Amanda Palmer got broiled over her Kickstarter expenditures (or lack thereof), but no one is questioning her delivery of the promised product. So what happens when a band fails to deliver, and abuses that trust? That’s the situation surrounding Animal Collective, whose meandering member Josh Dibb (aka ‘Deakin’) raised nearly $26,000 on Kickstarter but failed to deliver any of the promised products.
The campaign was successfully funded in 2009.
Some fans are now accusing Dibb of bankrolling the campaign while enjoying a free trip to Mali. Even worse, Dibb’s profile and connection to Animal Collective almost guaranteed heavy exposure and prioritization on the Kickstarter platform, especially in the more formative 2009.
Sounds like Kickstarter abuse, though Dibb says he ended up giving the entire amount to anti-slavery charity TEMEDT after feeling uncomfortable taking the money for a Mali trip. As for the music, Dibb says he was suffering from ‘fatal perfectionism’ and unhappy with the songs he was writing. This was part of a letter sent to backers, and published by Pitchfork.
After three years, it now seems highly unlikely that backers will ever receive the promised product.