Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kim Boekbinder's Impossible Tour.

Kim Boekbinder is doing the impossible, pre-selling her tour in the U.S.A via funding through Kickstarter. I chatted to her awhile ago and it was great to catch up again.

^ The lovely Kim Boekbinder.

Why the idea of Pre-selling your concert?
There was this vague notion banging about in my head for a while but it wasn't until after a particularly poorly attended show in Portland, OR that it all came together. I knew there had to be a way to get people to come out and see me and just showing up to do a concert was not enough. Pre-selling a show in NYC worked so well I'm now doing this whole tour. I just can't afford to tour and lose money, pre-selling takes care of the expenses so I can focus on the art.

If successful would you tour like this more often, and bring it back to Australia?
For sure!! I'll be spending lots of time in Melbourne, Australia. Actually, I'm about to announce a Melbourne show in late September. To tour to other cities I'll try this pre-sold tour idea, because your country is so very very big.

You use Kickstarter reguarly as does Molly Crabapple and you did recently with Amanda Palmer, what do you like about using it?
It lets me make art. Plain and simple. There is no way I could afford to make records without pre-selling them through Kickstarter first. It is a wonderful way to get art funded.

:: Kim Boekbinder Redefines The Rock Tour ::
Iconoclastic New York musician, Kim Boekbinder, has set the internet abuzz with her passionate rant about the state of the music industry and how she’s decided to circumvent the broken system by using her vibrant social media presence to pre-sell her shows BEFORE they are even booked. Kim’s first test run of the idea was launched on Kickstarter and she got her funding for a show in New York City in under 24 hours. Now she’s doing a 10 date US tour:

Ms. Boekbinder’s “Impossible Tour” idea has been featured on CCN Money, BBC Radio’s World Service, and BoingBoing. The attention generated from the story has her email inbox flooded with thank you messages from fans, musicians, and venues; as well as offers from internet startups trying to address the very issues that she is dealing with.

Kim Boekbinder is The Impossible Girl; a performer, composer, musician, and visual artist who defies genre. She has travelled the world, stealing hearts and changing paradigms with her indelible live performance and her excitingly original and unforgettable music. - from

:: The Impossible Tour dates on Kickstarter: ::

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