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With exactly 2 weeks left until the close of my Pledge Music campaign, I’m really excited to finally be able to announce the competition part of it! I’m offering you the chance to win an Apple Watch if we reach the Pledge target! Listen to the new EP straight from your wrist!
How to enter:
Visit my Pledge Music page and pre-order any item that tickles your fancy (from just £5) and then share on Facebook when prompted to do so after making your pre-order!
If you have already made a pledge, then you’re already half way there! All you need to do is share my Pledge Music page on Facebook! Easy!
Make your pre-order and share on Facebook by 11:59PM CET, Monday, June 22 2015 and you’re in.* You will then be entered in to a draw with one name being picked at random (draw will be streamed live online via Periscope). The winner will then be announced on my Pledge music page, Facebook and website.
*NOTE: The competition/ draw will not take place if the pledge target is not hit – in this case you will receive a full refund from Pledge Music.
I’ve been working on recording my new EP! The majority of recording is happening in my little home studio which is a corner of my living room in my flat in London. In order to keep the peace with my neighbours, the drums have however been recorded in a studio. I’ve got two amazing musicians on board to record the drums and bass which I’ll tell you more about in the exclusive updates you’ll receive if you decide to pre-order the EP right here!
I really want you all to be a part of this project and have teamed up with PledgeMusic to give you full and exclusive access to the EP’s development, and a chance to hear it before anyone else. Just like with my Couch Surf Tour where I collaborated with lots of you who hosted my shows in your living rooms, I want to continue collaborating with you and new supporters of what I do to be part of the whole project.
Your pledges for this EP will go directly towards its manufacture, distribution and promotion which will help achieve the ultimate goal which is to share it with more and more people. Be a part of the adventure and help me make this release a reality by pre-ordering your copy today along with limited edition merchandise, artwork, house concerts and more!
Here’s how it works – you can pledge for any of the exclusive items listed, I’ve chosen a mix of things I think you’ll enjoy. If you pledge for anything more than the digital download, you’ll also still get the digital download of the EP delivered to your inbox when its ready! You can also share what’s going on with the project with your friends via Facebook and Twitter.
Best of all, 5% of money you pledge will be donated to Cancer Research UK, a charity that is close to my heart.
I really appreciate all your support! Thank you!
Here’s a clip of images taken by an Autographer which one of the guests wore to my last Couch Surf Tour show in London last month. The Autographer is a really cool (well I think so anyways) little wearable camera that takes photos automatically when one of it’s five sensors determines an optimal moment to take a snap. I really like that it captured one of the dates of the tour from a unique perspective. Check out the vid:
Following the design competition run by Talenthouse and sponsored by Vitaminwater®, the official limited edition Couch Surf Tour t-shirts are now available from my online store for £12!
Designed by Augusto Caiazzo from Argentina who won the competition with his fun hand-illustrated tee depicting my live gig set up allowing the wearer to #PlayUrTee air guitar style! The back print lists all the couch surf tour locations and my wonderful hosts’ names. A limited edition run of 150 tees have been manufactured!
The t-shirt is available in unisex sizes S, M, L and XL. Purchases can be made via PayPal which is really quick and easy, however if you don’t use PayPal, drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange another method!
Unfortunately, I need to cover the cost of p&p globally and this is £3. Please do get in touch if you have any questions about the tees and hope to catch you at a gig soon!
Last Thursday, in conjunction with the good people of Talenthouse, I played the final date of my Couch Surf Tour in a beautiful house in Barnes, London. The gig was actually at Talenthouse MD’s house which was 20mins down the road from where the whole tour had kicked off almost a year and a half earlier in Fulham and was the perfect place to end, feeling like the tour had come full circle. While the dreaded tube strike affected a number of guests who unfortunately couldn’t make it to that part of London, it was an intimate affair which is what this tour was all about so all good! I was also chuffed that good friend and musician, J Gusto was in town and we got to perform one of our songs together.
As an independent and unsigned artist, it’s not always easy to just head out on a tour playing actual venues with little to no budget under your belt, I don’t have a manager or agent and wouldn’t really know where to start either. I was just really hungry to get out there and play for people, people who are interested my music and my journey as an artist; people who wanted to join in and be part of it.
Since moving to London from my hometown of Gibraltar, I had been playing lots of gigs in and around the city at venues popular amongst unsigned artists where the audience would go specifically to listen to music and discover new artists. I loved these gigs as the audience would be really engaged and the vibe in the room would be incredible. Alongside these, I was also playing lots of pub gigs which, as a solo artist, was very difficult to get people to engage as they were mainly there for the beer and wine. I totally understood this and accepted that I was providing background music, however, I really wanted to play more gigs in an intimate setting even if it was just to 5 people who would be into it and provide feedback as it was so much more satisfying.
There were two elements that I felt were key to making that connection with the audience at the showcase gigs: 1) They were there because they were genuinely interested in discovering new music or were existing supporters 2) There was a host settling them into the vibe of the venue and giving them some background on each artist. The only way I could think of doing this myself would be by playing gigs in people’s living rooms, as it doesn’t really get more intimate than that. I wasn’t however too keen on the idea of just inviting myself into people’s homes so, I thought I would use twitter and facebook to let my followers know that I was available to come and play gigs in their homes for them and their mates if they wanted to book me. All they needed to do, was let me crash on their sofa for the night. It would be similar to the concept of Couch Surfing, which provides a platform for members to “surf” on couches by staying as a guest at a host’s home or by hosting travellers in need of a place to stay. The whole idea is that Couch Surfers share their lives with the people they encounter or put up, fostering cultural exchange and mutual respect. With my version, I’d be sharing music too. And so the Couch Surf Tour was born!