Hollerado's Menno Versteeg Records Cover Songs for Charity Auction

Mav Karlo's versions of "Stand by Me," "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and "What a Wonderful World" are each available in an edition of one
Hollerado's Menno Versteeg Records Cover Songs for Charity Auction
Since Hollerado went their separate ways, frontman Menno Versteeg has been releasing music as Mav Karlo. Now, he has recorded a few cover songs on ultra-limited-edition cassettes for a charity auction.

How limited are these tapes, you ask? Well, there are three different cover songs, and each one is limited to just one copy. As Mav Karlo, Versteeg has recorded his own versions of Ben E. King's "Stand by Me," Bob Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World."

Below, watch a lo-fi, VHS-style video for Mav Karlo's version of "Stand by Me," directed by John Smith. The cover follows in the intimate acoustic footsteps of Karlo's recent Reno Tapes.

To bid for a tape, simply DM @mennovers on Instagram with an offer. The tape (plus a digital download) will go to the highest bidder; Versteeg will match that price and donate all the money to the Art for Aid Project, a Métis-run organization that supports First Nations, Inuit and Métis art education programs.

Versteeg wrote on Instagram:

If I want to make a positive difference, I've got to do my job better than I ever have. I must never take for granted the privilege that I was born with has made it easier for me to have a career in the arts. My job is making music and putting out records, and with every action I take I am trying my best to make the music industry more inclusive and artist friendly. I want to speak up for what I believe in but I want my actions to speak louder than my words.

I'm proud of the work we do at Royal Mountain both artistically and in our contribution to the community, but I can honestly say I'm inspired to do better. 


Read the full statement in the Instagram post below.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

When this pandemic started I had a lofty plan to learn a bunch of cover songs and record them on tapes and who knows what and then I was inspired and then the weeks went by and then it got harder to motivate and then the streets began to burn and music became the last thing on my mind. I took a month to keep my mouth shut while I gathered my thoughts.  If I want to make a positive difference, I've got to do my job better than I ever have. I must never take for granted the privilege that I was born with has made it easier for me to have a career in the arts. My job is making music and putting out records, and with every action I take I am trying my best to make the music industry more inclusive and artist friendly. I want to speak up for what I believe in but I want my actions to speak louder than my words. I'm proud of the work we do at Royal Mountain both artistically and in our contribution to the community, but I can honestly say I'm inspired to do better.  I finished recording three of those tapes. I'm really happy with how they turned out. The songs I did are: Stand by Me by Ben E. King (@strangeprocess made a lil vid for this - link in bio) Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong I'm going to sell exactly 1 copy of each tape. That comes with a digital download of my cover also. If you want to own the only copy of my version send me a DM with your best offer. Tape goes to the highest bidder. I will match the price and all of that money will be donated to The Art For Aid Project. Art For Aid is a Métis-owned project that works to support Canadian First Nations, Inuit and Metis art education programs through access to quality art supplies, awareness and fundraising efforts. They work to connect Indigenous youth to art and knowledge of their culture. They seek to accomplish this by ensuring art supplies are in remote schools and communities. For more info or to donate, I have the link in my bio.

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