After six years of playing in bands and nonstop touring I am finally ready to launch my solo career independently. YOU write the next chapter with me!
THE STORY AND WHAT I WANT TO DO
I dropped everything in 2004, started a band (Waking Ashland and then We Shot The Moon), toured the country/parts of the world extensively for six years, made 4 Albums and 2 EP's during that time (some of which people liked.. some that people didn't like), signed a couple of record contracts, but MOST IMPORTANTLY- became an open minded individual through all my experiences on the road. With that said, I am now at a place in my life to officially launch my solo career with YOU writing the next chapter with me. My plan is to start through a new album (tentivley titled "Morning Light") where I will tell these stories in the studio, capturing them in way I've never previously done. I will be using a string quartet, brass, clarinets, harps, a choir, and many other instruments that I've never had the chance to compose for on past recordings. The idea here is to record an honest album with character and to push myself out of previous comfort zones I've created in the past.
It is a new day for the artist. With the huge leap in technology and the major change in music distribution (file sharing, tune core), it's anyone's game. The artist no longer needs to be completely dependent on the record label. In fact with a loyal following, the artist can be independent of the record label, and this is what I've chosen to do. I will admit making this decision has been a bit nerve racking and scary, but it's also been extremely liberating. Why not completely cut out "the middle man".
Now with the middle man cut out I am asking YOU to be a part of this new journey. It would take me two years to save up enough money to make the kind of record described above. If you've ever supported anything I've done in the past, NOW would be the time to support me again. All of your funding will go directly to the cost of making a studio recording/launching an independent career and not to the big "evil" record label. I have tried to make it so there is a lot of incentive to back my project (see rewards). Now more than ever, it truly is about the music. Every cent here goes straight to the music and no one else. You can be the difference!
HOW I PLAN TO DO IT
My goal is to raise 10,000 dollars this month and then take the rest of the year to finish writing "Morning Light". Come January I will hole myself up in a studio and record the most eclectic record I've ever done while keeping YOU in the loop 100% of the time up to completion and then after with videos, blogs, and picture updates. I will be accountable to YOU and what an amazing experience that will be! Once I've finished the album I'll send it out to everyone who supported me first, and then will submit it to all the digital outlets (iTunes, Amazon). Come spring(2011)you can expect to see me on the road for some touring!
WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR
5000.00 for the studio and engineer
1000.00 for a mastering job
2000.00 to pay the musicians that play on my record
2000.00 to press a physical copy
The 10,000 I hope to raise is just the BARE MINIMUM I need to launch this whole project. To put a record out properly costs at least 50,000. Costs to keep in mind are advertising, a publicist, making a video, getting on the road, etc... I will be putting every dime I get back into myself/career. I don't play music for the money because honestly, if you were to add it up, I would be making a wage significantly less that minimum wage! I play music because it's in my DNA; its is the only thing I can see myself doing, and music changes lives. Thank you for reading this and even thinking about backing me. One last thing to remember is that Kickstarter is set up on an "all or nothing basis." If I don't reach 10,000, I don't get any of the funding. Much love my friends.
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Sep 29, 2010 - Oct 29, 2010 (30 days)
Pledge $10 or more
You will get an advanced digital copy of "Morning Light"( new album name) and two demos off of "Morning Light"
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A handwritten thank you note, signed poster, and all the above.
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A signed physical copy of "Morning Light" and my whole catalog of music(digitally), plus all the demo versions of "Morning Light"(if you want them), a handwritten postcard from the road, and all the above.
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A signed poster, an "exclusive" b-side, and all the above.
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A limited edition T-shirt for Kickstarter backers ONLY, an old Waking Ashland t-shirt and We Shot The Moon t-shirt, a Japanese import physical copy of my last unofficial solo record "We Were Young" and all the above.
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Your name in the liner notes, and all the above.
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A video chat where I sing any two songs of mine(Waking Ashland, We Shot The Moon, Solo), Two guest list spots to any show you want including festivals, and all the above.
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Come by the studio, hangout for a couple of hours, and even lay down some tambourine! If you live to far away I'll take you on your own personalized virtual tour via web cam, grab coffee when I'm anywhere within 50 miles, and all the above.
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I give you a private surf lesson (whenever you can make it out to San Diego), I teach you how to play any waking ashland, or we shot the moon song, A few pieces of irreplacable band memorabilia, I'll write and record a song for you about anything you want, and we grab any one of the following: breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and all the above
Pledge $1,000 or more
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I come and play a private show for YOU and whoever you want to invite in your apartment, living room, or wherever we can find a piano. You write the set list!!! (travel cost not included, BUT I should be somewhere close to you in the next year while I'm touring so there probably would be none or very little)A life time guest list spot, and all the above.
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I will write and name a song after you that WILL be on my next album(Movements), and all the above.
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The album is named after you? Let's talk. At that point you would be completely enabling my dreams. I have no idea what reward is worth 5000.00 but let's get creative.