It's been a whirlwind year for the Jon Stickley Trio! First off we want to personally thank those who helped with our Kickstarter for our debut album, Lost at Last. We were thrilled that the album garnered praise from The New York Times, NPR's Heavy Rotation, NPR's World Cafe, Premier Guitar Magazine, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and many others.
We made it into rotation on radio stations both nationally and internationally, performed at over 110 festivals and venues across the country, attracted attention of thousands of new fans, and landed a top notch booking agent. All of this interlocks, proving that the release of a recording can translate directly into touring traction and financial returns that propel the band into the future.
Producer / recording / mixing / mastering: $11,550
Graphic designs / album art / photos: $2,000
Initial pressing of full length album: $3,000
Mailing / Kickstarter fees: $6,100
Publicity / radio promo: $11,300
Initial total = $33,950
This is a breakdown of the most basic expenses that we know we have to pay. We fully expect to incur many other costs associated with releasing this album, but the above breakdown will "kickstart" us towards our goal of making and releasing the best album we can. We've set our goal at $28,000 which is substantially less than what the realistic costs add up to, because we understand that this is a group effort, and we are a part of that group!
What's the plan?
We have our studio time booked (December 1-5 at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville), we have our producer, Dave King (The Bad Plus), we have the material (mostly), now we just need YOU.
This budget figures in the recording, mixing, mastering and pressing of the new full length album. A portion of the budget is also dedicated to promotion of the new album as well as the EP, including print and radio. This was such a huge part of the success of Lost at Last and since we didn't plan for it last time we added it in this time around. We've also budgeted in album art, photos and graphic designs that will all be a part of the new album as well.
We are so excited to start this process again, and work in the studio with our hero, and now friend, Dave King. Last time we worked with him it changed our sound forever, and we can't wait to see what happens this time! Our songs are stronger than ever, our band is stronger than ever, and this will be our strongest album ever. THANK YOU for helping us make it happen.
Who is this Dave King character?
Dave King is the drummer of The Bad Plus, also a trio, whose music combines elements of modern avant-garde jazz with rock and pop influences. The Bad Plus, also an instrumental group, has had an influence on our band since the start. We all loved Dave King independently and when we found out one day he used to be Patrick's drum teacher we freaked out. Dave's presence on the last album was unmistakable. His sometimes subtle guidance, and other times obvious counsel made Lost at Last what it was. We're so excited about going into the studio with him for a second time around, now that we've gotten to know him and are less fan-girly.
We are extremely excited about the new full-length recording we are planning to make in December with Dave. We first met him the evening before hitting the studio to make Lost at Last. In a way, that session was a “getting to know you” experience for all of us. We became fast friends, and clicked musically in the studio, but in the end it left us wondering what we could accomplish if we were to have the same opportunity again. The exciting prospects led us to decide to work with Dave on this upcoming record in the same studio.
Echo Mountain was the perfect fit for us because the setting of the old church, the creakiness of the wood, the vintage hum of the gear, and the discerning ear of Julian Dryer added an audible realness and character to the recording that was totally complimentary to our improvisational, original instrumental music. Since the recording and release of Lost at Last, we have travelled over 50,000 miles, playing shows in new territories all over the country, and evolved into a fully formed, musical identity that was just beginning to take shape on the first record. Our musicality has matured individually, and collectively to the extent that we can read each other, and respond to each other in a completely intuitive and natural way. We can’t wait to take our matured sound back into Echo Mountain with our mentor and producer, Dave King.
What's the deal with the EP?
One of the coolest parts about pre-ordering the album through this Kickstarter is that you can have early access to a 5-song EP titled Triangular that we have pressed and ready to go. In this case, you don’t have to wait until the new album is completed to get your first reward! The EP will be shipped to or sent to you digitally you AS SOON AS WE MEET OUR GOAL! We are super excited to offer the EP in advance as an exclusive gift to those who help us make our next full length album.
We recorded Triangular at Blue Sprocket Sound in Harrisonburg, VA and are super proud of how it turned out! We can’t wait to share the new songs with our friends and fans!
This video for "Point to Point" from Lost at Last won THREE awards at Music Video Asheville this past year. Best Soundtrack, Viewers Choice, AND Judge's Choice. Totally blew our minds.
"Rice Dream", which was also on Lost at Last, is a song about a dream Jon had about Tony Rice. It was also premiered by Folk Alley, which was super cool.
Risks and challenges
The main change that we have made with anticipating risks and challenges this time around is being more realistic when it comes to what type of prizes we can actually deliver, and a realistic time line in which we can deliver them.
We appreciate everyone's patience as we got our prizes out for the Lost at Last Kickstarter, and we do not expect this time around to be as timely of an experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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