PAINTING: Pop-art painting by Andy (Andrea Fumagalli) for Fluon album launch. Note stylized S2 guitar. Wait!! What's up with the Tuner?! Artistic license...or a glimpse into the (near) future?!
Two satin black S2 guitars are taking shape in the shop at the moment. Both of these guitars are really black. I mean truly black. Black TOONE & TOWNSEND precision machined components, black custom DiMarzio pickups, black finish on the Swamp Ash.
Aside from glints and gleams from bits of stainless steel — frets, fasteners, mounts — these two machines gather all light in the known universe and cause it to vanish.
One of these two instruments is destined for guitarist and composer Fabio Mittino. Fabio does double duty, playing in Euro-electro-synth-pop-band Fluon and also (swirling stylistic headsnap) with Bert Lams in an all-acoustic pairing that often features very classic, very traditional indigenous melodies.
Fabio emailed me this week and we got into a fascinating conversation about crowdfunding and the role it can play in helping musicians...
We decided to use a crowd funding project to produce our first album, called "Futura Resistenza".
I think it's a very good way to have a very creative and honest approach with the fans. We put different rewards, like t-shirts, guitar lessons, portraits, remixes, instruments and also a limited edition of the cd: Andy is in-fact a known pop-artist too, so he did a 100x100 cm painting which represented the band and the project: it was then cut, and each limited cd will have a special cover made of 1/100 of that canvas.
You can see in the painting all the elements that has something to do with each band's member: in my case, my Guitar Craft background (represented by the triangular shaped pick), the years spent practicing at the metronome, a Kamen Rider figure... and the S2 guitar!
Here's the link: https://www.musicraiser.com/projects/1403-fluon-futura-resistenza
I've learned so much in the last two months. I will definitely recommend to do a crowdfunding campaign, but beware: it's not easy. Artists are usually uncomfortable to put ourselves out of the comfort zone and ask. Sometimes they have a totally different perception of their popularity. There could be a good news, or a bad one. In any case: if you want to go from A to B, better know where you are first!
I'll do soon another Kick Starter Campaign for my duo project with Bert Lams of the California Guitar Trio. It will be another interesting adventure.
VIDEOS: Two musical sides of Fabio Mittino. Very different approaches to the same instrument. Looking forward to hearing what he does with his S2. PS: I really (really) enjoy my clients and the musical/philosophical journeys we travel on together. Thanks, Fabio!