You may have seen countless concerts in bars and clubs, but is a stage environment really the best place for art to be expressed and appreciated?
Not according to native Wiltonian Brad Geyer, Wilton High School Class of ’05, who has made it his mission to “bring art off the stage and into real life where it belongs” by shooting undiscovered talent on the streets of New York, the city in which he now lives.
His project, The Street Noise Project (TSNP), is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Geyer needs an equipment upgrade and funds for services.
“Right now, I’m using a Canon 70D and a Rode VideoMic directional video condenser microphone to record sound. That’s my whole rig. Using the directional microphone dictates what angles I have to use, and how far away from the artist I have to be. It’s limiting,” he said.
In addition to being ill-equipped, Geyer is shorthanded. He is a one-man-crew. The rest of the funds raised will go toward hiring help.
“I plan to use half of the money for [the] equipment upgrade. The other half I’m dedicating to...[hiring]...a web designer, someone to design a logo and someone to help me with marketing,” Geyer said.
At present, he has raised $3,140 of a $12,000 goal, with 11 days left to go. If he cannot raise the remaining funds by that deadline [July 28 at 1:08 EDT], he will receive nothing.
“I can and have been executing my mission for the past year. What I haven’t done is made one cent in the process. What I need is the funding to improve the quality of the product and to bring in the help that I need to help these artists reach their audience,” Geyer says on his Kickstarter page.