Austin and MARC7s

I attended SXSW Ineractive this past weekend where nerds get together and talk about the internet, open source hardware, technology, etc. And there's also quite a bit of drinking involved. I stayed at Sierra and Mattie's house across the Congress Street bridge. Sweet week.

Quite a few friends and fans were excited when I told them Maktub is recording a new album. I floated the whole MARC7 idea to a few folks. So far the response has been more positive than expected. That is, people are telling me they'd definitely pay $50 to feel a part of the recording process -- althought getting their name in the liner notes seems to be a big motivator. We're still tweaking some of the details, but a few people have begun joining the MARC7 club.  We'll email everyone when it's locked down but for now I know we'll be offering the following for the $50 Maktub Recording Club 2007 (MARC7) membership:
  • your name in the liner notes
  • your photo on the MARC7 page
  • signed copy of the album mailed to you before the release date
  • and most obvious/important -- you'll be helping bring a new Maktub record to life!
There's one or two more ideas we've got brewing. By the way, the budget for recording, mixing, producing, mastering this thing is around $10,000.  The band is throwing all our savings in the pot ($2k to $3k depending on a few pre-recording expenses). Steve Fisk is producing the album and Stuart Hallerman is engineering (same fellas that brought you Subtle Ways & Khronos).

On an unrelated but interesting tangent I bumped into a friend at SXSW (I believe at Lo/Fi?) who said he saw Maktub perform in Philly at the North Star Bar a couple years ago. More than anything he remembered there being about 50 people there on a Wednesday to see Maktub. Among the audience was ?uestlove from The Roots and (I'm not making this up) Ozzy Osbourne's band who were in town doing Ozzfest. He couldn't remember ever seeing such a diverse crowd of music lovers in the audience to see a band. Which made me consider that Maktub's strength is most likely that we're a conflicted band. Five very different people with different styles and influences and, as close friends, we somehow cram it all together into something interesting. Hip hop to heavy metal. We are a truly strange and awesome band. - Daniel

2 comments

  • jeannieweannie

    jeannieweannie

    me me me me me. i want in the club! wow, and my mom told me money could never buy coolness. oh wait, did my mom tell me that? who told me that? what did my mom tell me? finding about the promise of a new album today was a great way to start the weekend. i'll be bopping to your existing albums all the way over to paris this evening and for sure, all weekend too! you so crack me up when you talk about going to a nerd fest. i guess i love nerds so much it's hard to think you're nerds, those people i thought were weird and scary when i was a young girl. wait a second. maybe i am weird and scary myself now! happy st paddy's weekend! jeanne

    me me me me me. i want in the club! wow, and my mom told me money could never buy coolness. oh wait, did my mom tell me that? who told me that? what did my mom tell me?

    finding about the promise of a new album today was a great way to start the weekend. i'll be bopping to your existing albums all the way over to paris this evening and for sure, all weekend too!

    you so crack me up when you talk about going to a nerd fest. i guess i love nerds so much it's hard to think you're nerds, those people i thought were weird and scary when i was a young girl. wait a second. maybe i am weird and scary myself now!

    happy st paddy's weekend!
    jeanne

  • Daniel

    Daniel

    It probably wasn't clear from my post, but I very much consider myself a nerd. I mean, I'm bald with thick black glasses.

    It probably wasn't clear from my post, but I very much consider myself a nerd. I mean, I'm bald with thick black glasses.

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