LSM’s 2011 graduate and creative Christopher Bingham, known filmmaker and YouTuber [Slomozovo], has a Kickstarter campaign. Just days are left to back Bing! “I find myself making music late into the night. It’s addictive, as such a big music lover, to be in control of my own soundscape.
Kickstarter’s been taking advance orders for a collaborative album I’m making this year under my musical moniker High Five Spaceship. On the 10-track folk-inspired album will be celebrated musicians including Corinna Crabtree, Will Dixon, Tofu Stravinsky, my sister Jenny and father Steve Bingham, and Lincoln favourites Elliott Morris and Jack Shaw. It’s an interesting time to be using crowdfunding, which is something I research a lot for my teaching. I’m essentially using it as a glorified pre-order system, but the simple fact that I chose the KS platform lends a PR value which is undeniable. Also, in terms of production/distro, I’m trying something I find interesting. The release packages are digital, physical and ‘license’, which comes with a PDF document granting the buyer written permission for commercial use of all tracks on the album in video uploaded online. It’s something I, as a video maker, wish more indie artists did.
The album will be released publicly in August on CD, digital, and limited edition vinyl. We’re road-testing the idea of the unsigned artist selling a video license agreement, which has already been HUGELY successful in the pre-orders. It’s making a lot of my musician friends rethink their strategies. It’s my biggest undertaking as a music producer yet, where previously I only made (hit and miss, mostly bad) music for fun.”