Kat Ward - vocals, guitar, synth, cajon, bass & lyrics Kieren Johnstone - guitar, vocals, pocket operators & production
We've had our music featured on BBC Sussex and BBC 6 National Radio. They said "It's not quite Indie and it's not quite Folk but it's all the better for it!".
We asked our fans to describe our music and they said - "This was probably played in Ancient Rituals" "Definite shades of Suzanne Vega"
What is this?
It's a community forum (a bit like Facebook) where you can get updates and news about Boxtape, as well as be a bit more interactive and have your say. It's also a membership platform (like Patreon) but with a difference.
How is this different?
It's Free! Current membership platforms for musicians such as Patreon are great and work for loads of artists, Youtubers, social figures etc. They build a community and provide artists with some regular income. However, for smaller artists and creatives who don't have an already fairly sizeable established audience, making a paid only membership work is pretty hard. Not only that, not everyone is in a position to support artists they like financially and we don't think they should be excluded! The difference with our site is that we want to bring everyone along with us. Every one of you who listens to our music & watches a video, shares a post or tells your friends about us are invaluable to us as a band. We want to be able to really build a community together which is why the base level of our community is free to everyone.
Will you still be on Facebook & other social media?
We will still be using our Facebook and other socials to post updates and videos. However, over the last year or so it's been increasingly hard to actually communicate with all the people who have decided to follow our Facebook page. Organic reach on posts now is very low and even if we "sponsor" a video it still only reaches a fraction of the people who have said "yes I want to hear more from you". Email and mailing lists are a great tool, but they tend to be more of a one-way communication informing you or something, rather than being part of something together.
Where's the membership part?
On a membership site such as Patreon you have varying tiers (that people pay for, normally per month) where you offer rewards, such as exclusive content, downloads, physical merch etc. The more someone pays, the more they get essentially. The idea is to have a few paid tiers available to this community for those that would like 1, to get extra content and Boxtape goodness, or 2, would just like to support us in a different way. We won't be launching these paid tiers just yet, till we've ironed out all the potential kinks in the system. In fact, we'd like you to help us shape them and tell us what you want.