Bands and musicians of our times see themselves facing the dilemma of a rapid economic decline within the music industry and oversaturation of music releases in all genres, while costs for production, promotion and touring for all musicians have remained the same.
Everybody knows that CD sales and downloads don't make any money these days; big names in the contemporary progressive music scene keep stating that just their band alone doesn't earn them a living [Misha Mansoor, Periphery; Ben Weinman, Dillinger Escape Plan], thus it has always been common sense also for Art Against Agony that any music track, any video, any photograph and any touring effort needs to be financed by ourselves only.
We are incredibly thankful for every handshake, every gratious compliment and admiring smile that we have come across touring the world and playing our music in front of hordes of progressive metalheads and jazz afficionados.
It has given our existence a wonderful purpose to spread our ideas of anonymity and human identity around the world from Siberia to Brazil.
However, we have no kind of agency and no major label behind us.
This has of course kept our artistic endeavours genuine and fruitful so far, yet as we have become more and more established in the progressive music scene since 2014, we see our future efforts requiring each member of the project to spend less time working for the project - and instead working in additional jobs in order to keep the engine running: To raise money for equipment, promotion, touring and of course music production.
We are losing more and more time to make art and instead spend more and more time to earn the money that enables us to stay active as artists.
Time that we would rather love to spend producing more music, more videos, more photographs.
Patreon is our attempt to re-gain a little bit of our time by giving you the opportunitiy to support us directly and unbureaucratically. Your contribution will also pay back immediately: Your monthly support will literally buy us time that will be invested straight into new art against agony materials - and regardless if you are a die hard fan or merely acquainted with our project, we are incredibly humbled by any range of contribution, because after all you are the reason why there is art against agony.
Therefore, our Patreon campaign offers many rewards surrounding the new album and your support is scheduled until the release of the album in October, yet in case you want to continue supporting, we are planning to offer plenty of new rewards after the release!