That's Outrageousrecently began asking for donations in an IndieGoGo project to fund their second record. Many questioned the $7,500 goal the band was trying to reach, so the group has outlined that budget in a blog here. The budget includes $2,500 for CDs, $1,000 for travel, $1,500 for start-up merch costs, $500 for mastering the album and $1,500+ for studio time.
A fascinating new kickstarter has been making the rounds the past week or so, it's called the gTar. Basically, it's a fully digital guitar - that you can hook up to an iOS device and it can teach you how to play as well as a few other tricks.
We Shot the Moon has launched a Kickstarter to help release their 3rd album Love & Fear. Singer Jonathan Jones has teamed up again with former Sherwood members Dan Koch & Joe Greenetz, the same lineup as the first WSTM album back in 2007. Koch co-wrote and produced the album, and Joe played drums. All backers of the project will receive immediate downloads of 4 new or remixed songs.
We reported a couple days ago the Kickstarter project of former Play for Keeps bassist Cash Colligan, where Colligan originally said he wanted to bring his friend, former The Cab drummer Alex Johnson, to Las Vegas to play in a new band. The Kickstarter page has changed - Colligan says the $1,000 will now be used for both record and to make a pitch for a reality TV show - and you can read a piece of the new description below.
Former Play for Keeps bassist Cash Colligan has started a Kickstarter to bring his friend, former The Cab drummer Alex Johnson, to Las Vegas so he can play drums in a new band. They're looking for $1,000, and according to the project description, "It would make ZERO sense to not have Alex Johnson become a part of this project that WILL CHANGE MUSIC. He knows nothing about this project, though I'm sure when we go live it will be hard to keep the secret." For pledging $100, you can get a whopping email and three tweets from Alex. We've had plenty of Kickstarter debates on this website - where do you think this falls in the spectrum of Kickstarter's niche and usefulness in the music industry?
Oceana has reached its Kickstarter goal and announced they will record in July and August. Any more money raised will go toward buying a tour van and the band hopes to have the new record out in fall. You can also see the group's full 40-minute set from RaleighPalooza in the replies.
Amanda Palmer (of the Dresden Dolls / Evelyn Evelyn fame) is funding her new record via Kickstarter and set out for a $100,000 goal. The Kickstarter currently stands at over $618,000 with over 11,000 backers and still has three weeks to go in its lifetime. What are your thoughts on Kickstarter campaigns that blow up like this? Discuss in the replies.
Look Mexico has launched a Kickstarter campaign for an upcoming 12", So Crucialtine, which will contain the So Byzantine EP and the Crucial EP on vinyl. With profits from their sales of the LP, the band are looking to put the money back into releasing other artists' projects under a new label.
A lot of folks around these parts have been clamoring for a more in-depth look at Kickstarter and other crowd-funding models. I did some research, interviewed a couple dozen people and ended up with my Too Long; Do Read article for March, called Kickstart This: Crowd-Funding Websites Help Creators Bypass Traditional Forms of Investment. As you'll see from the beginning of the article, it's not just about music - crowd-funding websites are used by many different types of people, so the article is a more business-oriented look into the increasing popularity of these models and offering some insight from bands like The Narrative and Five Iron Frenzy as to what their Kickstarter experiences...
The OC Supertones have reunited and will record their first new album in eight years. They have begun a kickstarter to fund the new album and are offering their first new song "On the Downbeat" for free download.
In an overwhelming show of support from fans, The Classic Crime's $30,000 Kickstarter for their new album has already been funded and then some in less than a day. Any money beyond the goal will be used to support the upcoming tour and on the marketing of their new album.
Showbread have announced the new details on their upcoming album Cancer, and have launched the kickstarter campaign for it. They say they're looking at doing "a science-fiction concept album with an elaborately detailed universe fleshed out with music, lyrics, visual art and a movie."
Who doesn't enjoy a late-night discussion about something like Kickstarter? I'm writing up an article about the crowd-funding platform for my March feature and I'm looking for some input from AP.net users. Check out a poll I made in the poll forum, and feel free to answer it and the questions I attached to it. Probably the most interesting question is saved for last - if your favorite band had to use a Kickstarter to continue or end their career, what would you give them?
The Spill Canvas is set to record their next album in January at Cathouse Studios in Sioux Falls, SD - the same studio where Sunsets and Car Crashes was recorded. The band have started a kickstarter page to help fund recording.
Corey Warning (The Graduate) and Tony Peck (The Forecast) have started a new band called Lincoln-Douglas Street Fighter. They are playing one show in Quincy, IL on December 10th at the State Room with Asa Dawson's (Junior Varsity) new band Palace Flophouse. If anyone donates to either The Graduate's Kickstarter or The Forecast's Kickstarter, they get $2 off the $10 admission price.
Abel (Come&Live! Records) have launched a kickstarter to raise the funds to record their next full-length in January. As of today, the band has already reached 10% of their goal. They are comparable to the likes of As Tall As Lions and Brand New; you can read a review of their latest album Lesser Menhere.
The Graduatehave a kickstarter up for helping put together their "farewell DVD." They have already reached their goal; however, after talking with Corey -- they really want to make this thing amazing and go all out - so they're looking to raise as much as they can.