"I actually learned how to play guitar at church camp and brought it back here. I was in band in high school and choir. I always loved signing and playing. Eventually got to the point when i was writing my own stuff and then i had friends that would join in and collaborate and now it's as really as it can get without going on tour," explains singer and songwriter Tanyon Sann Allison.
Tanyon has always had a passion for music, and when it came time to take the next step he needed a little extra help.
"I had a bunch of demos that I wrote, and I went to a studio and talked to a producer and said I want to put this album together what can i do? He was like this is what it's going to cost. I was in college and don't have any money, and I asked him is there any way I can do that. He said well you can fundraise. So I started looking around, especially on the internet, and I came across Kickstarter," says Tanyon.
Kickstarter is a website that allows people around the globe to fund independent, creative projects in fashion, food, technology, and for artists like Diana, dance.
"I got started belly dancing a little over a year ago. At the time I didn't have a couple extra hundred dollars to spend on a costume. I was complaining about it to a couple of my friends and they said just do a Kickstarter," explains author and dancer, Diana L. Barr.
From a couple hundred dollars to Tanyon's more than $7000 fundraising achievement, the website allows artists to do what they need with the money.
"My funds are specifically for getting it mixed, master. Those are the two biggest things. Paying artists to come in and lay tracks down, paying engineers to come in and record all the interfaces, buy stickers and t-shirts. Really things that go to the production of the album," he says.
One drawback, if campaigns don't reach 100 % of the goal, artists get nothing
"It's all or nothing. If you only raise 95% but you don't get 100% then its like aahhh; so you don't get any of it," states Diana.
As a donor, Kickstarter doesn't ensure that your donation goes to a completed project. In other words, no one investigates the campaigns. But some artists, like Diana give backers a token of their appreciation..
"I give them plaques. When you connect with your backers it's really exciting because I wanted this costume but then I was looking online for other things and I came across the sword. It's a belly dancing sword. It's weighted so you can balance it on you hip or your head and dance with it," she explains.
From swords to CD's, Kickstarter affords people no matter their financial situation, an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something great..
"It's going to take a little bit of time, but it's going to be way better than what it would've been if it was just me doing the different tracks," states Tanyon.
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