On October 11th at approximately 7pm, just a short distance east of Iowa City, Moldover's tour van collided head on with a renegade deer. The 75 MPH collision killed the animal instantly and caused an estimated $4,000 worth of damage Moldover's ill fated vehicle. The passengers we're shaken by the accident but not seriously injured.
After many hours of MacGyver-style repairs and part replacement, the van was judged safe enough to continue the tour and no shows were cancelled. When questioned about the future of touring operations, Moldover's tour-mate Exaltron said "it's a thin line between breaking even and going into the red on these tours. This pretty much kills it".
Moldover fans have created a "Save the SuperVillain Tour" fund to help cushion this financial disaster. Generous persons donating $10 or more will receive exclusive bootleg videos featuring performances of new unreleased songs and personal photos documenting this most recent tour. Support the fund and the future of Moldover's music by following the link below.
$4000 goal reached on Oct 30th, 2012
Thank you so much for your generous support!
All feedback has been overwhelmingly positive except...
One despondent fan writes: "Really dude? You're seriously asking for donations to get your car fixed? Maybe you should put $ aside for incidents like this so you don't have to depend on others to take care of your stuff. It makes you look extremely unprofessional and lame."
Moldover's response: Thanks for your letter. I had the same thought when I first considered asking for help from my community with this accident. As a self-employed independent artist I believe that I stand for high quality, innovative work, outside the bubble of mainstream media. To move forward with this donation campaign, I had to put aside my fears that the public would judge me as you have. Instead, I embrace the fact that I take serious risks with projects like this tour, that there are people out there who understand my situation, and they are willing to help support me whether chance is working in my favor or not.
I would like for everyone who enjoys my work to understand all the difficulties, calculated risks, and personal sacrifices that are part of my life and my work. Rather than relate that complicated story, I would instead like to share a quote that a very special person recently sent me:
"Artists are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime.... Every day, artists face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they'll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every role, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life - the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because artists are willing to give their entire lives to a moment - to that line, that laugh, that gesture, or that interpretation that will stir the audience's soul. Artists are beings who have tasted life's nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another's heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes." - David Ackert
I think Ackert's description of the artist's life better explains my situation than any details about how I finance and insure my projects could. There is no amount of money that can insure us against all the challenges that life involves. I chose to spend less of my life seeking material wealth and security, and more in the pursuit of strong connections with my fans, my friends, and my family. Thanks for reading.