There are many ways in which the internet has changed the shape of the music industry. Small bands and artists are able to self promote through social media and websites. It is also possible for anybody to download the appropriate software to create a music studio on a suitable pc. The list goes on and is almost limitless. Another facet of this is that music enthusiasts like myself can easily set up a website or a social media page and publish articles or blogs online in order to help promote or undermine anything that they so wish to. I am sure that you are fully aware of all of this, the point which I am leading to is crowd funding. This allows fans to pre order albums before their production in order to help cover the costs involved enabling many artists to record, produce and release material which would not have been financially feasible without any crowd funding.
A shining example of this is the double album Flowers and Dirt which was released by Irish Blues Rock Psychedelic Shredmeister/ Glam Punk Sleaze Rock Frontman Bernie Tormé in September 2014.
This was his first solo album for fifteen years. It is a brilliant album and undoubtedly it was one of the finest releases in 2014. As a reflection of the earlier part of this article, you can hear my first ever radio interview/chat which I had with Bernie prior to the release of Flowers and Dirt. This was recorded and used in the online radio show which I ran while I was also working with Firebrand Rock Radio. You can listen in to this chat where Bernie talks a little about the Flowers and Dirt crowd funding campaign while also shedding much light on Ian Gillan, Ozzy Osbourne (standing in with Ozzy in the immediate aftermath of legendary guitarist Randy Rhoad’s tragic death), GMT and more besides. Listen to our 2014 chat HERE. It starts at about 50 minutes into the show.
By the end of its run the Flowers and Dirt crowd funding campaign which run through Pledge Music reached a staggering 418%, not only was this great news for Bernie and his fans but also for the childrens cancer trust who Bernie kindly donated 10% of all the proceeds to.
I have some hot news on Bernie Tormé which has only just been released today –
BLACKHEART Album & Tour is Scheduled for October 2015
Hot on the heels of yet
another smashingly successful crowd funding campaign via PledgeMusic.comwhich achieved its goal in little more then a week, Irish Guitarist Bernie Torme announces a New Album titled BLACKHEART, and a New UK Tour!
Bernie says this about the tour – ‘We did a storming little UK tour end of last year following the release of the ‘Flowers & Dirt’ album, and I really caught the bug to play live again, so it will be great to get out there again and make lots and lots of noise! We will be doing some new stuff, but also plenty of the old classic tracks from Gillan and other parts of my nefarious past, I can’t wait to catch up with all the new friends we made in 2014!’
Dates are as follows:
Fri 16th October Portsmouth The Cellars
Sat 17th October Brighton The Prince Albert
Thurs 22nd October Keighley TheOctagon
Fri 23rd October Troon South Beach Hotel
Sat 24th October Edinburgh Bannermans
Wed 28th October Frome Cheese & Grain
Fri 30th October Birmingham Institute
Sat 31th October London The Borderline
Sat 7th November Oxford The Wheatsheaf
Wed 11th November Newcastle The Cluny
Thurs 12th November Liverpool Arts Club
There will be opportunities to jam with the band and partake of VIP specials on these shows, available at http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/bernietorme2015 – as well as opportunities to take part in the new ‘BLACKHEART’ album recording, such as singing along to a track which will be included on the album: budding Ian Gillans take note!
Support Bernie on the 2015 Blackheart tour has not been confirmed as yet but I do know that Bite The Buffalo are supporting Bernie at the date in Frome at the Cheese and Grain Hall on Wednesday October 28th. This particular gig is being run to raise funds for the Wessex MS Therapy Centre in Warminster which is just a few miles away from the venue.
Bernie Tormé is now running a new Pledge Music campaign to fund the next album, Blackheart. There is so much on offer that I dare not begin to list it all but it is packed with exclusives. You can check it all out right HERE. For example, the digital download pre order for this year’s album is only 8 English pounds!
You can hear Bernie talking about his 2015 campaign HERE
You can listen to and purchase a great selection of Bernie Torme Material via BANDCAMP and also in my recent podcast show with another interview and a cool selection of Torme material HERE. Check out Bernie’s website HERE