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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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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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Introducing One Spark Berlin Music Creators (6): Somebody Else

Thanks to Fisal and Tino of Somebody Else for taking the time to answer my questions. Published November 08 2014.

  by Mario

About two months ago creators and supporters celebrated first One Spark Festival in Europe at Platoon Kunsthalle in Berlin. We continue to introduce the music creators who showcased their music there ... today the audience prize winners Somebody Else. I talked to Fisal and Tino about this new live experience and what they expect from joining next year's One Spark in Jacksonville ...

50K MUSIC: Who are Somebody Else? Please tell us a bit about the band.
Tino: Somebody Else is based in Berlin, Germany. We started working together a year ago, Fisal Campbell the singer, originally from New York City, and me, Tino Kowalewsky the keyboard player and producer wrote songs and gathered musicians for recordings and live performance in order to form the band. Since Mai 2014 the band is complete with Thilo Brandt on drums, Raphael Seidel on bass, Matti Michalschek (guitar), Lisa Buchholz (trumpet) and Niko Zeidler (Saxophone). On a lot of our recordings also Milan Kowalewsky play the drums. We wrote over 30 Songs so far and put out a couple of music videos. Our first album is out since april, for download, streaming and CD.
Fisal: As a band we standing for unitiy, truth, and freedom of expression. And honest fun J.

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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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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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