Here’s a little recap of what we just did in April
Raised $12,739 for independent artists and projects thru Kickstarter
Added 289 new Kickstarter backers
Filmed and posted 4 new Kickstarter campaigns
Posted 9 new GBS Detroit sessions
7,315 Unique visitor plays this month for GBS Detroit videos
Our videos have been loaded 19,500 times this month
Completed primary tracking for ROBOCOP! The Musical which debuts at Go Comedy in Ferndale on May 31st
Launched phase two of the Groovebox Studios mission, producing and managing select artists, starting with Scarecrow Jones
Began primary tracking for the new Scarecrow Jones Single
Began new relationships with excellent boutique gear manufacturers like Ear Trumpet Labs, Hovercraft Amplifiers and AMC Microphones.
In addition, we’ve made significant upgrades to our already impressive arsenal of cameras and boutique microphones, preamps, compressors, amplifiers, drums and other instruments from great companies like Detroit Custom Drum Co, Heil, Bees Neez, Empirical Labs and others.
We’ve been strengthening our relationship with the College For Creative Studies here in Detroit thru our internship program
We’ve also been giving out lots of free advice and support to other independent musicians, studios and gear makers around the country, helping them to successfully raise over $36,204 and counting thru their own Kickstarter Campaigns.
And we’re just getting started…. bring it on May!!!!
Songwriter Mark Fain formed Gun Lake in 2009 as an outlet for songs he composed during a time when his life was ripped apart and shocked into a new trajectory, and it shows. Since playing their first show in February of 2010, the band has set themselves apart from the typical revival-folk or alt country genre.
As one of the most arresting acts in the flourishing music scene of Southeast Michigan, Gun Lake has shared the stage with notable acts such as Gold Motel, Lord Huron and Chris Bathgate to name a few, in addition to recording a Daytrotter session and playing 3 shows for CMJ’s 2011 Music Marathon.
Influenced by the Brit-rock he grew up on, as well as his love for classic folk music, Fain’s unique and evocative brand of folk rock is fleshed out with Ryan O’Reilly’s inventive electric guitar work as well as an often utilized lineup of his more musical friends. While Fain’s voice is always at the forefront, all other members lend their voices for awe-inspiring and flawlessly delivered harmonies.
Need another hit?
Gun Lake - http://www.gunlakemusic.com/
Groovebox Studios - https://vimeo.com/channels/gbsdetroit
More fun with numbers
Groovebox Studios has published 103 GBS Detroit videos over the last 18 months. In addition, we’ve published 32 successful Kickstarter Campaigns, each with their own video.
That averages to 1 major video shoot or release every other day.
Our 103 GBS Detroit Videos have seen over a quarter million plays by 73,200 unique viewers at www.gbsdetroit.com
We’ve recorded, produced, mixed and masted 652 songs.
That averages to just over 1 song per day.
We’ve had 1,106 Kickstarter backers who spent an average of $18 each on the live EPs and Videos Groovebox Studios created for independent artists.
We PAYED our 32 Kickstarter artists $20,329 to record and film their GBS Detroit live EPs, an average of $635 per artist.
We haven’t spent a dime on advertising or publicity. We operate on referrals, Tweets, Facebook posts and word of mouth.
Unfortunately, I was unable to convince that particular artist to see the light. You can now enjoy their very good, fan-funded record for free on Bandcamp. Sometimes, cold hard reality can be hard to hear when your so emotionally connected to the situation. But, you can always count on my business partner Jeff Wenzel and I to tell you like it is, even when what we have to say may be uncomfortable or unpopular. But, rest assured, our model is well researched and our advice comes from years of personal experience running an Indie band. The original article sourced here was a big inspiration for us adopting this mindset. Enjoy!
Jetty Rae is a singer and songwriter originally from Northern Michigan. She has been singing, touring, and recording since 2004.
She released her first full-length album, “Blackberries,” in 2007; her first EP, “Nobody,” in November 2009; and a lullaby album, “La La Lu and the Lazy Moon,” in July 2011. Jetty’s latest album, “Drowning in Grain,” was released in February 2012.
Jetty garnered the attention of JetBlue when she played at the opening of their new Terminal at JFK International Airport. MTV.com interviewed Jetty for their “Needle In The Haystack” series, and her song “I Love You,” was selected as a free download and featured on their up-and-coming artist blog.
Jetty Rae shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan and Miranda Lambert at Lilith Fair in Detroit where she was handpicked by Sarah McLachlan and Terry McBride as the featured local artist. You can also hear Jetty’s voice singing Truvia’s jingles in their 2012 television commercials.
Jetty Rae - http://jettyrae.com/
Groovebox Studios - http://gbsdetroit.com/