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He’s never been a household name, but since releasing his debut album in 1999, David Mead has become a trusted source of beautiful melodies and unforgettable hooks for a persistent group of discriminating pop fans (including more than one member of the Popdose staff). Naturally, when we heard that David was funding the recording of his next release through Kickstarter, we wanted to get involved — and after we reached for our wallets, we reached out for an interview.

Whether you’re already a fan or you love David Mead’s music and just don’t know it yet, this is a project that deserves your support. Here’s why.

I’ve been a big fan of yours since your first single, “Robert Bradley’s Postcard,” was going for radio adds. If there’s been a more perfect debut single in the last 15 or 20 years, I don’t know what it is.

Maybe one that got played on the radio. (laughs)

I’m still stunned that it wasn’t a huge hit, but that kind of set the tone for your tenure at RCA right out of the gate.

That isn’t untrue. I don’t know what it’s like these days, but at that time, if you were a new artist, and the label gave you a shot and your first foray wasn’t successful, it definitely had a big effect on the rest of your experience. As much as they tell you they’re in it for the long haul, if they come out of the gates and they hit a brick wall, it affects morale a little bit.