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Lischkapelle: "We Dreamed Of That So Long ..."

The guys of LischKapelle answered my questions via e-mail. Thanks Susi, Karin, Andreas, Mathias, Gurdan and Markus for your support. Love your music. Published on March 18 2013.

  by Mario

If you want to listen to Bavarian folk music in a new way you definitely won't get around LischKapelle. They've created Bavaro Indie Pop and are still raising funds for their debut album on Sellaband. If you want to be a part of it you'll have to hurry - only a few parts left there. I talked to them about the crowdfunding, how they got together and their plans for the album ...

50K MUSIC: You're raising funds on Sellaband since the beginning of December. I guess you're happy with the progress so far?
LischKapelle: Of course! We are really overwhelmed how much money we already have together...our dream will soon come true.

50K MUSIC: How did you find the way to Sellaband?
LischKapelle: In Summer 2012 we won the House of Music Bandcontest in Munich. Sellaband was one of the sponsores there and supported the winner with 500 € for a crowdfunding project on Sellaband.

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Benshee: Getting Our Place In The Sun

This interview has originally been published in 50K MUSIC MAG # 12 in February 2010

  by Mario

They come from a small village in Portugal and their music is definitely worth to support. So come and listen to Benshee.

50K MM: Who are you, where do you come from? Please tell us something about Benshee.

Benshee: Hello.We are a new Pop rock band in Portugal. We were born in a small village close to Lisbon (where everything it's more dificult for a young band). Everything started in 2006 since then we have changed our formation and recorded our first EP. We have won some contests and this year we become part of a compilation as best pop artist of one of the big contests in Portugal. We still as independent band... looking for our lights to shine.

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Nate Maingard: "Inspiring Thought While Moving Your Heart To Feel"

Thanks Nate for doing this interview. Awesome music man. And thanks to Daniel of Muscraiser who introduced me to Nate. Great work you're doing over there in Milan. Published on April 10 2013.

  by Mario

He has just reached his goal with his Musicraiser project but you can still support Nate Maingard there. Hailing from South Africa now living in London he's still raising funds to record a 4 track EP. I talked to him about his project and what he plans for the next few months ...

50K MUSIC: Who is Nate Maingard? Please tell us something about you. Where do you come from, what are your roots?
Nate: My roots are deeply set in the mountains and ocean of Cape Town, South Africa. I was born in a little village, where my early days were spent running around barefoot in the wild Southern tip of Africa. My father is a lifelong musician and one of the world's top guitar makers (http://maingardguitars.com). Those early days shaped my views on life, that people are more important than money, and life is for the living, not for the hoarding.

50K MUSIC: Once someone said about you: "Maingard writes protest songs for lovers and love songs for rebels". What did A.Weickl mean with these words?
Nate: I can't speak for her, but what I feel about it is that my songs are about celebrating love and the challenges of life in a more authentic way than is commonly presented by mass media pop music. My music inspires thought while also moving your heart to feel. So, I guess it's music for authentic romantics :). As George Orwell said: "In these times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." I aim to be a revolutionary in that sense.

50K MUSIC: You've almost reached your goal on Musicraiser. Why did you choose this platform, there are a number of others nowadays?
Nate: I chose Musicraiser because I like the way they operate, I enjoy their hands-on approach. They've been very helpful and supportive every step of the way. They actually approached me initially, and I'm glad they did.

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It’s All About Struggle – Andrew Horn on “Twisted F*cking Sister”

This time we have a cool Indiegogo project to feature: a film about the early Twisted Sister years in New York by Andrew Horn. Thanks to Sabine for interviewing him. Published January 15 2014.

  by Sabine

“I love you!” This is what most people say when they meet Dee Snider. But – what does it mean? Maybe “Twisted F*cking Sister” could help to answer this: The so called Iron Men of Rock’n’Roll are about to celebrate their 40th birthday. And – maybe as a kind of a gift – film maker Andrew Horn made a documentary about their first ten years of club life from the early Seventies to the early Eighties. I talked to Andrew about his soft spot for painted people, the fact that having no money but time can be good for making movies and how similar the band history is to his own story of making this film.

50K MUSIC: What did you know about Twisted Sister before you started the project? Did they mean anything to you?
Andy: My connection to Twisted Sister came from my previous film, “The Nomi Song” about the New Wave singer Klaus Nomi. Twisted weren’t really on my radar at all but I must have known enough about them to automatically think that the idea of Klaus Nomi opening for them was a recipe for a spectacular disaster. Which it was.

So I met Dee Snider and Jay Jay French while researching that story for the movie and Jay Jay then appeared in the film describing the wild scene that erupted when Nomi, a German operatic counter-tenor and performance artist, was booked to open for Twisted in a club in suburban New Jersey. After the film was completed, Jay Jay and I spent an afternoon together where he started filling my head with stories about Twisted’s own wild shows in the bars. Jay Jay’s description of what he called “bar band shtick”, which is the various ploys they used to engage their crowd in the bars, sounded to me like its own kind of performance art – just for a whole other type of crowd. And the kinds of things they would come up with, seemed to me to be pretty surreal. This sounded interesting and the more I followed up on it, the more I realized there was a real story there. And it was engaging on a human level, but sometimes it could get just as surreal as the atmosphere of the shows.

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Hogan: "Fans And People Believe In Us Make Our Lives Amazing"

Thanks to Hogan for answering my questions via email. I wish you success with the Sellaband Band Contest. Published April 13 2013.

  by Mario

Quite accurate 2 weeks left to support your favourite band on Sellaband Band Contest 2013. Here is the first interview with Hogan. They're one of the competitors. There's no time to lose to help them win the competition. Because there will be only one!

50K MUSIC: Sellaband has just started the Band Contest 2013. How come that you joined it?
Hogan: We felt that this was a great idea and would be a great platform to use for the bands growth. We also felt that it's a great way for fans to really be a part of the band and show that they really can make a difference and help a band to their goal.

50K MUSIC: Is this your first crowdfunding experience?
Hogan: Yes, this is our very first time doing a project like this. And we're really enjoying it.

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Equinoxx - "The Production Suddenly Gets Very Real"

Simon answered my questions via Facebook PM. Thanks Simon for your support. Published on February 25 2013.

  by Mario

Usually Michael Simon (known as Simon) is a full-time member of German Medieval Rock/Folk Metal band Subway To Sally. But lately he started his side project Equinoxx and is raising funds for producing a solo album on Pledgemusic now. I talked to him about his experience of crowdfunding, the project and the solo album ...

50K MUSIC: Usually you're a part of Subway To Sally. How come you started your solo project Equinoxx?
Simon: For the latest Subway to Sally production "Schwarz in Schwarz" I wrote more songs than actually went on the album. And as I liked all those ideas very much and thought they were just too good to gather dust somewhere in my computer, I found I could do something solo.

50K MUSIC: You're raising funds for your debut album on Pledgemusic at the moment. Why did you choose Pledge?
Simon: I see Equinoxx as a project with which I want to tread on new paths. This includes new ways of producing music and funding just those productions. I wanted to do without funding schemes like record companies and so I chose PledgeMusic. I find the closeness to the people supporting me very invigorating and refreshing.

50K MUSIC: How do you experience crowdfunding your music?
Simon: Exciting. You never know what you'll get.

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