April 9th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Greg

Welcome to a semi-random look at some of the current, locally launched Kickstarter campaigns that we’ve found:

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Kickstartin’ Amy Collins’ Debut CD

March 14th, 2012, 3:00 pm by Sara
Amy Collins (center) and the Whomevers

Amy Collins (center) and the Whomevers

Photograph by Al Goldberg

With her crystal-clear soprano voice and songs ranging from the humorous to the heartbreaking, Amy Collins has long been a popular mainstay on the Nippertown music scene.

But recently the long-time solo singer-songwriter put together her first band, the Whomevers – also featuring Mike Messitt, Bill Flynn and John Cromie – and now she’s finally gearing up to record her first full-length album using a Kickstarter Project to help fund the recording.

In addition to her band, Collins will join engineer Ted Malia at Black Dog Studio in Stillwater with a few special guest musicians – bassist Lorraine Waughn, fiddler Eileen Markand and multi-instrumentalist Mark Fredrick (of the Fighting 86s) – as well as vocalists Rosanne Raneri and Tom Flynn. The track listing for the album will be a combination of gorgeous Celtic traditional songs, modern folk and Amy’s original tunes.

With nine days of fundraising to go, the project is already 3/4 of the way to her goal of $2,000. Way to go, Amy. We’re rooting for ya!

You can also catch Amy & the Whomevers at Moon & River Cafe on the second Thursday of every month.

Mirk Kickstarts Music Video

January 24th, 2011, 11:03 am by Greg

Soul-rockin’ hip-hopsters Mirk – formerly known as Mirk & the New Familiars – are forging ahead with the making of their upcoming studio album, which is tentatively slated for a spring release.

In conjunction with the album, the band is planning a music video for the album’s first single, “Away,” and as so many bands are doing these days, Mirk is turning to its fan base for financial support. Mirk has begun a Kickstarter campaign to raise $2,500 to make the music video with producer Picture Perfect, who also filmed Mirk’s debut video “Forbidden”:

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Kickstartin’ Alta Mira

January 11th, 2011, 10:32 am by Greg

Kickstarter has proven to be a surprisingly effective method for musicians to finance their projects – recording, video, tour, whatever – by appealing directly to fans.

Numerous Nippertown bands – from Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned to Lunic (UPDATE: Lunic used Sellaband, not Kickstarter) to the Red Lions to C. Ryder Cooley – have benefited from Kickstarter.

And Alta Mira is the one of the latest bands to throw their collective hat into the Kickstarter ring, hoping to raise $5,000 from fans to complete the recording of their next album. One problem with Kickstarter, however, is that if the funding goal isn’t reached by the deadline, then the band doesn’t receive any of the pledged money.

Alta Mira’s project has raised only $1,525 so far, and the deadline for donations is Sunday, January 30. Which means that they have less than three weeks to raise 70 percent of their funding goal.

Donations for Alta Mira’s project can be made on a number of different levels – from $1 to $500 – and the donor is rewarded with a variety of different gifts from the band any each level. Donate $250, for example, and you’ll receive a digital copy of the album, a signed vinyl copy of the album with your name printed on it, an invitation to the album listening party and Alta Mira will play a private show you for (within a reasonable distance from Albany).

Now that sounds like a pretty damn good deal to us…

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