I “met” Kim Boekbinder online a couple of weeks back. Through Delisa Carnegie I’d stumbled upon Kickstarter, a wonderful website that helps people get their projects funded – and found Kim Boekbinder and Amanda Palmer’s project “Such Great Heights“.
I loved watching the video of the song they are recoding by The Postal Service – it’s beautiful – and immediately pledged to support the project. After taking a peek at Kim’s website I was struck by how she obviously does things in her own unique way and I asked if I might interview her. Here is what Kim has to say:
What’s the story of how you started your work as a musician/artist?
I’ve always been intensely creative, but I was quite scattered in my artistic approach for a while. When I was 16 I thought I would be a world class pianist (I play guitar now), then I thought I would be a film maker, then a photographer, then a writer, then back to film making, somewhere in there I bought a restaurant (at age 20) and found myself on stage in my own cafe, singing old jazz standards. Then I started a band with my sister which went well, I’ve been a solo artist for two years now and things just keep getting better.
What’s unique about what you do that reflects who you are as a person?
I’m very determined and driven. Also constantly creative. My mind is constantly churning through a gabillion ideas a second. A friend once said I had a mind like the industrial revolution – which sounds quite terrifying to me, but I think what he meant is that I think a lot and am smart (at least I hope that’s what he meant!)
How has being online/social media impacted most on your work?
My interaction with social media started at the same time as my professional music career. When the band first started I was on MySpace. I explained to friends and family how important this Internet thing was. I loved connecting with people and watching the band grow online. I used to spend time each day contacting people who I thought would like the music we made, I would write them personalised messages introducing myself and the band as something they might enjoy. This was before the constant stream of “such and such band wants to be your friend” and impersonal spam marketing. I know that personal messaging set the groundwork for my ultra supportive fan base. And even though I no longer have the time (or platform) to personally message people in the same way I still have a very personal approach to my social media.
Can you tell me about the most interesting connection you’ve made online?
I met the love of my life by searching for an animator for this project – we met on Skype, talking about the project and then kept talking and talking for months. Then I flew to Australia. One year later we’re sitting together in a sweltering kitchen in New York City, laptops side by side, releasing music videos and planning a future of collaborations and love.
I also have a nice connection with Rosanne Cash on Twitter. We started talking just after she joined up about a year ago and she liked my music and became a supporter of my album fundraiser. She’s a very intelligent and talented person that I would probably not have the opportunity to meet or really connect with in any other way, as she is quite famous and not in my circle of friends.
What do you want to be remembered for?
What inspires you most?
Same answer: EVERYTHING!
Kim has a unique way of ensuring that her live gigs get filled BEFORE the night by pre-selling a limited number of tickets, the more tickets sold the bigger the venue she finds. Her next show is on 21 July in New York City – 19 additional tickets were released on 11 July!
Photo credit: Shami Kiely