In our piece last week about Amanda Palmer and the nearly non-existent accountability practices of Kickstarter, we briefly touched on the infamous Kickstarter project of one Josh Dibb. Dibb, a member of ballyhooed Baltimore band Animal Collective, infamously collected more than $25,000 three years ago to do a music project in Africa. Almost three years later, none of the donors to Dibb's project have received any of the rewards they were promised.
Today, Pitchfork published an interview with Dibb in which he tries to explain his Kickstarter absence throughout the years. Long story short: "Whether or not people can be sympathetic to this or not, it's just been a much slower process to do things on my own than with the band."
Dibb says that although 100 percent of the money he raised on Kickstarter has since gone to charity, his "fatal perfectionism" has prevented him from sending out the music he'd promised donors. "The gifts were supposed to be based around the music that I had been writing at that time, and when I came back [from Africa], I personally felt really dissatisfied with it," Dibb told Pitchfork.
Besides the interview, Dibb claims he sent the following to his donors in late August. He's not sure if all of them received it:
I am writing to you once again to thank you for the tremendous support that you all gave back in December of 2009. I am writing you now to deeply apologize for the amount of time it has taken to come back to you with the rewards of your support. I have heard from a number of you expressing deep disappointment in the way that I have handled this project...
I also want to be clear so that all of you know that none of the money you donated was used for my trip. Nor is it being used to fund the materials that you will all be receiving (yes, you will!). All of these things are things that I have paid for myself or will be paying for myself. All of the money that you donated is being used by TEMEDT to continue their work to change the social dynamic in Mali...
...The crux of what has held this up is to record the songs that I was working on around that time in a way that I really felt good about. I am sure it seems inexplicable to some of you that that has taken nearly three years. On a personal level I have been coming to terms with my own creative process and some of that has been to accept that things take a long time to work through me.
So despite the fact that I know that I intend now and have always intended to turn this all into something that you all would be psyched about, I know that I have not been good about keeping you up to date and feeling included in the process which you all have the right to feel. I promise that for the rest of year my only two priorities will be to finish this and to be on tour with Animal Collective. I will keep you updated monthly on what is going on. Lastly I would like to speak to all of you directly if that is something that you would like...
Dibb at least sounds like a nice guy who feels bad about what he did. Of course, if you're one of the hundreds of people who donated to his Kickstarter, his bad feelings can't get you your money back.
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