Linwood musician looking for supporters to kickstart a dream

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Mark Slotoroff, 21, of Linwood and three friends make up The Danbees, a popular college scene band in Ithaca. They are hoping to raise enough money through kickstarter.com to produce an album. Mark Slotoroff, 21, of Linwood and three friends make up The Danbees, a popular college scene band in Ithaca. They are hoping to raise enough money through kickstarter.com to produce an album.

Mark Slotoroff of Linwood, a 2010 graduate of Mainland Regional High School is a senior at Ithaca College in upstate New York. While he is not exactly sure of what the next year or years might bring his way, he is covering his bases by taking his LSAT’s and considering heading to law school.

While attending school and maintaining good grades, working as a bartender near campus Slotoroff is also a member of a local band that has developed a strong college crowd following; “The Danbees” with three of his good buddies.

Describing the bands sound as a blend of The Strokes and Led Zeppelin, their hope is to produce a full length album and see where it takes them. But fighting the clock of graduation in May the group has turned to Kickstarter.com in hopes of finding friends and investors who are willing to help the group over the financial hump that is keeping them from fulfilling their dream.

The Danbees, as Slotoroff explained were fortunate enough to meet a local music producer, Alex Perialas of Pyramid Sound and together they recorded their first single; “San Francisco Nose.”  The group collectively poured all of their own money into the single.

He said it was a good investment because San Francisco Nose has become a very popular party tune in the Ithaca area because of its catchy beat and dancibility. “People like to listen to it when we play parties and events and they love to dance to it,” added Slotoroff Thursday, Dec. 5. They are looking to follow that single with an album but after sitting down with Perialas and going over the financial end of recording and producing an album, making 1,000 copies and marketing those albums to radio stations and other venues, some merchandise and enough left over to buy a few sets of guitar strings  Slotoroff said they realized they would need to come up with just under $10,000 to make it happen. So they turned to Kickstarter.com.

Kickstarter reviews potential projects and they gave the green light to The Danbees to enlist the help of others to fund their dream. They are looking to raise $9,500 by Dec. 29. If they fall short of that goal anyone who has pledged to help will not be charged. If they meet that goal with all of the collective supporters by Dec. 29 then Kickstarter will charge the supporter’s credit card whatever the individuals pledge amount might be. Kickstarter.com is a chance for dreams to become realities.

For more about The Danbees log onto www.kickstarter.com and type The Danbees into the space provided and it will connect to the groups project, a little about them and give potential investors a chance to hear them and decide for themselves. Slotoroff said the group has more than enough material to fill an album. If they meet the $9,500 goal the band mates will decide which songs to include.

They would then like to set up an east coast tour upon graduation to promote the album. “We know we are fighting a clock and fighting the odds but we love the music and have a sound, a following and a terrific producer so we really are hoping to get enough people interested to allow us to create this album,” said Slotoroff, the spokesman for the group. 

Slotoroff is the vocalist for the group, writes most of the songs and plays rhythm guitar. Will Shuttleworth is lead guitar; Wade McManus plays bass and Jake Alvarez in on drums.

As of December 9 The Danbees project has 44 backers with $5,127 pledged with another 19 days to meet their goal.

The kickstarter.com link to hear the band is; http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1708921532/the-danbees-record-debut-album

The Danbees guitarists Will Shuttleworth of Ithaca on lead guitar and Mark Slotoroff of Linwood, vocalist and rhythm guitar. The Danbees guitarists Will Shuttleworth of Ithaca on lead guitar and Mark Slotoroff of Linwood, vocalist and rhythm guitar.


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