It has been 2 weeks since our project went successfully funded on Kickstarter. We have been enjoying the ever-growing interest towards our album. In this period we were quite busy: we gave an interview to the Malaysian radio, Dutch Radio 4 and we've started working together with the University of York on the intonation topic. They are doing a big research on it and the head of the department is coming to our recording in October. Estonian Forbes journalist Tarmo Virki supported us on Twitter, while Flanders Music Centre published an article about our successful campaign. "Already known as a rocking ensemble, they also proved to be an example of an enthusiastic entrepreneurship!", exclaimed Flanders Music Centre.
Moreover, Challenge Records interviewed us recently about the progress we've made so far. In this interview read about: that happy moment we realized we overreached the goal, which pop cover we will publish as a part of a promised challenge, and what is the status of the recording.
1. What is your impression from your Kickstarter campaign?
The overall impression is very good. What started as a challenging exchange of ideas on a terrace in Amersfoort ended up in a succesfull creative way of making people sharing and experiencing with us.
2. Did you expect such a global success?
First we were attracted by the possibities of the global network of Kickstarter. We expected some international support, but at the certain point we were really impressed by the support of Arvo Part on one hand and on the other hand by the surprising Staff Pick and Project of The Day on the Kickstarter platform. For us it's not only the funding, but also the mental support and interest in our program and our way of working. It's also a great support for our label Challenge Records, who always believed in our adventurous way of working.
3. On the day the fundings passed £ 10 000, where were you and how were you watching the progress?
Kris: I came home on the 15th of August at about 8.30 pm after celebrating my mother's 85th birthday. At that moment I thought my computer was a pinball. I watched the screen with my eyes open until midnight. Waking up at 6 am, little nervous, I realized we did something unbelievable.
Kristien: I was in Warsaw and travelling back to Belgium by car, and such a welcome home after a long trip in the car gave a boost of energy. Luckily I had a bottle of Cava in the fridge.
Pieter: I was driving back from a rehearsal with Vox Luminis. At that moment a colleague of mine phoned to say the counter was moving like crazy. Arrving home I was watching Kickstarter site until 2 am in the night to see our goal reaching. At that time my bottle of Cava was empty.
4. How did you celebrate it?
Next rehearsal was not really a rehearsal.
5. Which big media/ press was interested in the campaign?
There was international interest by classical music magazines on their websites like Pizzicato, crowdfuningguide.com, Arvo Part's facebook page, Malaysian radio, all important Dutch media (Radio 4, Mpodia), Belgian media (Klara, Cobra, local newspapers)
6. What other great possibilities/connections/new projects did this campaign bring you?
It's difficult to describe the impact at this moment. First of all, it creates a flow of positive energy to all the people involved in this project. Some of the opportunities came out of the rewards, like our biggest supporter who not only wants a house concert, but really believes in us and wants to do more than this. Another very interesting connection now is the University of York, that wants to attend our recording and wants to study our case of intonation choices by string instruments. Funding a project like this is a premiere in Belgium, so our succesfull funding was followed intensively by the music scene.
7. How is the recording going?
All the elements we want to show come out as planned. So we are very happy with the progress so far. (more details coming soon)
8. When will you publish the pop song cover and what will the song be?
We have contacts with the world famous rock/popgroup that is based in Sint-Niklaas (our hometown). We have song in mind, but we are in first place thinking about a nice sequel to our clapping video. So, it will be more than a cover.