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Melodic DistractionBy Melodic Distraction
First created
Melodic DistractionBy Melodic Distraction
First created
£3,083
pledged of £10,000 goal
93
backers
20days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, August 9 2018 6:05 PM UTC +00:00.

About

That's right folks! Melodic Distraction Radio is launching a Kickstarter on Monday 9th July, taking aim at the goal of making our radio station run 24-hours a day, 7 days-a-week and 365 days a year.

Meet the team; Nina, Josh, James & Tom
Meet the team; Nina, Josh, James & Tom

To accomplish this, we are looking to raise £10,000 to pay for the digital and physical infrastructure required to make Melodic Distraction Radio the best it can be. We'll build a brand-new website and a mobile app for Android and iPhone to make your listening experience easier than ever before. We're adding additional studio equipment to facilitate interview-based shows. Plus, we'll add tons more radio shows, parties, workshops, festival stage takeovers and other exciting community-focused projects to our roster. 

The North West is alive with musical talent and we want to collaborate, celebrate and uplift.

There are loads of boss rewards to cop such as branded merchandise, a compilation of fresh new music created by the extended MDR family and even a trip to Peru…

Check out some images of the merchandise at the bottom of this page.

Our Rewards Include Slipmats, Tees and Totes...
Our Rewards Include Slipmats, Tees and Totes...

The Station

A definitive voice in Liverpool's independent music scene, Melodic Distraction Radio currently broadcasts six evenings a week from the heart of the city's thriving Baltic Triangle district. 

Starting in January 2017 with just a handful of shows, the station has blossomed into a 75 show schedule that includes hosts such as Africa Oyé, Gottwood and Liverpool Disco Festival.

The station broadcasts audio and video content via Facebook Live, welcoming over 750,000 listeners in the past 18 months. The station also broadcasts an audio stream via the Melodic Distraction website when shows are live on air. All shows are archived onto our website, via our Mixcloud account. In total, these archived shows have been listened to for a total of 4,300,000 minutes since January 2017!

Our Community 

Over the past 18-months, Melodic Distraction has moved far beyond the boundaries of a traditional radio station; evolving into a community of DJs, musicians, promoters, venue owners, record collectors, labels, producers, bloggers, festivals and so much more. 

We value the extended family that has sprung up around Melodic Distraction Radio more than anything else we do. The studio is always alive with creativity and excitement. Hosts arrive each month with a buzz, jumping onto the airwaves with new music and fresh ideas.

Studio Records
Studio Records

 In 2018, we moved into a new chapter and began reaching out to the local music community. One such project, the Melodic Distraction DJ Workshops For Women have been a huge hit. These events have sold out every time, helping to guide budding DJs towards like-minded souls, enjoyment and potential careers in the art form.

The station has also begun streaming off-site, collaborating with venues such as Constellations, 3B Records and 24 Kitchen Street to broadcast live content from some of the world's most cutting edge DJs and bands.

Our Home on Jamaica Street
Our Home on Jamaica Street

The Future 

Looking forward, we want to continue to grow in the same organic way that we have done since the beginning. 

It may sound cliché, but the Melodic Distraction Radio family is truly a product of Liverpool’s collaborative environment and our boss show hosts. We want to increase the number of shows we can broadcast by building a brand-new website and mobile capabilities. This is where you come in…

Melodic Distraction Hosts & Guests; Jayda G and John Morales
Melodic Distraction Hosts & Guests; Jayda G and John Morales

Your Funding

By funding this campaign, you will be enabling Melodic Distraction Radio to build upon what has already been created. The £10,000 we are aiming to raise will allow the station to move towards a 24-hours a day broadcast schedule.

Melodic Distraction Studio, The Baltic Triangle, Liverpool
Melodic Distraction Studio, The Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

To do this, the station requires some integral digital and physical upgrades. Firstly, we need to build a new website - one that serves as a gateway to the North West's incredible music scene. 

We currently operate using a WordPress template - a format that no longer meets our station's requirements. What we now require is a website that is more ductile and unique to our ever-growing station. Working alongside a designer, we have drawn out the blueprints for a brand-new Melodic Distraction website.

On Air
On Air

The website will be integrated with a revamped radio player and chatroom, so you can tune in throughout the day to your favourite shows, straight from our homepage. We also want to create a profile page for each of our radio show hosts - their own space online that documents their time with us and each show that they broadcast. This will allow you to listen back to archived shows and find out more about each presenter. The site will also house our blog, a place where our team of writers talk about music in Liverpool and beyond. 

So what about when you're on the move? Currently, Melodic Distraction Radio is available through Facebook Live and on our website. We want to take this a step further, making the sounds of our station truly mobile by developing an app for iPhone and Android that will enable listeners to tune in on the go, whenever, wherever. 

The MDR App
The MDR App

To facilitate a bigger, better broadcasting schedule, our studio requires a number of physical upgrades. By updating crucial audio and video capture equipment, Melodic Distraction will be able to facilitate more off-site streaming, more live sets and more creative talk-based shows. We'll add extra microphones and an additional 'listening' set-up in the back of the studio. By focussing more readily on talk shows, we can welcome more hosts than ever to share their communities' stories. The greater our ability to host more shows, in more creative spaces - the further afield we can shed light onto the North West's music scene. 

Melodic Distraction - A Liverpool radio station, broadcasting to the world.

REWARDS

Check out images of some of our sweet, sweet rewards below:

Our Range of Merch; slipmat, tote bag, t-shirts.
Our Range of Merch; slipmat, tote bag, t-shirts.
Our Range of T-Shirts
Our Range of T-Shirts
A Board & Bottle at Buyers Club
A Board & Bottle at Buyers Club

Risks and challenges

The Melodic Distraction Studio is located in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle. The area is currently quite transient, with businesses and buildings transforming and changing hands rapidly. MDR is tucked in a quaint red-brick building - one of oldest in the area - and even if MDR moves to a new studio in the future, we envision our future here in the Baltic Triangle. Becoming more firmly integrated in the city's cultural community will give us the clout to do so.

Our broadcasting licence expenditure is growing day by day. As we increase our output, and as live-streaming moves into corporate attention, new legislation regarding automated copyrighting of streams through third parties has affected our use of Facebook Live. Whilst this has been the biggest risk to our business so far, migrating to a larger, better website of our own design will mitigate the hazard so we can continue to promote the communities we love and allow the music we play to collect the correct royalties.

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    MDR i0S App (Beta version)

    Be the first in the know. 100 users can get immediate, invite-only access to our forthcoming iOS app, making your listening experience a wee bit easier. We're still ironing out a few little wrinkles in this beta version, but that's why we'd love your feedback.

    Android landing soon.

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    Sticker and Badge Pack

    Fresh pins and stickers designed by local artist, Sketch Stance (Mersey Grit, Bold St Coffee).

    You'll get 4 stickers and 2 pin badges, plus our love and adoration forever.

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    Melodic Distraction Tote Bag

    Designed by local artist, Sketch Stance (Mersey Grit, Bold St Coffee) Screen Exposed by That Girl Prints (Gigs and Graphics, Paper Moon) and hand printed with love by the Melodic Distraction Team!

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    Melodic Distraction Tote Bag (Black)

    Due to popular demand, we're adding a black tote bag too!

    Featuring the same design as our black-on-white tote bag (but less prone to coffee stains) this tote is white ink on a black bag. The perfect size to slip in a few 12" records, or carry around a neato packed lunch or summat.

    Designed by local artist, Sketch Stance (Mersey Grit, Bold St Coffee) Screen Exposed by That Girl Prints (Gigs and Graphics, Paper Moon) and hand printed with love by the Melodic Distraction Team!

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    MDR x Sketch Stance A3 Poster

    Designed exclusively for MDR by local artist, Sketch Stance (Mersey Grit, Bold St Coffee)

    180GSM thick print, hand numbered. Limited run of 100

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    MDR x Chris Cooper A3 Poster

    Designed exclusively for MDR by local artist and print maker, Chris Cooper (Don't Look Now)

    180GSM thick print, hand numbered. Limited run of 100

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    Melodic Distraction Tee (Short Sleeve)

    100% cotton tee for sweet summer wearin'.

    Designed by local artist, Sketch Stance (Mersey Grit, Bold St Coffee)

    Available in 3 different colour ways; white/black, navy/gold, black/white

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    Melodic Distraction Tee (Long Sleeve)

    100% cotton tee for when the seasons are a little chillier.

    Designed by local artist, Sketch Stance (Mersey Grit, Bold St Coffee)

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    Melodic Distraction Slipmats (Pair)

    Designed by local artist, Sketch Stance (Mersey Grit, Bold St Coffee)

    Premium Felt Turntable Slipmats, for spinning your fave fire tunes on.

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    MDR001: Compilation CD

    A whopper of a compilation! Bursting at the seams with exclusive, original music by Melodic Distraction friends and family! Music from Yadava (Church Records), 96 Back (CPU), Remy Jude, Choonz Inc., Lucas Welle (Abandon Silence), UpitUp Records, M62 Records, The Jam Scones Quartet, Harambe Maoni, Chris Barker (Haku), Ranga (Wide Open) and much more. The CD compilation comes on a coloured disk, housed in a gatefold sleeve, with an exclusive risograph print including liner notes.

    Available digital only on Bandcamp as well. All CD purchases will receive Bandcamp digital download codes.

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    ASJC x MDR T shirt

    We've teamed up with Anti Social Jazz Club to make an exxxclusive tee just for this campaign! Numbers are limited on this one - you'll never be able to get 'em again!

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    Archive x MDR T shirt

    We've teamed up with Archive Liverpool to make an exxxclusive tee just for this campaign! Numbers are limited on this one - you'll never be able to get 'em again!

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    Board and a Bottle at Buyers Club

    Sit down, be wined and dined as Melodic Distraction residents spin the waxy stuff on the 1s and 2s at Liverpool's favourite late night haunt, Buyers Club. Get your mitts on a cheese or meat board from the Hardman Street oasis along with a bottle of their house vino. Suitable for 2 people, unless you fancy sinking a bottle solo...

    Redeemable on select weekends up until January 2019. 18+

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    Your Name on the Shutter!

    Our little window has become quite the icon these days! With people constantly peering in, our shutter artwork has become a fixture of the Baltic Triangle street-art scene.

    Chris Cooper will be revamping our studio shutter and creating a bespoke piece that will feature YOUR NAME (or your business', or your dog's name, or your dog's business' name). Get leered at in paint pen by all the Baltic party-goers.

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    Full Kit W*nker

    Get the full banana. 2x Posters, T-shirt, Tote, Stickers, Badges & MDR001 compilation CD, all in one tasty package.

    Drippin' head-2-toe in merch? No!? Well why not?

    Cop the Melodic bundle and save mega bucks. All artwork designed by local artist, Sketch Stance (Mersey Grit, Bold St Coffee)

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    Radio Workshop Course

    A two week radio workshop course that teaches supporters the skills required to host their very own radio show.

    Sessions will include; music collecting, storyboarding, radio production, DJing and presentation skills.

    The course will include a 1hour guest slot on a LIVE Melodic Distraction Radio show later in the year.

    An ideal present for anyone interested in DJing, presenting or radio production.

    Ages 14+. Limited to 5 places.

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    Melodic Distraction Curated Playlist

    Own a small business, music venue, coffee shop - tired of listening to Spotify Recommends all day?

    Let Melodic Distraction curate your in house playlist, specific to your location, mood and vibe.

    A one-off playlist of 50 hours of choons tailored to your musical tastes. 1x playlist revision available.

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    Become a MDR Patron

    
Begin a lifelong friendship with Melodic Distraction Radio! 
Your name will be added to a Commemorative Kickstarter Golden Record Plaque that’ll be proudly displayed in our studio at all times. Plus, as a teeny keepsake, we’ll commission an exclusive personalised ‘Golden 45’ for you to keep at home; a completely unique, hand-numbered coloured vinyl record from The Cut House in Preston. Your name will be proudly displayed on our website and you’ll receive free VIP entry to all of our events for LIFE, beginning with an exclusive party for patrons of the station.

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    PARTY

    Melodic Distraction will throw you a mahoosive bash for you and 100 of your nearest and dearest.

    We'll sort venue, sound system, food, DJs and decor - we just need a few hints on your shower anthems and favourite scran.

    *Dates available from October 2018 onwards.

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    Dinner with Tom Lye

    The highest pledge possible! That's right; sort us right out, and we'll sort you. You'll get all the benefits of becoming an MDR Patron (see above) plus this tasty scran. Taking our radio station nearly all the way to 24/7 will guarantee you a dinner with none other than our studio manager, Tom Lye. Comes complete with return flights to Peru, a reservation at two Micheline Star Central Restaurant in Lima, and a stay in a swanky hotel. We're not joking.

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