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Willie Stratton: "Great Feeling To Get Feedback From All Around The World"

Thanks to Willie Stratton for taking the time to answer ... I know he's touring a lot at the moment. And a big thank you to Ma Stratton for putting us in touch with Willie. :-) Published July 25 2014.

  by Mario

A little more than a month ago Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party have completed the funding for their just released album Deserter on Pledgemusic. I talked to Willie about the Pledgemusic experience, the new album and their plans for the next months ...

50K MUSIC: For a start, who is Willie Stratton? What is The Boarding Party?
Willie: I am Willie Stratton! I'm a 22 year old singer/songwriter, and the Boarding Party is a group of mean string pluckers that I play with. We've got Dave Fultz on guitar and baritone guitar, Grace Stratton on bass and occasionally smacking the floor tom, and Patrick Murphy on the drum kit.

50K MUSIC: Where do you come from? What are your (musical) roots?
Willie: I come from Bedford, which is a Nova Scotian town in Canada. It's nothing too special, just a suburban area, but it's nicely located on the harbour. My musical roots come mainly from American folk music. When I was younger I was strongly influenced by my Grandfather, who played piano and basically anything else he could get his hands on. I was also a huge fan of Woody Guthrie, and basically anything I could find that Alan Lomax recorded. I try to do what those old songsters did with a bit of a Canadian twist.

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Myrra Rós: "I Am Sending Positive Vibes To The Universe"

Published July 10 2014.

  by Mario

A few days ago I discovered Myrra's project on Musicraiser. She's raising funds for her second album and there are only 7 days left to support her. I talked to her about the album project, the crowdfunding experience and her future plans ...

50K MUSIC: First please tell us a bit about yourself. Who is Myrra Rós? Where do you come from, even musically?
Myrra: Well I come from Hafnarfjörður in Iceland. It is close to the capital, Reykjavík, where I now live. My fathers side of the family is very musical, almost everyone can play guitar to some level and some of them have studied music. My father was in bands when I was younger and I used to get my interest in music from him. He was the one who sat me down when I was young and showed me some albums that he liked and from then on I started taking interest in music. I started quite late though myself. I was going to study fine arts and be a painter or an illustrator. But then when I was 20 years old I picked up a guitar and from then on I have been playing guitar and piano a little bit. I have only been playing live since around 2008 though. I am also in another band I started with my husband Júlíus called VAR.

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Brews Willis: "Bring Our More Chill Sides Out In The Music"

Brews Willis are funding their upcoming album "Party's Over" on Pledgemusic at the moment. Linda talked to Pare Bruce about the album and the Pledgemusic experience ... Published June 30 2014.

  by Linda

Brews Willis is a Canadian Alternative, Indie band from Toronto, Ontario doing their new album "Party’s Over" through Pledgemusic.com. I got to check out some pretty cool songs and rad videos of Brews Willis, and it’s like one awesome party as they skateboard and surf their way through the music world. Here is a great interview I got to have with them. Once you are done reading this Q&A, go and check these crazy guys out!

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The Glass Child: "I Guess You Can Call Me A Wanderer"

Thanks to Charlotte for taking the time to answer my questions. Published June 27 2014.

  by Mario

A few weeks ago I discovered The Glass Child's music on Pledgemusic. There are still 15 days to support her album project there. I talked to Charlotte about the album, living in Berlin and her future plans ...

50K MUSIC: First please tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you come from, what are your (musical) roots? And please tell us about your journey leading you to the point you're at today.
Charlotte: When I was 18 I left my home and everything I knew in Sweden, moved to London and then spent the following years dedicating my whole life to my music and art. I guess you can call me a wanderer. I spent a year just living with my guitar and a worn out bag, sleeping at floors and train stations, playing wherever my music was welcomed. Writing is how I figure myself out so my journals and lessons turned into my first book that I published together with my debut full length album last year, and now I’m right in the middle of a PledgeMusic campaign in order to make my second album happen together with my fans.

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The Amount Of Light We Give Off: "Make This Weird Globe A Better Place"

Thanks to the guys of The Amount Of Light We Give Off for answering my questions. Published May 31 2014.

  by Mario

A few days ago I came across the sound of The Amount Of Light We Give Off and to be honest couldn't stop listening to their latest album List which was released in January this year. Rachel reviewed it last week. I talked to the guys with partly astounding results ...

50K MUSIC: Please give us some info about The Amount Of Light We Give Off. How do you met? Where do you come from? What are your (musical) roots?
TAOLWGO: Sharing the same passion for turkish food, we met queuing up at our local kebab restaurant and figured we must like the same music. Nick has Scottish-Egyptian roots, and it is unknown what Ricos exact background is. His roots are probably Swedish. Roots? You mean "Roots bloody roots"?

50K MUSIC: Everybody is keen on pigeonholing bands and their music. We're not. But how would you describe your music?
TAOLWGO: We rather like shooting pigeons - clay ones at least and therefore we dont really mind holes either.

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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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Flowin ImmO: "Kommerz war noch nie so mein Ding"

Flowin ImmO gibt sich am kommenden Freitag (23.05.) im Kreuzberger SO36 die Ehre zur Release-Party für sein neues Album "Geschlossene Gesellschaft". Wir verlosen 2 x 2 Freikarten für die Party. Die ersten beiden E-Mail-Eingänge unter mario(at)50kmusic.com gewinnen. Foto: William Veder Veröffentlicht Mai 20 2014.

  by Mario

Lang ist es her, dass wir von Flowin ImmO gehört haben. Fünf Jahre sind seit seinem letzten Album vergangen. Und jetzt ist er wieder da, mit ungezähmter nordischer Energie und frischen Beats. Ich habe mit ihm über seine Crowdfunding-Kampagne bei Startnext und alles, was war und was kommt gesprochen ...

50K MUSIC: Flowin ImmO ist zurück. Du stehst kurz vor dem Release deines vierten Soloalbums "Geschlossene Gesellschaft". Was ist das für ein Gefühl, wieder im Geschäft zu sein?
ImmO: Erleichternd. Wie es halt so ist, wenn man sein "Geschäft" verrichtet. Kommerz war ja noch nie so mein Ding, aber was soll man tun, wenn einem die Kunst wichtiger ist. Ich freue mich sehr über das neue Album und den Prozess drum herum. Es ist auch eine andere Freude als ich sie von meinen bisherigen Alben kenne.

50K MUSIC: Du hast die Erfahrungen aus deiner jüngeren Vergangenheit in das Album gepackt. Geht's dir jetzt besser?
ImmO: Da ich mittlerweile Vergleichsmöglichkeiten habe, wie schlecht es einem auch gehen kann, weiß ich nun, dass es mir nun schon seit längerem wieder sehr gut geht. Glücklicherweise aber auch nicht zu gut. Manie und Depression, oder anders gesagt, extreme Ausschläge nach oben und nach unten im Gefühlsspektrum schätze ich als wertvolle Erfahrungen, sind aber sehr kräfteraubend.

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