106% Funded


Target: €16000


€17,060 Raised


189 Funders

Help ZASKA's 2nd Album - A Better Way

By Max Zaska


I have a brand new album called “A Better Way” ready to go but I need your help to bring this baby to life.

It’s the next musical step in the neo-soul/funk evolution from my first album and it has face-melting, stanky grooves to get those sweet sweet endorphins flying. It’s a concept record themed around sustainability - not just sustainability for this gorgeous planet, but for all aspects of living a harmonious life. It’s a hopeful album about our ability to turn it all around for ourselves and the next generation.

The artists who are bringing their talents to A Better Way are AMAZEBALLZ and I’m a lucky man to be working with them. Check this line up…

Tolü Makay - Faye O’Rourke - Jess Kav - Melina Malone - Precious Okpaje - James Smith - Carly Coonagh and more.

The dream team band: myself (guitar), Dylan Lynch (drums), Neil Dorrington (bass), and James Smith (keys/synth), who’s also co-producing the album with me.

But Max, why Fund It Round 2?

Back in 2016 my first album, It Takes A Village, came to life because 379 beautiful people contributed €14K on Fund It. This Round 2 is happening because...
2020 gave me lots of time for writing as d’aul anti-craic COVID cancelled a full calendar of paid gigs including festivals, headliners, corporate & private shows.

Approximately €26,000 gonzoooo.

And, my teaching income was reduced to about ½ of what it was pre-pandemic.

Wait, didn’t you get a grant? Why do you need €16,000?

I was very fortunate to have been awarded a grant of €6000 towards the studio and recording costs of this album. It’s awesome and I’m super grateful.  But it doesn’t cover these costs...

PRODUCTION: Remaining studio hire, recording engineer, mixing, mastering, and artist fees = additional €4,000
MANUFACTURING: Vinyl pressing & limited merch manufacturing = €3000
ALBUM MARKETING - photography, design, album artwork, advertising, website redesign, other marketing tools & fees = €3500
SINGLE #1 PROMOTION - video,  PR/radio plugging, radio monitoring, digital advertising, other marketing tools & fees = €3000
SINGLE #2 = €1220 remaining for single #2 budget + additional funding from my future earnings.
FUND IT CUT = Fund It 5% + 3% payment processing = €1280
= €16,000

I learned so much about budgets from releases over the last few years. This budget’s still conservative in comparison to what even a small independent record label might spend, but if expenses aren’t on track, I’ll make like Snoop and drop ‘em like they’re hot.


2014: My first EP with Andrew Hozier-Byrne & Karen Cowley
Dec ‘16: Funded €14.5 K for 1st album. 3 weeks later 1st baby born
Feb ‘19: 1st album It Takes A Village launch. 6 weeks later 2nd baby born
Mar ‘21: Funding 2nd album ends. 5 weeks later 3rd baby expected
Fall ‘21: 2nd album A Better Way launch

I can’t thank you enough for your support on this incredible journey.

Much love,


P.S. Check out those delish rewards!



11 May Update

I can’t thank you enough for helping to fund my next album, A Better Way. Soz that it’s taken me a while to send an update.


It’s been a cray-cray 7 weeks since the Fund It closed in March. All the vocals on the album have been recorded and the first batch of mixing is done.


I also finished renovating our old cottage, moved into it with my wife and 2 kids, turned 31, and Char had our 3rd daughter on May 3, named Thea Ocean. I'm severely outnumbered now!


I’m taking some time off to settle in with our latest addition, but wanted to get this update to you.


Because we passed the target on the Fund It, everyone will be getting the stretch goal of the instrumental version of my first album, It Takes A Village. The next email will have a link to download the files. 


In addition, if you funded the project at a level that requires personalisation of some sort - like a thank you, dedication, or request - you will receive a form to complete the needed info.


I’ll be back to you soon to keep the wheels turning. Thank you for your patience while we welcome our newest family member.


Much love,




We did it! Bonus rewards unlocked!

We hit the target with 5 days left! I'm celebrating today on Paddy's Day!


Thank you so much to everyone who donated! You’re straight up legends! Bonus rewards unlocked!


  • Everybody who has pledged anything at all will get a download of It Takes A Village Instrumentals - the perfect chill soundtrack to your work day, dinner party (when we can party again), or to vibe over if that’s your jam.
  • If you donated at the €40 level and over, your sweet, sweet vinyl will now be supercharged in colour!


Please keep sharing - bonus rewards go to future funders too. Every bit over the target means I can do more to promote A Better Way!


And THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your support!



96%... Push this over the line and unlock bonus rewards...

Lads… we’re SOOO close! Everyone has been insanely generous in their support, not just financially - I’ve received some lovely messages as well. Thank you!


If we and go over the target before the deadline, I'm going to unlock some special bonus rewards for everyone who has contributed.


Why? Because every bit over €16,000 means there's more sponds to help promote A Better Way. More advertising, more videos, more bills that get paid.


So if you want some tasty surprises, please, you’d be an absolute legend if you would share this Fund It with your music loving friends who love an aul sweet groove.


Thanks everyone. You are all a bunch of legends. Let’s goooooo!



Live streams and funding update


We’re 11 days into the 4 week campaign and I’m delighted that A Better Way is 34% funded! Thanks to everyone who has contributed and supported so far. You really are amazeballs for stepping up and helping a lad out.


I would be so grateful if you could share / help spread the word about the campaign online or through word of mouth.


As this is an all-or-nothing campaign, we've got to reach the goal or none of this will happen.


I’ve been posting some teasers of the new music to my Instagram, as well I did a little live stream on Instagram last Sunday. I’ll be doing more lives coming up. So if you want to get notified when that happens, you can follow me on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/zaska.music/.


17 days left to go! Let’s do this!

Much love,



funders (189)

There are 175 public funders of this project

There are 14 anonymous funders of this project