April 30, 2013 - submitted by Reginaldo, Brazil

Q. Hello Oracle. I am Brazilian and I also have a band. We have enough trouble getting sponsorship to record and to raise money for our career. With Coldplay at the beginning was also well? Could you tell us the difficulties that the band went before launching parachutes? Hugs.


The Oracle replies:

The members of Coldplay were all students when they were trying to get cash together to record their first e.p. Phil Harvey borrowed the money from his Mum (who had spotted huge potential in Chris at an early age) to record the Safety ep. The band also put on a show at Dingwalls in London that they sold tickets for. The money they made from that was enough to pay Phil's Mum back.

It doesn't have to be expensive to record your band. I don't know how many members are in the band but if you raise money between you however you can: extra work, a jumble sale (I don't know what you call this, but I mean a Garage / Yard sale) or maybe you could try and record it without cost.
There is another way that's proving really popular these days; crowd funding.
This is when people collectively chip in to fund a project and are usually rewarded in some way.
Here's a good example of one that you can see how it works and if you could try something similar.