We know that many fans attending the shows still prefer a physical and collectable CD to a digital download so we want to give these fans the opportunity to buy a special limited edition CD of our debut album 'Emerge' in advance of the tour. We are also going to press a limited edition Andy Bell CD containing four singles from our collaboration album iPop plus a selection of our favourite remixes of these singles, namely, Beautiful, Stars, Friend and Lift Me Up.
Both CD's are ready to go to press. Our debut album 'emerge' is brimming with 15 tracks of our unmistakable electro pop sound, both solo Shelter tracks and our collaborations including two brand new and previously unreleased iPop club mixes featuring legendary Erasure front man Andy Bell. So we are crowdfunding to raise the money to produce these CDs.
Things are really starting to take off for us this year but with just the two of us managing the whole end to end operation we know that we need funds to buy in essential help to keep the momentum going. We plan to reinvest any surplus proceeds from this crowd funding campaign straight back into Shelter and our own independent Ministry of Pop record label so we can continue to grow and deliver great music.
Depending on how successful the campaign is, our first priority is the release of our Andy Bell collaboration album 'iPop' on CD when we get the green light from Erasure HQ. We also hope to have funds to employ pluggers to promote our music in clubs and radio stations to improve our chances of breaking into the charts. Our network of freelance producers and video production companies have been incredible in helping us get this far and we really want to involve them more in the future to help us expand the operation.
Shelter are made up of songwriters, producers and artists Mark R Bebb and Rob Bradley aka DJ Jekyll. ‘Shelter’ were national regional finalists in Future Music Publishing’s National Song writing Competition from over 8,000 entries. They have supported many established acts at large outdoor events (30,000 +) such as Liberty X, Tina Cousins, Charlotte Church, The Latch, Hazell Dean, Sleaze Sisters and many more. 5 #1’s so far on USA’s first internet charts Soundclick and they have released retro cover of Sir Cliff’s ‘Wired for Sound’ featuring Darren Day on vocals with great press reviews. Previously signed to Cream Records (Germany) & Optimum Records (UK) have just written and produced a collaboration album 'iPop with Erasure's Andy Bell and are now extremely excited to be one of the confirmed support acts for Erasure's forthcoming Violet Flame tour.
Crowd funding for us is more than just a great way to overcome the prohibitive costs of manufacturing and distributing CDs that small labels and new bands like ours face, We also believe it's much better for the environment that we only manufacture what is needed.
We have big plans, big dreams and some seriously monumental collaborations in the pipeline. By supporting our crowd funder campaign you're not only going to be getting a great pop album but you'll be helping us to produce more great music and buy in the essential support that we need to break through into the charts.
We genuinely love making music for you and the positive feedback you give us makes us continually strive to do more and more ambitious projects for you. For those who are new to Shelter, check out our Shelter feat. Andy Bell 'iPop' album which is available at all major on-line music stores or head over to our you tube channel at www.youtube.com/ministryofpopHQ