About this project
Hi all -
Men in Drag is working on their next studio a cappella album, Medusa Complex, to be released June 1, 2016.
Who is MiD?
Men in Drag is an all-female student a cappella group at the University of Chicago. The members of Men in Drag embrace all that the name implies, challenging gender conventions, bringing sass and class to all-female a cappella, and holding themselves to a high standard of modern musical entertainment. Whether they are rocking combat boots or high-heels, the ladies of Men in Drag are always ready to shake things up, and that includes recorded a cappella.
Recently, the lovely ladies of MiD have been tearing up UChicago stages with concerts and competitions, fundraising with delicious baked desserts at the their 9th annual Pie! fundraiser (see above), traveling from the midwest to east coast performing, caroling, and workshopping on their 6th annual WinTour, and rehearsing for their album release concert June 1.
MiD hosts at least 3 live quarterly concerts at the University of Chicago each year, with numerous other performances and gigs throughout. They would love to see you there! For more information about upcoming events, check out the "Events" tab at menindrag.org.
What is the MEDUSA COMPLEX?
Since its inception in 1997, Men in Drag has aimed to produce high-quality, fun, and musically adventurous recorded a cappella. MiD has released 7 albums in the last 15 years. The most recent - Late Nights, Parades - was nominated for several Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs) - best female collegiate album, best female collegiate arrangement ("Hurt"), best female collegiate song ("On the Wing") - and won best female collegiate arrangement ("On the Wing") and best scholastic original ("Something in the Water").
Still, what is the Medusa Complex?
It's the continuation of 18 years of pushing gender and musical boundaries in female a cappella and the general a cappella community. It's the artistic vision of a group of women determined to bring their voice and storytelling to collegiate a cappella. It's students striving to enrich others' lives with fun, captivating, and toe-tapping music.
Their new album, Medusa Complex, has long been in the works. MiD has toiled on arranging, nuancing, and perfecting a dozen new songs. Two of them have already been released and have some accolades to their names: MiD's rendition of the heavy metal song "Coming Undone," originally performed by Korn, was awarded Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARAs) in 2014 for best female collegiate arrangement, best female collegiate song, and was runner-up for best female collegiate solo and received a perfect 5.0 rating from the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB).
Their rendition of "Givin Em What They Love," originally performed by rockstar Janelle Monáe, was rated also a perfect 5.0 by the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB), was runner up for best female collegiate solo, and was nominated for best female collegiate song for the 2015 Contemporary A Capella Recording Awards.
The Medusa Complex has been long in the making. But now, spring of 2016, Men in Drag hopes to present this newest artistic bombshell to the world, with our help.
Risks and challenges
The number one challenge is time. All of Men in Drag's members are full-time undergraduate students (all non-music majors) at the University of Chicago, a school known for its academic rigor for long hours spent reading, writing, calculating (probably re-calculating), thinking, and studying. When not at class or the library (and not at the *other* libraries either), MiD is rehearsing.
Compounded by time is fundraising difficulty. Though Men in Drag prepares for three concerts a year and a giant fundraiser while living through school, there is still a need for more fundraising than there is possibly time for, and the money raised must go towards supporting other parts of MiD's work, as well. Given that an album costs around $1200 per track, such a project would be a huge undertaking even under the most ideal fundraising conditions.
Time and money pose quite the challenge in releasing an album, but MiD has overcome these same challenges in past, so we have full confidence in them this time around--we just want to give them a little boost.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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