Before I even get started, I'd just like to thank you all for your contributions and helping me make this dream a reality. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. This entire experience has been unreal; this has been a project on hold for three years and I'm excited to finally get started.
Apologies for just now thanking you all; the site requires a 14 day hold period before I could pull the funds and get started. I haven't been sitting by idly though; I've been promoting the project at SXSW and working on my website (more on that in a bit). I just wanted to take a second to give you all an outline for what I'll be working on the next few months.
The bulk of the money is for paying musicians to play on my tracks. In no particular order, I need: a piano player, a percussionist, a saxaphonist, a guitar player (classically trained), a drummer, accordion, flute, bass, etc. There's a few more I haven't listed, but you get the idea. The rest is for the studio time I will need to record them, as well as pressing albums- nobody buys them anymore, so it won't be too many, but if nothing else, I owe most of you a free copy. You basically pre-ordered it if you donated $10 or more.
Here's the plan for the next few months:
1. Finish the website. I'm only a few days away from having it complete. For those of you that donated $50 or more, your name will be appearing in the special thanks section of my site. If you can, please message me with your full name, or your name as you'd like it to appear on the website- otherwise I will go with whatever name you provided in my backer report. The site will be going live within a week, so if you can, please respond ASAP.
2. Recruit. Now that I have the funding I need, I will spend the next two months looking for and hiring the people I need to finish the tracks. Between artists I find downtown and the many talented students at the University of Texas, I should find everyone I need here in Austin.
3. Continue pushing "Awaiting the Arrival." As proud as I am of what I've accomplished so far, I'm still an unknown here in the city, so I'll be looking to perform around town soon. I'll post shows on the website once it's complete.
Recording will start in early summer, either late May or early June, depending on how soon I can get preparations done. I'll post an update every two weeks or so for those of you that want to stay in the loop. For now, thank you all and God Bless.
Joseph 'Inno' Alvarez