As you may know, I’ve been making my living as a professional musician and creator for a long time, and after what seems like more than a few lifetimes of touring the country, melting faces, kissing hands and shaking babies, I’ve landed here, in the glorious world of crowdfunding.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, Crowdfunding is a way for artists, musicians and creators to make a living by interacting with their fans directly, and being supported for the work they do by the people who receive it, use it, and enjoy it. My whole career has been completely independent, meaning that I don’t have a record label, I don’t have management, and I don’t use a booking agent. Every show that I play is set up directly with me, and every album that I release gets paid for directly out of my pocket, along with some help that I’ve gotten over the years from various EXTREMELY GENEROUS benefactors. This allows me to maintain a direct connection to my fans, and to all of the companies that I work with on a daily basis. You see, a standard record company model goes like this…
1. Artist writes a song.
2. Label Listens to song
3. Label tells artist if people will like song
4. Label pays for song to be recorded
4 1/2. Artist owes Label money for recording cost
5. Artist records song
6. Label listens to song and decides if people will STILL like song.
7. Label prints and distributes song
7 1/2. Artist now also owes Label money for reproduction
8. Label receives all profits from song
9. Label recoups all previous cost from song
9 1/2. Artist still owes Label money
10. Label decides not enough people like song
11. Artists doesn’t get to record another song
With Crowdfunding, it’s more like this…
1. Artist writes song
2. Artist records song
3. People Buy Song
4. Repeat steps 1-3
So this is where you come in! I know that you already like the music that I’m creating. You have shown me so much love and support over the last number of years that I am CONFIDENT that what you really want is MORE MUSIC and MORE VIDEOS and BIGGER SHOWS that are NEARER TO YOU. I am also confident that I want to have the time and resources to create MORE OF WHAT YOU WANT. By donating as little as $1 a month, you are showing me that you love what I do and you want MORE OF IT. Of course, we would be incredibly grateful for larger donations, and we are offering bigger and better rewards for those of you that have the resources to support us even more, but PLEASE KNOW that every $1 donation is just as valuable to us as every $100 donation!
This money will allow us to spend our time CREATING, and SHARING those creations with you, and not just riding around in Van Diesel (our majestic steed) trying to make the money we need to be able to create. So please, consider donating at least $1 per month. You really would be helping to change our world for the better.