Change of pace for you today.

I rarely do this, but I can’t help myself. 🙂

You may recall that Graham and I held our very first 2-day recording workshop (Simply Recording Academy) last year. We brought in a band to record for a full day; then we spent the second day editing and mixing.

It was a blast.

One of the things that made it so fan-freaking-tastic was the band.

Killer band.

Awesome musicians.

Great songs.

And a lot of fun.

That band is called Manic Bloom, a local band here in Nashville.

If you like good music, and good production, you need to check these guys out. They do a LOT of their recording themselves, and they’re just stupid talented.

Why am I bringing this up now? Because they just launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for their next album project.

(If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a way for bands to raise money for an upcoming project. They set a pledge goal, and fans sign up to pledge a certain amount. If they reach they’re goal, all the credit cards are charged, and the band gets the money. Pretty cool.)

To promote their Kickstarter project, Manic Bloom produced an AWESOME video. Matt, the guitarist in the band, runs a video production company, Push Focus Productions. (He actually handled all the video for my Recording Acoustic Guitar and Recording Killer Vocals videos.)

Anyway, this video “trailer” they released is really well done…and funny.

You can watch it here:


If you’re interested in supporting Manic Bloom on their project (I just did), you can check out ALL the options over on their Kickstarter page.

Now here’s where it gets really interesting. If you pledge $500, the band will send you a HARD DRIVE with all the multi-track Pro Tools sessions for the album. That’s pretty stinkin’ cool.

Even if you don’t pledge anything (which is totally fine), take notes on Manic Bloom’s creativity in promoting this project. Rather than slapping up an album in iTunes, they’re really trying to engage with their fans and provide fun, creative ways to raise money for a project.

There might be some ideas in there for you to use on your upcoming project, too.