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The W Lovers: "I'm Humbled To Know That We Have A Small Growing Army Of Wonderful Believers Behind Us"

Published July 17 2015. Photos by Laura Tait Photography (top left) and Kurt Clark (bottom right).

  by Mario

A good old friend needs our support. Fleur Jack is back on Indiegogo. Together with her husband Wesley she's currently crowdfunding the upcoming debut album of The W Lovers. I talked to her about living in Seattle while missing New Zealand, the album and how music crowdfunding has changed over the years ...

50K MUSIC: It's been almost exactly two years ago since we've talked. How has the world been treating you since then?
Fleur: It's crazy to think how quickly time goes by. My son Phoenix will be two on August 12th and it has literally flown by. We played 125 shows in 2014 and we must be up to 50 for this year already, so we've been playing hard, working hard and enjoying parenthood! We've been really busy trying to gain momentum and get our name out there. In the meantime, we've been able to make music our living which hasn't been easy but we've got our head above the water and food in the fridge.

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Oskar Schuster - A Journey To Strange And Beautiful Places In Your Mind

Get an exclusive view on "Sneeuwland" album covers and take a sneak listen to "Fjarlaegur". Published March 14 2014.

  by Mario

Exactly one week from today Oskar Schuster is going to release his crowdfunded new album "Sneeuwland". Almost 150 believers supported the album project on Sellaband. I talked to Oskar about his music and what it means to him to be a DIY musician ...

50K MUSIC: You're about to release your second album „Sneeuwland“ on March 21st. I would refer to this release as a milestone of a project which began in July 2012 with the start of your crowdfunding campaign on Sellaband. How do you look at it?
Oskar: Yes, it began with the start of my crowdfunding campaign. I released a demo recording of a new song called "Sneeuwland" as background music to my Crowdfunding Promo Video. Unexpectedly, that demo recording became quite successful in the following months. It was my first track that used the combination of multiple layered piano tracks and a beat consisting of noises from typewriters and old cameras I had randomly recorded. For the album, I tried to evolve that sound. I worked a lot on it during two years and now finally everything is finished and I'm happy I can thank all the people who supported my crowdfunding campaign by giving them my new album.

50K MUSIC: You've played most of the instruments on the album, you've produced the album yourself, you've created the artwork … Simply put, you've done most of the work for the album yourself. Would you call yourself a perfectionist?
Oskar: With the crowdfunding money I could afford to work with a great audio engineer, Thomas von Pescatore, who helped with the mixing and did the mastering. But it's true that I did nearly everything on my own otherwise. It's easier for me because I only have to rely on myself and not on other people.

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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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Pet The Preacher: "Turn This Band Into Something Unique"

Sadly Pet The Preacher are going to cancel their Sellaband project. I talked to Christian about their reasons. Thanks Christian for answering. Published on June 29 2013.

  by Mario

If you've supported Pet The Preacher on Sellaband there are bad news: they're going to stop their crowdfunding campaign. The good news is, that they won't stop Rocking. I talked to Christian about the reasons why they cancel crowdfunding their upcoming album and about the album itself...

50K MUSIC: Who are Pet The Preacher? Where do you come from, what are your roots and who are your heroes?
Christian: Basically, we are a power-trio from Copenhagen. Torben on bass, Christian on drums and I, Christian, play guitar and sing. We play heavy, blues-infused music, inspired from all spectres of the musical landscape. We are different and have different tastes, but all the classics like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Aerosmith are a big influence. Also bands like Kylesa, Baroness, Kyuss, Metallica, Down, High On Fire, Pentagram and so many other great acts, inspire us everyday.

50K MUSIC: You've just started funding your second album on Sellaband. Rumour has it that you will stop the project soon. Can you unveil your reasons?
Christian: Simple, we did'nt reach our goal. We were too far from what we aimed for. Also we have found some great work-partners, so we can keep on making our art.

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The Cheek of Her: This Support Crushes Some Of My Angst

Thanks to Helen for taking the time for doing this Q&A. Published May 24 2014.

  by Mario

After the release of two five track EPs in 2011 (Passionate Shit) and 2013 (Megaphonic) The Cheek of Her is back with her full album Adult Angst Anonymous which was made possible by the support of her fans on Pledgemusic and will be released on May 30. I talked to her about the album and the direct-to-fan experience ...

50K MUSIC: First please tell us about yourself. Who is The Cheek of Her? Where does the name come from? What are your (musical) roots?
Helen: The Cheek of Her is Helen Dooley, a Female Solo Pop-Rock Artist based in London. I thought up the name as it fits my personality, as I'm a little bit of a joker and love wit and good banter. I can sometimes 'get away' with saying things others can't, so a little bit cheeky for pushing boundaries!...plus you can push it even further in songs!

50K MUSIC: You're about to release your debut album Adult Angst Anonymous in a few days. What can we expect?
Helen: Angst, passion, heart felt vocals and delivery, big drums, piano and well, to tap your feet!

50K MUSIC: Are you happy with your work now you hold the album in your hands?
Helen: Yes! You can start becoming totally obsessive, but then you'd never release anything! I think 10 mixes on some tracks is more than enough striving for my version of perfect! I'm happy :)

50K MUSIC: The album has been successfully funded through pre-orders of your fans on Pledgemusic. Please tell us something about this direct-to-fan experience?
Helen: I was approaching it more from a marketing point of view, as it still costs to arrange creating the video, artwork and constant plugging etc ... and I'm not well known, but wanted to just see how it all works and hope something could come out of it.

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We used to be Tourists: "And At One Point You Realize That You Are Not A Tourist Anymore"

Published July 18 2015.

  by Mario

Last Saturday when listening to one of my favourite radio stations - radioeins, FM4 is the other one :-) - I stumbled upon an interview with this Indie Folk trio hailing from Cologne. We used to be Tourists are currently funding their debut album on German crowdfunding platform Startnext. I talked to Ben about the band, musical inspirations, the crowdfunding (of course) and the upcoming album ...

50K MUSIC: First of all please tell us a bit about the band. How did you get together? Who had the idea of naming the band We used to be Tourists?
Ben: We got together in the late summer of 2012 and met – in a very non-romantic way – on the internet. I was looking for musicians to start a folk band without really knowing in which direction it would go. Isa was among the first people that responded to my ad and we noticed pretty quickly that we were musically compatible. We thought it would be a good idea to come up with a name while looking for more musicians. I remember coming up with We used to be Tourists when thinking of the feeling you have when you’ve lived in a new town for long enough: You used to be a stranger here, but as you get to know the streets and corners, beautiful and ugly spots of the place you get closer and closer to calling it your home. And at one point you realize that you are not a tourist anymore.

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