Euforquestra wants to deliver a new studio album of funk & reggae produced by Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident.
Greetings friends! We are Euforquestra, a global dance band based in Fort Collins, CO. The group originally formed in Iowa City, IA 10 years ago, and since then we've been bringing our fusion of funk, reggae, afrobeat, and more across the country one club, festival, and community concert series at a time.
The band has released three studio albums to date and most recently a live record, 'Let Us In', recorded in Iowa and Colorado in the spring of 2011.
"Cause A Reaction" (live) - 'Let Us In' 2011
"Instant Coffee" (live) - 'Let Us In' 2011
Euforquestra has written lots of material over the years, and we're excited to share it with you, but the days of record companies financing up-and-comers like us are long gone. Crowd-funding organizations, such as Kickstarter, are the new norm in raising money to make quality recordings by artists you know and love at the local, regional, and even national level.
So how does it work?
Our 'campaign', as its called, will run from now until Monday July 22 at midnight, and during this time we ask our friends, family, fans, and other folks who wish to support independent artists on a intimate and meaningful level to donate towards our goal - in our case $20,000 to fund a new studio album. If we reach our goal we'll quickly give ourselves a round of high fives, give a huge thank you to our supporters, and then get right to work on completing the album. If we fall short, nothing happens. You keep your money, and we go back to the drawing board.
So what can we expect from the new album? More of the same?
Euforquestra is a living entity...an ever-evolving groove machine. After ten years the group has a fresh, modern sound with familiar elements of funk and reggae. No matter what direction the band takes the goal is the same as always: we're gonna make you dance.
This time around we plan to record at Scanhope Sound in Littleton, CO with former Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad engineer, Joel Scanton. The album will be produced by String Cheese Incident keyboardist and local legend, Kyle Hollingsworth. We couldn't be happier to have these guys on board!
Sounds great! But why will it cost so much?
Recording an album is a expensive process. Studio time, mastering, personnel, licensing, production, distribution, marketing....Being in a touring band is expensive enough as it is considering the size of our group, the miles we travel, and the cost of fuel. Without money up front there's simply no way to make an album happen; your donations are key!
So, is this charity?
Generosity? Yes. Charity? No. When you donate you're rewarded with fabulous items. If you choose to donate $10-15 you'll receive the new album when its completed. Think of it as if you're paying for your copy in advance. In fact, as donors you'll receive a digital copy of the music before the album is released to the public. Neat-o, right? There's more.
We'll have special edition merchandise like stickers, posters, and t-shirts available for THIS CAMPAIGN ONLY! Plus we'll have unique not-for-sale items including a limited edition handmade CD featuring unreleased b-sides, demos, remixes, and outtakes only available here as well as lyrics to your favorite Euforquestra song, handwritten and signed by the author.
We're also offering valuable experiences such as concert tickets, dinner with the band, a video music lesson with a band member of your choice, a chance to sing or jam with the band, personalized songs written just for you, jingles recorded for your business, private performances, a visit to the recording studio session and more!
Sounds too good to be true. What's the catch?
The only catch is that if we don't reach our goal we can't deliver you a new album or any of these cool unique rewards. The more people we get involved the better our chances are for making this happen. So please, help us spread the word. And thanks for choosing to support independent music! We love you!!
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Our goal is to record Aug-Sept and release the new album in Dec around the holidays. The advanced digital album should be ready to go earlier that month. The window of time between the end of the campaign and the holidays should give us time to produce, package and distribute the other incentives, e.g. merch.
While we believe this is a reasonable time table the project may be delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. Rest assured, we are excited about the album and will do our very best to finish and release it on time.
If you're interested in providing a substantial donation that includes a live performance please contact us first to determine availability.
If we have the good fortune of raising more than our goal we will direct any additional funds into promotion.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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