Toronto Blues Musician Mike Nagoda is working on a new record, Outside the Box and needs our help!
“Making a record has always been an incredible endeavor that takes a lot of time, effort and resources on the part of artists, and it isn’t cheap either, as the days of record labels being able to put money into their artists are gone. The over all budget to make Outside The Box is $28,850.00: $14,400.00 for the Recording Budgetand $14,450.00 for the Post Recording Budget. Since shooting the campaign video, I identified some additional costs which caused the budget to expand beyond what I originally presented in the video.” – Mike Nagoda
It is a dark, bleak, night. The air is wrought with tension and in the background, Parliament Hill burns to ashes in the night sky. Canada has been seized by martial law, betrayed by a group of corrupt politicians intent on solidifying their rule. Somewhere, in the midst of all this, a voice is heard, lamenting the trials and plights of a nation consumed by chaos. This brooding landscape sets the scene for Mike Nagoda’s debut album, Parliament. Inspired by post apocalyptic science fiction, this album is Mike’s answer to the genre that has intrigued many across the globe for years. Dissatisfied with leaving the chaos and despair solely to the Americans and the British, he figured it was high time to plunge his own country into madness.
It’s the sound of slide guitar that tells this story, that unique sound of metal on metal, steel on steel, told with the raw, emotional power of the Blues. But this isn’t just any traditional Blues album with a slide guitar on it. This is the Blues mixed in with Jazz, Country and Hard Rock, played with not just one slide, but two. Mike’s unique style of Double Slide Guitar is done by only a handful of musicians across the world. Created by Mike’s friend and mentor Brian Cober, the use of two slides allows the player to express themselves freely, no longer limited by traditional single slide playing. The second slide, placed on the thumb and able to cover two extra strings, allows the guitarist to play chords and licks usually not heard in an open tuning. The player is no longer limited to just major chords: now they can play minor chords, sevenths, diminished or any other sort of advanced chords commonly heard in music such as Jazz.
Unable to play guitar like most people because of his disability of Cerebral Palsy, Mike struggled for years to be able to play. Undeterred by those who said he’d never be able to do it and determined to find some way of expressing himself on the instrument he loved, it was the double slides that finally allowed Mike to express himself freely and realise his dream. Originally trained on Classical piano from the age of six, it was a struggle to even find a teacher who’d take him on. But in the end he persevered, learning both guitar and piano. Parliament is a melting pot for musical diversity, paying homage to both the great concept albums of the 1970s that inspired Mike growing up and the generations of Blues musicians who continue to inspire him today. Parliament is the culmination of years of struggle against adversity, representing not only Mike’s dedication to his craft but also his love of music.
Go to his Crowd Funding page now and donate here! : https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mike-nagoda-outside-the-box-guitar-lgbt#/