Hey guys, I've started a crowdfunding campaign..." The heavens part, the sea boils, the ground shakes, your lip quivers, your eyes bulge, your face tenses. "NO MORE!!!" you splutter.
Some days all it takes is a relatively harmless tweet or email starting with the sentence for crowdfunding fatigue to set in.
With a constant bombardment of requests, it can feel like the world and its granny has started a crowdfunding campaign for their latest project and is desperately seeking your money to help fund/ validate their art/ feed their egos/ replace their lack of business skills/ ruin their personal relationships.
I'm exaggerating, but as someone who spends a lot of time on the receiving end of emails from PR and creative types, I get a lot of those kinds of requests. In the past two years I've funded a good few projects that I was delighted to see reach 100pc success, whether it was Nina Hynes' fantastical new Dancing Suns album, Garry O'Neill's Where Were You? book about Dublin youth cultures or The Jimmy Cake's upcoming Popular Music release. All of these projects gave me a warm fuzzy feeling for helping out and, generally speaking, I'm comfortable with the idea that I'm essentially pre-paying for something.
Which is why I love Beat Delete, a new site which puts a twist on the concept for music lovers. Rather than rely on crowdpestering from its project owners, BeatDelete.com waits for you, the discerning music fan, to decide what you want.
Its catalogue consists of deleted vinyl from respected independent labels like Ninja Tune, Brainfeeder, Domino Records and The Leaf Label with albums from Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, Wiley, Roots Manuva, DOOM, Amon Tobin, Coldcut and Caribou listed.
If you would like to own an album that is no longer in pressing, you click the button and authorise a card to pay for it. If the album hits the order threshold set by the label, they will repress the album and you'll get a copy.
It's a win-win.