Within the Nerdherd we regularly joke about shopping for albums or memorabilia as our method of shopping for a sandwich for the members of whichever teams we’re sweatin’ on the time. It’s our tiny of method of displaying help via monetary means once we don’t have the chance to go to a bunch of exhibits or fan meets on the common. For the longest time, it was the one tangible method I might consider apart from feedback on Insta posts to point out these far-off teams simply how a lot I appreciated what they have been doing.
This modified a bit of for me after I found the Kickstarter James Lee, previously of the Royal Pirates, had began to assist fund an album of songs he had written following his grueling years of surgical procedures and restoration. He’s not all higher, however he raised effectively over his objective and was in a position to do that challenge to show to himself and the remainder of the world that he was nonetheless there and nonetheless preventing to do what he cherished. I contributed a small quantity to the marketing campaign and received a bodily, autographed album by the use of thanks. It felt good to know that I had executed a teeny tiny bit to assist him fulfill this dream.
That is after I began to listen to KpopontheDL drop the phrases ‘did you see the Makestar for XXX?” casually into conversations. It took me a scorching minute to lastly work out what Makestar actually was and why it match completely into my have to look after all the struggling artists and Nugus with a smaller fanbase.
Makestar or Make Your Personal Star, is a platform for crowdfunding Hallyu content material. It’s just like the Kickstarter or Gofundme for Korean Leisure the place you ‘donate’ a specific amount and obtain a thanks present based mostly on the extent your donation qualifies you for (suppose digital recordings, signed albums, your identify within the liner notes, and many others.) When you troll via the tasks you’ll see loads of teams you’ve heard of attempting to place out an album or photograph guide at low price, some requiring the help from followers and others whose firms simply wish to flip a better revenue by getting the funding on the entrance finish. Nonetheless, there are these golden tasks you simply actually, actually wish to see occur and really feel the necessity to do every little thing in your energy to make a actuality.
For me, that first golden challenge was South Membership’s second mini album Contact Data. That they had the songs they usually had them digitally accessible, however they wanted the funding to make the MV and produce the bodily albums. I’m a lot in help of Nam Tae Hyun and the large effort he’s put in and the sacrifices he’s made to make the music he believes in that I simply needed to make investments. I’m additionally poor. This implies I might solely drop $25 to help the challenge after which pay the additional $10ish for delivery to qualitfy to obtain a signed album as a thanks.
I’m Loopy, South Membership