As Uni and her Ukelele, I have been traveling the globe, rockin' people's faces off with my catchy pop anthems, and inspiring people to pick up the ukulele since 2005. As an independent artist, I have made 3 completely self-funded, full-length albums, and now I need YOUR help with album number 4, "Lover's Cliche", the most magnificent work yet!
Why do I need to raise 5000 dollars?
"Lover's Cliche" is my most ambitious album to date, and up until this point, it has been recorded with the help of friends and by finding bargain basement deals with studios. All the musicians who lent their time and talents to this project really did so out of love and friendship. Although, I have been working with a tight budget, I have squeezed out my pockets and have poured heaps of money into this project so that it is a polished production. At this point in the game, in order to finish this album and get it out to the masses, put plainly, I just need money. I have NO label backing, and since I make my living as a musician, I do not have the resources to fund the completion of this recording project.
Below are the 3 final stages to completing "Lover's Cliche" and the reasons that I need to raise 5000 dollars:
Mastering is the final part of the recording process. This step balances all the levels and gives the album its general feeling of flow. Most importantly, mastering finalizes the tracks and makes them ready for pressing into CD's or any other format. It also ensures playability on multiple platforms like radio, television and digital media. My hope is to raise enough money to be able to master "Lover's Cliche" while I am in New Zealand Jan-March 2012. I would love for the mastering to have that Kiwi island touch.
Part of the money I raise will go to making the album artwork. I wanted this album to look and feel like a romance novel, so I went to L.A based artist, photographer and graphic designer, Rick Whitmore with the concept and image ideas that my friend Jamie Clark and I dug up at the San Francisco Library.
Rick has created works for The Ditty Bops, Jessica Hoop, Ian Whitcomb, Janet Klein, Tippy Canoe and many others. He was nominated for a Grammy for his work with the Ditty Bops on their Summer Rains package. Website: www.rickwhitmore.com He's an absolute champ for working pro bono up to this point.
Throughout my career as Uni and her Ukelele, I have taken great pride in hand-making each and every CD. For "Lover's Cliche" I want to take it to the next level by having the album and artwork printed and pressed professionally.
Your help is much needed
I want to share with U the history of all that went into creating "Lover's Cliche". Almost 3 years in the making, this is my biggest and best album yet! Most of the work has been accomplished. Please help me reach the finish line.
Here is what I've been up to the last few years:
The Making of "Lover's Cliche"
In 2007, Uni and her Ukelele ( that's me) and Producer/Arranger/Engineer and long time friend Zack Proteau started tracking songs for a new album. Working around my crazy tour schedule, we finished pre-production and were finally ready to start recording in 2009.
The first instrument we started with was DRUMS. Nate Fadelli (Fairfield) played on the "I'm On My Way" E.P., and since he did such a kickin' job then, we asked him to play on this album. Here is a video about the drums. This is actual footage taken during recording at Pus Cavern in Sacramento.
Once the drums were recorded, we started layering the rhythm section with BASS, UKULELE, TOY PIANO, and GUITAR which were mostly played by Zack and I.
We did land some guitar stylings from Meredith Axelrod (San Francisco)
The project really got juiced when we added cool instruments like STEEL GUITAR, VIBES, KEYS, HORNS, HARP, FLUTE, MANDOLIN, PERCUSSION and so much more!
Alex Burke on Vibes and Keys (Los Angeles)
Patti Maxine on Steel Guitar (Santa Cruz)
Deirdre Egan on Harp, Piano and Guitar (Sonoma)
Emily Reynolds on Flute (Santa Rosa)
Here's a video during a session recording horns featuring the one and only Tom Griesser (San Francisco)
Quinn Hedges on Mandolin, Guitar and Nutsticks (Sacramento)
Once all the instruments were arranged and recorded, it was time for my favorite part: Bring on the singers!
All the way from Donegal, Ireland it's The Henry Girls. (recorded at 4th Street Studio in Santa Monica)
Barry Davis (Los Angeles)
Jolene, Rose, Emily (Bay Area) and Roderick Fransham (New Zealand)
The Quinn Hedges Crew (Jenn, Brian, Ben, Mike, Bernie and Quinn) (Sacramento)
The last thing we added in the Recording process was my LEAD VOCALS. We're sounding pretty good!!!!
In 2011, "Lover's Cliche" was finished recording and ready for MIXING. Zack and I decided that since we had lived with these tracks for over two years, we needed some fresh ears. I had San Francisco's Producer/Mixer/Songwriter and, in general, crazy dude, Charles Gonzalez mix "Lover's Cliche" .
I can't wait to finally get this project done and share it with U!
Uni and her Ukelele
- (60 days)