Help instrumental band WITT and folk/experimental band Snuffaluffagus tour Europe! Receive a variety of little treats for helping out!
We have reached our initial goal of $2,500! But here's the joke: we are actually going for $5,000. We set what we felt would be reasonable starting goal at $2,500 to ensure that we could get funded. If you take a look at some of our expenses, you'll see that we are actually pretty far from our goal:
Plane Tickets: $4,000
Van Rental for the month: $1,250 - $2,000
Gas for the month: $1,000 - $1,750
Merch reprinting (we are almost out of CDs and are out of a shirt design!): $500 - $750
Miscellaneous expenses (i.e. food, and booking fees for the shows that I can't book and need to use a booking agent for): some more money
Total: A LOT
So, keep on keeping on guys. If you have Facebook or Myspace, tell your friends! Email your associates, colleges, and family members!
Really every little bit helps and thank you all so much for the support thus far!
Let me know if there are any other rewards you guys would like to see offered on this site!
We now return to your regularly scheduled programming...
One Band. One Dream.
...or Two Bands. Four Dreams.
Either way, we would love to be able to tour Europe.
So help us out, why not?
First, some background for you:
WITT is an instrumental band from San Diego, CA that falls somewhere within the genres of experimental, progressive, instrumental, math rock, or something along those lines. The band was started by three high school pals in August of 2007 when the boys were Sophomores and is named after their music teacher Mr. Witt. Now these boys have become young men and are spending their first years in college. Unfortunately, this has separated the band across two coasts but WITT is still alive and kickin' with a West Coast tour this coming Summer and a Europe tour in Winter of 2010 (assuming all goes to plan!)
Snuffaluffagus is a musical endeavor created by songwriter Chris Braciszewski, an enthusiast of many musical tastes. Snuffaluffagus was born outside a home studio project and over the last couple of years has progressed into a collective of collaborating musicians that involve the likes of Japandi, Alex Kent (Say Anything, ex-Lances Hero), BoomSnake (ex-Pascalle, Weatherbox, Say Anything, Lances Hero), and Brian Warren (Weatherbox). In the coming months, Snuffaluffagus will be hitting the road with WITT as the band for the SnuffaluffaWITT West Coast and Europe tours (once again, assuming all goes to plan!)
I mentioned "assuming all goes to plan" in discussing the Europe tour. That is because it turns out it costs a lot of money to get over to Europe from the US. Like a lot of money. We have managed to get a pretty good guarantee for shows and have done our best to cut costs at every place we can but we are still short on money. The goal of this tour is not to make money, but more to just be able to share our music with people we think will legitimately enjoy it (and hopefully at least break even in the process.)
Here is a breakdown of some of our expenses so you can see what we're working witt:
1. Plane Tickets: approx. $1,000 USD per person X 4 people = $4,000 USD
2. Car Rental (we need to get around somehow): approx. $1,000-$1,500 euros for the whole tour
3. Merch printing: We are all out of copies of "There's Blood EP" and have only a few left of "Whip" we also need to reprint some shirts! This could come up to around $500!
4. Food: Naw, we'll manage. Forget about this one.
In short, I can go on and on with expenses we'll face along our journey but it would probably just bore you. (Besides, the whole dollar to Euro conversion thing gets a bit confusing after a while)
We are doing everything we can to reduce costs and save money over the coming months. All of the money we have made and will make this year from shows and merch will go straight towards this tour (not towards us going to Jack In The Box.) This West Coast tour has been planned to be another opportunity for us to make some money in order to make Europe a reality.
That's why we have turned to Kickstarter to seek help. We have set a goal for $2,500 to cover some of our transportation costs.
Even though we will end up needing more money, this will certainly kick-start us (get it??) to make our dream a reality.
We have offered a wide variety of rewards for those who help us out: from CDs to Vinyl, private concerts to custom written & recorded songs, to personalized postcards & thank you's in the liner notes, our rewards are varied and plenty!
Any help, literally ANY help, will be greatly appreciated. If you can't spare any money but like what we're doing please spread the word.
Oh yeah, I suppose I should give you a link to listen to our music, seeing as though this is a music project and everything...
Video Shot & Edited by Michael Litwak:
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $2,500 goal
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Mar 9, 2010 - Jun 7, 2010
Pledge $3 or more
Digital Download of WITT's "There's Blood EP!" Plus, you will get access to all updates regarding the progress of our funding! Also, let's consider this a virtual high five
Pledge $8 or more
Digital Download of WITT's full-length "Whip," 18 tracks of good times, positive vibes, and fun rhymes! Download in pretty much any file format imaginable! Backing $8 also gets you "There's Blood EP" and a virtual pat on the back for helping us boys out.
Pledge $15 or more
Digital Download of Snuffaluffagus' "Aminals LP" plus the two aforementioned WITT albums!
Pledge $25 or more
NEW REWARD! By popular demand, we have added the option of getting a WITT shirt as a reward! Pledging $25 can also get you a beautiful, colorful shirt with a baby on it! This shirt is just as soft as the butt of the baby depicted on it! You can see an example of this shirt in the video (it's the white one) or in our updates section! This reward also gets you digital downloads of the Aminals LP, Whip CD, and There's Blood EP! NOTE: this is the only reward that includes a shirt, we will get your size after the project has closed. We ship don't worry.
Pledge $25 or more
Physical copy of Snuffaluffagus 7" plus all the fabulous gifts mentioned earlier!
Pledge $50 or more
9 backers Limited (1 of 10 left)
Physical copies of everything mentioned before. Oh, what's that? You forgot what this entails? Fear not! Here is a list of everything you will receive if pledge $50: Physical copy of WITT "Whip" CD (only 10 copies left in existence!) Physical copy of WITT "There's Blood EP" CD (Hand-printed and numbered) Snuffaluffagus 7" Vinyl (with digital download) NOTE: There are no physical copies of Snuffaluffagus' "Aminals LP" so you will receive a burned copy with hand drawn artwork. Oh yeah, and consider this your pre-order of Snuffaluffagus' "Brazil Wood Poetry." You will get a free digital download of the album when it is released. NOTE PART 2: THIS IS THE ONLY REWARD THAT CONTAINS ALL OF THE PHYSICAL COPIES OF THE ALBUMS. Since we have such limited quantities of the albums mentioned, we cannot put them with every reward after $50. However, feel free to email us with any questions and I'm sure we can work something out.
Pledge $60 or more
Digital downloads of the following: WITT - "Whip" WITT - "There's Blood EP" Snuffaluffagus - "Aminals LP" Snuffaluffagus - "Brazil Wood Poetry" (pre-order) Snuffaluffagus - "Aminals EP" Y2K 2K9 - "Y2K 2K9 Presents: 2K10" (rap side project, pre-order) AND... we will send you a postcard from the city of your choice while on tour handwritten by all the boys (sealed with a kiss of course)
Pledge $75 or more
Everything below + you will personally be thanked in the liner notes of Snuffaluffagus' "Brazil Wood Poetry" album!
Pledge $100 or more
Everything below plus Snuffaluffagus will perform a private concert for you over Skype!
Pledge $150 or more
2 backers Limited (3 of 5 left)
Everything below and our hip hop/RNB side project Y2K 2K9 will write AND record a personalized song ABOUT YOU! Limited quantity available!
Pledge $150 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
OK, so it turns out our beloved website, PURPLEDRANK.ORG, has expired. I know, tragic right? Well, we would really like to get it back. The only problem is it will cost us $150 to pay for the domain for another 2 years. If you back this reward, you will get a personal shout-out on the NEW & IMPROVED PURPLEDRANK.ORG! Who knows, maybe we'll dedicate the whole site to you! (Oh yeah, and you get the rewards below, sans the custom Y2K 2K9 song)
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (3 of 3 left)
Sure, why not? You will get everything that has been mentioned earlier plus we will drive ANYWHERE within 8 hrs of Southern California to give YOU and your DAD (or all of your friends or just you, or just your dad) a PRIVATE CONCERT from WITT and SNUFFALUFFAGUS! You will also get a personal call from us while in the blistering cold winter nights in Europe (location TBD) while we are in our underwear, telling you how cold we are.