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Have you ever imagined hanging out, receiving a personal birthday phone call or receiving a signed gift from your favorite musician? Singer Teddy Geiger, who took the stage at the Intersection in Grand Rapids on May 5, satisfied these requests and more to fund his newest album “The Last Fears” with Pledge Music.
Fans can log onto Geiger’s website at Pledge Music to purchase items from a $12 CD to a $5,000 private show or Geigergram.
“The birthday calls and all that stuff are super cool,” Geiger said. “We did like some lyrics sheets which were probably like the hardest thing for me to do just because you know just to sit there and write out a bunch of lyrics was probably the hardest compared to talking to fans on the phone or something.”
The donations and purchases have resulted in some unique memories for Geiger.
“There is one time a long time ago during when I first starting playing,” Geiger said. “Me and all these friends kind of got in a circle and sat in a little circle discussion after one of the shows and I remember that being a cute moment.”
Once the new album was fully funded, Geiger began to donate 10 percent of the money to the charity Save the Elephants.
“I had been watching about the elephants and their numbers are increasingly decreasing,” Geiger said. “There are some cool organizations out there that are looking to solve a lot of the problems.”
“The Last Fears” is the second independent album by Geiger. The inspiration from these new songs formed out of his real life experiences. As Geiger prepares for his nationwide tour alongside of musicians Ryan Cabrera and Tyler Hilton, he said there are aspects of touring he enjoys but also some he dreads.
The top plaguing problem of touring for Geiger: food.
“You get to kind of experience a lot of food from different regions but then you also get kind of stuck eating McDonalds,” Geiger said. “After the show you don’t got much to eat, like there is only so much you are up for, but then you also get to like— (when) we are down south it is awesome to get like great southern food, good barbeque. Every town has their own cool stuff to see if you are looking for it.”
Before the May 5 show began, Geiger stretched backstage to calm his nerves.
“I do a lot of stretching because I will get nervous and then I am all tense so I end up stretching a lot,” Geiger said. “Once I am on stage you know doing it, I am just kind of, you know, it becomes a lot less nerve racking, the most nerve racking part before you step on stage and you don’t know, the unknown of what is out there and once you get out there it is just fun and a good time.”
The fans are the core to the album and are what make a good show, the musician said. At the end of the day Geiger thanks his fans and he hopes to continue making music for them.