After graduating from Bangor High School, Chas Bruns lived in California and New York working on shows such as Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Kimmel. He has since moved back to Maine to produce on his very own YouTube show, "Dirt Cheap with Chas Bruns" with the hopes of growing his audience and someday making it to TV. In this podcast, Chas shares his thoughts on entertainment in Maine and life in the Pine Tree State. Listen here.
The Dirt Cheap series follows the escapades of filmmaker Chas Bruns as he travels the world in search of the cheapest tours, food, hotels, hostels and transportation. If you're living on a budget, Chas can show you how to travel for pennies on the dollar. Chas will show you where to go sky diving, waterfall hiking, shark diving and more!
We have already released the pilot episode, shot on the beautiful island of Fiji. We then followed it up with our second episode, shot in exotic Thailand. We currently have 250,000+ views on YouTube and counting. We have proven there is a demand for this type of show and are hoping to grow the brand even more by shooting a third episode in Bar Harbor, Maine.
We have already begun shooting, but need money for equipment, crew, food, gas, hotels, etc. The show tells you how to travel cheap, but it's not cheap to shoot the show! After personally financing the first two episodes, we've run out of cash. Now we need YOUR help!
We have signed a six month "shopping agreement" with a well-known production company in LA and they are currently shopping us to networks. So far, the feedback has been great, but the networks are asking us to prove that there is a real audience backing for this type of show. They want us to release the Bar Harbor episode and try to reach 500,000 views for our YouTube channel. If we can do that, we will have a real shot on being carried on a major network! Please help us get there!
Chas is from Bangor, Maine, so this episode is close to his heart. He has always wanted to shoot in his home state of Maine. In his own words, "There is nowhere in the world I'd rather be in the summer than Bar Harbor, Maine."
03/22/16 - Follow the escapades of filmmaker Chas Bruns as he travels the world in search of the cheapest tours, food, hotels, hostels and transportation. If you're living on a budget, Chas can show you how to travel for pennies on the dollar. Chas will show you where to go sky diving, waterfall hiking, shark diving and more!
This episode takes Chas to Thailand where he explores the cities of Bangkok, Pattaya, Ampahwa, Krabi, and Ao Nang, rates The B.B. Grand Hotel, The Sleep Whale Hotel, The Presidential Hotel, dines and drinks at The Last Fisherman, Moon Bar, Noodle Pak Wran, Ampahwa Floating Market, Chatuchak Market, RCA, Khaosan Road, Crazy Gringos, Boogie Bar, The Nest Beach Club, watches some Muay Thai fights, visits the Krabi Salt Water Fish Farm, gets a massage at Pootonrip, checks out multiple Islands (Bamboo Island, Monkey Beach, Phi Phi Don, Maya Bay, Tup Island, Poda Island, Phra Nang Island) and visits a few ancient temples (Panan Choeng, Phutthaisawan, Bang Kung and Tham Suea). If you're considering traveling to Thailand, you can't miss this.
Soylent Green: What's the story behind the track Dangerous?
Buffalo Stack: It's about a dangerous women. One whose selfish, material-driven, and flirtatious. One who will lift you high and leave you dry. She's terrible for you, but you need her anyway. A archetype of some women I knew before I met the right one, my wife Tania.
Soylent Green: S'mores or Rice Crispy Treats?
Buffalo Stack: Rice Crispy treats- Gluten free if Tania makes them.
Soylent Green: What other bands are you guys listening to on the road?
Buffalo Stack: Classics, Muddy Waters, BB King, The stones, Lowell George, Grant Green, The Meters, Bonnie Rait. New stuff we dig is Dawes, Jack White, Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Soylent Green: Are you guys religious? If so, what religion?
Buffalo Stack: Not religious per se, but spiritual. We like eastern philosophy, Buddhism, yoga, meditation. I like to read Kabbalah as well. But no real organized religion, we like to be independent of that.
Soylent Green: What's the story behind the "Indian Themed" album art?
Buffalo Stack: Tania painted the cover. It's a nod to deep American traditions in a way. Reminds me of some of the art in New Orleans. Also it's a take on a Buffalo skull, and our name is Buffalo Stack. The colors are a bit psychedelic, which kind of lift the earthiness up a bit to a more ethereal place. Some of the sounds on the album reflect that concept.
Soylent Green: Are you going to be playing in New England any time soon?
Buffalo Stack: Yes, we have a show coming up at Atwoods in Cambridge, MA on September 16th. We hear great things about this club. Can't Wait!