Sandra MacBeth recently returned from London where she was working with producer Gerry Diver on ‘Everest’ and in order to support the project has launched a pledge scheme. As well as pre-ordering the EP and receiving an exclusive download two weeks before general release on 25th February, those supporting the scheme will also be able to choose from experiences such as a personal house concert, a songwriting workshop for you and your friends or a cover song MP3 or video of your choice. Pledge amounts range from £5 to £300.
So far over 100 people have backed the pledge, raising around 65 per cent of the costs of the EP production. Ten per cent of any money raised over the target amount will be donated to the Samaritans of Edinburgh and Lothian.
Sandra, who is now based in Edinburgh, said: “It is so difficult in the music business to fund things these days. The pledge is cool as it gets people involved with pre-ordering as well as offering them goodies and extras. It is going really well – people seem to be really into it.”
She added: “I was asked who, out of all the producers in the world I would like to work with, and said Gerry Diver who has worked with amazing musicians like Van Morrison. I was encouraged to email him, which I did. He liked the sound of my stuff so agreed to work with me and has been very supportive. He is going to play fiddle on the EP as well – I am a huge fan of his work. It’s like a dream but very real and scary!”
The EP name comes from “everyone having their own mountain, their own Everest to climb”, Sandra said: “Everest was inspired by a deep longing and sadness. We have all been affected by depression in some way or another, maybe even losing somebody we love along the way. The songs on ‘Everest’ are filled with joy, hope and longing, my way to remember, honour and share that love.
“The whole EP is trying to highlight depression – people don’t talk about it enough – and the songs are hopeful and quite positive. I am trying to show people they aren’t alone. As such I’ll be donating a percentage of funds to the Samaritans charity who provide assistance, counselling and general support for those suffering from depression and struggling at this time.”
‘Everest’ is Sandra’s second studio release, following her debut album ‘Conjugal Scene’ in 2009.
For more information on the pledge scheme see www.sandramacbeth.com