I'm super excited to make a new album and I'd love for you to be a part of it! I write songs faster than I can release them so when I decide it's time to release an album I make sure I pick the REALLY good stuff! I’ve got a solid batch of songs I’ve been playing all over the country the past few years that people always seem to respond to when I perform. In between songs or after a performance, people will often ask about them and where they can get it. I’ve had to tell them…they’re yet to be recorded—that is until now! I found a way to get these songs into people’s hands and hearts. All it requires is some sweet collaboration between us. :) I got some sweet perks for you guys too for as little as $9!
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Since I left for the Peri-Fornia Tour and relocated back to Atlanta, I've realized I haven't been back home to Florida in a year! I booked a show at the sweet little music hall in my home town, Common Grounds. I played there a year ago with my buddy Josh Lozada. It was a BLAST! I'm SO excited and everyone is coming out! So make sure you get your TIX now before we SELL OUT.
Next Friday April 14th 7:30pm @ Common Grounds Meeting Hall in North Port, Florida! INFO/TIX Click here.
I got a bunch of new songs and wanna share some of my travel experiences with you! It'll be great to see everyone and I've been working hard a new show for everyone to see. I'm honored to have special guest and Common Ground favorite, Wendy Kaneko, open up the show. It's gonna be a very memorable night. Please come out and join us if you're in South-West Florida.
Stay sexy Franions!
Ok so a few weeks ago I promised my Patreon backers a surprise as a little kick back for sticking with me all these months without many live streams on my Periscope or Busker profiles. Thank you thank you thank you for being patient and supporting my music. It DOES make a huge difference when I'm on this crazy ride...because we're on it together. :) So here's some live tracks over a few showcase nights in Snellville, GA at a great place called Tavern on Main. Some of these songs will be on the new EP coming this summer, called Onward & Upward.
In addition, as promised, here's a little explanation about my hiatus. It was abrupt and lengthy, but for good reason (some of you may already know). DISCLAIMER: this is not a pity party but a chance for insight on what was going on. Here we go...
So August 2016, at the tail end of my live-stream filled Perifornia Tour from FL to CA, two things aligned around the same time quite nicely---I was ready to start building something with music in one area instead of bouncing around so often (I was also running out of places to go other than home) and some of my talented FL friends arrived in LA. I was invited to join the effort of chasing down dreams months ago so I finally decided to accept. Quickly after arriving there, my lifestyle changed DRASTICALLY. It became less about exploring and more about surviving. When people say LA is expensive---it's an understatement. It's UNREAL.
I had some savings left from the past year but within a month they were gone. By day I was learning how to Busk on the Santa Monica Pier and Venice beach and by night I was finding a place to rest with my friends at various parks. We would sleep in our vehicles and then by day we would go out and busk or did gigs...whatever we could do to survive. Now, I know what you're thinking...why the hell would I sleep in my car?! Because I felt it was a means to an end and for the experience and knowledge I gained...it was worth it. I had a blast and a unique experience out there. I was also no stranger to car dwelling, which I also did in Atlanta, but I never did it to this extent.
So living out of my car immediately knocked out many of the hours I’d usually be live streaming because, one, I had no wifi, and, two, I had no space to play! (at least in my car…I did it but it wasn’t very conducive) Another obvious reason is that I wasn’t the most hygienic and well rested so I wasn’t always very ‘fit’ to be on camera let alone playing music. 5 days in a row in the car without crashing on a friend’s couch or getting a hotel and I would be pooped from exhaustion and the sun beating down on me at the pier all day. I have some pretty rough photos of me looking like a couch potato ripe tomato haha :P
But there were more complications, the longer I stayed in my car, which did allow me to not have to drain any earned money on shelter, the more rusty I became with practicing. Often times on live stream and on the pier, I felt under-rehearsed but I could never seem to find an efficient way to practice. I loved being out in this top entertainment mecca, but I hated the feeling of just ‘winging it’ all the time. On top of not being well rested or groomed, my skin broke out in some pretty bad acne. I was embarrassed and couldn’t ignore it or manage it well (matter of fact today I’m still trying to manage it but it’s getting much better with the right diet, care, and regard visits to an esthetician!).
Slowly, things came to a breaking point, as much as I loved performing on the pier like my buddy Clare Means I could not make enough money to get ahead even with the support of my Patreon backers and Busker chipping in. Most days during the week I only made enough to eat and put gas in my car, only on the weekends did I have a shot of making anything decent. It just wasn’t enough. Someone suggested driving for Uber Eats and I finally gave it a shot. I liked it! It also gave me the money I needed to get things going and eventually get into a place, but unfortunately, it took me even further away from music. It gradually took up all my time. I was so fixed on making enough money to get out of the car so I could get a place to sleep and work on music, I hardly streamed or played out on the pier. People had warned me about how bad LA was with prices, but I honestly thought I could swing it.
Holidays came up and I was confronted with reality head on. My family wanted me to fly into Atlanta for the holidays and I ended up staying a month. It was beyond refreshing and productive (I wrote and co-wrote 10 songs and performed a bit). I came back to California feeling split. I didn’t return to LA right away, I bounced from San Diego all the way to the bay area until I decided that Atlanta was the best place to be. I have my family, contacts, and cheaper cost of living. It took a lot for me to leave and go back, but I’m so glad I did because i’m more happy and productive than I’ve ever been now. It’s only been a month and I’m already looking at having my own place (more regular streams!) and a new record on the way! Enough of my soap box….thank you guys!
Stay sexy Franions!
A year ago today in Florida, I embarked on a journey to California that ended up being almost a year long. I raised few thousand dollar funds with my online fans and loved ones, mapped my destinations, packed my car with everything I needed, and hit the road by myself. I traveled thousands of miles to meet with family, friends, musicians, and people I've met through live streaming apps all while documenting adventures through streams, photos, and, of course, songs.
It was life changing, eye opening, awe striking, and mind blowing. I learned sooooo much about everything and myself. I met so many amazing people and had countless wonderful experiences with exponentially more photos to prove it. (I shall post them in bits from here on out...this is by no means even a glimpse of all the photos I have) I had to be unbelievably resourceful and resilient. Courageous and composed. Gentle yet driven. Flexible but assertive. I've come back a new man.
I'm very grateful for my times on my road because I acquired experiences that money can't buy and that makes me all that much more secure in the person I am today. It made connecting with others instant, pouring myself on stage to strangers natural, and navigating through this crazy ride of life a lot less scary---even the times when I had no money to my name, didn't have any kind of game plan, and lived in my car for many months. It was all positive!
I'm happy to be back in my home away from home, Atlanta, doing what I do and love best. It's like I never left and now I have all this experience & strength behind me. After so much travel, I'm ready to build and grow in one place now. THANK YOU to every single person who made this whole epic adventure possible, you know who you are. Peace & love everyone. Don't be afraid to step outside the box. Don't let fear or anxiety/depression lock you down. You are stronger than you give yourself credit for.
Here's a list of SOME of the places I went:
Hey ya'll!!! I want to personally bring my music to some amazing people across the country and reunite with my California friends and family!
I wrote, produced, and released an album on iTunes, spent 9-months in Atlanta, GA, and traveled the east coast last year. Now after the constant urging of loved ones and my followers through Periscope , it's time for me to bring myself to the west coast! I have never been past Texas and I've always wanted to experience California---to see family I never get to see and to mix my music with the west coast scene.
Periscope is a new app that allows people to broadcast live video to the world and interact with the people that watch. In just 6-months, I've spread my music and life to 1,300 followers and met some amazing people. With your help, I can meet and connect with even more people's lives and leave a lasting imprint. You can keep up with my adventures through the app when you follow me @francescomaceri !
Your donations will go towards my travel funds (gas, food, vehicle wear/tear) and getting merch (CD's, stickers, website upkeep). But most importantly...You are allowing me to live my dream of playing music for people who need it.
Starting in early March, I plan on visting these cities on the way to California. Everywhere I go and get invited to, I will be putting on a personal concert and sharing the love on Periscope! Let me know if you want me to come to YOU!
Fort Lauderdale, FL
New Orleans, LA
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Anything and everything helps, THANK YOU!
Peace and Love,
Years of fearless posting and 5 months straight of uploading weekly has brought me to 200 subscribers!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
That is beyond AWESOME.
Tell a friend, let's go for another 200 subscribers.
To celebrate, I present my latest offering: my performance video from when I got chosen by Eddie Owens (legendary live music promoter, John Mayer & Sugarland) to be a finalist performer for their songwriters night at Red Clay Music Foundry.
I participated and was chosen as a finalist in the epic open mic Eddie Owen Presents at Red Clay Music Foundry. I had an early spot and decided to write a song backstage. Before I knew it, I finished it and I was rushing back stage because Eddie chose me as 1 of 4 finalists that night! What a pleasant surprise! Check out OMPlive on Youtube to see more videos from this awesome venue.
5 years later. 6-months of development. 8 songs.
Here it is.
This album is about self-trust. It's about letting go of all the pieces of yourself so they have the chance to come together better than before---even if you never feel like they will. It's about coming into your own.
These are my songs.
It's my demo.
Here's to many more to come.
I'll be promoting this release out everywhere and anywhere I can.