Six years ago me and my wife Sabine (the bass player of the Tribe) moved from Austria to Austin TX. Little did we know what we would get ourselves into as human beings and musicians. It has been a crazy ride with thousands of concerts, miles of driving, drops of sweat and tears, laughters and parties, musical collaborations, new family and friends….. When we first came here we had two suitcases and a big box for our dog – we didn’t know anybody. In the meantime our band “The Tribe” has won listings at the Austin Music Awards, we have been on two US club tours, played shows overseas and are now embarking to record the Tribe’s debut album. We have joined forces with Michelle Alany, a willful violinist with Israeli roots that has played with the Transsiberian Orchestra and many Texas-based world music groups. Also part of the Tribe is 22-year old Michael Davila, who won the 2012 "Mapex Drummer of Tomorrow" world competition. Satellite members include keyboardist Winton Reynolds, percussionists "El John" Nelson, Brannan Lane and violinist Roberto Riggio.
My music has always been a reflection of my upbringing close to the Austrian Alps and my musical training as a pianist before discovering the electric guitar. After absorbing a multitude of styles I have become very connected with my own musical voice and expression. The Texas influence has helped me to connect the raw with the sophisticated, the primal with the developed, and my love of rock and blues with ethnic and world music elements. It sometimes helps to find your roots when you are far away from them. I believe that the music of “The Tribe” has a great future ahead and that we can touch and inspire people all around the globe – but we will need your help to get the music there. The album "Synergy" will be recorded in Austin in mid-August, all songs are finished already. I am talking to several producers right now, including Charlie Sexton of the Arc Angels & Bob Dylan. Besides financing the recording, mixing and mastering, the budget also includes video and a guerilla marketing plan that will reach the ears and eyes of many top music industry professionals.
My first 2011 kickstarter campaign raised $ 7,000 and enabled me to record an album that led to opening up for Uriah Heep and Nazareth. I learned a lot from that and know there are many good things waiting for us if we manage to get “Synergy” the attention it deserves.
We are a touring band, that’s why this campaign is connected to a tour. The “2013 Synergy Tour” (click here for touring schedule) will give us a chance to reach out and interact with you. You can literally become part of our Tribe as we travel from state to state and share our music and experiences. Check out the rewards for your unique Tribe experience and a way to help us to continue our path. Much love and always - music,
Risks and challenges
We will use the budget for the best possible creation and promotion of "Synergy", which also includes touring. With "Synergy" we are creating another building block that will open up new markets and possibilities. Timing is always a difficult thing to predict. As of now, we have a time plan to have the full album finished by mid-september, but if it's for any reason better to wait and delay the process, we will do it. Whatever will be best for the music....Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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