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Fleur Jack: Not Only "Tales From The Dodge" Is On The Way

It's been a long time since we heard of Fleur Jack. Reason enough to talk to her about what happened since then and her current plans. Thanks Fleur for answering. Published July 26 2013.

  by Mario

50K MUSIC: It's been a while since we've talked. What happened since then?
Fleur: I think last time we were speaking, I had just put out my debut album "Ghosts of Cimarron" and was about to embark on my first big international solo tour of the USA and Canada. WELL, on that trip, I met a man called Wesley. A very long story short; He chased me around the country, we fell in love and I moved over to the USA to be with him last June. We got married this February and we are waiting patiently for the arrival of our first son who is due August 14th (three weeks from today).

50K MUSIC: Any upcoming projects?
Fleur: Yes, my brand new CD; 'Tales from the Dodge' and a whole new band; The W Lovers! Wesley is a great musician and we started playing live together a few months ago. Wesley sings harmonies and plays along on the mandolin. It has taken us a little while to get the hang of writing together but we're getting there.

It started off as him playing along to my sets and we realised that it would be much more fun to start something brand new.

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Lilabungalow: "We Need You To Bake With Us The Finest Vinyl"

Thanks Patrick for answering. Published December 05 2014.

  by Mario

Lilabungalow are a German HutzeButz band hailing from Erfurt. They've just released the first single from their new album Peace To Gold. And they're funding a vinyl edition of this album on Visionbakery with a Christmas baking at the moment. I talked to the brain behind Lilabungalow, Patrick, about the campaign and their plans ...

50K MUSIC: Who are Lilabungalow? Where do you come from? What are your (musical) roots?
Patrick: Lilabungalow are John Starlight, Caramel Diaz and Patricia Kies. In the moment we are living in Erfurt and Weimar in the heart of Germany. The musical roots are really divers. We have J.S. Bach in the beginning and Beck in the end. And in between many Artists from De la Soul, Radiohead, Deus, Queens of Stonage and many many more.

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Thulium: "Finish It All By Winning A Few Grammies!"

This interview was real fun, although we talked only via e-mail. Thanks to Rob and Boubou for taking the time to answer. Check out their Kickstarter project and support them. Published June 03 2013.

  by Mario

Thulium have started their Kickstarter project to fund their upcoming album about one month ago. They still have 32 days left and already funded over 50% of their goal. I talked to Rob and Boubou about their project and the upcoming album ...

50K MUSIC: Please tell us something about Thulium. Where do you come from, what are your roots?
Roberto: We come from very different places, Boubou is from France, Rob the drummer, he is from the UK, Jock our bassist is from South Africa, Leon is Brazilian and I come from Spain, but we all share same taste in music.

50K MUSIC: About one month ago you've started your funding project on Kickstarter. How did you find the way to crowd funding?
Boubou: We've already produced a single through a crowd-funding website before. It was released in June 2010 and featured the songs "Craving", "Running" & "90 Days Of Sorrow". It was very successful. We were actually the only British Rock band produced on that website which was great, but it was a small website and as of late, they faced financial difficulties. It became logical for us to open our music to a new audience, to a worldwide audience and through a stronger website. Kickstarter is the place to be for that.
Roberto: Yeah, this time it's proving to be more of a challenge but we've hit 50% mark and we have 30 days ahead so I think we will make it.

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Gabriel Scar: "Music That Will Speak To Your Heart"

Thanks to Gabriel for taking the time to answer my questions. Good luck with your funding. Published on June 29 2013.

  by Mario

Gabriel Scar has raised well over a half of his budget on Sellaband. I talked to him about his campaign and his upcoming debut album...

50K MUSIC: Please introduce yourself, who is Gabriel Scar? Where do you come from, what are your (musical) roots?
Gabriel: Well, Gabriel Scar is actually the artist name for Gunther Huyghe, from the small city of Willebroek, in Belgium. My musical roots start on a young age, when I became 2nd in the Belgian Championship for copper instruments. I played the cornet (a small trumpet with a warm sound). But I wasn’t really into the more classical music.

So I stopped, to become a cyclist in competition. But after an accident (broke my leg in three places) I had to stop that. That’s when I started singing. In February 2004. By the way, the SCAR in my artist name comes from the scar that is still on my left leg, after the big accident.

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Hannes Grossmann: "It's More Direct This Way"

Obscura's drummer Hannes Grossmann talks to 50K MUSIC MAG's Jonathan Keane about crowd funding his upcoming solo album on Indiegogo ... and more. Published November 02 2013.

  by Jonathan

It’s not exactly uncommon to find a musician with multiple itches that need scratching, where the full-time band, or “day-job” if you will, isn’t hitting the all the spots. Take the case of drummer Hannes Grossmann of Germany’s progressive death metal maestros Obscura. He also sits behind the kit of tech metal super-group Blotted Science alongside one Ron Jarzombek and Cannibal Corpse’s Alex Webster. Add in Hannes’ time with Necrophagist and you have one busy guy. It is however not quite enough and the stickman is looking to bring his solo compositions, in The Radial Covenant, to life.

The new material, written entirely by Hannes, was originally intended for a future Obscura record. “I had written these songs, which is like of 40 minutes of material,” says Hannes, “and we were discussing this earlier in the band that we want to go back to writing songs as four-piece, like everybody puts stuff into it.”

He continues: “I had the songs and I really liked them and I didn’t want to have them ripped apart. If you come up with 40 minutes of material, it is a record. It would not be a real band thing anymore so I decided to do it as a solo record.”

The writing process for Obscura appears very democratic and the songs that are making up The Radial Covenant were in fact finished compositions that were totally Hannes’ and he intended to keep them that way – “I just like the songs as they are. I didn’t want to make a compromise this time so I thought that this is a typical situation to put out a solo record instead of a band release.”

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Death Metal Without Borders - Defect Designer Going International With New Album

Published November 23 2013.

  by Jonathan

Novosibirsk, Siberia, may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of death metal but it’s from that land that Defect Designer originally hails. Their formation has taken quite a few twists and turns, namely the number of line-up shifts that has left Dmitry Sukhinin the lone original member and of course the band leader. He’s also relocated to Norway, to avail of a work opportunity.

“We have quite a complicated case about the band,” says Dmitry. “[Novosibirsk] is a million and a half by population but we’ve always struggled with musicians in the city and we managed to do the first record [Wax].”

Nevertheless the band, though its line-up fragile at the time, were determined to record this first record, Wax, and even did so in Hertz Studio in Białystok, Poland, which has housed some Polish death metal greats such as Vader and Decapitated. That however was nearly five years ago and much has changed for Defect Designer.

“After a couple of years of struggling within the band I got an offer to join the company [I work for] in Norway that I accepted so basically I had to re-establish the band from the very beginning,” explains Dmitry, clearly laden with several obstacles in trying to get Defect Designer off the ground. The band’s second album is now, unsurprisingly, turning into an international affair.

Launching a crowd-funding campaign on Music Raiser, Dmitry has successfully raised the desired $1,500 (€1,100) to record the new record with some high profile names, including one Flo Mounier of Cryptopsy. The Montreal death metal drummer has long been a luminary in the field of extreme metal drumming and Dmitry is quite proud to have him involved but how did this come about?

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