Appeal for help to fund record promoting Northants and Beds acts
Promoters Blender have picked four up-and-coming bands from across region to appear on a special four-track vinyl and are appealing for help funding the project.
The Blender Selects record is due to feature Alfred Benson by Elijah Miller, Say Something by Sarpa Salpa, Lovable Maybe by Sara and Music Is The Drug We All Need by Banton.
All are acts from across the Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire area.
Blender is aiming to raise £1,700 via crowdfunding website Kickstater.
“If we reach our target, we can press 600 records,” explained Neil Frankel, one half of Blender
“If that happens and the record gets made, we will deliver the remaining records free-of-charge to the bands to take out on the road.
“All the bands are starting to tour regularly and this gives them good merchandise to sell.
“A good merch stall can seriously help with the expensive business of touring – it can pay for the diesel at least.”
Blender hopes that the ‘selects’ project will bring local bands together and help them realise a dream to see their music on vinyl.
“Blender exists to support and promote local bands through ambitious projects like ‘selects’,” explains Alan Cooley, the other half of Blender.
“Our regular Friday night blender shows at Esquires have moved out of the bar and into a main room and we provide a stage for bands to get their music out to new audiences at the likes of Taste and Bedfringe festivals, not for-getting the Bedford River Festival itself.”
The Kickstarter project runs until Sunday, March 1, with different pledge options available.
"Blender have shown us so much support since the start,” explains George Neath from Sarpa Salpa.
“We all have a bit of an obsession with vinyl, so we're buzzing to be a part of their ‘selects’ record, alongside a bunch of great artists.”
Elijah Miller added: “As a kid, I grew up listening to all of my dad’s vinyl records and always dreamed of having one with my own music on it - and now thanks to the legends at Blender, I will.
“They’ve supported me from the start of my career and I’m excited to be working with them again.
“I’m really looking forward to being a part of ‘selects’ alongside the other amazing artists on the record”
To help fund the project, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/blenderselects/blender-selects.
For more details, visit www.facebook.com/BlenderMusicUK and blendermusic_uk on Instagram and @blender_uk on Twitter.