FROM a converted barn near Droxford a new company is getting ready to revolutionise the music world.
It is the brain child of musician, actor and composer Marcos D’Cruze and his musician-cum-computer scientist business partner Paul Clarke.
For the past three years the pair have been working from from Wallops Wood Farm on Kabodler, a website that allows musicians to publish their own music and sell paperless tickets to their gigs, thanks to new smart phone technology. It’s a website that’s designed to be much cheaper for bands to use than iTunes, which can take as much as a 30 per cent cut from downloads.
Marcos said: ‘I’ve been a composing musician and an actor for quite a few years, and I’ve had a number of different deals, but I’ve never been able to find something that suits my needs exactly. I have that now.’
The idea is that bands subscribe to kabodler.co.uk for a fee. There, they can upload their tracks to the website, advertise gigs and events, and sell tickets.
Fans then buy the tracks and purchase tickets, which are sent to their smart phone in the form of an image which acts as a smart ticket.
The venue then scans the smart ticket, and lets the gig-goer in.
It also enables bands and venues to give away merchandise or give deals on them whilst the gig is going on.
The bands get paid via PayPal, and can get their money instantly.
Marcos and Paul said the low cost of the site would help local, unsigned bands get off the ground.
Marcos added: ‘It’s not about the money we can make, it’s about the changes we can make to the industry. We’re about the music.’