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Fleur Jack Album Progress and Artist Madness

This post has originally been published in April 2010.

  by Fleur

Making an album always seams to take forever. I am rehearsing twice, sometimes three times a week with my band on my solo songs, getting ready to hit the studio and while it's obvious we are making great progress, I can't help but feel like i'm not moving fast enough! It's that feeling of being so close but so far (patience fleur, patience!). As well as my impatience with time, I am also wanting the album to be really freakin' good (who doesn't right!?). I want to make an album that people will want to play from start to finish and enjoy all the way through. I want it to be a successful album that people will talk about and as well as impressing other people, I want to impress myself with it. I have been writing like a mad hatter! Wine in one hand, pen in the other and a cigarette pressed into the end of my headstock. I can't help but feel like i'm channeling Hunter S Thompson some nights. Is that song finished yet? Is my chorus strong enough? Is the bridge working? Can you sing this note, so I can test this harmony? I even called my parents today to ask for their opinion on a song. My dad spent the rest of the afternoon locked in his audio cave putting strings to the song I emailed through, so I guess that's a tick from him and mum was honest about her dis-taste for a chord I had chosen in an otherwise great track. Unlike a lot of peoples parents, mine are always brutally honest with constructive criticism and I can always test out songs on them and know i'll get honest feedback that I can trust - take it or leave it, it's always good to get opinions. Last week I filmed band practice as a way to make people feel like being a part of the album making process. I've left all the in-between stuff out of it and you just see the band playing one song in my very, artistically messy lounge.I will continue to film the album making experience so if you want to stay tuned into it, please subscribe to my Youtube channel. While working on the album, I am also planning the release tour. I toured NZ four times last year between both my bands and i've decided to step it up a notch for my album release. This September, I am going to drag my band to the USA, buy a van and drive for two months. It's going to take me the whole year to plan all the gigs and of course, save my butt off to pay for the flights, the van, petrol, insurance, food, accomodation and everything else that will go into the trip of a lifetime but no doubt, will be worth every effort. Once I get home, it'll be time to do a tour here and then try it again in Australia. The plan from there is to get into my follow up CD which I am already funding for on AKA music. In my head, it's all figured out. I just need to dedicate every part of my soul to turning into reality! Right - now for the sales pitch: Please 'like' me on facebook Follow me on Twitter Friend me on Myspace Check out my stuff and get behind me with my next album Thanks very much - all the way from little ol' New Zealand! xx Fleur

Fleur Jack Believer Update

This post has originally been published in November 2010.

  by Fleur

Fleur hit her target on SellaBand a couple of weeks ago and is touring with her band The Twitch throughout New Zealand and Australia at the moment. Today she gives us a short update of what happened lately: „Kia Ora from New Zealand~ I hope you've been doing really well and all the best wishes for the upcoming break over the Christmas period, I thought i'd drop you a line to say >HI< and keep you up to date with my music. … I've been having a blast on the road for the last three weeks, touring with my band The Twitch and at 8 am tomorrow I'm back on the plane and headed for Melbourne for three shows and a couple of interviews on radio and TV there. We are there until Sunday and then head home to NZ for the last couple of shows of this tour. Here's an interview I did for an Australian gig site~ Our latest goal is to make a music video for The Twitch and we've got just 13 days left on our quest. I'd love it if you could take a look and help us by spreading the word where ever you can! You can check it out here. I'm very much looking forward to my summer holidays where I get to do pre-production for the SAB Album!!!! I'll keep you posted with my album progress and what I'm up to with my music! Best Wishes! Cheers Fleuro~“ I will try to get Fleur for an 50K MUSIC interview within the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned for more...

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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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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N.I.K.O.: "Freu mich schon wahnsinnig auf das nächste Mal!"

Danke an Niko fürs Beantworten der Fragen. Veröffentlicht am 19. April 2015.

  by Mario

Ende März haben N.I.K.O. auf wemakeit erfolgreich ihre Tour durch Österreich einschließlich zweier Abstecher nach St. Gallen und München finanziert. Ich habe mit Niko, dem Frontmann und offensichtlich Namensgeber der Band über das Crowdfunding, die Tour und die sonstigen Pläne der Band gesprochen ...

50K MUSIC: Erzähl uns erst mal etwas über N.I.K.O. Wo kommt ihr (musikalisch) her, was ist eure Mission?
Niko: Grundsätzlich bin ich vor einigen Jahren den Weg als Rapper unter dem Namen N.I.K.O. angetreten, hab bei Freestylebattles mitgemacht, Songs geschrieben und zwei Alben rausgebracht. Seit Herbst sind wir eine Band, die N.I.K.O. heißt in der Formation wie wir jetzt sind. Drums, Kontrabass, Keys, Gitarre und 3 Backgroundsängerinnen und ich.

50K MUSIC: Ende März habt ihr auf wemakeit euer Crowdfunding für die gerade abgeschlossene Tour erfolgreich beendet. War das eure erste Berührung mit Crowdfunding? Wie habt ihr die Kampagne erlebt?

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The Deltahorse: "We Carve Out A Dirty Soundtrack For The Night"

Thanks to Sash and Vadim for taking the time to answer my questions. Published April 14 2015.

  by Mario

A few days ago Sash from The Deltahorse got in touch to ask if I could support their crowdfunding campaign on Musicraiser. When digging deeper into their music and corresponding with Sash for a while I was overwhelmed by their commitment. I can't in no sense understand why they haven't reached their funding goal yet. So if you love their music as much as I do please consider to pledge.

I talked to Sash and Vadim about their special way to make music together, the crowdfunding experience and their upcoming album ...

50K MUSIC: Who is The Deltahorse? First of all please tell us a bit about the band.
Sash: Mario, let me first thank you for having us! We appreciate this opportunity, thanks for taking an interest in The Deltahorse. We are an Indie/Alternative band comprised of three members who have never been altogether in the same place at the same time. We are scattered over the globe so we don’t know each other really well. But we appreciate and feel each other, even though there’s this bloody virtual gap standing in the way. If I were to describe our sound I would say The Deltahorse are probably your gritty soundtrack for a night out in a shady bar. Joshua Pickard of nooga.com once described our sound as ’mammoth slabs of thunderous bass, sax riffs and thudding melodies’.

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Lucia Lilikoi: "This Is The Transformation Of Pain Into Beauty"

Lucia's crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo is still running ... support her with her upcoming album Vessel. Published April 13 2015.

  by Mario

Lucia Lilikoi is well known among Sellaband believers. In 2008 she funded her album Tame The Night with the support of her fans. Now she's back with her new album Vessel and we can create something great again together. I talked to Lucia about her current Indiegogo campaign ...

50K MUSIC: It's been a while since we've talked. I think it was about 6 years ago. How has the world been treating you since then?
Lucia: Hi! it's been a while indeed. I moved to the Bay Area of San Francisco about 3 years ago, where I've met people in the consciousness movement, misfits and freaks like myself. I have been teaching a lot and wrote the original score for a documentary film about renewable energy last year. Building a vegetable garden and learning about the natural beauty here. Oh, I've also been writing, recording and producing songs for my new album, Vessel.

50K MUSIC: For everyone who doesn't know you already, please tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you come from, what are your roots?
Lucia: I'm trying to figure that out myself! I come from the stars, like most of us. But I was born in Sevilla, Spain, and grew up in a town near Madrid called Majadahonda. When I was 16 my whole family embarked on a trip across the Ocean to Malibu, California. Since then I lived in Boston, travelled around a lot and now I live in Marin, north of San Francisco.

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