Wellington blues artist Darren Watson is a two–time successful campaigner, and one of our favourite alumni. Now he’s back, and this time he’s looking to raise funds for his first-ever acoustic LP. He’s almost halfway there but he still needs your help to get over the line – so we had a chat to him about why you should be supporting the album.
Why do you think this campaign is important?
I’m really excited to be making my sixth album and the campaign is a huge part of making it happen. It’s amazing to have direct contact and support from the people who REALLY enjoy the music I make. With Pledge Me I feel like I am almost making friends with these folks!
What motivated you to reach out to your crowd?
Well, hahaha I’m a poor musician so frankly the albums probably wouldn’t happen these days without crowdfunding through Pledge Me. Once upon a time we had record companies to front the funding to get these things off the ground but more and more musicians are going straight to the audience. I think it’s fantastic.
What do you have planned for the rest of the campaign – anything for us to look forward to?
I can’t say too much or it might ruin the surprises. But rest assured there will be a few nice things happening.
Anything you’d like to shout out to your crowd?
Just a whole lot of thanks for all the pledging and sharing you guys are doing! It’s frigging amazing! I’m sure you’re all going to dig this record. I’m in a really good space, playing and singing-wise and the writing is flowing too.