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John Allen: "Thanks Chuck, You Were Right!"

John Allen reveals the title of his upcoming album ... exclusively to 50K MUSIC MAG readers. Just read the interview he did with Sabine. Published March 16 2014.

  by Sabine

He has a beautiful sense of humor, an amazing throaty voice and a real bunch of talent: John Allen could just be the nice guy next door – or one of the heartiest songwriters you heard during the last decade. In our Q&A he talks about how it feels to reach 90% of a crowdfunding target in 20% of the time and – exclusively for 50K MUSIC – he reveals the title of his second album.

50K MUSIC: Where are you right now?
John: Right now I am in Krefeld. We've played a show at the KulTube in Moenchengladbach last night and went to stay with friends in Krefeld who were nice enough to offer us a place to sleep!

50K MUSIC: How is your tour going so far?
John: The tour is going very well, really. We're playing a mixture of bars, small clubs and house shows: For our house shows in Hamburg and Koblenz about 60 people turned up, which is quite a lot to fit into a living room. The show at Schokoladen in Berlin was also epic.

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AM & Shawn Lee: "Without Fan Support We'd Be Dead In The Water"

AM & Shawn Lee answered my questions via e-mail. Thanks guys for your support. Published on March 13 2013.

  by Mario

After they successfully funded their last EP and tour through the support of 55 Pledgers back in 2011 AM & Shawn Lee are back with a new project on Pledgemusic. I talked to them about the crowdfunding campaign and all the things they are currently busy with ...

50K MUSIC: Actually AM and Shawn Lee are solo artists and "AM & Shawn Lee" is the name of this band collaboration. How did you get together?
AM: I heard Shawn's music on the radio here in LA. I emailed him and we started a bond over obscure 70's library and film music...eventually it made sense to make a record together.

50K MUSIC: Your current Pledegemusic project is the second of that kind. What is it about?
AM: I'm a fan of Pledge. You're laying it all on the table and seeing who's ready to go to bat for you.

50K MUSIC: So you like the idea of crowdfunding your music?
AM: Yes, it's pro-active. You can move forward or wait for a record company to write you a check...but it happens less and less these days.

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The Deltahorse: "We Carve Out A Dirty Soundtrack For The Night"

Thanks to Sash and Vadim for taking the time to answer my questions. Published April 14 2015.

  by Mario

A few days ago Sash from The Deltahorse got in touch to ask if I could support their crowdfunding campaign on Musicraiser. When digging deeper into their music and corresponding with Sash for a while I was overwhelmed by their commitment. I can't in no sense understand why they haven't reached their funding goal yet. So if you love their music as much as I do please consider to pledge.

I talked to Sash and Vadim about their special way to make music together, the crowdfunding experience and their upcoming album ...

50K MUSIC: Who is The Deltahorse? First of all please tell us a bit about the band.
Sash: Mario, let me first thank you for having us! We appreciate this opportunity, thanks for taking an interest in The Deltahorse. We are an Indie/Alternative band comprised of three members who have never been altogether in the same place at the same time. We are scattered over the globe so we don’t know each other really well. But we appreciate and feel each other, even though there’s this bloody virtual gap standing in the way. If I were to describe our sound I would say The Deltahorse are probably your gritty soundtrack for a night out in a shady bar. Joshua Pickard of nooga.com once described our sound as ’mammoth slabs of thunderous bass, sax riffs and thudding melodies’.

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Francesca of Amycanbe at The Justin Wayne Show

Listen to the wonderful Francesca of Amycanbe at the latest edition of The Justin Wayne Show. Thanks Justin for your support so far. Published on March 23 2013.

  by Mario

Everyone who has listened to latest edition of The Justin Wayne Show will have noticed the interview with Amycanbe's Francesca. Justin Wayne, extremely committed to the spirit of Indie Music, is the radio host and broadcaster of his own radio show.

A few weeks ago he has discovered the music of Amycanbe, he said when he opened the interview and introduced Amycanbe and especially Francesca. She talked about where Amycanbe come from, their 2011 five song EP "The World Is Round" based on Gertrude Stein's first book for children and the collaboration with a painter who created the special drawings for a small book that came out with the EP.

Then Justin and Francesca talked about Amycanbe's engagement for Amnesty International. "It took us about two years to actually have it and finished to record it", Francesca said about the "Mountain Whales" album and this was the time, when William Poni connected them with AI. "It just happened when the album was out like a parallel process", Francesca explained.

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Sasha Daniel: My Heart Is In My Music

Thanks to Sasha for taking the time to answer (and sorry for being late with publishing the Q&A). Photo by Alexander Kinik. Published December 07 2014.

  by Mario

It's been a while since I've talked to Sasha but due to being a bit ill and really busy over the last weeks I haven't managed to publish it earlier (so some questions might not be as current as they should be). But there's still time to support her debut album project on Kickstarter. Enjoy reading ...

50K MUSIC: For a start, who are you?  Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Sasha: Hey! I am Sasha. I'm a Brooklyn based musician and i'm a serious traveler so nothing is ever set in stone. By this time next year I might be in Berlin or Tel Aviv or Colorado :) It seems like I'm constantly shifting my destiny. Or at least I want to believe I do, despite the knowledge that density is really not up for me to design. When I was 6 my (musician) parents took me, my brother and everything they owned and moved to israel. At the age of seven I started dancing and never left the stage since. Inspiration is my biggest friend, patience is my hardest lesson, gratitude makes me stronger and LOVE is everything to me. I'm an eternal optimist but at the same time extremely realistic and grounded. I still didn't figure out if this combination is a blessing or a curse. But it's who I am so i guess it's a blessing! Man, I feel like i just wrote a bio for a dating site :)

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Delaney Gibson: "Utterly Grateful For All The Outpouring Support"

Thanks to Delaney Gibson for answering my questions by email. Delaney, you're awesome. Published on April 06 2013.

  by Mario

Delaney Gibson should be more than happy with how her Pledgemusic project goes, and she is. She has raised more than 130% of her goal for her upcoming album "Tall Like The Tree". I talked to her about the funding and her plans ...

50K MUSIC: In your Pledgemusic pitch video you call for money. What will you use all the money for?
Delaney: Making a record costs a lot of money! I'll have to pay for a Producer, musicians, recording, mastering, photography, artwork, music videos, radio promotion, publicity, and tour support.

50K MUSIC: I guess you're happy with how the project has developed so far?
Delaney: I am, the record has been finished since last year. We've had to push back the release date in hopes to raise more money for promotion. I cannot wait until we can release this. It really is my best work to date.

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