The Aposoul is creating a Hip Hop album dedicated to PEACE in the moment, raising awareness about how inner peace can be expressed in the world NOW.
I, Jackson Tynan Whalan (18), AKA The Aposoul, have brought together a team of people to create a conscious Hip Hop album in the name of Peace. I am looking for $8,700 dollars to create the CD and to fund the subsequent release. Thank you for taking the time to read about this project!
“…in this historical and rare context, I am one of the only hip-hop artists to ever shake up the UN (United Nations). The response from the crowd brought so much love into the room that I still can't describe exactly how I felt. But I know this: I can make a difference because I know how to connect to people. I was made to create music that opens up people's hearts. “ Jackson (Tynan) Whalan
I have been writing rhymes/songs, producing instrumentals/beats, recording, and releasing original Hip Hop music, and most importantly, MCing (live performance) for the past 6 years. As The Aposoul I see myself as a Messenger of Soul, someone who speaks from the heart about being a peaceful person in the world. As I have developed as an Artist my lyrics have become more and more "conscious". These efforts have allowed me to perform at the International Day of Peace (IDP) at the UN Headquarters in New York City, in front of lawmakers at Beacon Hill in Boston, as well as numerous summer festivals, youth events and other venues. Now living in New York City, and studying at the New School, the launch of a professionally created CD marks the next step on my musical journey.
Though I am only 18, I am experienced in the realm of hip-hop, and I understand that music can generate great amounts of positive energy. It inspires people to realize their own dreams and opportunities that lie in every moment. I now have the artistic capacity to create this project successfully, to make a strong impact in this world/universe. Your financial help can continue the momentum that is needed for this to flow out into the world. My promise and integrity in relation to you remains my number one task. Please consider my request and become my partner in peace and a sponsor of “NOW.
"NOW" will be a CD containing a collection of conscious Hip Hop tracks destined to do its part to change the world. My friends Skylar (19), Tyler (17) and Marissa (16) are all helping out with beats, saxophone and vocals. My long term Mentor and friend Robby Baier, an award winning songwriter, performer and engineer has joined my crew and we will be recording the CD in his Professional Recording Studio (http://www.soultube.com/studio.html). Jesko Stahl (www.jeskostahl.com) is a music producer/writer and Robby's comrade in music and he will be mixing the tracks in his studio in NYC. We are planning to release it on June 21, 2010, followed by live performances in the U.S. As we are raising money for this project here on kickstarter we will record and release 3 songs before our deadline on March 31. This way you can hear the direction of the cd and hopefully get inspired to support the project. Our first song will go up on January 15 (Goal: $1,000), the second on February 15 (Goal: $4,000) and the third on March 15 (Goal: $7,000). Please stay tuned!
BUDGET AND SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS FOR "NOW"
We expect the session to take about 14 days. Then we will have to duplicate the discs and create promotional material as well as expand web presence. The total estimated budget is $8,700. The following is a budget and suggested amounts for funding. Please help in any way you can:
one hour of recording: $50
one day of recording: $500
1 week of recording: $2,500
entire recording session: $5,000
Mastering (the final step in the recording process) at Sterling Sound in NYC: $1,000
duplication of 1000 CD's at Disc Makers: $1,200
graphic design - business cards: $30
graphic design - Stickers $100
graphic design - Cover: $500
mailing out 100 packages to radio/venues: $300
one month subscription to www.sonicbids.com: $132
one year web hosting at www.hostbaby.com: $240
Jackson T. Whalan
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $8,700 goal
seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on March 31, 2010.
Jan 1, 2010 - Mar 31, 2010
Pledge $10 or more
All sponsors receive: Free PRE-RELEASE CD, signed by the artist.
Pledge $20 or more
Free PRE-RELEASE CD, signed by artist, and free entry to release party.
Pledge $50 or more
all of above, plus a thank-you mention on CD cover and your link on The Aposoul's website.
Pledge $100 or more
all of the above, plus a collection of all The Aposoul's previously released materials.
Pledge $250 or more
all of the above, plus you have an invite to come hang out at Substation Studio for a recording session, and even lay down some back up vocals if you would like. Do you play kazoo?
Pledge $500 or more
same as above, plus The Aposoul will come to any event you may be planning and perform for free.
Pledge $1,000 or more
all the above, plus the Aposoul will pick you (or a loved one) up and take you out to breakfast before you go to the set to appear with him in The Aposoul's first music video.
Pledge $2,000 or more
All the above, plus The Aposoul will acknowledge your generosity on the last track of "NOW", and all albums to proceed it, including any positive message, spoken by you (if you want), that you have always wanted to share with the world.