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We're recording our first album, right here in Seattle, WA!
We're recording our first album, right here in Seattle, WA!
67 backers pledged $3,738 to help bring this project to life.

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Tekla Waterfield & the Sweet Nothings is producing it's very first, full length album! We aim to raise $5,000 to help us achieve this goal.

We know you love Tekla Waterfield & the Sweet Nothings' special blend of Americana/Folk. We know you want more of us. We can already hear you singing along at our live shows, and when you listen to our live recordings at http://www.reverbnation.com/teklawaterfield and at http://teklawaterfieldandthesweetnothings.bandcamp.com/.  We want to help you sing along anywhere you like: the garden, the gym, the car, the shower, bed. 

Our goal is to record, mix, master, and print our debut album of ten songs by February 2015. Your contributions will make the magic happen. We’d like to raise $5,000 to complete the album and to put it to work through sales and marketing.  

Kickstarter is a wonderful platform for artists, but an important and potential setback is: if the entire set goal is not reached, none of the project will be funded.  This is why we've set our "official goal" at $3,500 while we're shooting for our ultimate goal of $5,000, a more realistic amount to help us bring off our project.

We're working with the wonderful Colin Nelson at Her Car Studio (www.hercarstudio.com), who is putting everything he’s got into it, (we can’t say for sure, but we think Colin may be related to Merlin, or Gandalf, or possibly Dumbledore, because the man is supernatural in the recording studio and we’d be lost without him,) and for mixing and mastering.  We estimate roughly $3,500 going toward recording with the remaining $1,500 going toward design, duplication, and most importantly, marketing the album. A strong marketing campaign is vital to our evolution.

(Vital point reiterated: If our minimum goal of $3,500 is not reached by the end of the 30 day campaign, the project will not be funded.)

With this album we are going to move off the stage and into your living room! (And into your mother’s garden, your brother’s gym, your father’s car, some stranger’s shower (we’ll pretend it’s not you), and, if all goes well, your partner’s bedroom.  

What you can expect from us: 

· An album of exceptional heart, talent, and quality. We are breathing our very life into this project. We are investing every dollar we scrounge up, every ounce of our combined creativity, and every single solitary second we can spare into making this a musical experience you will turn to over and over again. Your $25 contribution buys you both a hard copy of the album (it is going to be beautiful, friends! You’ll want one for the car), plus a digital copy of the album (that one’s for when you take your smartphone into the shower). Check out our other pledge rewards! 

· More recordings. You know we’ve written dozens of songs, right? Our debut album only represents our very best, most polished songs right now. Six months from now we’ll be fit to burst with more songs ready to record. We are humbled and deeply grateful for the support our fans, friends, and family are able to give. We can’t thank you enough for your help. Your donations are an important part of this project and our future. 

· More live shows. You’ve seen us a lot in Seattle: at The Tractor Tavern, The Musicquarium, Conor Byrne, The Columbia City Theater, Folklife, your boss’ birthday party. We’re going to take the show on the road. More festivals. More venues. More radio. More states. 

· More marketing. We don’t mean spamming your inbox. We mean investing in quality ads, reaching out to promoters and DJ’s and new venues. Getting heard by more people. Putting our music, and our talent, to work. 

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More about Tekla Waterfield & the Sweet Nothings 

Tekla Waterfield and the Sweet Nothings are an Americana group based in Seattle, WA fronted by singer/songwriter Tekla Waterfield with Bill Riach on drums, Dune Butler on backing vocals, upright and electric bass, Eric Vanderbilt-Matthews on backing vocals and keys and Mike Thornhill on lead guitar.

Calling on musical influences such as The Cowboy Junkies, Neko Case, Gillian Welch, Wilco, Erykah Badu, Sera Cahoone, and Eileen Jewel, the Sweet Nothings are a blend of country, Americana, folk and blues.

Group bio:

By chance occurrence, singer/songwriter Tekla Waterfield cohabitated with future band-mate and drummer, Bill Riach in a communal house in Seattle. Skip ahead a year when bassist/vocalist Dune Butler enters the picture, playing mandolin in a previous musical project with Tekla. That project ends and Tekla begins to front her own band, initially as a Bill/Dune/Tekla trio. Enter country/blues lead guitarist, Mike Thornhill, who Tekla encountered and immediately recruited during a recording session in Ballard, WA. Completing the picture is the band's most recent induction, UW jazz pianist/saxophone/multi-instrumentalist all-star, Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews, who Tekla and Dune played with in yet another musical project.

Individual bios

Singer/songwriter Tekla Waterfield has performed all over Seattle, toured across the U.S., been a featured vocalist on numerous recordings as a session vocalist, and is a contributing artist in the Seattle based Bushwick Book Club. Tekla teaches songwriting classes with Songwriting Through Youth Literature Education, regularly collaborates and performs with Seattle musicians in tribute and benefit shows, and hosts a long-running Seattle open mic. This will be Tekla's first solo release of her own original music.

Bill Riach played piano and organ as a kid, but found his passion truly ignited when he discovered the drums. Bill currently plays in multiple bands, has been a session player, and participates regularly in jams and open mics held all over the city.

Multi-instrumentalist Dune Butler started off playing cello and has picked up guitar, mandolin and piano, but is most at home playing the bass. A current UW jazz and classical bass student, Dune has established himself in Seattle as a session player and contributor to many bands, both locally and as a touring musician.

Mike Thornhill has been playing guitar for the better part of his life, taking blues guitar and theory lessons throughout high school, then narrowing in on blues and folk-rock guitar playing since. Mike currently contributes to multiple Seattle based bands including his solo project, Human Hitman, in which Mike plays drums, keys, guitar and sings lead and backing vocals.

UW jazz saxophone major Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews has earned numerous awards and acknowledgments in both classical and jazz performance and played saxophone, clarinet, and keyboards in bands of various genres including jazz, classical, rock, pop, salsa, and folk.

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Huge thank you's to Joshua Devenere, our videographer, and Keema Waterfield, who helped write, direct and create this project from the get go!  Also to all the pre-launch folks who offered constructive criticism and feedback before the official launch.  Thank you so much!

Risks and challenges

Of course, it's not always easy. How to balance the energy one puts into the day job, and still have enough to tap into the creative muse, to write, to build one's craft, practice, play late night shows and go out to see other players perform to build a sense of support and encouragement within the musical community, and then get up, sometimes very early, to go to work, to pay the bills. It's tricky.

Many of us working musicians work odd jobs and odd hours. We do what we can to make ends meet. There's a lot of personal sacrifice going on, to allow the space, time and effort needed for artistic growth to happen.

Sometimes with all of that going on, it can be difficult to achieve all of the goals one sets for oneself as a musician.

When I get a little off-track, and doubts and fears pop up, I remind myself, "Tekla you are living your life for art. And that's pretty damn cool."

Regardless of the level of success a project reaches, as an artist, you've got to keep creating. And I know this deeply, to be the truth. And that is what I intend to do.

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