Erick Shute, singer for legendary New York death metal band Pyrexia, recently posted on Facebook asking his friends whether they thought crowdfunding websites, such as Kickstarter, are a viable way for bands/artists to get the money they need to tour and record. This was my response:
I think any way that gives the artists a chance to create what they want to create and it’s something the listeners/fans want to get into, then I say have at it. That being said, the Kickstarters of the world are great in that they provide a way to circumvent a lot of the reliance on traditional methods of raising money to make a record which a lot of times tend to put the artist in a bad spot and could result in a record that would disappoint not only themselves but the fans too. The fact that anyone excited about a project can donate and get things like merch, etc. implies a mutuality and inclusion that has been sorely lacking from the artist/fan relationship for a long time now. Remember when you would get a band’s demo tape and write to them, telling them how cool it is, taking the time and money to reach out to a band across the country or perhaps even across the world? And then then a few weeks later you’d get a little package with stickers and a shirt, thanking you for the support. Kickstarter, Indiegogo, etc. are bringing that kind closeness back, which I think is great and removes another impersonal barrier on the creative process by corporatization.
There were others who thought bands asking for financial aid from their fans are just being lazy.
What do you think?