Wild Anima - Raise The Frequency
Wild Anima - Raise The Frequency
!!NEW GOAL = 2500€!!
Dear all, infinite thank yous to all of you who have already donated to my project, I am so touched by all the support I have received. I have now set the real goal that I need to record my project which is 2500€ for the full studio recording and mixing of the album. Thank you all so much again, this means so much!
Hello dear friends and welcome to my crowd funding adventure,
here I am inviting you to raise the frequency with me this next month. What does it mean? It means I am opening a space for us to go to the next level together. Raise higher frequencies in my Wild Anima project and through this adventure offer you the opportunity to raise yours in whatever area of your life you feel it’s needed. For me acting with a dynamic of giving and taking is very important nowadays. Especially as an independent artist and musician.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
For the past four years I have been working on a concept album project with songs and music productions evolving around a deep theme I wish to express through my music, exploring the complexities relationships can carry and the vulnerabilities one can go through at different times and phases of life. The ways we find to overcome them and transform our weaknesses into strengths and inner wealth. Inspired by my own experience and times I had to deal with difficult moments. Wishing to spread messages of hope and tools for others who may be going through a similar experience.
As I let myself go deeper into the project, amazing themes and layers uncovered. I decided to dedicate the whole project to our Heart organ and use the mediums of visual and performance art with avant pop music to unveil its power, the way it works and the way it heals. It all lead me to develop an ecological perspective on it and come up with a term called the 'ecology of emotions'. I didn’t come up with this on my own it was through an amazing collaboration, while preparing an artist residency I did in Iceland, with Alisha Erao aka Lush Agave (Florida) and Anna Wallace of Holy Pink (L.A.) that this magic term came up. Collaborating is a miracle you should try it ;)
Here is a video interview about my work at The Fish Factory in Iceland:
So here I am opening this online piggy bank to raise funds so I will be able to give birth to those songs, lull them and record them with the best quality possible.
If you feel inspired and want to support my work you can make any donations you like, I have prepared a few wild presents as rewards for your hearty contributions. There is no too little donation, even a little message of support is awesome! Don’t stop yourself, go wild, it’s the right place :)
And as I have mentioned for this adventure I am interested to help you raise the frequency in your life. Every week I will be sharing quotes that have been huge influences for me as guidance for you to focus on with a theme each time to develop a more mindful way of seeing life! Make sure to have subscribed to my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/c0uiYz
and to my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wildanimamusic/
Thank you all so much, all of your support those past years gave me a lot of courage and will to make the best out of this project and be able to share this deep topic I want to express. Overcoming sorrow, dealing with a broken heart and using this experience to become the best version of yourself. This is my primal intention with this album. Share my story, share the tools that have help me become who I am today, coming from the darkest place I have experienced in my life to the surface of a lighter field, full of different possibilities, magic and light. Because no one deserves to stay in the dark when millions of stars are shining right upon you, sometimes all you need to do is just look above.
RAISE THE FREQUENCY TOUR
I am doing a Tour during the campaign where you will be able able to hear some of the songs from the album live. Looking forward to share that with you, here is a list of dates and places to check if I am coming near you. For those of you who won't be able to join the concerts I will do my best at sharing videos from the events!
The Album is centered around the concept of Temperlite, it is another name for tempered glass, a kind of glass we use on car windows and trains. It is made to be very strong and protect people and when it breaks it is made so that it doesn't hurt people.
There are more or less 20 tracks with a few instrumental ambient and downtempo pieces and also songs that have been like my best friends during difficult times. And also other moments when I wanted to celebrate important events throughout my life. Meetings with people, influencing my music and emotions.
The project developed from the dimension of being an album to opening to a philosophical research combining art and ecology.
The album developed throughout different periods and phases. It first started with soulful songs that came to me while returning to Paris my hometown in 2013 after a 6 year period in the UK. Expressing deep and complex feelings I was experiencing at the time with my relationships, in love life and in friendships.
It only took a bigger dimension when I moved out from Paris again in 2017 and invested various airbnb spaces in Berlin, letting a more healing voice being expressed through the music. While also travelling around Europe and playing shows, doing my first artist residency in an old watermill in a village town in Latvia. Crossing the ocean for my 30th birthday, getting inspired by Montreal, New-York City and the independent musician scene of Florida. This year was such a wing opener for me, litterally. I even flew back to Dharamsala in the Himalayas in northern India, home of the exiled Tibetan community, after 5 years. Getting insights from great Tibetan Buddhist masters and healing my heart deeper and deeper through those different landscapes and cultures. Connecting with the planet Earth in subtle levels more and more. Healing through new encounters with books, new love and my own heart. My latest residency in Iceland built a bond in between my heart and the Earth through this project and I am exploring different mediums such as video and performance art to give a different dimension to the album.
Berlin Airbnb "Hiddeaways
Neukolln, Berlin, January 2017
Moabit, Berlin, March 2017
2 week residency at Petersburg Artspace, Moabit, Berlin, Decembre 2017
Neukolln, Berlin Novembre 2017
Artist Residency in Iceland, June 2018
Reykjavik, June 2018
Fish Factory, Iceland, June 2018
Installation & Performance Art work at Fish Factory, Iceland, June 2018
Stodvarfjordur, East Iceland, Shooting Music videos for the album as a collaborative project with Lush Agave
Following pictures by Lush Agave
PROVISORY CALENDAR & ALBUM PROCESS
Recording & mixing of the Album:
In between January & April 2019
Editing of videos:
In between Decembre 2018 & February 2019
Release of the Album:
As it is a work still in progress a rough estimation would be around Fall 2019 & Spring 2020
Waar dient de collecte voor
- I have set my goal to 500€ but the real budget I need for this is more like 2500€ if not more. KissKissBankBank only allows you to receive your money if you reach or go beyond your goal. So I decided to start small and see how it goes.
- The costs for recording in a professional studio including the work of an ingineer / producer are more or less set to 400€ a day (8 to 10 hours of recording), for the album I would need at least 4 or 5 days just for recording.
- Then on top of that the costs include the mixing and mastering and all other actions needed after that stage to distribute the album online, physically, promote it and taking it to the stage. So if my crowd funding goal is exceeded be sure it will be used in developing the project.
For a while I have been letting things grow slowly and let the songs guide me to where they wanted to be recorded. It seems like the songs want to take me back to a very special place which is a little early to talk about for now but that is very symbolic in relation to my story. I will share more news about this as soon as it will develop!
As a mandatory precision, I declare that I will be collecting the entire funds from this campaign.
I would like to especially thank all the people who have supported me last year with the first stage of my album production. Thanks to your generosity and support I was able to get started and set a fertile ground basis for the project and its concept and also develop my online and touring presence which were key to help me initiate the development of this project. Some of you have been here since the very start, I know who you are and you are deeply beloved, please know that. It was my first time doing a crowd funding, so i felt a little awkward with it without so much experience. I am sorry if I wasn’t so expansive on explaining how I delt with it afterwards. But now I have a little more knowledge I hope to be better at sharing how things go! Last year I have raised around 300 € which allowed me to record the “Live from the moon” video in Berlin which costed 200€ and I used the rest to help with the costs of the release of my single the Mirror and the following autumn tour I did in Florida and Europe. I did record some demoes in my friends studio but that didn’t imply any costs yet.
Big waves of gratitude to you all that have joined the wild boat more recently, bringing more inspiration and alchemy to the Anima!
Thank you all once again, your support means so much! If you’d like to read a bit more I have written a little manifesto about being an independent musician today just below. Keep Wilding!
With much love,
INDEPENDENT MUSICIAN’S MANIFESTO
As you might have noticed the times of Kings and Queens, Barons and Duchesses sponsoring the artists are long gone. But somehow I feel like in our common mainstream it hasn’t been acknowledged, weirdly. I often witness people assuming that if you are a working, professional or semi professional artist you must be ok and have anything backed up for you. And also from the artists side that somehow we expect and are waiting to be sponsored by some angel sent mecena that will cover the cost of all our expenses to create and give a voice to what is inside us to share with everyone else, because doing another occupation is not really an option. When you have something to share with the world there is no way you will compromise this miracle in the name of just fitting with the status quo. That is how I feel at least.
This is just all fantasy thinking nowadays. The world of music today is not suffering, at the contrary of what the media keeps saying. The world of industry of music is suffering because it has lost its monarchic authority over the artists. And that has definitely influenced the way of life of musicians, because of this illusion sold by the industry musicians behaviors still stay in that scheme and programming. I do find myself still thinking the way to go is to find a label, that I will sign a contract with and that will sort out all my struggles. But sometimes I remember, ”oh yes, actually I make the rules right." Who said this has to be the way to do things nowadays, most of musicians I know personally or through other artists who are indeed signed still have challenges and sometimes are 'struggling' just as I do, to some extent.
Something that labels and such organisations still help musicians acquire is having more presence in the media and more mainstream credibility. Which I feel is a very old fashioned way of considering the standards for an artist. The way we live has changed so fast that while we kept upgrading the versions of our computer systems and new mobile phones we have forgotten also to upgrade the way we can consider musicians and artists in general. The super-star scheme is very old fashioned and alot of people are sick with mainstream pop & mainstream music in general. Pop has even become a kind of pejorative word in some circles. Pop music is here to uplift and comfort the audience, from the kids playing in playgrounds to grannies knitting on afternoon tea. It is a way for humans to reflect on life, that is accessible to most people.
The valid use of label nowadays can be discussed I agree.
The world of music today is awesome, I witness an amazing solidarity and support from the communities of musicians I have met on tour in Europe, especially in Berlin and in North America. There is a real collective community with independent artists today, because it is more accessible and it is so great to witness somebody else going for it too. The main attitude I have witnessed is of genuine support and even more than that sometimes. People care for you out there. If you are a musician and still feel repressed by the old scheme of the industry of music, get out there, come join us. We are taking the reins back!
So here I go directly to the core of this! It’s up to people who like what we do to support however they can, sometimes with money like this crowd funding campaign I am doing, sometimes with other things. People have power to help each other, it’s as simple as that. And this doesn’t apply only in the music and art worlds.
There are ways to get financial support through state organisations but I can tell you from a few years of experience now that for an independent musician like me it is like trying to reach the chocolate box on top of the kitchen cup board when you are not even big enough to reach the cooker. This varies in different countries and governments. I am still conscious that I belong to a privileged group being a white female from Europe, still a young woman. There are alot of other social groups that have to face even more obstacles to be able to be artists, still in this day and age. This too is in our power to make things evolve.
To finish with this topic, I would like to put a focus on this, just like we think of organic food and ethically made clothes we can also bring this awareness in the art world and especially the world of music. We can maybe rethink the way we consume and value music and who are the artists we support, listen to and admire. Your neighbor might be the most amazing musician but no one knows that because he or her isn’t signed to a super production company who sells her or his image creating illusory idolization in the mainstream feeding a scheme based on the “star-system” as opposed to what we could call the "artist-system". By supporting the local communities and self made artists we may change the way the “industry” works and give back a balanced value to musicianship again. Being a live act means a lot of hours of work, like you have no idea how many hours and it is sometimes a bit disheartening to see people value a DJ artist for instance getting paid sometimes 5 times more than a live act and get attention more easily, no offense to DJs <3
This is my current point of view, I am not signed to any major label. I guess my point of view may change with more knowledge or a change of situation in the future. I am not against labels and the industry. I am for spreading a new form of activism in the music world from organisations who have power to change things in a more fair and equal manner, from artists to rethink there way of being a musician today and from audiences to take the power back on how they consume and are influenced by the arts in general. Without wanting to force anybody obviously, this is just a suggestion and open for discussion and evolution.
Thank you for reading and let’s keep the arts alive, now more than ever. Our politics and social communities can benefit alot from the way artists mirror and inspire audiences. I am very inspired and supportive of bands like the New Orleans alternative Folk-Soul band Rising Appalachia which really makes a point on eco-touring, taking the time to travel on a human scale and meeting and connecting the communities they meet on the road. I wish to develop this in my approach to touring too in the future. Step by step. Here are some links to their work as musicians:
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW
- when you play my music on soundcloud I do not get any royalties, soundcloud doesn’t pay royalties to artists
- when you play my music on spotify I do get a very small amount of royalties, better than nothing. But I have to pay a fee for each album i release online every year to a distribution website like tunecore to put my music on spotify, itunes, deezer etc
- when I tour I cannot play for free, usually the money I get for a gig in average covers my transport and often barely the accommodation, when you buy merch it helps me get a ‘real’ living.
- you guys are amazing, I can’t say how much it’s awesome when I meet you, it makes me forget about all the above information and keep wilding <3