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Hey wonderful people! I’m writing from my hotel room outside Oxford after a smashing gig last night at Jericho Tavern. Today is the penultimate day of my 11 date UK album launch tour, after which I...
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Download "Brace For Impact" now!

Album release day is here! At midnight today, “Brace For Impact” was released into the world – how exciting! I’m delighted to share these songs with you. I’d love to know where you’re listening, w...
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New interview with Pledge Music! I told them how GREAT you are...

…and I didn’t have to exaggerate one bit.

Read the full interview or scroll down for my favourite bits: https://www.pledgemusic.com/blog/shemakeswar-interview-september-2018

I’d love to know what you get out of being a Pledger – what do you enjoy about it? Did you find my interview answers interesting? Let me know in the comments!

THANK YOU SO MUCH xxx

“Key services in this country like the NHS and education have been decimated by our government, so I can’t even begin to complain about the lack of proper funding for the arts until that mess is sorted out. Patronage and crowdfunding takes things back to the times when troubadours travelled around singing stories and being paid with food and a roof over their heads; thankfully there are a lot of people out there who value what we make and want to be part of it.

To have 1100+ Pledgers already with three weeks to go until release day – more than double the number for my last album – is incredible. I’m so thankful to my supportive audience for showing up and enabling all this to happen – because of them this record has a very good chance of bothering the UK charts, which would be a massive achievement for a 100% independent release.

What I make is most definitely art but the format it’s sold in is a product, and every aspect of making the art has fixed costs (housing, food, power, equipment, staff, manufacture etc), so without selling my music, I couldn’t make any more art (or eat). Crowdfunding straddles the cavernous expanse between what I’m doing – creating my own musical world and communicating honestly with people through words and sound – and what commercial music makers are doing and enables me to keep things going. I absolutely could not have made this album without raising money through PledgeMusic, and that’s not because I’m an unsuccessful artist – my project is sustainable, it’s just not possible to hang onto the lump sums you need to front to make an ambitious record."

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I'm back from a big adventure...and I wrote something for you

Click the link below and scroll down for the secret password (written down the page so as not to appear in the public preview text for this post!). Let’s have a chat in the comments! http://shem...
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