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The fear of disappointing your audience and reviewers + a simple tip to overcome them

As we already mentioned in previous blogs, we are in this awkward time frame. Inês is released, copies have been sent to most of our audience that supported the project along the crowdfund campaign, we’ve done some limited sales on our network, and we’ve sent a couple of copies for review.

They’re a few types of possible reviews. The ones that previously supported our projects, the ones we never sent any material too but are now getting in touch with, and the ones whom we probably won’t bother sending to this time, since we are trying to slash down our promo costs too (we’ll have a Vlog running on the topic pretty soon, hit the subscribe button on our YouTube channel).

Regarding medias that had already trusted, supported and reviewed our project with respect and understanding from the very beginning, we noticed it with B album, we freak out with questions like “will they like it this time?” “does it add anything so that we’ve leveled up from previous recordings?” etc, etc…

One tip we happily use is to  gather all the kind messages and even print them out. The first impressions tend, from our experience, to be the good ones you receive, the enthusiastic ones, the supportive ones. When in doubt, go threw the message and that will make us realise that indeed we truly are supported by lovely and kind people. Do you have any other tip? Share in the comment section please! We’re always up to learning new tricks!

But today we can breathe and celebrate, fRoots that had us reviewed for both our albums and also made us the great honor of featuring us on their cover, has included the last song from the album on its autumn playlist here:

Click on the pic or here:

Astrakan Project got one song featured on fRoots Radio podcast n°194 - dark folk medieval
Astrakan Project got one song featured on fRoots Radio podcast n°194


You’re still on time to grab your copy, and remember we are still in Greece, and postage will save you some good euros/pounds/dollars…

Have a lovely day, stay true to yourself and your dreams 🙂

~ Simone.

The way to the post office. Make your dreams come true and become a successful musician, and find others streams of income.
The way to the post office, in Nea Peramos, Greece. Doesn’t it look like paradise?
Sound & Video

Some acoustic music?

1932 is one of our favorite songs to play live on radio shows, and not only because it’s shorter than the usual 5 minutes long songs we tend to have! It’s cool it got video recorded last Sunday in Paris…

Folk a Lier Astrakan Project Radio Libertaire

Folk a Lier Astrakan Project Radio Libertaire

Musicians' Diary, Pics on Tour

Promo time for album B!

We are really lucky we’ve been hosted by many nice people to promote our new album – it’s always a great chance to get our music out into the world while meeting very nice people at our interviews.

We’ve been to local radio Arvorig FM – a 100% in Breton language radio. (you can stream it online!)

Astrakan Project ba' Arvorig FM radio
@Arvorig FM – a 100% Breton radio with Pauline Daniel

We’ve also been to France Bleu Breizh Izel (local branch of the national radio) where we recorded two shows, one in Breton and one bilingual – they should be on air this week, watch out our facebook page to get notified.

Radio RBI Culture Breizh with Clément Soubigou
Recording Culture Breizh show with Clément Soubigou in Quimper

And also we played already 2 show-cases, one in Brest at the book & music shop l’Oreille KC:

And another in Morlaix today, again at a book & music shop called Dialogues:


So… all is well, and our little album is little by little getting to get heard in many places around Brittany. 🙂 But there is still more to come!

§ Simone

Musicians' Diary, Pics on Tour

Greetings from England !

So, we’ve arrived in England last Friday, and we had an “acoustic rehearsal” in Hadleigh (Suffolk), and, well, it still sounds good! (this video has been posted on Facebook, but you still can access it)

Astrakan Project acoustic 1932 in Hadleigh Folk Club

… and in London, we performed with other bands from Brittany. We’ll soon have some pictures and even some video, and it was nice to see again Urban Kelt lovely team.

Simone Alves & Urban Kelt Bunney
Happy to see Bunney from Urban Kelt again!

We also had the great pleasure to be at BBC Cambridge for a lovely interview with Sue Marchant, you can stream it here until the 11/10/2014 (we appear around 10 minutes at the beginning!)

Astrakan Project BBC Cambridge Sue Marchant
Simone & lovely Sue Marchant – you can’t say they don’t seem to have fun!
BBC Cambridge Sue Marchant
Yann & Simone by Sue Marchant

What’s up for today? Yann is practising Irish tunes on this rainy day (well, yes, it’s raining!)

Last but not least… we have our albums. Well, not all of them, the promotional edition only, so we can keep on getting ready for the release…[drum rolls!] … October the 23rd for New Moon! We are very happy with the way the artwork artwork came through the manufacturing process, the quality is really lovely, we definitely made the right factory choice + they are super nice and supportive with us!

Thank you all for your lovely support !

§ Simone

Musicians' Diary

What if music was important?

We take it for granted sometimes that “music is everywhere”, and therefore, music would be something that “doesn’t really matter”.
This is the message we received yesterday from Menachem Vinegrad, Radio Upper Galilee in Israel, together with his playlist for his  world music program:
“Our radio station can certainly be heard over the border in Lebanon, and possibly on a clear day in Western Syria. The Syrian civil war drags on, and one exiled Syrian musician has said that there is no more music in Syria. What a dreadful shame. Meanwhile, Israel is treating hundreds of Syrian wounded, in it’s northern hospitals. I hope they hear our radio station.
Our motto is “Peace Through Good Music”
It brought tears to my eyes and still does. Can we step back for a short moment and realise how lucky we are? How lucky we are to just be able to reach any kind of music we want, for free in most of cases, just with a quick click on a link? Do we realise what it means to have the right and the freedom to basically play and compose any kind of music we want and share it around? Let’s not be in need to be missing it to realise about how much it is part of our lives.
I wish, I wish with all my heart that very soon music could be heard again in Syria, if music is back then maybe, yes maybe it would be  little sign of some peace coming back to the region.
Menachem in Radio Upper Galilee
§ Simone
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Do want to hear some breton ? About us ?

We just got a copy from the sequence made about our album on radio RBI last spring about our project. It’s short, you already know our music, you know what it is about, you’ll recognise when our names are mentioned, so you can give it a try, listen to some Breton language :


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Portuguese interview + French review…


A short review from our album in the Belgian magazine Le Canard Folk (for printed May edition… It’s rather positive ! Says something like:

“warmth, fullness, richness, energy, […] fusion seems perfectly natural after the first surprising impression”

Canard folk mai 2013 album du mois

While in Portugal, I made this interview for the radio show Terra Pura, Portuguese readers may listen to it >here<, others can check out I really do speak Portuguese!

Hopeful, this nice impressions will lead us to some live shows?

§ Simone


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