Perhaps you have heard whispers on the wind about Sasha Bayan, the interesting young musician I once interviewed. He’s is currently finishing up his musical studies at Northwestern U in Illinois, which he has bolstered and intensified with many travels abroad and international collaborations. Sasha is a dedicated musician, a world citizen, and a genuinely fun guy.
Well, the wind is picking up. Sasha has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund his next album, Do I Know You?, his first professionally recorded collection of original works.
Fine, this is a semi-shameless plug for my pal. But consider: it can be hard, engaging in your creative passions and talents from underneath the crushing weight of student debt and generally tough economic times – so hey, why not get friends who want to hear your music to help? From the Kickstarter page:
In a nutshell: Do I Know You? is an album of pop-rock music with a ’60s and ’70s aesthetic written from a classical composer’s approach, imbued with jazz harmonies and influences by the sounds of Spain, Brazil, and India.
Do I Know You? reached 20% of its goal within the first few days of Sasha’s Kickstarter campaign, but there’s a ways to go yet. (In related news, I was interested to learn that Kickstarter has gone international; you no longer have to be a U.S. resident to participate in projects hosted there. So that’s rad.)
I once had the pleasure of recording a song with Sasha. I mentioned this and told the story behind it in the interview I did with him – and it is to this golden experience that I refer when I call Sasha my one-time collaborator. I tried to upload the song for your listening pleasure but – again – FAIL. Bah.
If you’re interested in checking out his work, might I suggest “Icarus” (stream it from Sasha’s MySpace page), which is my favourite song from Call the Doctor, Sasha’s first album.
Good luck and godspeed to you, sir, in the next 21 days of your Kickstarter campaign, and for the rest of time.
UPDATE: Sasha’s Kickstarter campaign reached its goal with just a few hours to spare! Congrats, pal.