Now that we have released our first single, "Heart of Stone," we at the American West would like to record and release our debut full length album. Since forming this project over the summer, it has been my intent to record and release a cohesive group of tunes. This will be the first full length record of my career, a milestone as a songwriter that I am eager to achieve. With the support of Maria Maita-Keppeler (vocals, violin), Will Haas (guitar), Tucker Jackson (pedal steel), and Jordan Richter (studio engineer), I know that now is the perfect time to create lasting versions of these songs- new and old.
I view the material of this album to be a transition out of the confessional and into the conceptual. It is both the end and the beginning. I feel I owe it to you-my fans, friends, and family- to get these songs out there. After our album release in June, we (The American West), plan on spending the second half of 2016 on the road, including an already planned European tour.
Our $5,000 goal will cover most of recording and mixing the album over a 10 day period. Anything above and beyond that will contribute to costs of printing CD's and promotion. We are fully prepared to cover the costs of printing ourselves, but any help will of course be appreciated.
For tasty preview of the sound of the American West, please watch the video for our single, "Heart of Stone" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbT1Y_16Uek
Risks and challenges
Making a record isn't easy. It takes understanding the songs, finding the right complimentary musicians and studio engineer, and taking the time to do the song service, while not beating it into a dead horse. Another huge issue is having ballooning budgets. After 2 releasing two previous EP's, and helping on countless records by other artists, I feel that I can confidently go into this project knowing that I have the help I need to complete it, and that I have budgeted properly. We are asking for help with the first $5,000 in costs, as the biggest hurdle in recording is tracking and mixing. Over the course of the months leading up to release, we will be able to save for mastering and printing costs.
Costs of the record are as follows:
Studio time + mixing= $4500
Extra Musicians= 1000
CD printing (1000 copies): $1083
Total: $7583Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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