Fan Clubs and the Joy of Belonging
So, we live in very interesting times. Music connects us all and is a social experience, but for many people this isn’t possible or even practical, sometimes for geographical reasons, sometimes because they simply don’t like crowds, or, as at present, because of a pandemic. And yes, we still want to hear music and enjoy life too!
Growing up I always loved the idea of Fan Clubs. In fact the very first one I joined was for the band Queen, and then the comic book Dennis the Menace, and have often regretted that this kind of experience has been lost with the advent of the internet. I treasured the furry badge and little plastic wallet that accompanied Dennis the Menace. Well, hopefully this new Scanner Fan Club will change all that. It’s a direct way to respond and offer exclusive materials to my supporters.
Some of you may know that I’ve always been rather an archivist and hold a vast library of unreleased material, including entire albums, film scores, ballet scores, artist collaborations and so much more. At present I have over 200 live recordings for example from 1992 onwards, and over 850 videos of shows and films. That’s not to mention the 2000+ CDRs and boxes of cassette tapes! I see this as an opportunity to share these exclusive items with you. The majority of this material will only be available to those who subscribe. They will not be made for general sale.
And of course there’s all the new material too, the alternative mixes, the tracks that never made it to certain albums simply because of space, demos, interviews. Yes, a LOT of material basically. You might even get to hear some of the music I made as a teenager! I even wrote this amusing note on an early tape to warn future listeners!
As some of you may have discovered limited items of mine sell out very fast, so you would also have first dibs on these before they go live to the public. No more frustration if you were after something and it had sold out, and no need to pay extortionate fees on other websites for them later on either!
You will also become part of the subscriber community where you can post messages and photos, and converse with other supporters. You will get FIVE albums included with the subscription immediately too. And remember – this subscription directly supports my work and the production of new material and you also own all the music. It’s not like renting something, so if you choose to leave, you still own everything up until then!
It costs just £5.00 a month which is pretty much the price of a hipster coffee in certain cities, a beer in most bars or a pizza at the local takeaway. And they are usually all gone in less than 15 minutes, whilst this will stay with you as long as you wish! 🙂
At present things for many creatives are very challenging. Tours and shows for many friends have all been cancelled, and for myself everything for the last month and next month has been cancelled and believe me every penny you can offer in support means the world to me!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! ❤️