Melancholy Hopeful is Marcus D's 2nd full-length collaborative album.
"There are two kinds of dogs that exist in this world. There are stray dogs, and those who choose to be lap dogs. Never knowing where their next meal will come from, stray dogs wander alone in the rain in exchange for freedom. Lap dogs are kept on a short leash and for one measly bone a day, content with defeat." - Samurai Champloo: Beatbox Bandits.
Many of the great artists you once knew and loved, are now mere shadows of their former selves. Over the years, corporate record labels have transformed them into simple gears and axles of the "corporate machine". While mainstream artists enjoy fleeting fame and set allowances in exchange for finite creativity and a predetermined shelf life, the underground fights for more, maintaining limitless imagination and originality.
Melancholy Hopeful will be my 2nd full-length collaborative release. The last solo effort I released, entitled "Revival of the Fittest" came out in 2008. Since that time I've matured, and my music reflects that. I want to give you; my fans, family, friends, and supporters a new project that you can be proud of. Something that you can be excited about, and something that you can say you helped create.
Too often do I see talented artists and their projects shelved, (unreleased) due to industry politics. Simply put, if it doesn't fit the trend of what's popular, chances are a label won't back it, meaning it won't see the light of day or the inside of your iPod. Right?
With Melancholy Hopeful, I don't want a record label telling me what I can and can't share with my fans, and when I can or can't do it. I also don't want a record label breathing down my neck, stifling creativity in exchange for financial gain. I don't want to fit in the box. So, I propose that YOU, *Uncle Sam finger* the people that care most about the music and the people that have come to know the man behind the music, act as my record label.
Together, we can make Melancholy Hopeful the album that it has the potential to be, without forsaking morals or giving up creative control.
What your donations will be going toward:
$6,000 may seem like a lot of money...and it is for everyday people like you and me. So rest assured I'll be using every dime to make Melancholy Hopeful the best it can be. Your generous donations will go toward the entire production of the album including the recording, studio-time, mixing, mastering, art-design, promotion, pressing of the CDs etc. Any extra money donated beyond our goal will be put toward filming music videos and making the Melancholy Hopeful release parties bigger and better. Kickstarter is the ONLY way you'll be able to get the album before the release date.
I'm asking for your help, but not without the promise of returning the favor. Over the past month I've been listening to your suggestions and have done my best to deliver the incentives that you asked for, which include:
- An exclusive Melancholy Hopeful Pre-Release EP available only to those who pledged on Kickstarter. (This project will feature 8-10 unreleased instrumentals and songs that didn't make the album).
- Melancholy Hopeful delivered to you a week prior to the official release date.
- Autographed copies of Revival of the Fittest (US) & Shoshin.
- Limited edition Marcus D posters.
- Marcus D T-shirts (courtesy of Emnace Clothing Brand).
- Almost an hour's worth of DVD footage of my trip to Japan for the Eternal Soul Tribute Show & the recording of "Greater Purpose" with Cise Star.
- Beat-making & piano lessons with me via Skype.
- Exclusive beats produced by me, for you.
- And even a day of record digging with me in Seattle.
If that's not enough to show that your voices have been heard, I leave you with the confidence that your voices have been heard, and that I've done my best to make the artist features you requested, happen. This is your album as much as it is mine.
I'm truly honored to be able to call you my friends.
Let's make beautiful music.
Of course, but it will have to be a Skype phone call.
I don't live in the Seattle-Tacoma area, but still want you to be my DJ for the day. Is this possible?
Yes. If you are willing and able to take care of the plane ticket, hotel room (your couch doesn't count), and a set of turntables, we can make it happen!
Yes and no. Without being in the same room, collaborative creativity can be difficult. In fact, it can be even more difficult when you ARE in the same room, but that's beside the point. Regardless, you will be choosing from my extensive library of pre-made beats. These beats have never been released, have never been used, and will be exclusively for you. You will also have final input on any minor details you'd like added to the beat.
Good question. Put simply, I usually make too many songs for an album and don't have enough room for all of them. Instead of throwing them in a vault for someone to release after I'm dead and gone, why not entrust them to you? Melancholy Prequel will consist of about 9-10 brand new tracks (mostly instrumental) that are cohesive with the sound of the album, but that I simply didn't have room for. You'll receive this project as soon as this campaign ends, so Hopeful....ly it will tide you over until the album is released.
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Jun 14, 2011 - Jul 31, 2011
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Every bit helps, thank you! I will give you a personalized shout out on Twitter.
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Melancholy Prequel (Digital Pre-release EP) will be sent to you as soon as the funding of this project is successful. (Kickstarter Exclusive - Digital only)
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Melancholy Hopeful (Physical CD) will be sent to you 1-week early + Melancholy Prequel.
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Melancholy Hopeful (CD) 1-week early + Melancholy Prequel + Digital download of all Melancholy Hopeful instrumentals.
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All of the above + Autographed copies of Revival of the Fittest (US) & Shoshin.
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All of the above + Limited Marcus D/Emnace T-shirts. (Limited to shirts on hand: 2 Larges & 1 XL)
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All prizes from $1- $40 + A personal "Thank you" phone call from yours truly. (Skype call for international calls)
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All prizes from $1- $40 + a Limited edition Marcus D poster.
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Twitter Shout out + Melancholy Prequel + Melancholy Hopeful (CD) + Autographed ROTF & Shoshin + Personal phone call AND never before seen footage of my trip to Japan for the Nujabes tribute show. (DVD format)
Pledge $150 or more
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Everything listed above (minus the beat making lesson) + All-Access passes to the Melancholy Hopeful release party, including a meet and greet with Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D) before the show. (Seattle & Baltimore)
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A private one-on-one 1-hour beat-making or piano lesson via Skype.
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An exclusive beat made by me, for you. Use it on your next project, let the world hear it, dedicate it to someone special, or keep it for yourself.
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I will treat you and one friend to lunch at your/my favorite restaurant and accompany you on a day of record digging at my favorite, super-secret record shops around Seattle. PLUS, you'll receive everything from the $1 - $100 levels.
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I will personally DJ your next birthday, wedding, hangout-session, house-party, charity-event, lounge-party etc. (Within the Seattle-Tacoma area) I will also supply all equipment.