THE BIRTH OF "FANNIE"
The idea for The Unknown Tour stemmed from a couple years spent traveling and filming behind-the-scenes videos for musicians all over the world. We used to travel a few times a month, spend a couple days in a city shooting with an artist or band, and go home and edit content for them to post.
Frankly, it was a dream job. We got to travel, be creative, and spend the majority of our working hours at concerts and in studios. The dream of moving to Hollywood and being filmmakers was actually panning out. The only thing we were missing was the ability to create anything of our own. We were making cool videos, but they really weren't our videos.
So we hatched a plan to travel America on our own mission, recording music with the artists that are getting ignored by Hollywood. We wanted to get deep in the weeds: dive bars, street corners, jazz clubs. Meet some real characters. And we wanted to make a movie about our journey.
So we started looking for a vehicle.
We found it on Craigslist. It was a 40-foot RV that belonged to an old-timer named Russ (pictured below) who lived about 2 hours outside of LA. It wasn't pretty, but it was enormous and it didn't have too many miles. We drove out to his home, paid him $7,500 in cash, and we were ready to roll. The only problem was, the bus needed a serious makeover before we hit the road.