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Published: 2012/12/22

Digital Tape Machine Raising Money via Kickstarter

Digital Tape Machine has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for their debut album. The live electronic band, which consists of Kris Myers and Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee, Joe Hettinga, David Arredondo, Marcus Rezak, Dan Rucinski and Brian Doherty, is looking to gather up $20,000 in donations to put out their 10-song record Be Here Now. The group needs the money to help pay for recording, packaging and manufacturing, promotion and touring. You can learn more about the campaign here and their Kickstarter video pitch can be viewed above.


There are 7 comments associated with this post

king December 23, 2012, 11:05:05

I am confused…Joel owns property in Santa Monica. I am supposed to pay for them to make an album and then buy it? C’mon man

not interested December 23, 2012, 13:27:04

Lets make sure we cover the touring costs for the boys to strut around supporting a side project that will never be a main priority. The use of kickstarter to fund these hobbies is extremely annoying.

Don Johnson December 23, 2012, 21:47:32

People who are not willing and dont understand the need to support the making music don’t deserve it and should have their ears cut off.

right on don December 24, 2012, 00:51:56

Well they must need their ears cut off if they choose not to support it financially Don.

this is odd December 24, 2012, 08:46:45

I understand supporting a few stuggling musicians, but two of these guys make at least 500k per year in Umph. They don’t need the money. What’s next? Warren Buffett raising money via kickstarter?

Real Life December 24, 2012, 17:20:28

Many people don’t understand that the record industry doesn’t put thousands of dollars into albums. The band takes on all financial responsibility. If you have any idea about studio time in a top level studio then you would know that it cost to produce a top level album. My band did a Kickstarter and the fans received more because of it. They have been playing consistently for 3 years. I find it hilarious when people assume how much money they make and bash people when they don’t know the half.
I can’t wait for this album. Kickstarter is an outlet to let people invest in a product that they believe in. You receive things when you back it. Just research before you make assumptions.

real life 2 December 24, 2012, 20:38:51

Real life….if a famous architect asked you to pay for all the supplies and construction costs on a super cool building so that he can sell it for a profit without liability you would call him an idiot. If he then asked you to send him to his favorite cities with his buddies to celebrate and promote the sale you would probably slap him. I too work in the music industry and remember the good ole days when you saved your money and made a record. With the growth and quality of digital music its even easier and cheaper. Congrats on your kickstarter success, I like the readers above think its a little crazy to fund these projects for established and wealthy musicians. Google the backlash on rich robinsons kickstarter fiasco.

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