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Live Music.. Recorded and hosted in a Van!

Music sessions hosted in the back of a Renault Estafette, with a live audience. Filmed and recorded for a music podcast... On the road!

Live Music.. Recorded and hosted in a Van!

Music sessions hosted in the back of a Renault Estafette, with a live audience. Filmed and recorded for a music podcast... On the road!

£2,505
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, November 9 2015 8:38 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 9, 2015

About

The Music Van is something we’ve been thinking of for a while. It acts as a way to share and publicise amazing new music and emerging artists, whilst creating special moments for people to enjoy.

At the moment we make a podcast, like the one below. The van will allow us to make it so much more!

The Idea..

Quite simply, we want to record a series of unique sessions and amazing moments in the back of our bespoke Renault Estafette van to share with the rest of the world. The performances will be available for everyone to enjoy as they will be played out in our podcasts and shared online in video form. We know it sounds crazy but please do bear with us.

There's a wealth of truly special and talented unsigned artists across the UK who aren't getting the recognition they deserve; The Music Van will travel to every corner to find these artists and to help share their talent.

Every week we will take the van, kitted out like a festival inside, far and wide across the UK. We’ll set up at events, shopping areas, campuses...anywhere that will have us! Beforehand, we will have organised local musicians to come and play a set in The Music Van. Once the first artist is in and ready to go, we’ll be able to invite in a very small crowd, just two or three people. They'll enjoy one song in the intimate, rare setting of our van before we open the experience to the next set of audience. Over the day many more people will be immersed in the special live performances with at least six different artists performing across one day.

We decided to make the audiences small because it creates an unusual way to enjoy music. No distractions and it'll be truly intimate. Plus the artists will still be able to reach people far and wide... How? Read on.

Here's the important bit...

The van will be fully equipped with microphones and cameras. By recording the live performances inside The Music Van, we will create a series of podcasts playing recorded music from the sessions, interviews with the artists and audience members, and even features about the local music scene. The sessions will also be filmed and released online via Youtube. It will be a multi-platform way to discover and enjoy amazing new music.

The vision...

A few people have asked why do we need the van? To put it simply it allows us to make an unusual performance space where we can host the music and allow people to watch the intimate sessions. It also allows us to travel to the artists. Before, the only way we could conduct interviews and give them publicity was by doing it over the phone and Skype. With this we can be mobile, record in a studio and spread the word throughout the internet.

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The Music Bit Podcast..

Here's what we're making at the moment..

The podcast has been running for just over a year and focuses on discovering and promoting new music. Every week there is a selection of interviews and records for you to listen to and enjoy. Check it here: Podcast

It began as an amateur project which was conducted alongside work and day to day life. It’s now grown to become something which is much more. We have a regular audience which is growing with every show, and we’re getting good traffic on The Music Bit website. For us behind it, the show has become an obsession. Every day is spent digging out and searching for new artists as well as seeking out interesting stories that can be part of the show. We've featured almost 500 different tracks over the past year and we don't want to stop. We absolutely love it!

Our vision is big. Who knows how far it could go. For now we want to create this series of shows that will be great for the audience as well as bettering the podcast with unique content. In the future we want to host events, develop new specialised podcasts and do everything we can to promote emerging artists further!

Where Do You Come In?

Eek. The scary bit. To make this a success we desperately need you. We have some recording gear already for the original show but the money we raise via Kickstarter will basically build The Music Van. This includes the van, purchasing recording equipment and all the other costs needed to get things moving. We’ve asked for £5000 which will allow us to do the project, but obviously, the more that is raised the better quality equipment we can afford.

Risks and challenges

With a show like this there are a number of risks. The first is maintenance. We’re choosing a van which is a few years old and sometimes things break. Fortunately we have a mechanic in the family and will have a surplus of money to keep us on the road. Theft is our second concern, however the valuable equipment from the van will not be kept in it overnight.

In terms of challenges, it’s a large workload. To keep it sustainable we will seek out sponsors for the podcasts. At the moment we have a team of 2 that will be building the shows, covering the admin and producing the podcasts. We both have experience in the broadcast media industry so understand the pressures we will be under. There’s a lot to learn along the way but we know this industry and we know our capabilities - we are confident this will work!

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    One advance ticket to our Gig Night at The Goodship in Kilburn, London on Weds 4th November.

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    You’ll get a limited edition CD of our first ever podcast produced from the van. Of course with hand drawn artwork by ourselves.

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    Your photo will be outside the van when we pitch up in different cities. You will have made this project. It’s yours as much as ours. Send us your photo and we will put it on a pinboard outside the van.

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    T-SHIRT
    Get a T Shirt! They're beautiful and parts of it will be designed using all the backer's names. They will be one off, unique and softer than soft!

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    SLIPMAT
    You'll receive a special Music Bit slipmat for your record player.

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    Choose a destination - make us come to you! Let us know which town/city (England only) you want The Music Van to visit, and we'll set up the van here within our first six months on the road.

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    CD + T-SHIRT
    You’ll get a limited edition CD of our first ever podcast produced from the van. Of course with hand drawn artwork by ourselves. We’ll throw a T-shirt in for you too.

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    You’ll get a ‘The Music Bit’ t-shirt and your photo, on a pinboard, outside the van.

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    BLACKBOARD + T-SHIRT + PHOTO + CD
    We’ll dedicate a whole blackboard outside our van to you for one day, thanking you for your support. We'll have your photo outside the van when we pitch up in different cities, and you’ll get our t-shirt too! Plus a CD from the first show.

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    FESTIVAL TICKETS
    You'll get two tickets to our first ever micro festival! It'll be an afternoon/evening guaranteed to be full of fantastic music not to be missed. We do the music. You bring the good times. (Will be in the UK)

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    You’ll get a podcast dedicated to you and you can even suggest a band local to you to be included in it (subject to approval). We’ll get the bands featured to record you a personal message too. Oh, and you can have a t-shirt!
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    VINYL + FESTIVAL + PHOTO
    We will press the live sessions from the first ever weekend in The Music Van onto vinyl and send you some souvenirs from our first weekend with it. You'll also get two invites to our micro festival above. And your photo outside the van when we pitch up in cities.

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    VINYL + CD + FESTIVAL + PHOTO + BLACKBOARD + T-SHIRT
    You'll get just about everything... our first ever live sessions pressed on vinyl and the CD of our first podcast, two tickets to our first ever micro festival, your photo outside the van, a blackboard dedicated to you for one day AND a t-shirt.

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    BE THE FIRST
    You and two friends will be the first audience inside the van. In our history, you will be the one to kick it all off. You’ll also get your photo outside the van and a t-shirt. (UK only unless you’re willing to travel here!)

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    We will come to your event (UK) for an afternoon/evening and create you a podcast on site (we’ll interview your guests in the van). This time we’re throwing in two t-shirts.

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    For the first two months, we will display your logo outside the van every time we pitch up in a different city for the weekend. And we'll hand out any flyers for these first two months.

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    For the first two months of The Music Van, you will get adverts. 15 second pre-roll and a 30 second mid roll advert as part of the podcasts. We'll also display your logo outside the van every time we pitch up in a different city for the weekend. And we'll hand out any flyers for these first two months.

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    Same as above but with video sponsorship too. Get your logo/message (within reason) on our videos for the first two months.

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    DOWNLOAD A 7 TRACK GUEST ALBUM - BACK ANY PLEDGE OVER £10 to GET IT INSTANTLY and receive a hand written note.

    Ft: Hattie Briggs / Malka / Sykoya / Adam Scriven / Raving Wild / Flower Face / Jodie Goffe

    UNTIL MONDAY 26th OCT

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