Nashville musician, ANDY DAVIS, is making a brand new, full-length album, and is offering some creative services to raise the funding.
(drumroll.........) AND IT BEGINS!!!!
I've been pumped to start this campaign for months now! Kickstarter is such an amazing platform, and I think this is going to be a ridiculously fun way to make my next full-length record.
We only have 30 DAYS to meet the goal, though, so PLEEEASE tell your friends to check out this page. Use those little Facebook and Twitter buttons above to help spread the word online as well. I want to hug each and every one of you for slightly longer than I'm supposed to.
**Please return here often to check the "Updates" tab, where I'll be posting new videos and keeping everyone posted on the progress. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
You might be asking these questions:
$30K may seem like a hefty chunk of change, but to be honest, it's really JUST ENOUGH to make the kind of album I'm going for--an album that will compete on ANY level in today's musical world. Major labels today typically spend around $200,000 merely recording the album--I'm planning to work with 15% of that, and still cover my artwork, photography, packaging, and duplication. (Trust me, indie artists know how to make the most of budget restrictions.) I've been able to share my vision and excitement with a lot of A-level musicians and engineers over the past year, and I want to have enough funding to bring them onboard, to allow them enough time to do their best work on my project.
Plus, as much as I enjoy the challenge of playing multiple roles in the record-making process....from covering all the instruments, to mixing/engineering...even attempting artwork design (as early "Thinks Of Her" fans may remember).....there is something REALLY powerful about assembling a team of people who are at the top of THEIR game, and creating something BIG together. THAT's what I want to do. But I need your help to do it.
WHAT'S THE RECORD GOING TO BE LIKE?
Well, I'm still a romantic and still have a habit of writing "chick-flicks-in-song-form"...but I'm excited to capture a new level of energy in the studio that hasn't really been featured on my previous records. I've tested a few of the new songs at my live shows this past year, but there are a bunch more--a year's worth of writing--that are completely done and ready to be shared.
I'll give you a few brief, random sentences that I feel might portray the vibe of this upcoming album:
-"Why do I feel the sudden urge to wear a fedora?"
-"I could make out right now. What's your name?"
-"Is it ok that my hips are moving like this?"
-"Hello, modern--my name is vintage."
-"OMG he gets me!"
-"Hello, vintage--my name is modern."
-"He's singing this about ME, you know."
-"I'm gonna wear my blazer, but I'm not going to shave."
-"I'm glad I shaved my legs..."
WHY ASK FANS TO PAY FOR IT?
For me, this project allows my fans to step into the process with me, and creates a platform for them to say "this is the music we like, and we want to hear more of it--AND, we want other people to hear it as well. So we're going to help." (Ps. My fans don't speak in run-on sentences.)
If people ARE fans of my music, it probably means that they heard about it from their friends over the years, or have done some musical digging online to find a healthy alternative to the generic stuff that often gets pumped through the radio...or maybe it was from a mixtape made by an ex. This project is an opportunity to directly support the music you actually want to hear out there, and creates a way for artist and fan to truly be a part of each other's stories.
WHEN IS THE RECORD COMING OUT?
I'm shooting to release the record THIS SPRING (2011). Once it's done, there won't be any waiting around for a long build up---this Kickstarter project IS the build up, and I feel like I owe it to the contributors of the project to release it as soon as it's done.
WHAT IS BAJA BURRITO AND HOW ARE THEY HELPING THE HOMELESS?
Baja Burrito is my favorite local Nashville restaurant, and they've volunteered to buy a meal for a homeless person (through the Nashville Rescue Mission) for every person that contributes to my Kickstarter campaign. At the top of this page, you'll see a tab that says "Backers," and for every Backer I have on the project, Baja Burrito is buying a meal for the homeless. Amazing.
***Have a question that's not addressed on here? SEND AN EMAIL TO ANDYDAVISKICKSTARTER@GMAIL.COM.
Huge thanks to Becky Fluke for somehow funneling all my random ideas for this welcome video into a coherent, visual masterpiece.
To every one reading this, THANK YOU.
Jan. 25, 2011
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Jan 25, 2011 - Feb 24, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $10 or more
TIER 1 GOODS: Receive the NEW ALBUM (digital version) in your email......BEFORE it comes out on iTunes.
Pledge $15 or more
TIER 1.5 GOODS: Receive an UNRELEASED, 5-song LIVE EP (digital), PLUS the digital version of the new album before it comes out on iTunes.
Pledge $30 or more
VIDEO SHOUT OUT: I will record a brief video of myself in a random location shouting your name and saying something like, "you complete me!" or "I will have your babies!", etc. I get to choose the phrase. Video will be posted on my Youtube channel and you will receive a link. (INCLUDES TIER 1.5 GOODS PACKAGE)
Pledge $35 or more
TIER 2 GOODS: Receive an AUTOGRAPHED PHYSICAL COPY of the new album in the mail and an exclusive, signed 8x10 "THANK YOU" POSTER, plus TIER 1.5 GOODS PACKAGE.
Pledge $45 or more
PERSONAL PHONE CALL: I will personally call you (or someone you want to surprise), quickly get acquainted, then answer 1 question that you should prepare beforehand. Topics may include, but are not limited to: dating, golf wisdom, cosmetology, family planning, and defensive driving. (INCLUDES TIER 2 GOODS PACKAGE)
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AUTOGRAPHED SHEET MUSIC: Full sheet music for "Brown Eyes," "Black Keys," "Laugh So You Don't Cry," "Magic," "Good Life," "Let The Woman," "Earth and Venus," "Kiss It Goodbye," "Fine China," and a new song called "Liberty." (also includes PDF versions, AND TIER 2 GOODS PACKAGE)
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TIER 3 GOODS: A PERSONALIZED FACEBOOK PROFILE PIC of ME holding a sign that says, "__(your full name)__ is my hero!"....PLUS, everything from TIER 2 GOODS PACKAGE.
Pledge $75 or more
TIER 4 GOODS: TWO (2) GUEST LIST SPOTS to any headlining show, plus everything from Tier 3.
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TIER 5 GOODS: YOUR NAME IN THE ALBUM CREDITS, and a HANDWRITTEN THANK YOU NOTE FROM ME....plus everything from Tiers 1-4.
Pledge $160 or more
"HUMAN JUKEBOX VIDEO": I will record an acoustic video performance of ANY COVER song you request, including a personal dedication, and upload it to my YouTube channel. (You'll also receive an MPEG version via email). THIS INCLUDES THE TIER 5 GOODS PACKAGE.
Pledge $175 or more
"MUSICAL VIDEOGRAM": I will be your video musical telegram. You come up with the message, I'll write a little ditty and sing it to whomever you like (including yourself). You will receive an MPEG video to send to the person you want to impress.) THIS INCLUDES THE TIER 5 GOODS PACKAGE
Pledge $250 or more
LIVE 45min VIDEO CHAT SESSION (Skype): This live, 1-on-1 video session can be redeemed for a private mini-concert, a songwriting lesson/critique, or simply to just chat. THIS INCLUDES THE TIER 5 GOODS PACKAGE.
Pledge $300 or more
VIP CONCERT PACKAGE: At any headlining show of mine, YOU AND A FRIEND get to join me and my band for the entire evening--soundcheck, dinner before the show, help make the set list, get a song dedication, goofy pics galore, AND....2 front row tickets to the show. THIS INCLUDES THE TIER 5 GOODS PACKAGE.
Pledge $350 or more
SIT IN ON A RECORDING SESSION: You get to hang out in the studio for a day while I'm recording my new album--meet musicians and engineers, take pictures when allowed--maybe even get recruited to sing! (Sessions will be taking place in Los Angeles, CA and Nashville, TN. Buyer assumes all travel/lodging costs.) THIS INCLUDES THE TIER 5 GOODS PACKAGE.
Pledge $400 or more
NASHVILLE SONGWRITING CLINIC: I'll be conducting a 1-day songwriting clinic after my Spring touring has concluded. Each class will be limited to 5 participants. Clinics will include songwriting instruction, Q&A time, lunch, and 1 personal song critique per person by me AND a guest panel of music industry professionals. Clinics held in Nashville, TN. Pledge is good for 1 participant. Participants must make their own travel/lodging arrangements. Participants will be contacted directly for scheduling. THIS INCLUDES THE TIER 5 GOODS PACKAGE, TOO.
Pledge $600 or more
LIFETIME GUEST LIST: This gives YOU lifetime free entrance to Andy Davis headlining shows. Your name will permanently be on the guest list. Simple as that. This is a limited time offer. Includes Tier 5 Goods Package.
Pledge $1,000 or more
PRIVATE SONGWRITING DAY WITH ME: Come spend a day with me in my home studio in Nashville. We'll write a song TOGETHER, grab lunch, talk music and career advice, then record an acoustic demo of OUR new song for you to take home. Includes lunch, demo CD, multitrack ProTools files of your song, AND....THE TIER 5 GOODS PACKAGE.
Pledge $1,500 or more
PRIVATE HOME CONCERT EXPERIENCE: I will come to YOUR house and play an acoustic show for you and a group of your friends (30 or less). I'll even help cook dinner (key word: "help." My skills are most useful if you are cooking pancakes, making basic omelets, or looking for an entertaining "chopping guy." I'll even wear an apron.) (Cost includes my travel within Continental US only; Outside the US, YOU pay travel; allow 8-12 weeks for scheduling; private concert may have to fall on a weekday). Also includes TIER 5 GOODS PACKAGE.
Pledge $2,000 or more
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MY PERSONAL KEYBOARD? Yes, I'm selling my cherished keyboard for this campaign--I've toured with this axe for the past 6 years, written many songs on it, and loved it very deeply. It's a Yamaha p90--Comes with road case, cables and sustain pedal. Works great. I'll also write you a personal letter with instructions on how to care for my baby. (Within Continental US only--Buyer pays shipping)
Pledge $3,000 or more
MARRIAGE PROPOSAL PAWN: I will become a pawn in your extravagant marriage proposal scheme....wait in the bushes, on a rooftop...wherever (within reason) for you and your lover to emerge, then I'll sing the songs that make her say, "Yes." (Includes my travel costs within the continental US; allow 8-12 weeks for scheduling; may have to fall on a weekday) INCLUDES TIER 5 GOODS PACKAGE
Pledge $5,000 or more
PERSONAL PRODUCER DAY: This is for serious musicians/aspiring artists. We'll spend some time before you arrive on tweaking and doing preproduction on YOUR song, then we'll have a full day in a professional studio with live musicians to record a full-blown album version of your song. We won't stop til the song is done, mixed, and on disc. You'll leave with a CD of the fully mixed song, the multitrack ProTools files, and pictures from the day. Price includes meals, session musicians, engineers, and professional recording studio. And....the TIER 5 GOODS PACKAGE.