Interview with Dar Stellabotta (@darstellabotta)


Interview with Dar Stellabotta (@darstellabotta)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

In 2017 I attended a show in West Virginia put on by my friend Rob Lee. At the show was a raffle for a cigar box guitar. I bought 5 tickets and did not win. Always in the back of my mind I thought of this cigar box guitar. In January of 2019 I had some time off from my college classes so I looked up on YouTube and found a very informative “how to build a cigar box guitar” video by a man named Glenn Watt. At that time I built my first cigar box guitar and fell in love with the sound and culture.

Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?

I think the most interesting thing I have done so far with my cigar box guitar music is that I did a tour in the Netherlands. A man named William Nijdam found me on Facebook and booked a 9 show tour for me in the Netherlands in 2019. There I also performed on a Netherlands television show as well.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?

Make sure you give yourself enough rest time in between tours, shows and festivals. If not you will become unhealthy.

None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? *

Really I would say Glenn Watt. Glenn really made a great “how to make a cigar box guitar” video that was easy to understand. He made it so someone like me with no carpentry experience could build a cigar box guitar. For that I am grateful.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? *

I created my own “how to make a cigar box guitar” video that can be viewed on YouTube. This video has 54K views as of this moment. People have shared with me how this video has helped them with their building.

Do you have a favourite “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

” Yes “The only Zen you find at the top of the mountain is the Zen you bring with you.” This musical journey has taught me that peace is found with in and nobody or any amount of money can give you that peace.

How can our readers follow you on social media?  

You can find me on Instagram @darstellabotta, YouTube at Dar Stellabotta, Facebook at Dar Stellabotta and TikTok at darstellabotta.

Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article? *

If you would like to purchase a cigar box guitar made by me please visit my Etsy shop!