My EP "Point Of No Return" Razor sharp lyrical prowess,layered over beats that blend hiphop, rock, & Pop seamlessly. ONE FAN AT A TIME.
Hi Kickstarter Supporters, Fans, Friends and New Faces alike!
I want to start off by introducing myself I'm Lanz Pierce a 22 year old artist from NYC, A rapper/singer songwriter. You may not be familiar with me yet but i've toured with Snoop Dogg, performed & collaborated with the oscar winning group Three Six mafia, won new song writer on the rise along side Lady Gaga in 2007 and performed at the Lollapalooza festival on the same bill with none other than Kanye West. Now I'm READY to release my debut EP titled "POINT OF NO RETURN" and with your support, involvement and contribution together we can launch my project and make it happen on a National level.
I've taken the independent route since leaving Interscope records in 2008 because i believe in today's climate its the people who decide whats hot and the fans that dictate success, not the machine. I've opened this door for you to come on board because i believe we have the power to make the world listen AND ACHIEVE GREAT SUCCESS. My goal is $10,000 which will allow me to Mix & Master my already completed professionally recorded EP, Shoot a music video to unleash with my first single, pay for rehearsal space so that my DJ, choreographer, and myself can put together a compelling live show, build a more professional interactive website, and hire a radio/marketing team to work the EP at mix shows, radio stations, and college stations.
My EP "POINT OF NO RETURN" is hip-hop driven mixed with rock and pop influences showcasing my razor sharp flow, and lyrical honesty layered over beats that make you move! Distinguishing me from the rest is the ability to mix my edgy street wise style with heart felt story telling on collaborations with top producers like Young Yonnny ( Trey Songz "Say Ah"), Sisko A.K.A The Disco Pusher ( Theopholius London & Lana Del Ray) as well as Cook Classics (Outtasight "Tonight's The Night.") With the capital you pledge i can REACH MY GOAL of putting out my EP "POINT OF NO RETURN" to impact the music industry and gain the attention of brands for future sponsorship.
The title "Point Of No Return" means the point beyond which one must continue on his or her current course of action because turning back is physically impossible, prohibitively expensive or dangerous. The critical moment at the intersection of never turning back and no return, where a star is born and fear is lost. The theme of the Ep is "Femme Fatal" loosely inspired by the 90's movie starring Bridget Fonda with the same title and by Helmut Newton's black and white photography from the 1960's.
It takes massive drive, hard work and fight to accomplish the milestones and dreams we set for ourselves. No stranger to hard work i began as an unpaid intern at Quad recording studio's in Manhattan as a teenager. After working the open mic circuit, talent shows and underground music scene in and around NY and NJ i received early co-signs from hit makers like Nile Rodgers, Cool & Dre, Jr Rotem and Stargate. My song "Bad Girl" was featured on the NBC hit TV show " Las Vegas," and licensed through SONY/ATV and is currently available for purchase on iTunes. Also my song " Love Waves" was featured on the sound track to the movie "Supporting Characters" starring Tarik Lowe, Lenah Dunham and Arrielle Kebell and premiered at Tribecca Film Festival this past year.
Recently I've been tearing up stages at venues like Green House & Santos, and hitting the summer concert series stage at Six flags opening for Diggy Simmons. I released a music video teaser to a song called " Opening Statement" a no holes barred aggressive track which was featured on blogs like Ddotomen.com, DaVibemag.com, and Strawberryblunt.com and then was later played on FM radio by HOT 97 and DJ Absolut. I've been featured in print publications like YRB magazine, Hiphop Weekly and Billboard. To broaden my audience and my appeal i just became one of the new faces for Contego Eyewear a high end sunglasses line ( see photos on www.contegoeyewear.com) the campaign adds will run on fashion blogs like highsnobiety.com and be featured in Complex Magazine Jan 2013. Next up is to take the music from my EP "Point Of No Return" on the road, tour dates are being organized and set to begin Jan 2013.
A CALL TO ACTION!! With your contribution i can execute my plans to bring my work to life!
I've put together a pledge and rewards system outlined here to give you every bit of music possible, including an interactive and personalized experience with me to be sure your contribution is recognized as valued and returned. My hopes are that you feel as much a part of this process as possible. Any additional funds will be used to cover the expenses of creating content, and further costs of social media advertisements and bigger promotion on a national scale. I will keep you updated with news and progress so you are able to see what i do as this project grows. THANK YOU FOR SHARING MY "POINT OF NO RETURN" AND ASK YOURSELF WHAT WAS YOUR "POINT OF NO RETURN" ON THE ROAD TO THE REALIZATION OF YOUR DREAMS!?!
- LANZ PIERCE xoxo
LISTEN TO MY MUSIC WHILE YOU READ MORE BELOW!
SPECIAL THANKS TO _ To David Siskovic a.k.a the Disco Pusher for being the driving force behind my Ep and making it possible to record these records. Chris, Hakim & Fab at FLUX studio. Thanks to Bains & Young Scottland at Crosby Collective. To Cal my manager & A&R For being a visionary , making incredible efforts to push me, & putting so much love into the release of this project. All my thanks to Tanisha Scott for being the most brilliant & innovative Creative director. To Carey Bradshaw who's eye and photography is stellar & the utmost professional. Hair by MISA @hair_misa for her talents and RIP to the beautiful talented make up artist Lauren Nicole who's skill and creativity brought these photos to life.
Thanks to Av Cohn for the incredible Website Design he and his company built for me. www.DigitalDevelopmentConsulting.com
All Photography by: Carey Bradshaw www.carey-bradshaw.com
Below are links to blogs with articles written on me and video footage form live shows. EPK and Music videos attached.
Lanz Pierce - WATCH THE LIVE SHOW
Opening Statement - video teaser:
Lanz Pierce - Video Diary
Lanz Pierce - " Grow Up " 07
WATCH THE JOURNEY "THIS IS THE STORY " EPK
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I believe the best way to mitigate risk is to be well prepared, as well as have a great team with a unified vision to be most effective.
I have been preparing for the release of my EP "POINT OF NO RETURN" for well over a year and a half. Relying on strong relationships i've built over the years as a professional in the music industry to keep costs down on recording and production, and using free streaming outlets like soundcloud to build a fan base. Meticulously strategizing and building a solid structure of professionals around me to advise and guide my every move.
My professional business team consists of my manger who's represented grammy nominated producers and A-list artists, my creative director helping perfect and mold my visual identity's and live stage show, my legal team, and MOST IMPORTANT MY LOYAL FANS!
The biggest hurdle I have faced thus far is having adequate financing to independently push my project, & pay for the nessacery parts to polish and present my finale product to the world. That is up until now. Im confident with your contributions I will have what I need to maximize all facets of my EP release and minimize the risk of leaving any stone unturned. My PR plan is already in place which will consist of my EP being posted on high visibility blogs with 2million plus viewers and is confirmed for reviews by credible music journalist that know of me from my Interscope tour with Snoop dogg. This means with your pledge to complete a top tier release the public is guaranteed to see and hear it. The timing, preparation, PR plan for high visibility, existing fan base, my team in place , and your financial contribution to help cover costs is a recipe for success!!
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on December 9.
Nov 8, 2012 - Dec 9, 2012
Pledge $1 or more
Pledge $1 or more and you will receive a personalized email thank you directly from Lanz Pierce and a follow on twitter in November 2012.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $5 or more
Pledge $5 dollars or more and you will receive a personalized email thank you directly from Lanz Pierce, a follow on twitter, plus a digi-delivered download of the EP "Point Of No Return" with album artwork.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $10 or more
Pledge $10 or more and you will receive a personalized email thanks directly from Lanz Pierce with a digi-download of the EP "Point Of No Return" including artwork, a follow on twitter, Plus+ i will use my audience of over 20,000+ followers of influencial tastemakers on Twitter ( @lanzpierce ) to blast out a special thanks to you with your @ page name attached.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $25 or more
Pledge $25 or more toward the release of "Point Of No Return" and you will receive a video thanks from Lanz Pierce directly to you. Lanz Pierce will post on social media pages such as Tumblr, Wordpress, Facebook and Instagram a blurb on you to celebrate your belief in her project!!!!, In addition you will receive a digi-download of the EP "P.O.N.R" including artwork, along with the follow & shout out on twitter. Thanks in advance!!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $35 or more
Pledge $35 or more to make the Ep release of " POINT OF NO RETURN" possible and receive a real time thank you and chat directly with Lanz Pierce on ichat or Skype!!! You will also receive the digi-download of the EP "P.O.N.R" with artwork, PLUS never before seen photos of Lanz Pierce from the EP photo shoot. A shout out on twitter with your @ page name attached, In addition to a blurb to celebrate you for your support on all Lanz Pierce social media outlets such as Tumblr, Wordpress, & Facebook.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $100 or more
Pledge $100 or more and OFFICIALLY be part of the INNOVATORS & AVIATORS?! Whats that? A movement Lanz Pierce started to champion visionaries, artists, believers and creators of all types. Receive an autographed lINNOVATORS&AVIATORS T-shirt, A limited addition Hard Cover Copy of the EP "Point Of No Return," with signed photos. PLUS you will recieve a one on one chat session to thank you directly from Lanz Pierce on ichat or Skype! In addition you will receive a digi- download of the Ep and a follow and tweet that will blast out a special thanks to you and a link to your social media pages which will be seen by the 20,000 PLUS+ audience Lanz Pierce commands.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013Add $10 to ship outside the US
Pledge $250 or more
Pledge $250 or more and receive an Autographed limited edition hard copy of the EP "Point Of No Return" with signed photos from the P.O.N.R shoot as well as a signed INNOVATOR&AVIATOR T-SHIRT. You will have the chance to interview Lanz Pierce live via Ichat or Skype. You will receive a private video of Lanz Pierce in the studio recording new music with a special thanks from Lanz Pierce to you! Also a follow and tweet on twitter with an additional blast sent out to thank you for your contribution on her social media pages ( Tumblr, Facebook, Wordpress) which will be seen by the 20,000 PLUS audience Lanz Pierce commands.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $500 or more
Pledge $500 and receive a customized 16 bar verse Song written and professionally recorded by Lanz Pierce about you or a topic of your choice sent to you for download. You will have the opportunity to come to a private recording session and watch Lanz Pierce create new music live in the studio in Manhattan NYC!!!( MUST cover your own travel and accommodations.) You will receive a video call directly from Lanz Pierce via ichat or Skype to personally thank you for being a major backer behind the EP. IN ADDITION you will receive a autographed hard copy of the EP with signed photos and INNOVATORS&AVIATORS T-shirt plus digi-download sent to you (shipping and costs covered by me applies with in the US only) In addition you will receive a twitter follow and blast acknowledging you for being apart of my team helping me to release "Point Of No Return" to the public.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $1,500 or more
Pledge $1,500 or more to make the release of my EP "Point Of No Return" possible and your name and/or your company will be credited and listed as a major supporter in my digital package release included in the packaging for my digi- release available for download internationally. PLUS+ you will receive a supporter credit and thank you at the end of the next Lanz Pierce MUSIC VIDEO which will be featured on the Lanz Pierce youtube channel. IN ADDITION you will receive front row tickets and a meet and greet at my next show ( Must provide your own travel and accommodations. Multiple show dates will be offered to best fit your schedule. ) You will receive an autographed hard cover copy of the EP "Point Of No Return" with signed INNOVATORS&AVIATORS T-SHIRT and unreleased photos ( Shipping and costs taken care of by me US only) Lanz Pierce will personally thank you in a one on one cyber meeting via ichat or Skype, As well as a follow on your social media pages and post on the front page of the Lanz Pierce site about your contribution as a major factor behind the EP release. In addition you will receive a customized 16 bar verse Song professionally recorded about a topic of your choice written and rapped by LANZ PIERCE and sent to you for download . You are officially part of the team, movement and family!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $5,000 or more
PLEDGE $5,000 OR MORE and LANZ PIERCE will FLY anywhere with in the US to COME PERFORM FOR YOU & YOUR GUESTS. LANZ PIERCE will put on a LIVE SHOW OF SONGS OFF THE EP "POINT OF NO RETURN" WITH BAND AND DJ. At the Show Lanz Pierce will do interviews, sign autographs, take pictures and have a one on one meet and greet with you! You will receive a contribution credit on the packaging of the Limited Edition Hard Cover Copy of the EP shipped to you and autographed. Your name and/or your company name will also be listed as a major supporter credit on my digital EP package release available for download internationally. PLUS+ in the next Lanz Pierce MUSIC VIDEO you will receive a supporter credit and thank you featured on the Lanz Pierce youtube channel. You will receive an autographed INNOVATORS&AVIATORS T-SHIRT shipped to you. Lanz Pierce will personally thank you in a one on one cyber meeting via ichat or Skype, As well as a follow on your social media pages and post on the front page of the Lanz Pierce site about your contribution as a major factor behind the EP release. IN ADDITION LANZ PIERCE will write and professionally record a customized 16 bar verse Song about a topic of your choice to you or as a gift you can give to a loved one sent to you for download . You are officially part of the team, movement and family!Estimated delivery: Jan 2013Ships within the US only