We're heading to the studio for the 1st time since "This Is the New Year" to launch our 1st fully collaborative music project!
UPDATE: SING ON OUR EP!
Our heads are still spinning that we achieved our recording fund so quickly. We're in the middle of the recording process already and the songs are alive and joyous! Thank you guys for making this happen...we're so excited to share this with you!
There is still some time left in our Kickstarter campaign, and we could still use all the help we can get to lift this project off the ground (manufacturing, website, publicity, touring). So we decided to offer a new reward that will allow you guys to join us in the studio and sing on our EP!
On August 19th, from 2-5pm, we've set up a location in NYC to record group background vocals. We'll accept the first 50 backers who donate the suggested amount and who write us a message on Kickstarter confirming their attendance. You don't need to have a "good" singing voice! This will be a fun and easy group vocal session. Chad and I will be there to coach you through :)
Once we confirm your attendance, we'll send you all the details. Hope to see all your musical, smiling faces.
ian and chad
NOTE: If you've already donated more than the reward amount and want to attend, just write us a message on Kickstarter!
Hi. My name is Ian Axel. Seven years ago, I was just an ordinary pianist with a dream to write a musical. But my life changed when I met a dude in college named Chad Vaccarino. Chad began to write songs with me, encouraged me to sing those songs, and then helped me self-release an album in January 2010 called This Is the New Year, the title track of which featured Chad as a vocalist. Since then, the album got picked up by a label, and the songs (“This Is the New Year” in particular) have reached millions of people on YouTube, film and television.
Together we appeared on MTV, the Rachael Ray show, and played sold out shows on both sides of America. And THEN, just as things were gaining momentum, we lost our entire team and financial backing when our label folded last December. Now it’s just back to me and Chad...all in what feels like a blink of an eye.
We consider all that has happened to us a blessing. It’s forced us to go back to the root of what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, and we feel as creative as we did when we met each other in college. We've been writing like crazy, and what we want the most is to record and release these songs to YOU. But now, more then ever before, we need your help.
Here’s the plan. We’d like to record an EP (6 songs) and immediately self-release it to you. Then we want to use the EP as a foundation upon which we build a new team. Once we have a team in place, we will record more songs and properly release an album at some point next year. These new songs will not be released as “Ian Axel,” but as a completely new name. Chad is singing on nearly all the songs, and this will be our first fully collaborative project.
Financially, we need $15,000. This money will be used to record, mix, and master the EP. If we reach this goal, it will seriously be a dream come true for us.
If there are any additional donations, they will help us pay for the design/packaging of the EP, manufacturing costs, and a website/publicist to promote the new music. They will help fund the tour we hope to route in the Fall, and pay for any other expenses we may incur as we navigate the waters of being independent musicians.
We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about ways to make these rewards meaningful and how to share parts of ourselves beyond the usual physical products. We’re excited to connect with you as we prepare to release what we feel is truly positive music into the world.
With so much love, we thank you for considering our Kickstarter project.
ian (and chad)
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Digital copy of the EP before anyone else gets it!Estimated delivery:
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Signed physical copy of the EP + digital copy before it’s releasedEstimated delivery:
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Exclusive Ian or Chad Kickstarter t-shirt of your choice + access to a Kickstarter-only web performance on USTREAM.tv + everything aboveEstimated delivery:
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Special music package (5 unreleased home demos of new songs + digital copy of Ian’s discontinued EP “I’m On To You” and single “Home” + signed physical copy of Ian’s album “This Is the New Year”) + everything aboveEstimated delivery:
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We will personally call and sing to you or your voicemail + BOTH Ian & Chad Kickstarter t-shirts + everything aboveEstimated delivery:
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5 backers Limited (45 left of 50)
SING ON OUR EP! On 8/19, from 2-5pm, we've set up a location in NYC to record group background vocals. Offer limited to the first 50 backers who donate $150 or above and who contact us via Kickstarter message confirming their attendance. Don't worry if you "don't sing" cause Chad and I will be there to coach you through! Also, you'll get a very special preview of some of the songs on this EP + everything above (not including phone call)Estimated delivery:
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10 backers Limited (10 left of 20)
Private Skype concert (5 songs of your choice) + everything above (does not include phone call...we’ll sing to you on Skype!)Estimated delivery:
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1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)
30 minute Skype piano lesson with Ian. He will teach you one song of your choice from “This Is the New Year” + unreleased and signed sheet music of that song + everything above (does not include private skype concert or phone call)Estimated delivery:
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1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)
We’ll write you a personalized jingle with YOUR NAME in it! + your choice of the private skype concert or skype piano lesson/sheet music + everything above (not including phone call)Estimated delivery:
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0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)
We’ll take you on a date! (Limited to NYC, LA, and any city we tour through. Please allow a reasonable amount of time to schedule) + your choice of the private skype concert, the skype piano lesson/sheet music, or the jingle + everything above (not including phone call)Estimated delivery:
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Original “Afterglow” artwork from the first release of “This Is the New Year,” signed by the artist + the artist's original sketches from the album + your choice of the private skype concert, the skype piano lesson/sheet music or the jingle + everything above (not including date or phone call)Estimated delivery:
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LIVING ROOM CONCERT! We will rock out in your home. (travel+lodging must be provided for 2 people. We’ll travel almost anywhere in the world; we just ask for up to 1 year to fulfill this commitment) + BOTH Ian & Chad Kickstarter t-shirts + special music package + web performance on Ustream.tv + signed physical copy of EP + digital copy of EP before it’s releasedEstimated delivery:
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