who knows what coming down the line, we’ll all have more music from the people whose work we love.”
Now, I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of Franz’s music but after reading his Kickstarter page, I am a huge fan of the man and am more than happy to give him some of my money.
Watch this video for an amazing story about where the inspiration for the album’s title, Do The Struggle, comes from.