Two NYU Students, Erin Michael Rioux (right) and Josh Cabrido (left), have joined forces to form the psychadelic audio/visual duo, Rioux. They’re trying to come up with the funds to make their album on Kickstarter, the online “crowdfunding” platform. Click on the picture to the left to hear their plea and rate their talent — and possibly shell out some of your
allowance hard earned money for one of their cool vinyl/DVD sets. You have until September 27th.
Erin, the musician of the pair and a Junior in the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, specifically dubs their style, “Psychedelic with an electronic approach to songwriting and production.” Whatever that means, it sounds pretty chill. “When music becomes a way of existence, a meditation, that’s when it becomes really profound to me,” he says.
They’re putting a lot of faith in their own project, and asking others to do the same — it’s difficult to ask someone for money when they can’t even see the final product.
But when asked why they weren’t going the traditional routes of getting produced, Erin responded, “We’ve chosen to finance this project through Kickstarter because, if we reach our goal, it will allow us cover record pressing costs without relying on a record label or outside investor. As labels continue to suffer, their artist contracts become less and less reasonable for the artist. I’m at the beginning of my career and I will not sign my life away to make a record.”
But what if they don’t reach their goal? “We will meet our goal,” he said, “If I didn’t believe in this project I wouldn’t ask the world to.”
If $2500 aren’t earned by the 27th, no funds will be earned, and no one will be able to chill with Rioux. They have quite a ways to go. Such is the way of Kickstarter. So if you like what they have to offer, now’s the time to make it happen.
[Disclosure: Josh Cabrido is currently working with NYU Local's multimedia section.]