Roses and Thorns
I’m proud to announce that my new EP, the first release to be crowdfunded through Crowdshed, will be launched on the 31st of January – just two weeks time!
Luddite Ballads is an acoustic release, and includes the political anthem (if I can call it that!) ‘A Movement and a Reason’, as well as the title track ‘The Ballad of a New Luddite’, John Martyn’s epic ‘I Don’t Want to Know’, and an instrumental piece ‘Old Friends’. Hope you like it.
You can now sign up to pre-order it on BandCamp! Make sure to grab a copy for just £3 (£5 for a print copy) – https://josiahmortimer.bandcamp.com/album/luddite-ballads-ep-pre-order
It’s being released through York-based independent record label Rack Mount Records.
Here’s how Luddite Ballads has been described:
“Combining mellow sounds with defiant sentiment, Josiah Mortimer’s debut EP Luddite Ballads is a breakthrough collection of anthems for a disenchanted generation. Bound by masterful guitar and crisp vocals, Mortimer’s first offering paves the way for a new era of radical acoustic music.”
Luddite Ballads will be out on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all the major online distributors (yes, I get the irony) at the end of the month.
Over £3,000 was made to master, print, distribute, and promote the EP. Thanks to everyone who contributed to make it happen!
Let me know what you think when it’s out. Fingers crossed and thanks for the support!
I’ve got some really exciting news!
The crowdfunding campaign for my new political EP, Luddite Ballads – my first professional recording – has just hit its £3k target after four weeks (with just a few hours to spare)!
It means we can now musically master it, publish it, get it on all the music websites (Spotify, iTunes etc), push it into music stores, print it, promote it online and offline, potentially get merchandise (!!!), launch loads of gigs, get some media coverage, and most importantly of all – get some political acoustic music out there!
I’m pleased to say it makes me the first musician who has successfully crowdfunded a recording through the UK crowdfunding start-up Crowdshed. The team at Crowdshed have been great.
More importantly though, Rack Mount Records, my York-based indy label, have been absolutely amazing in getting this off the ground and pushing it, so a MASSIVE THANK YOU to them. Check them out. Hopefully you’ll be hearing a lot more from them!
It’s been a great journey and has taken a lot of hard work (mainly by the Rack Mount team, Hugo, Tristan and Tom!) and I’m really excited for the year ahead. It’s gonna be a good ‘un!
WE DID IT!!!!! #SocialismWin
PS You can still support the project here (and in doing so pre-order your copy!) 😀
Finally, some other little musical updates 😀
1. I’ve gone and got myself my first ‘abroad’ gigs – two gigs in Brussels next month!
2. A random listener has done a dub remix of my latest SoundCloud post, a spoken word piece about the Greens being excluded from the TV debates. My first remix Will share when it’s online!
3. I’ve been invited to play on the Sunday Breakfast show for BBC Radio York next month. Will keep you posted.
4. I’ve just passed 100 followers on SoundCloud – make sure to give me a follow http://soundcloud.com/josiah-mortimer
5. My recent parody of UKIP’s awful Calypso Song has just hit 700 listens in three weeks, which ain’t bad – https://soundcloud.com/josiah-mortimer/not-the-ukip-calypso-song
OK. I’m currently crowdfunding my first professional recording – a political acoustic EP called ‘Luddite Ballads’.
We need to raise £3,000 – and so far we’re nearly half way there – but with just 15 days to go.
If it doesn’t reach £3k, the project gets nothing – and there’ll be no proper release, publicity, radical acoustic tour, printing etc. There won’t be much, basically.
So please pledge your support, spread the word and help get some radical music out there.
Everyone who shares this will get a shout-out on Twitter and Facebook as a thank you! A double shout-out plus perks if you pledge your support, obviously!
Let’s do this. Solidarity.
(Excuse the preview pic face!)