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I am recording my first official album of original songs. I need a little help from you and everyone you know to make it happen!

(Versión en español abajo)

(For those of you who own my demo, know that I will include some of the songs from that demo on the new CD but they will be re-recorded in the studio and professionally produced. They will have a much better sound and feel, so it’s totally worth making the investment on the new CD if you own one of my demos already!)

Some examples of demos that will be re-recorded professionally:

"Para Papá":

"I Begin":

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----Read on to find out more details about this exciting production; who’s involved, special collaborations, recording process, what's next, etc.

What is this album about?

This CD will contain 10 songs (some in english, some in spanish and one in french) of an eclectic mix of bossa nova, huapango, experimental woodwind/brass, alternative latin, feel-good pop, acoustic folk and more!

These are songs that I’ve written during my journey as an immigrant woman, as an inhabitant of strange lands, as an explorer of foreign languages, as a lover of light, of movement, of justice, of nature, of family and of everything that is alive and part of this existence! 

The sounds in this album resonate with my desire to integrate my inherited passion for traditional music with the love for contemporary, fresh and soothing musical elements.

How does Kickstarter work?

This is how it goes: You donate to my project and I in return give you a reward. 

Aside from the reward you select you also become a revolutionary of the music industry as it is YOU, and not a record label who will be financing this project.Pretty cool, right?

My project gets funded if and only if the entire amount is raised. Money is not actually taken from anyone's bank account until the full $15,000 goal is reached or surpassed. If we do not get at least $15,000 pledged by the deadline we will not receive any of the pledged money, everybody keeps their cash and we can't make our record. This is why spreading the word among your friends and getting the pledge right now is so important for the campaign!

 What will the production be like?

I will be recording this album at the legendary Hyde Street Studio C with Scott McDowell as recording engineer and co-producer. 

The album will include nine original songs and one poem by french poet Claude Bourine set to music by me. We will be recording guitar and vocals live in all songs; this will allow me to stay true to my musical values as we capture the real essence of my energy as a performer. We will record the other instruments separately on seven songs. Three songs will be recorded completely live with everyone in the same room (magical things can happen when recording this way!). 

I’m contemplating working with John Greenham to master the album.

Who are the artists involved in this production?

I have the great privilege to be living in a city full of people with amazing talent and bright spirits, and on this album I have the honor to be collaborating with many of them:

Scott McDowell -engineer, co-producer, mixer (Sean Hayes, Rupa and the April Fishes, Chasing the Moon)

Patrick Wolff -clarinet, saxophone, arranger (Glen Miller Orchestra, Kayo Dot and Asiko, Marcus Shelby, Graham Connah)

Ara Anderson -trumpet (Tom Waits, OK Go, Sean Hayes)

Minna Choi -orchestral arranger (Death Cab For Cutie, Sting, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck)

Andrew Maguire -drums, percussion, vibraphone, toys (Mirah, Thao Nguyen, Yesway)

Zachariah Spellman -tuba (San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Golden Gate Brass)

Rob Shelton -rhodes (DRMS)

Lux Sparks-Pescovitz -backing vocals

I’m very happy to announce that there will also be two very special and unique collaborations!

Minna Choi (director of the Magik*Magik Orchestra), Ivan López (musical coordinator of the Orquesta de Ciudad Juárez), and I will collaborate to make possible the performance and recording of “En Juárez”  (a song that speaks of the hope amidst the chaos that Ciudad Juárez has subsisted by). This particular recording will take place in Ciudad Juárez and the Orchestra will be composed exclusively of musicians originally from Juárez.

Another great addition to this record is the participation of a group of kids from Cesar Chávez Elementary School in San Francisco, who sing in my song entitled “Enough (The Sun Is So Bright)”, (a song inspired by the sunny and joyous character of kids). 

This last collaboration turned into a very beautiful project! I went into the Cesar Chavez School to talk to The Jamestown Community Center After School Program and they allowed me to organize a five-week long program where I met with the kids to share stories about music and taught them the lyrics and music of my song. Over the course of the five weeks, I invited different fellow musicians to play for the kids and speak to them about the positive impact that music brings to our lives. On the last day, I took the kids on a field trip to Hyde Street Studio C to be recorded as they sang “Enough”. I had the opportunity to document this process so you will be able to see some footage and photos of the participation of these kids!! stay tuned for updated material on this.

In action at Hyde Street Studio C!
In action at Hyde Street Studio C!

What will the $15,000 cover?

The $15,000 will go directly to help me cover the cost of studio rental, hire the engineer, compensate musicians with a fair rate, pay the arranger’s and orchestra’s fees, mix, master and press the album. 

When will the cd be released? What happens next?

I’m planning to release the cd in April 2013 and tour the West Coast in June 2013! Some of the towns I want to visit include: San Diego, Los Angeles, San José, Berkeley, Oakland, Sacramento, Portland, Bellingham, Bow and Seattle. 

Thank you so much for reading this far! A specially big hug for you :)

  • Stop-motion video made by: Diana Gameros ©2012·Song CreditsMusic and Lyrics by: Diana Gameros ©2009·Produced by: Diana Gameros and Scott McDowell·Recorded and Mixed by:  Scott McDowell at Hyde Street Studio C in San Francisco, CA. Copyright @2012 Diana Gameros.

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***List of traditional tunes to choose from for people with a reward that applies to this (Lista de las versione de canciones tradicionales a escoger para las personas con  premios que apliquen):  

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"Diana Gameros Graba su Primer Disco Oficial"

Voy a grabar mi primer álbum oficial. Necesito tu ayuda y la de toda la gente que conozcas para hacerlo realidad!

(Para los que tienen mi demo, sepan que incluiré algunas de las canciones de ese demo en mi álbum pero serán grabadas y producidas profesionalmente en el estudio! Tendrán una mejor calidad de sonido, así que les prometo que vale la pena hacer la inversión en el nuevo disco si es que ya tienen mi demo!)

Algunos ejemplos de los demos que se volverán a grabar profesionalmente:

"Para Papá": 


"I Begin": 

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Continúa leyendo para enterarte de los detalles de la producción del disco; quién será parte de él, colaboraciones especiales, el proceso de grabación, lo que viene después, etc.

¿Qué contiene el disco?

Voy a incluir 10 canciones (algunas en inglés, otras en español y una en francés) que tienen un sonido ecléctico de bossa nova, huapango, pop (de ese que te hace sentir bonito adentro), latina alternativa, viento-metales experimental,  acústico, entre otros!  

Estas son canciones que he escrito en mi recorrido como mujer inmigrante, como habitante de una tierra extraña, como exploradora de idiomas extranjeros, como amante de la luz, del movimiento, de la justicia, de la naturaleza, de la familia y de todo lo que está vivo y es parte de nuestra existencia!

Las letras hacen referencia a mi historia personal, a la historia de otros, a los retos pequeños y grandes, a la cercanía, a la distancia, a los placeres simples y cotidianos, a las emociones. Los sonidos de éste disco reflejan mi pasión por la música tradicional, la música contemporánea y la magia que resulta al integrarlas! 

¿Cómo funciona esto de “Kickstarter”?

Es sencillo, divertido y revolucionario: 

Tú contribuyes una cantidad monetaria a mi campaña y yo te doy un premio que tú mismo eliges en la columna derecha de esta pantalla. Así de fácil!

Sólo que además del premio, te llevas la satisfacción de ser parte de la revolución de la industria de la música, al ser tú y no una disquera la que financie éste proyecto. Suena bien, no? 

Sigue los siguientes pasos:

1) Oprime el botón verde "Back this Project"                                                            2) Elige la cantidad que quieras donar y oprime "Continue to next step"                     3) Crea una cuenta en Kickstarter o haz "login" con tu cuenta de FB                       4) El pago lo realizarás a través de Amazón.com (Kickstarter te irá guiando). Si no tienes una cuenta oprime "New Customer", sigue las instrucciones y ya está!!! en este punto eres patrocinador oficial de mi disco!!

El cargo a tu tarjeta se hará al final de la campaña, sólo si se logra o se supera la cantidad meta.  La fecha aproximada en la que recibirás el disco será Abril del 2013. Muchos de los otros premios podrán ser enviados antes, dependiendo de la clase de premio que sea.

Es importante saber que mi proyecto recibe las recaudaciones solamente si se acumula la cantidad completa. ****Tu dinero no será retirado de tu cuenta hasta que se alcance o se supere la meta de $15,000***** Si no se obtiene por lo menos ésta cantidad para la fecha límite, no recibiremos ninguna cantidad, cada quien se queda con su plata, te quedas sin tu premio y nos quedamos sin disco :( 

¡Es por eso que es super importante tu ayuda al correr la voz con amigos y difundir la campaña!

¿Cómo será la producción del disco?

Grabaré en el legendario Hyde Street Studio C con Scott McDowell, ingeniero de grabación y co-productor. 

El álbum incluirá nueve canciones originales y un poema de Claude Bourine (poeta francesa) musicalizado por mí. Grabaremos guitarra y voz en vivo en todas las canciones; esto me permitirá mantenerme íntegra a mi música al capturar la esencia de la energía que se proyecta en mis presentaciones en vivo. Los demás instrumentos serán grabados por separado en siete canciones. Tres de las canciones serán grabadas completamente en vivo con todos los músicos en el mismo estudio (¡cositas mágicas pasan al grabar de ésta forma!).

Tengo contemplado trabajar con el reconocido ingeniero John Greenham para masterizar el álbum.

¿Quiénes son los artistas involucrados en ésta producción?

Tengo el privilegio de vivir en una ciudad llena de gente con increíble talento y un espíritu mágico, y en éste álbum tengo el honor de estar colaborando con muchos de ellos:

Scott McDowell -ingeniero, co-productor, mezcla (Sean Hayes, Rupa & the April Fishes, Chasing the Moon)

Patrick Wolff -clarinete, saxofón, arreglista (Glen Miller Orchestra, Kayo Dot and Asiko, Marcus Shelby, Graham Connah)

Ara Anderson -trompeta (Tom Waits, OK Go, Sean Hayes)

Minna Choi -arreglo orquestal (Magik*Magik Orchestra, Death Cab For Cutie, Sting, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck)

Andrew Maguire -percusión, vibráfono, marimba, juguetes (Mirah, Thao Nguyen, Yesway)

Zachariah Spellman -tuba (San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Golden Gate Brass)

Rob Shelton -rhodes (DRMS) 

Lux Sparks-Pescovitz -voz

Estoy también super emocionada porque habrá dos colaboraciones super especiales:

Minna Choi (directora de la Magik*Magik Orchestra), Iván López de Ciudad Juárez, México y yo trabajaremos juntos para hacer posible la grabación de la Orquesta de Ciudad Juárez que será parte de mi canción “En Juárez” (canción que hace referencia a la lucha y la esperanza que reside en mi ciudad). Ésta grabación en particular será grabada en Juárez y la Orquesta designada será formada exclusivamente por músicos Juarenses. 

Otra adición al proyecto es la participación de un grupo de niños de la Primaria Cesar Chávez, en San Francisco, quienes cantan en mi canción “Enough (The Sun Is So Bright)” (una canción inspirada en el lado luminoso y alegre de los niños).

Ésta última colaboración se convirtió en un proyecto divino!! Fui a la escuela Cesar Chavez y pregunté si me dejaban organizar un programa musical para los niños que culminaría con la grabación de una canción para mi disco. Así que a través del programa de después de escuela del Jamestown Community Center organicé un programa de cinco semanas donde los niños practicaron la letra y entonación de la canción. Invité también a artistas locales a tocar música para los peques y a compartir su experiencia sobre el impacto que tiene la música en nuestras vidas. En el último día, hicimos un viajecito al legendario estudio “Hyde Street” para completar la grabación de nuestra canción!  Para ver más detalles y fotos del proyecto haz click aquí.

¿Qué gastos cubrirán los $15,000 recaudados?

Los $15,000 cubren gastos para rentar el estudio, contratar al ingeniero, compensar a los músicos con salarios justos, pagar las cuotas de la arreglista y de la orquesta, horas de mezcla, masterización y copias del álbum.

¿Cuando será el lanzamiento del disco? ¿Qué viene después?

Mi plan es lanzar el disco en Abril del 2013 e ir lueguito de gira por la Costa Oeste de E.U. en Junio del mismo año! Algunas de las ciudades que tengo contemplado visitar incluyen: San Diego, Los Angeles, San José, Berkeley, Oakland, Sacramento, Portland, Bellingham, Bow y Seattle.  

Gracias a todos los que leyeron hasta acá! Un abrazo especial para ustedes :)

  • Stop-motion video made by: Diana Gameros ©2012·Song Credits: Music and Lyrics by: Diana Gameros ©2009·Produced by: Diana Gameros and Scott McDowell·Recorded and Mixed by:  Scott McDowell at Hyde Street Studio C in San Francisco, CA. Copyright @2012 Diana Gameros.

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