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'City of My Mind' is a 10-song alt pop album that will take you on a journey!
'City of My Mind' is a 10-song alt pop album that will take you on a journey!
99 backers pledged £4,223 to help bring this project to life.

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OMG guys, we made it! We reached the goal! With a whole week left, I've decided to add a stretch goal. If we reach £4000 instead of £3200, I will put 12 songs on this album instead of 10!! If you want to be part of this, it's not too late! Pledge now and make this album even better! We only have a few days left, let’s make it even more awesome!

‘City of My Mind’ is probably not something you will ever hear on a Top 40 radio station. That doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful. It’s just… a little bit different.

Who am I?

I'm an independent singer-songwriter living near Cambridge, UK. I've been singing and writing songs ever since I can remember! People often tell me that my music reminds them of either Kate Bush, Regina Spektor or Tori Amos. I don't necessarily see it, but I am very flattered!

What is My Goal?

I am raising funds to enable me to finish my debut album. The money will be used to pay for studio time to get the 10 songs professionally mixed and mastered.  

The Album

“City of My Mind" is an ambitious project. 

Essentially, it's 10 songs worth of alternative/chamber pop, with occasional electronic and psychedelic influences. It combines orchestral instruments such as brass and string ensembles, flute, oboe, cello, violin and grand piano with electronic beats, guitars and soaring - but kinda catchy - vocals, to tell a story. 

If you have been following my work for the past years, you might already know some of these songs from myYouTube channel, where I posted acoustic versions of them. 

On the album, these acoustic versions will be transformed into complex arrangements, with drums, bass, guitars, synths, grand piano and orchestral instruments. 

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In the past, I have released two other EPs, entirely self-produced. 

THIS TIME though, I want to take my music to the next level, by enlisting the help of a professional mix engineer and of mastering engineer. I believe that this album deserves to be heard in a quality that does it justice! 

'Monsters', from my first EP: 

The Budget

Now, a project of this amplitude would probably cost around £10 000.

But me and Andy (who is my 'team': sound engineer/videographer/multi-instrumentalist/whatever is needed for a project) have managed to save a lot of money by doing much of the work ourselves and spreading it out during the last couple of years.

Almost all of the songs have already been recorded, so the studio time would be used to have them mixed at 123 Studios in London with Brett Shaw (has worked with Daughter, Florence and the Machine, etc) and then mastered in another studio. Here is a breakdown of the costs:

Mixing costs: £2000

Mastering: £500

Duplication: £500

Kickstarter fee: £150

Postage & other rewards: £up to £300

≈ £3400

'Stretch' Goals

If by any chance we manage to raise more money than the set goal, every single penny will go into making the album better! More money means more time in the studio, the possibility of recording more musicians on top of what we already have, etc.

Due to financial constraints, I am only putting 10 songs on ‘City of My Mind’, when in reality it could have easily been a 12-14 track album! If I raise enough money, I would love to put these on the album as well!

The Rewards

"City of My Mind" Poster
"City of My Mind" Poster

 ALSO, there are three original paintings that I painted myself, depicting scenes from our creepy little music video for 'City of My Mind' (coming soon!), and which actually make an appearance in it.

These are unique, so if you decide to pledge for one of them, you’ll own the only one in the whole world!

Original Paintings, acrylics on canvas
Original Paintings, acrylics on canvas

 

'Welcome to the City of My Mind' T-shirts
'Welcome to the City of My Mind' T-shirts

Thanks for checking out my campaign and for being one of the generous souls who enables me to make this album happen! I can't wait to have this album finished and into your hands (and ears!) xx

Risks and challenges

Unless something goes horribly wrong, such as there’s a fourth World War or we all turn into zombies, I am expecting to have this completed in January 2018. In February you should all have ‘City of My Mind'!

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    Pledge £7 or more About $9

    Album Download

    Thanks for supporting the music! You get a digital download of the album pre-release + a PDF of lyrics and artwork.

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    'City of My Mind' Hard Copy

    This gets you the physical CD in your postbox, plus the digital download pre-release, so you can listen to the music before the CD arrives!

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    'City of My Mind' Signed CD + Postcard

    Get a signed CD + a pretty postcard with original 'City of My Mind' artwork

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    Sharing is Caring

    This gets you 2 Signed CDs and 2 postcards, just in case you feel like gifting one to someone else, and 2 x digital download. Also, good value!

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    The Music Bundle

    You get a "City of My Mind" CD + digital download pre-release + postcard + a digital download of my 'Monsters' EP, a digital download of my 'Beyond The Glass Sky' EP, and a collection of various acoustic originals and covers (at least 15).

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    Your Name in the Credits!

    Your name will appear in a 'special thanks' section on the back cover of the CD for all eternity.
    Plus you get a signed CD, a postcard, and the Music Bundle!

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    Your Name in the Credits + Poster

    Your name will appear in a 'special thanks' section on the liner notes of the CD.
    Plus you get a signed CD, the Music Bundle, and a signed "City of My Mind" poster!

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    Your name in the credits + T-Shirt

    You get a special Limited Edition T-shirt! We'll communicate about sizes, colour, etc.

    You also get a signed CD, a postcard with original artwork, the Music Bundle and your name in the credits on the back cover of the CD for all eternity.

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    All the goods!

    Signed CD, Signed Poster, T-Shirt, a set of 5 different postcards + your name in the credits + handwritten lyrics for the title song + the printed score for the orchestral parts in 'I Would Never Tell'

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    A Helping Hand

    If you're here to support new music and don't want tons in return, this is for you :)
    You get the physical CD, the digital download, the Music Bundle (my whole discography in digital format - including "City of My Mind") + a scan of "The Very Special Notebook" + instrumental versions of the songs on the album, so you can appreciate the fine detail

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    A very special notebook

    You get one of three notebooks containing handwritten lyrics for all the songs on the album, backstory/explanations for each song, doodles, glued-in pictures, etc.

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    • Your name in the credits
    • Postcard with original artwork
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    Painting #1: White Swan

    “White Swan”, acrylics on canvas, 40x30 cm (A3) as featured in the ‘City of my Mind’ music video

    You also get a signed CD, a postcard, a scan of the Special Notebook, the Music Bundle, a 'City of My Mind' poster and your name in the credits on the back cover of the album.

    Add £50 if you want me to have the painting framed before sending it over to you.

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    Painting #2: Girl Under the Tree

    Medium Painting “Girl Under the Tree”, acrylic on canvas, 50x40 cm, as featured in the ‘City of my Mind’ music video.

    You also get a signed CD, a postcard, a scan of the Special Notebook, the Music Bundle, a 'City of My Mind' poster and your name in the credits on the back cover of the album.

    Add £75 extra if you want me to have the painting framed before sending it over to you.

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    Painting #3: "Girl in a Wheat Field"

    Large Painting “Girl in a Wheat Field”, as featured in the ‘City of my Mind’ music video.

    You also get a signed CD, a postcard, scan of the Special Notebook, the Music Bundle, a 'City of My Mind' poster and your name in the credits on the back cover of the album.

    Add £90 extra if you want me to have the painting framed before sending it over to you.

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    COMMISSION A SONG

    I'll write an original song, just for you (or a loved one). Send me some material (maybe a poem or story you've written, or a song idea of your own) and I'll do the rest. Would make a great Christmas present! (I can have this part of the reward ready by then)

    It can also be a cover song that you choose for me to record.

    You also get a signed CD, a postcard, scan of the Special Notebook, the Music Bundle, a 'City of My Mind' poster and your name in the credits on the back cover of the album.

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    PRIVATE HOUSE CONCERT

    I'll come to your house at a mutually agreed date in the next 6 months, hang out and perform a complete set for you and your friends. UK mainland only (unless you're happy to pay for travel, in which case, here we come!)

    Includes:
    • Your name in the credits
    • Private house concert
    • Signed CD
    • T-Shirt
    • "City of My Mind" Poster
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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    Wow. Thank you. You played a huge part in making this record! Also, congratulations! Your name will be on the cover of the CD as "Executive Producer", just after my name.
    Includes up to 10 CDs (optional), so you can show it to your friends!

    Includes:
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    • Signed CD
    • Your name in the credits
    • Named Executive Producer
    • T-Shirt
    • "City of My Mind" Poster
    • Music Bundle
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Funding period

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