Daniel Mustard, who was once a homeless street musician, has just gotten a Kickstarter campaign
underway to get funds together for his upcoming album.
According to Gothamist
, "Homeless" Mustard "lived and busked in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village" for several years. He has since gotten attention for his musical ability via the internet - more precisely, YouTube - and some of his videos have seen close to 8 million hits.
One of his uploads is a cover of "Creep" by the band, Radiohead, performed on the Opie and Anthony radio show. Mustard claims
that afterwards, "I've managed to get my s**t somewhat together; I'm off the streets, I'm clean, and focusing on the music I love and live for."
While in the studio, Mustard also played an original song
he entitled, "Last Time."
He recently told Gothamist
: "I don't busk on the street anymore. When I did, I played in Washington Square Park, and earned a bit of a rep there. Despite that being a very low point (I was living in the park at the time), I would say that's still my favorite 'venue.' I've since played shows at Parkside Lounge, Zirzamin Lounge, and a few spots throughout Brooklyn. I've actually got my Kickstarter Release show coming up this August 4th at Zirzamin at 7 p.m."
According to his Kickstarter profile
, Mustard has earned $3,016 out of his $15,000 goal, along with 95 people backing him up. More about his story can be learned via the given video on the page.