Monday 22 January 2018

Irish act Zaska seeks crowd-funding for 'funkiest album on earth'

Irish act Zaska is looking to support his debut album through Fund-It
Irish act Zaska is looking to support his debut album through Fund-It
Members of Zaska perform on stage

Sasha Brady

Wicklow funkster Zaska has launched a crowd-funding appeal for his debut album.

You've probably heard of Zaska, the musical project of Irish-Bavarian funk troubadour Max Zaska. Former band members include a little-known singer called Hozier - who you might have heard of, it's hard to say really - as well as members of Wyvern Lingo and Little Green Cars.

Since 2010 the band have been providing all the necessary juice (pulp and all) that's required to keep jazz funky with synapse-snapping tempos, velvety blues, super-size funk riffs and all the gorgeous exuberance of people who genuinely love what they do. Obviously fans are eager to have that packaged and translated into an album that they can consume at will, so Zaska and his merry team of funk soldiers are pushing to make that happen.

Making an album is expensive, especially for acts who don't already have their foot in the door. From paying for studio time, production, compensating the musicians and promoting the album, it requires big money. And it's impossible for homegrown acts to raise that cash without the support of a major record label.

Members of Zaska perform on stage
Members of Zaska perform on stage

So Zaska has turned to the Fund-It, a crowdsourcing campaign that allows fans, friends and family members to contribute. It's a handy platform that pushes the public closer to the creator, while simultaneously easing the financial burden on the project and allowing creativity to be the band's main focus.

In just one day Zaska has raised €1,235 and there are still 33 days left to achieve the goal of €14,000. If the target is met, fans should expect to hear the album in early 2017.

As Zaska says: "It is finally time to showcase this new material as well as this community of homegrown talent in a single full length album. No additives or preservatives, just dope musicians playing dope music in a room together with stank faces, the way the good lord intended."

He promises it will be the "funkiest album on earth".

Contributions can be made here.

Zaska plays Crane Lane this Sunday at 4.30pm as part of the Cork Jazz Festival.

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