Animal Collective to Africa
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Joshua Dibb is a member of Animal Collective, arguably the biggest band in all of indie rock and one of the biggest bands in the world. Last month Deacon (Josh’s performing name) was invited to perform at the Festival in the Desert, a wild gathering in Mali in the Northern Sahara. With its extremely rugged setting (literally in the middle of the world’s largest, non-polar desert), it’s one of the last music festivals not sullied by energy drink sponsorships and all of the other marketing tie-ins that make everything that was once fun and exciting lame and boring. Basically, we just really really really wish we were going.
It’s extremely expensive to go. You must travel via caravan because the roads are non-existent and the journey isn’t safe. It runs somewhere around $5,000 per person on travel alone, and joining Josh will be a small group of folks who will be performing with him and documenting their experience. Hence his project’s $25,000 goal.
The rewards themselves are the fruits of the journey. Photographs (likely Polaroids) taken by Josh in Africa; a CD of his performance, field recordings, and other found sounds from the trip; a scrapbook collecting the spirit of the entire journey printed in extremely limited quantities just for his Kickstarter supporters. For a band already known for its incredible creations (a vinyl box set of theirs easily goes for hundreds on eBay), it’s an impressive set of fetish-able objects.
The project’s description notes: “Josh is ecstatic at being able to share this experience with those who believe in the project. Having you be a part of this trip creates a feeling of community and kinship with fans that cannot easily be put into words.” That’s what has us so excited — to get specially made things from your favorite artist and to have a tangible impact on their life is such an incredible opportunity.
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