Steve Schiltz has been quite the busybody. Ever occupied, he spent last year touring North America with KT Tunstall and released an EP and two live albums last fall. But since the year turned over, he’s been writing, recording, and producing Hurricane Bells’ sophomore album, Tides and Tales. Schiltz plans on releasing it this fall on his label, Invisible Brigades, but he’s become stuck for the money along the way. Fortunately, websites such as PledgeMusic offer artists like Hurricane Bells the opportunity to reach out to fans for the support they need.
To continue self-releasing his own work, Schiltz has asked fans to pledge funds to support the mastering, promotion, and touring behind Tides and Tales. With a pledge, you get the opportunity to learn about, and potentially receive, exclusive mp3s, posters, a house show by the band, vinyls, shirts, and even one of his vintage Gibson guitars. You also get the first download of the album as soon as it releases.
PledgeMusic also pulls its entrepreneurs into its mission of philanthropy by giving a portion of all pledges to charity. Hurricane Bells chose Education Through Music, which supports music instruction in underprivileged schools. So not only will Hurricane Bells benefit you’ll benefit and so will hundreds of kids!
So far Schiltz has only received 29 pledges that bring him to 14 percent of his goal. There are 55 days left until the fundraiser ends, so be sure to check out the campaign on PledgeMusic before time runs out.
Between the debut’s release and the production of his sophomore album, Schiltz has put out two live albums, Hurricane Bells Live At House Of Blues Boston and Hurricane Bells Live At House Of Blues San Diego, from his recent tour. Before that, he dropped two EPs, last September’s Down Comes the Rain and 2009’s Tonight Is The Ghost, so if you’re feeling impatient for material you can always immerse yourself in four of his most recent releases.