Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Manasota Project - Episide 5

The Manasota Project gets hit by a blizzard in this one. I show off the vinyl test pressing from Rainbo Records, then the first full band comes together for a rehearsal!

Last summer I recorded some songs all by myself then started a kickstarter campaign to release the songs on 180g vinyl. Much to my surprise the kickstarter completed successfully! The album is being pressed and is set to be completed in April of 2016. Now is when the real challenge begins. How does a largely unknown artist sell 500 vinyl LPs in 2016? Good question.

I’m a 40-year-old guy who’s played in bands since I was 10, so the idea of putting together a band to play unrewarding shows at bars for no money to try to sell an album really didn’t sound like fun nor like a good idea.

So instead I’ve decided to get some musicians together to perform on YouTube to help promote the album. The Manasota project documents this process and is a window into the life of a musician who never gives up.

by Justin Wierbonski

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