Seattle Times article

A nice article in the Seattle Times today about patron support of the arts in all its forms. There's a section on funding of the latest Maktub album:

"People are hungry to be involved in the creative process," said Spils, who describes Maktub as a "scrappy Radiohead ...." 
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  • davethebrave

    davethebrave

    Scrappy I can dig, but I can't imagine a more uninformed comparison stylistically. C'est la vie as far as the establishment press goes... grats on the publicity. No publicity

    Scrappy I can dig, but I can't imagine a more
    uninformed comparison stylistically. C'est la
    vie as far as the establishment press goes...
    grats on the publicity. No publicity

  • Daniel

    Daniel

    Hey Dave. Yeah, it wasn't a stylistic comparison. "Scrappy Radiohead" are my words -- and simply describe that we're doing an inverted funding model with respect to Radiohead's latest release. That is, they've got an enormous following and lots of funds stored up from major label success. They absorbed the front end cost of recording In Rainbows and removed the record label when distributing their album to their fans. In Maktub's case our following is more modest, but we do have extremely passionate fans. So we pass around the hat to fans (in the form of MARC7) to help fund the recording and then partner with a pro-artist label (Kufala) to help us print and distribute the album. But the label does not pay for the recording and we are not beholden to Kufala on creative or financial front. That would be the "scrappy Radiohead" reference. The real point of my conversation with the Seattle Times was that there are interesting patron-of-the-arts funding methods for creating music and other forms of art. Maktub's music is it's own thing for sure, just as Radiohead has it's own sound.

    Hey Dave. Yeah, it wasn't a stylistic comparison. "Scrappy Radiohead" are my words -- and simply describe that we're doing an inverted funding model with respect to Radiohead's latest release. That is, they've got an enormous following and lots of funds stored up from major label success. They absorbed the front end cost of recording In Rainbows and removed the record label when distributing their album to their fans. In Maktub's case our following is more modest, but we do have extremely passionate fans. So we pass around the hat to fans (in the form of MARC7) to help fund the recording and then partner with a pro-artist label (Kufala) to help us print and distribute the album. But the label does not pay for the recording and we are not beholden to Kufala on creative or financial front. That would be the "scrappy Radiohead" reference.

    The real point of my conversation with the Seattle Times was that there are interesting patron-of-the-arts funding methods for creating music and other forms of art.

    Maktub's music is it's own thing for sure, just as Radiohead has it's own sound.

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