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Music that questions a higher power, struggles with introversion, and reflects the world back to us.
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This life has gifted me the ability to make music, so it's my job to share it with you. We all question this world, and while my art doesn't pretend to know the answers, I hope it will inspire you to think about life in a new or different way.

My name is Tyler and I am a songwriter living in the greater Seattle area of Washington. The songs I want to share have been written over my 37 years, and I can remember the moment each one was born. Some were sparked by emotional events, some mined from the depths of my imagination, and some simply bestowed on me from places I can't explain. Hence the name.

7 years of a long-distance international relationship have left us with a pile of debt which is keeping me from funding this alone.

This project is a 4-5 song EP, under the moniker Ethereal Kicks. The working title is A Sea of Disarray. It will be recorded at Biosonic Recording in Seattle.

How Kickstarter works is that you choose to pledge money based on the rewards being offered along the right side of the page. If the $3,000 goal is reached, the project is funded and your pledge will be charged. This means we get to move forward with the project! If it does not meet the goal, the project is not funded and you will not be charged.

Some of you reading this may have heard my home-based recordings, and this project will bring them to a new level. Real drums, real bass, and professional mastering. You can hear those recordings and read the lyrics on my soundcloud page linked below.  I recommend listening with headphones or on a higher-end stereo because these are not professionally mixed or mastered:

Listen here: A Sea of Disarray

If you want something quicker, here is a simple youtube video for my flagship track "Are You There":

If these songs inspire you, please consider pledging to make this project come alive.

My goal of $3,000 is less than what I need, because I am putting in my own money too; however, anything over the goal will help make this project even better. It will help to cover this:

  • $1,000 per song for production. It may come in under that amount, so anything left would go towards adding more songs and the album art design/CD production.
  • $100 per song for mastering ($400 total).
  • $300 for album art/CD manufacturing/related expenses.
  • $250 for Kickstarter fees

(The finished product will likely vary from the soundcloud versions, OR contain new tracks in the place of others. It all depends on what happens in the studio).

 "Are You There?"

"Here, Alone"

"Falling or Flying"

"Awakening"

Risks and challenges

The challenge of this project is knowing who my audience is and how to connect to them. I don't have much interest in making music that is just for pop appeal. I know there are people out there who love music for the enrichment it brings to their lives, and my challenge is in making sure I create that.

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    A digital download of the record

    You get the thing! Whether or not this project turns into a career, the music will always exist for everyone to enjoy.

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    Download + Exclusive Bonus Tracks

    You get the record plus 2 previously unreleased home recordings.

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    The CD + Exclusive First Listen

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    Your Name in the Liner Notes

    You will be listed in the liner notes as a supporter, PLUS a personalized, signed copy of the CD and the lower rewards. This is also donating from the heart.

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    A live, personal show in your home

    For this level, I will put on a show in your home! I'll perform live solo versions of these tracks and other original songs. If you aren't local to the Seattle area and you want this reward, please contact me in advance to see if it can be arranged. Of course, this includes all of the lower rewards.

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