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Lucia Iman: Epic Adrenaline Rushes Of Joy

One of the next "album releasers" is this amazing lady from Spain - Lucia Iman. Her album will come out in autumn this year and I asked her a few questions about her time on SellaBand, the album production process and her future plans and about album promotion:

Q: What were your experiences during the time on SellaBand?
A: Many experiences to list; from epic adrenaline rushes of joy to deep states of frustration and everything in between. What I’m taking with me is the friends I’ve made and the knowing that all is well when I am true to myself and the music.

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Steorrah: Death Metal Meets Crowdfunding

Thanks to Jonathan and the guys of Steorrah for the interview. Wish you good luck for your crowdfunding campaign on Sellaband. Published on August 20 2013.

  by Jonathan

Hailing from Bonn and Siegen, Germany, Steorrah are just the latest metal band to throw their hats into the crowdfunding ring, this time through the platform of Sellaband. The self-proclaimed progressive death metal band is seeking € 3,000 to complete the recording of their new album, which is currently in pre-production stages and is nearing 50% complete. At this juncture, vocalist and guitarist Andreas Maerz checks in with 50K MUSIC about the campaign thus far and what the new album has in store.

50K MUSIC: Firstly, why did you decide to do a crowdfunding campaign for your new album?
Andreas: When I first read about Amanda Palmer's outstanding campaign, my initial thought was ‘This is never going to work for a band like Steorrah’. The second thought was ‘What on earth have we got to lose if we give it a try?’ A few days later the idea didn't quite seem so bad any more, I had talked to a couple of fans who were very positive about it. It took us a while to create the details and then make the promotional video, and most people seemed to like it.

50K MUSIC: How much are you looking for and what costs are you hoping to cover?
Andreas: We have decided to start at Sellaband's minimum amount of € 3,000. This seemed to be reasonable for what we are doing. And had participation skyrocketed from the get-go, we still would have had the chance to up the ante a bit.

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Alex Highton: "Just Be A Bit Nicer To Each Other And See What Happens"

Thanks Alex for taking the time to do this Q&A. Published January 18 2014. Photo by Frank van Delft.

  by Mario

It's been a while since we've heard of Alex Highton. He's back crowdfunding his upcoming album "Nobody Knows Anything" on Pledgemusic. There's still time to pledge by the way - 30 days strictly speaking. I talked to him about the album, the Pledgemusic campaign, new and old fans and a lot more ...

50K MUSIC: You're raising funds for your upcoming album "Nobody Knows Anything" on Pledgemusic at the moment. Why does it make sense for people to pledge?
Alex: Well I suppose it only makes sense for people to pledge if they like my songs! For me it means I get to make the record and send it out into the world. The less money I raise up front the less I can do with it when it's finished.

50K MUSIC: There are some familiar faces among the pledgers. Where does the current support come from - old or new fans?
Alex: I think a bit of both. I'm extremely lucky in that I have a small but dedicated bunch of people who have really supported me from the start. It's very humbling actually. I wouldn't be making records without them and I think they know that, so they do what they can. I'm just really grateful that they're willing to get behind me. They also spread the word, so I've had lots of new people get onboard with the project.

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Tim Wants You!

Published on Jun 30 2012.

  by Mario

... as a supporter and Believer. He has just started his new project on SellaBand to fund 21.000 EUR for recording a new album and tour the US and Europe (Ed was the first to believe as always :-)). I talked to Tim last week and he unveils his plans for you...

50K MUSIC: Hey Tim, long time no see, long time no say! What happened since we've heard of you last?
Tim: Formed a new band, written a truck full of new songs, grown my hair out, fought heavyweight boxers,raised chickens and learned to herd cows and drive and tractor.

50K MUSIC: Any truth to the rumours that you're going to start a new funding project on SellaBand? If yes, what is it about?
Tim: It's all true. The new project is to raise funds for recording a new album plus fund a mini European, UK and USA tour.

50K MUSIC: I guess you're going to press every button again to promote your project. Would you please let us in on your plans?
Tim: First of all I believe live music is the best promotion for itself. This funding, if successful, will make this happen.

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Jihae: "It Was A Rewarding Experience But Very Tough"

Jihae successfully funded her upcoming album on Kickstarter a few days ago. Published October 11 2013.

  by Mario

I talked to Jihae about the Kickstarter crowdfunding experience and her soon to be released album which she produced in collaboration with Dave Stewart ...

50K MUSIC: You've just finished the funding for your upcoming album "Illusion of You" on Kickstarter. How do you feel now?
Jihae: Relieved, happy, exhausted and over the moon..

50K MUSIC: Please tell us something about this crowdfunding experience. What do you think were the key success factors?
Jihae: It was a painful yet eye-opening experience.. An all-or-nothing platform is high pressure for the entire period of the campaign, but I guess that's what motivates those that care about your music to support.

Key success factors?
Grow thick skin and don't take anything personally. Everyone needs reminders. Even your close friends can forget or put off creating a new account and finding their Amazon password so they can pledge. I think it was also important to have a very clear outline of what I'm trying to achieve with my goal and do my ultimate best to get the word out there.

Having some press does help but personal emails to your fans not just to pre-order an album package but to join your team to help reach the goal together, I found to be very important. It was heartwarming to get to personally know so many champions of my music who cared as I much as I did for this campaign to succeed. They didn't only help with my morale to keep pushing through but they were also very helpful in promoting the project in their own words as they felt inspired.

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Introducing One Spark Berlin Music Creators (5): Frederik Knop

Published September 10 2014.

  by Mario

Belongings is the 5th music creator project of One Spark Start: Berlin I'd like to introduce today. I talked to Frederik (Freddy) Knop about what he expects from taking part at the festival ...

50K MUSIC: Who are you? Please tell us a bit about you.
Frederik: Hey, I am a Berlin based composer and mastering engineer. Before founding my own mastering studio in 2013 (Listeners Mastering) I was a musicologist phd candidate and lecturer, specialized on 20th century music and audio technology. I also support my family’s business Adam Audio whereever I can. Having released a bunch of experimental and beatrelated EPs with Mush Records (Los Angeles, CA) and Circle Into Square (Portland, OR), I currently work on a solo record called Belongings.

50K MUSIC: Where do you come from (musically)?
Frederik: I started listening to a lot of post-hardcore music (like Fugazi, Quicksand, The Promise Ring, Hot Water Music etc.) and 90s golden era hiphop (especially the native tongues) in my teenage years. A little later I got really obsessed with classical and contemporary experimental music by composers such as Morton Feldman, Karlheinz Stockhausen and György Ligeti. It`s a pretty wild mix I guess.

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