Tony and I had another solid day of busking today, in spite of the month and the weather. January busking is hard sometimes! It's definitely the bluest month, and the soggy weather doesn't help. But we get so many smiles when we're out playing and that makes it worth while. Every time we busk, and especially when it's gray outside, people make a point of telling us we've made their day. This is one of the many reasons we love busking so much. Happiness is contagious, dear thieves. Remember that.
While most of our funding for the album will come from the busking side of our campaign, we also have a digital tip jar and a store where you can pre-order Thunder Out (yes, the jar and the store are on THIS VERY PAGE, just above this blog!) While we've seen lots of crowd funding campaigns and have even run two successful ones ourselves, we've never seen anyone attempt one on their own website before. Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Pledge Music, Patreon -- these are all great platforms that help artists connect with large, supportive communities of music lovers, but they also charge a fee for this access. Depending on the platform, 5-15% of the money chipped in by patrons goes into transaction and hosting fees.
Now, obviously there are pros and cons to this. We've weighed it out and have decided that it makes more sense for us to run this campaign extra-indie, through our own website (hosted by Bandzoogle, FYI. Ask us about it -- it's great!) What this means for all of us is that when you pre-order our album or leave us a tip online, the only expense is our Paypal transaction fee (about 3%) which can't be avoided. We're cutting out some middle-people in between us and you.
This is good news, dear thieves.
We're grateful to everyone who has already supported us in our #BuskingUpAStorm campaign. We were in the editing studio this week and we'll be back there next week. Thunder Out is exceeding our exacting expectations and we're excited to share a teaser soon.
In the mean time, we hope to see you out there in the wider world!