YouTube musician Cobus Potgeiter has made a name for himself amassing over 100 million cumulative views on the social media outlet, mainly by playing drums along to popular songs (according to this Mashable article). He now has an ambitious idea – form a new band in California with no boundaries except the borders of the continental US. Here are the main points of the idea:
- $35,000 budget
- No genre decided
- No cap on number of members yet
- Member hopefuls audition on YouTube
- Potgeiter will form circles on Google+ for “jam sessions”
- Potgeiter hand picks his favorites, which he will fly to LA to record an album
YouTube is vital for just about any brand to succeed these days, including musicians. It should be no surprise that some are making entire careers out of being “YouTube musicians.” I think this Kickstarter initiative could be extremely refreshing – with all the trashy career vloggers out there, it’s nice to see an open-minded musician want to do something classy through social media.
Also, as seems to be the trend with creative projects, the Kickstarter has already reached a surplus of $6000 despite only being open for five days. People clearly want to be a part of something creative, and are willing to go above and beyond paying what the traditional music biz models entailed. This is why we believe Cobus Potgeiter is a name you shouldn’t ignore.