About this project
THE GOAL: SPREAD THE JELLY!
First of all… thank you! Thank you for coming to our shows, thank you for digging our music, and thank you for the ecstatic and juicy love we feel from you every time we play. You inspire us more than we can ever express!
And what a year it's been. Since we released our first album last October, we've toured up and down the West Coast, Phoenix and NY, opened for Michael Franti (!), played Outside Lands, and sold-out lots of really fun shows.
But we are not there yet. We have so many big plans and dreams for this coming year, and after expenses (try driving and feeding a hungry band of 7 on the road!) we're not quite earning the income we need to take the next big step.
And that's why we are reaching out to you with our first Kickstarter campaign to… drum roll please… record our next album!
THE NEW JELLY ALBUM
With our constant touring and playing we've unlocked an exciting new chemistry as a live band, so much so that lots of fans come up to us after our sweaty show to ask, "where can I buy THAT?!"
PLUS, we've written a bunch of great new material, a solid lineup of bangin' hit tunes that we can't wait to show you. And so we are chomping at the bit to get back into the studio.
This is our sophomore album -- the make or break album for most bands -- and it's got to be absolutely sensational as we hit the road in early 2016, playing at bigger and better venues/festivals in more cities across the country.
For this pressing, we want something groovy, powerful and polished. We are looking to collaborate with some amazing studio engineers and producers to harness our live raw energy and capture our new songs the way we hear them in our heads!
THE RECORDING STUDIO
When thinking about which studio we wanted to record in, we meditated on which artists and albums we love. No one came up more on all of our lists than our musical hero, Mr. Tom Waits. When we realized that many of our favorite albums of his were recorded DOWN THE STREET from us at Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Sebastopol, California we nearly flipped!
This world-class studio has a sound unique in its own right, and nothing seems more fitting than to take our batch of gritty new tunes right to the spot where he left off, the "Wait's Room!"
It's a mysterious and small wooden room converted from an old chicken coop that features some of the best acoustics we've ever heard. It's a dry, dusty, and very intimate space. As we pave a new path for our own music, it just feels right to tip our hat to the iconic pioneer that gave us inspiration to write songs in the first place.
$$ EXPENSES $$
Recording a great studio album properly and professionally is expensive!! Even with the great deals we are getting on this project, the overall budget is way over our heads. To get these awesome new songs sounding right, we know that the big price tag is a sacrifice we must make to give everyone the best Jelly album yet. That's why we need your help more than ever to join us on this adventure!
The recording, mixing, and mastering all adds up to a whopping $12,500. That includes renting out a studio and paying our engineers/producers for their hard work. We are asking for $17,500 as the bare-minimum price for what we will need make in order to record and release this album on a tight budget.
After recording expenses, the remaining $5,000 will help cover everything else, including:
- Kickstarter's 5% commission - at least $800
- CD Manufacturing & Shipping - $1,500
- Vinyl Manufacturing & Shipping - $2,000
- Letters + Postage, T-Shirts, Posters, Stickers - at least $700+
OUR PLEA & OUR PROMISE
Won't you help us SPREAD THE JELLY? Please make a donation at a level comfortable for your wallet and let us shower you with some of the great pledge gifts you see on this page. We've created some REALLY special items here that are exclusive and unique to this Kickstarter campaign including….
- Signed lyrics/poster art by Lauren Bjelde
- Our new album "Dear Mr. Waits" on CD and Vinyl
- Personalized original songs written and recorded for you!
- Music lessons with the Jellies
- Hand-painted custom instruments
- A sneak-peak in the recording studio!
- Your name in our album credits
- A live house concert with the band!!
- ETERNAL GUEST LIST PRIVILEGES +1
We couldn't do what we love and celebrate the music and spirit of this band without YOU, our community of family, fans and friends. We appreciate your support and hope that you find something here that is valuable to you!
Also, as a backer you will also be receiving exclusive videos, updates and special giveaways as the campaign moves forward. With your help (if we make our Kickstarter goal that is), we promise to fulfill our end of the bargain and deliver you a truly excellent album... a piece of art that we can all be proud of.
And when we hit that big stage, you can bet your Jelly we'll be thanking you for helping us get there!
Risks and challenges
In addition to achieving our Kickstarter goal and funding this album, there is a myriad of obstacles that lie between our new music and your listening ears. Some of these include production delays with the CD/Vinyl pressing, shipping difficulties with merch items, the lengthy time it takes to properly mix and master an album, and getting the CD/VINYL package art ready in time.
Thankfully, between all seven of us Jellies and our wise engineers, we have learned from previous experiences and feel we have prepared for the extra time it takes to finish and manufacture this album. Forcing ourselves to commit to a hard deadline makes that goal even more realistic. Although we have set our goals high, we feel confident that we can hit the technical marks and have a great new album for you by the release date.
If anything unexpected arises, we will make sure you get up-to-date information on developments or delays in the process. Our timeline until the release-date for the album goes as follows!!
- Record "Dear Mr. Waits" at Prairie Sun
- Mixing (Prairie Sun)
- Mastering (Screaming Lizard Productions)
- Manufacturing Time! (CD, Vinyl, Posters, etc…)
- EARLY-BIRD RELEASE - You get the Digital Download of the full album!
- Mailing/Distribution of Kickstarter Pledge Rewards
- OFFICIAL RELEASE "Dear Mr. Waits"
- Arrival of pledge gifts!!
...Then we hop in our new van and hit the road…SPREAD THE JELLY!
(Tour dates coming soon!)
All this, of course, follows proper funding, which is where YOU play an integral part in our destiny! We welcome your donations, no matter how big or small the contribution. We couldn't and wouldn't do this without you.
THANK YOU. MERCI. GRACIAS. TESSEKULER… We are extremely grateful in every way for your support! <3
Lauren and the gentle Jellies
(Jesse, Tyden, Felix, Robby, Luke and Danny)
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