My friend and bassist extraordinaire Steve Jenkins started a discussion on his Facebook page that really got to me today. He simply asked, "What do you think about crowd funding your album?" Well, here is my two penny rant: Crowd funding is begging, mostly, by a bunch of lazy, not invested musicians who don't understand what sacrifice and saving are for anything. Now, I'm not talking about projects like you see on Kickstarter that are actual companies building a product or trying to launch some REAL business venture, but those billions on there who beg for money and in return you get a mention in the liner notes, if they even have them. The truth is, you can record an entire album, mix and master the recording on your Apple for merely the cost of a computer, an interface and Apple Logic Pro. That, in total, cost me under $2K. And, you can actually use Garage Band, the software that comes with your Apple product included, to make a complete studio quality release. So, subtract the $500 for the Apple Logic Pro Studio, and you can see you can have all the recording you need at your fingertips for $1500. You know, the amount of money you spent on an iPhone, all those iPhone Apps and the monthly plan costs. I'm not opposed to the concept, and I have actually pledged to several Kickstarter projects, to include the J. Backlund Design Retronix project. But J. Backlund is a REAL business, with a REAL business plan and I know personally that they are using the Kickstarter pledge $$$ for exactly what they need to produce, introduce and market the new Retronix line. Which is where my beef is with most bands "crowd funding" their first or any album. Most of thes "bands" are not even DBA'd, let alone LLC or incorporated. They are a bunch of people who, IMHO, refuse to sacrifice and instead of partying or buying that iPhone, save the money to make their album. Crowd funding does not invest the makers into the music or the album. If you never release the album, so what? If you don't live up to your pledge, you lose nothing as a band, and the contributors lose what they put in, even if it was just $5. I know one such project that a girl who I mentor pledged $200 with the promise that she would get to meet the band, get a CD and would get her name in the liner notes. Two years later they finally got her a CD, and her name was not anywhere on or in the CD. And, they moved across the country so their promise to her to meet them in NYC was no longer good. They apologized and told her that she would get a special mention in the next album they make. Then the band broke up. I know, its pledger beware, but crowd funding of music projects, unless its say, a very famous and established artist, is just lazy begging. 'nuff said.