Dave's newest album, "Boundary Waters" is almost finished and he needs your help to get it released!
ABOUT THIS PROJECT: "Boundary Waters"
Early on in 2012, I knew I had another album that I needed to record. As much as I enjoy working on other artists' projects as a musician and producer, I still have an undying passion for songwriting and sharing my music. So in February and March, I wrote the last couple songs for this album and committed to using what resources I had to record the best album I was capable of. Now that we're in the home stretch, I can't tell you how excited I am for you to hear it!
Boundary Waters is the title of this album. It's 90% of the way there. All of the band tracks are done, with only a few remaining vocals and keys tracks to be recorded. Then, with your help, it will be sent off to be mixed, mastered, and released digitally via iTunes. Allow me to share with you...
... THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS ALBUM:
It's amazing how much can change in three years. People, relationships, joys, burdens, industries, economies, etc etc; they all change. Some of these changes are for the better and some for the worse, but life goes on, because it has to. We can choose to learn from and embrace a changing world, or ignore it and run from it. Believe me, I have felt passionately about both options at one time or another. "Boundary Waters" represents this dilemma, some of what causes it, and how it changes us, everyday people. It's the vast expanse of uncertainty that stands between where we are and where we could be. I will hold this album dear to me for years to come as many of these songs were inspired by my closest friends. It is my hope that our stories may inspire you as well.
... A COUPLE PREVIEWS OF TRACKS OFF THE ALBUM:
... WHAT YOUR PLEDGES ARE PAYING FOR:
This album has been 100% self funded up to this point. I'm fortunate that I have studio space to record in, but that only eats up a portion of what it costs to put a project like this together. $5000 (more like $3200 after taxes and fees) is the bare minimum I need to get this album mixed, mastered, and released digitally via iTunes. Anything we raise above $5000 will offset some of the other out of pocket recording expenses. If we raise double the goal, I will have enough to print hard copies on top of the digital release. If that happens and you pledged $25 or more, you'll receive a free hard copy CD in the mail in addition to your free digital download.
Here is the list of expenses for this album:
- Gear Rental (microphones, grand pianos, etc)
- Musician Expenses
- Mixing and Mastering
- Printing Posters
- Distribution Expenses
- Hard Copy Release (*if double the goal is met)
... A LITTLE HISTORY:
Following my 2009 self-recorded and produced release entitled, "This Is My World", music began to take an interesting turn. I started receiving calls from other local artists who were wanting to collaborate in the studio and on stage. It wasn't too long before people were loading guitars, amps, pedal boards, and drums into the back two rooms of my house, laying down the tracks for their upcoming releases. Thank God I have an awesome wife who was willing to put up with all of the noise, the mic cables running through the dining room, the microphones outside the bathroom, all the parking spots taken up by musicians when she got back from work, and the crazy hours. Studio work all of the sudden began to snowball and instead of recording and performing my music, I was spending my days arranging, recording, and growing as a musician and producer with other artists. I eventually was able to move my studio out of the house and into a professional recording space in downtown Anderson. As a child, I had always hoped to one day have a recording studio, and I consider myself extremely blessed. Outside of recording, I've played with a variety of country bands. A good portion of 2011 was spent touring around with The Jessie Brown Band of Marion, IN. It was a very exciting year of playing shows all around Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Mississippi, Maine, and Florida (including the band's favorite destination, the Florida Keys). After I finished up the writing for "Boundary Waters", I knew I would not be able to balance a full recording schedule and touring schedule, so I decided to step down and tackle this project 100%.
... A FEW PHOTOS OF THE RECORDING PROCESS:
... THANKS FOR STOPPING BY:
I really appreciate you taking the time to visit this page. If you are unable to make a pledge, no worries. You can still help by spreading the word. Share the video and the link to this page on facebook, twitter, etc, and be sure to sign up for my mailing list at www.daveelwert.com for updates regarding this project and future shows.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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1. A TOKEN OF MY APPRECIATION - A signed 18"X24" poster of the album art (mailing address required).Estimated delivery:
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4. TWO FREE ALBUMS! - Free download of my 2009 EP, "This Is My World" PLUS, reward tier #3. ***if we raise double the goal, you will also get a hard copy of the new album. (mailing address required)Estimated delivery:
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5. MY ENTIRE DISCOGRAPHY - Free downloads of my 2007 debut release, "The Battle of Direction", 2009 "This Is My World" EP, plus the upcoming 2012 "Boundary Waters" full length. PLUS, a personal thank you note written on the 18"X24" poster (unless specified otherwise). PLUS, reward tiers 3-4. ***if we raise double the goal, you will get a hard copy of the new album plus 1 more to give away. (mailing address required)Estimated delivery:
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7. COME RECORD WITH ME - Come hang with me in the studio as we record your beautiful voice and/or hand claps on the album song, "Nothin' But Love". PLUS reward tiers 3-6. ***if we raise double the goal, you will get a hard copy of the new album plus 3 more to give away. (mailing address required)Estimated delivery:
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8. WOW! I'M GONNA MAKE YOU A VIDEO - I will make a video of me singing any song of your choice (original or your favorite cover song) and send it to you to post on whichever social networks you choose. PLUS, reward tiers 3-7. ***if we raise double the goal, you will get a hard copy of the new album plus 4 more to give away. (mailing address required)Estimated delivery:
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9. UNBELIEVABLE! LET'S DO A HOUSE SHOW! - At your house for you and your friends (limited to IN, MI, WI, IL, OH, KY, and TN unless you're willing to cover travel expenses) + YOUR VERY OWN SONG, written and recorded by me, about anything you want + I WILL HIKE TO THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN and take a picture of me with a sign that says "I love <Your Name> THIS MUCH!" and send you a framed copy of the photo to hang on your mantel. PLUS, reward tiers 3-7. ***if we raise double the goal, you will get a hard copy of the new album plus 9 more to give away. (mailing address required)Estimated delivery:
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10. YOU'VE GOTTA BE KIDDING, RIGHT?!?! - Actually, yes, this is more or less to be funny. However, if somebody actually contributes $5000, we're going on a 3-day camping trip together at an agreed upon location (buyer agrees to pay travel expenses if outside the U.S. midwest region). PLUS, I'm going to dress as YOU for Halloween 2013! Oh yea, and you get all of the other rewards.Estimated delivery:
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