Alert The Medic using crowd funding for new album

Amanda Jess
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HALIFAX - Ryan MacDonald, formerly from Stellarton, never imagined Alert The Medic’s fans would jump to fund their album so quickly.

 

Alert The Medic, a Halifax-based band with three members from Pictou County, is looking to fans to fund their next album. They’ll be recording “The Phantom Moves” next month. 

Within three days of partnering with PledgeMusic, a funding website from fans to musicians, they’ve reached 99 per cent of their goal.

After only one day, they were almost halfway to $2,500.

“It’s pretty unbelievable,” MacDonald, lead singer and guitarist, said.

The four-member band looked to the crowd funding website to help with their upcoming album simply because the cost to make an album is high.

MacDonald said a band on the East Coast has to spend a lot of money simply to get anywhere for shows, and funding an album on top of that is difficult.

“We won’t be able to do it without help.”

They also liked the idea. 

“Fans can really become part of the project.”

MacDonald said as a fan of music, he likes the thought of being a part of it.

Donators pledge to give a certain amount of money, and depending on how much they give, they receive different perks.

Gifts include anything from CDs to house parties with the band performing.

“The hands-on opportunity in digital era is amazing,” MacDonald said, adding that fans are able to connect with the artist. “I feel like we’re doing this journey with the fans.”

If they go over their amount, they’ll donate five per cent of the excess funds to the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

MacDonald said they chose that particular charity because all of the band members’ families have been touched by mental illness.

“It’s something really important and people really connect with it.”

They’re fundraising for “The Phantom Moves,” their third full-length album.

They’ll be heading to Toronto next month to record it at The Pocket Studio with producer Mike Turner.

Turner has been on their wish list of people to work with for a while, MacDonald said.

Turner was a founding member and former lead guitarist for Our Lady Peace and current member of Crash Karma.

MacDonald had a poster of Our Lady Peace on his wall when he was younger, and considers him influential.

“One of my idols is producing our album.”

MacDonald expects Turner’s guitar expertise and unconventional style to help the band think outside the box.

“The Phantom Moves” reflects their time in the business.

Although it still sounds like the same band, MacDonald said they’re learning and improving.

They’re expecting a digital release in late April, with physical copies available in May.

 

Amanda.jess@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda 

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