Our #mancrushmonday this week is a great blast from the past for anyone who was a Canadian music lover from the nineties – ie ME! Once upon a time I was waiting in line at Sunrise records on Yonge street to get this guy’s autograph, and now I’m interviewing him. Ladies and gentlemen, from Age of Electric, Todd Kerns!
Todd has been a busy boy since AOE’s heyday, and now things are about to get busier. He’s been touring with none other than Slash for the past few years, and with two solo albums under his belt (Go Time!, 2004 and Borrowing Trouble, 2013) Todd is now gearing up to release a crowdfunded album, TKO with help from the incredible music funding network Pledge Music.
In Todd’s own words: “In 2014 I was intending to release a 10 year anniversary version of Go Time! which opened up the discussion of all the other material that was to make up the TKO album. Once we opened that door there was no way to really close it again. Then and there we decided to try and finish up this behemoth and release it. Now it’s going on two years later and we are still putting the final touches on it. The final TKO album will contain 14 songs. We have decided to include the ones used for Go Time! but everything has been remixed and remastered and is far superior to any other form you’ve heard them in.”
What makes Pledgemusic so great is how intereactive the campaigns become, how fans get involved in the process of creating the albums, and how artists can give back to the community through the campaigns themselves. For Todd, that means great “Pledge exclusives”; special treats for fans who contribute to the campaign, and being able to add a charitable contribution to the campaign itself. Pledge exclusives will include personal art from Todd’s own collection, custom stage wear clothing, and 100 custom made t-shirts from Canadian design team Agent Royale, and a guitar played on stage at one of the two shows exclusive acoustic shows (in Vegas and in Calgary), signed with a private meet and greet. A percentage of the money raised will go to Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization that helps families of lower incomes provide for their young children. And finally, the first release from the project will be “Got To Go”, a single that will only be available for download for pledgers once the pledge starts and will not appear on the final album.
On working with Pledgemusic, Todd raved: “I love making music. I love sharing music. I love working with Pledge Music. We raise money for charities and get music directly to the people who give a damn. It is a dream come true for me.”
Let’s take a look at what Todd has to say about dating and romance, now that we’re all swooning over his amazing talent and giving spirit.
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?