Hi. I'm Robert.
Two years ago, I cut the ropes and put everything I had into making my first real album. I'd graduated from college less than a year before, and I was working at a fancy cocktail bar making ice balls and wiping lipstick off glasses because I needed to save money and write songs. I quit the job and felt the weight of rent and groceries and hot fudge sundaes shift completely onto a "music career," which I really didn't know for sure was a real thing. I pressed into the unknown, armed with some songs I'd written and a lot of hope, and I've been blessed to be playing those songs and writing new ones as a full-time job ever since.
Here's my debut single, Be Here Now, from my last album:
Last October, I started recording a new album, that I'd initially intended to be an EP. Around the time I'd finished recording the six songs, my last album, "We Are Poetry," was featured on a website called NoiseTrade that gives away albums in exchange for email addresses and zip codes. Thousands of people downloaded the album, and a whole lot of them had all sorts of nice things to say, which largely consisted of "I love your new album!" That's such an honor to hear, especially since praise came from people as far away as Singapore, Ireland, Russia and even CANADA! However, the album wasn't new, it had been out for almost two years. That made me realize that I needed to do a lot better job of getting my music out to the world.
YOU + ME
Most artists and bands that really make their way into the "mainstream" have record labels funding and promoting their music. The deal that a record label would offer would sound something like this:
"We'll pay for your album, but we'll get to have a lot of say in how it sounds, who you work with, the songs you choose, and we'll own the music you make. One more thing...you'll be responsible for paying us back before you actually make any money."
So it turns out that record labels are more like investment banks than anything else. I've had some friends that have had a lot of success with record labels, and some other friends whom record labels have seriously misunderstood. I don't have the money that a record label has to offer (or the burden of bending to their opinions), but I think working DIRECTLY WITH YOU via this Kickstarter is a much better way to do things. I can continue making the music that you decided to believe in throughout the past two years, and we can grow even closer, without an army of music business folks deciding how. We'll also be creating a sense of community, purpose, and ownership that doesn't exist just by clicking "Buy Album" on iTunes. YOU can be my record label, and I can focus more on making music that you love.
Therefore, I've decided to hold onto those six songs a little longer, add a few, and organize a better system in which to publicize my album. Whether that be hiring PR people, touring more often and/or with a full band, or just buying climbing gear and a megaphone so I can climb on top of really tall buildings and shout about myself before the police chase me away, I'm confident that, with your help, we can really make something we can all be proud of.
I promise I'll do my absolute best to make you really, really, proud. I can't wait to travel to your city and thank you personally.
Will you join me on this adventure?
Will you be my record label?
Risks and challenges
I've already put a whole lot of time and money into this project, so way more than half of it is already complete. My ability to share songs with you immediately (as noted in the INNER CIRCLE bundle) will, I hope, alleviate most of the risk with regards to completing the album on time.
Though the release date is not nailed down, I'm confident that we'll be able to release near the beginning of August. Which happens to be near my birthday (August 3!!).
The work that publicists do is not extremely quantifiable, but I will be working closely with well-informed, well-connected friends and colleagues to determine the best approach, and the best publicists to hire.
I would be happy to personally address any concerns you may have. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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