If you’re a fan of ours, you probably know William Schaff’s work. He’s the artist responsible for almost all of the artwork on our records and he’s one of my oldest artistic associates and friends and one of the most talented people I know. (He’s also frequently confused with me because we have similar names, which is why at one point we made a couple of videos to clear things up.)
There’s not a lot of money in visual art – even less than in music, unless you’re tremendously lucky – and for as long as I’ve known him Will has been desperately struggling to keep possession of his house, a beautiful old three storey-building he jokingly/seriously refers to as Fort Foreclosure. Will makes everything in his life some kind of beautiful art project, and Fort Foreclosure is one of the coolest places I’ve been in (you can see a video that shows some of the Fort here, and he also has a photo-set of pictures around the Fort on his Flickr page). The house was left to Will by his father when he passed away, and he has lived there for as long as I’ve known him, sometimes in the upstairs bedrooms and, in leaner times, camped out in the downstairs studio where he works for what seems to me like his every waking hour.
Will has started an indiegogo campaign to try to finally save his home from being foreclosed, and I’m contributing a track for a benefit CD he’s making as one of the rewards. I felt moved to post on this page to ask you to go check out the cause and the rewards. Will’s work is phenomenally creative and beautiful. You won’t regret owning any of this stuff. And you’ll be helping to support a truly brilliant artist and wonderful guy. So check out his page and maybe consider giving a little. Thanks for reading this!