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By David Frazier  /  Contributing reporter

In business news, Funky Brothers (放客兄弟) claims to be Taiwan’s first band to have used crowdfunding to raise money to produce an album. To thank their fans, they’ll play a free show at Revolver next Wednesday. Using the website, they raised NT$380,000 from 272 supporters, each of whom will get gifts — CDs, release party tickets and t-shirts — depending on the level of support.

Funky Brothers started five years ago as a four-piece, but has now expanded to become a 10-piece and one of Taiwan’s favorite party bands. Vocalist Airy Liu (劉怡伶) says there are now three very young crowdfunding websites in Taiwan. They chose crowdfunding after three years of failed applications for government recording subsidies, and she’s much happier with this solution.

“If we get money from the government, then finishing the album becomes just like finishing your homework. But if we get the money from our friends and our fans, it just makes more sense. In this case, we make the album for the people who want the music,” said Liu.

■ Funky Brothers play Revolver, 1-2, Roosevelt Rd Sec 1, Taipei City (台北市羅斯福路一段1-2號), near Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall MRT Station (中正紀念堂捷運站) Exit 4. Tel: (02) 3393-1678, on Sept 19 at 10pm. Admission is free.

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