I am attempting to aquire funding for my first solo album to be titled, "Waking Up the Echoes". This is for anyone holding onto a dream
I've been "planning" on making this album for a while, since my former band's only album released in 2000. But that album was never really what I had hoped it would be, and it left me a little unresolved. Since then, I've been dying to release not only an album that I feel is finished, but a solo project. I've always said that I don't think I'll ever feel fullfilled as an artist or musician until I can say I've release at least one album I can be proud of.
I've tried funding this personally, which never really worked because I was paying for studio time as I went, and never really had a good solid block of time to get any real work done... it was always in bits and pieces. My other option was to get to the south Jersey/Philly area to record with a friend, which I tried for a while, but the commute from Vermont wasn't ideal for someone who has a day job and a family. I always felt rushed and the recordings showed it.
After asking around, people have recommended Kickstarter to me and I've always been a little skeptical. But I like that if I don't hit my goal, the people who donated get their money back - no harm no foul. So many people have donated already at live shows, but like I said, that money went to travel expenses to record for free or studio time that I could only afford in bits and pieces. With an actual budget that I can bring to a studio allows me the freedom to book time in a manner that works for everyone - me, the studio, the session musicians, etc, as opposed to booking time in blocks that I can afford at the time; allowing me to keep going if the flow is going well or walking away for a moment to regain perspective without worrying about how much time I'm wasting or how much those 10 minutes just cost me.
I want this album to be a refection of the places I've been, the people I've come to know and love, and the road ahead. Now that I'm a new dad, I'd love to be able to give my son this gift... not the album, but what I hope it will represent to him: the promise that if you push hard and persevere, beautiful things can happen. To dare to move the world if even it's one room at a time.
Thanks so much in advance to everyone for all your support. One day, I hope to be able to return the favor. Until then, I'll keep playing in the hopes I meet you there...
...welcome to my musical family.
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"Welcome to The Family" Receive an emailed prereleased copy of the album and my warm thanks!!!Estimated delivery:
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"Grand Parent" Receive a prereleased copy of the album signed by yours truly and my warm thanks!!! (note: I'll have to open the CD to sign it, so it won't be shrinkwrapped when you get it. )Estimated delivery:
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"Long Lost Second Cousin" Receive reward 1 or 2, and a Steve Hartmann T Shirt, Baby T, or hat (all apparel is subject to size and availability)Estimated delivery:
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"Distant Uncle Twice Removed" Receive awards 1 or 2,reward 3 as well as two tickets to a CD release party of your choice and my personal thanks in the liner notes. (note: subject to CD release party tour schedule. If there isn't a CD release party within 100 miles from your location, GET ME ONE and I'll throw in 2 more additional tickets to that show. If not, we'll talk...Estimated delivery:
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"Younger Sibling" Receive awards 1 or 2, 3 and 4, two more additional tickets to a CD release party (making 4 in total), a signed program from the CD Release Party, and another album (emailed or CD.)Estimated delivery:
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"Older Sibling" Receive awards 1 or 2, 3 through 5, and you and a guest will be my guests for the CD Release Party of your choice: hang out back stage before and after the the show, catch the sound check, choice of seating, etc. (see note in Reward #4)Estimated delivery:
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"The In-Laws" Receive awards1 or 2, 3 through 6, and a one and a half hour house concert. (Note: within a 50 mile radius of Burlington VT.) I will come to your house and put on a personal concert in your living room for you and your family and friends.Estimated delivery:
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"Good Neighbors" Receive awards 1 or 2, 3 through 7, but I'll travel a 100 mile radius from Burlington VT. I will also email you 1 unreleased version of a track from the album. If you're within 50 miles, I will cook dinner for two before the house party begins. Note: (menu TBD) I actually have a culinary degree that I used for almost 20 years. So I promise it won't suck :)Estimated delivery:
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"My Parents" Receive awards 1 or 2, 3 through 8, but I will travel a 350 mile radius from Burlington VT. I will email you 2 unreleased versions of tracks on the album instead of the 1 offered in "Good Neighbors" reward and if you're within 100 miles, I will cook dinner for two before the house party begins. See 'Note' in "Good Neighbors" reward.Estimated delivery:
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"God Parents" Receive awards 1 or 2, 3 through 9. Instead of the 2 unreleased versions of tracks on the album offered in "My Parents" reward, I will email you 4. If you live within 150 miles I will cook dinner for two before the house concert, and munchies for the party. I will plan a menu with you, do the shopping, prepping, cooking and clean up before the show. (note: menu planning and ingredients are subject to local availability and season). If you're too far away or a house concert won't work for you, we can talk and work something out :)Estimated delivery:
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