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Hello! I'm Aya and I'm a musician here in Boulder, CO. I'm raising money to make a studio quality album. To date, I have one album available, which you can listen to here if you're curious:
https://ayamaguire.com/#firefliesplayer

I made it with a friend in a home-studio, and it showcases some of my favorite original songs in a soft, folky style.

Now I want to make something a little different: recorded songs with a full-band feel. Don't worry, it'll still sound like Aya. Just Aya with a little more oomph and sparkle.

I'm so excited to bring these songs to life, having workshopped and edited and planned them. But to do so, I'm going to need your help. I want to pay my drummer and bass player what they're worth, and I want to make sure their hard work doesn't go to waste. So I'm recording everything in Boulder's own Coupe Studios with Taylor Marvin. Working with a professional engineer means I can focus on what I'm good at (making music) so I can let someone else handle the rest: tracking every instrument and every vocal line with precision and care.

At the end of it, I'll bring you an album of original songs, produced with love and a little studio magic.

You can listen to a live recording of the title track, The Sandcastle King, on my youtube channel: https://youtu.be/KXbF5R9Cils

Risks and challenges

The first six songs of the album are being recorded during the month of November. It's already in progress and I wish I could share the experience with you as it's happening.

However, I'd really love to bring you a full album and not just an EP. This means going back into the studio to record an additional set of songs.

I see timing as a big challenge here: I have to ensure I'm ready to go back into the studio; that I've selected, workshopped, and polished the songs I want to record, and that the session musicians I need will have time to record when I can. I know myself to work well under deadlines, but I also know life happens. For this reason, I've put an estimated delivery date of April, with second studio sessions planned for January. This accomplishes two things: It gives me a deadline, and it gives me a buffer beyond the deadline.

By breaking the project into two chunks as I've done, I have taken something that once felt too big to conquer and made it manageable. I'm excited for the challenge, and I can't wait to bring my art to life.

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    "Thank you!"

    My sincere gratitude that my music means something to you.

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    Digital Passport

    Digital package including the .mp3 files as well as album art and lyrics.

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    Physical CD

    One physical copy of The Sandcastle King on full color printed CD in wallet sleeve, and digital package.

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    T-shirt or Poster

    Your choice of a T-shirt or poster with the album logo, and the digital passport. Please specify shirt size if you'd like a T-shirt.

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    An Aya original watercolor

    A custom hand-drawn and painted watercolor in theme of your choice. Please see below for past paintings so you can get a sense of what I'm best at:
    https://ayamaguire.com/watercolors/

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    Cover of your choice

    Pick a cover that you love that you want to hear in my style. I'll learn it and make you a youtube video. Please note that if you pick something in a wildly different genre that it will become a folk cover :)

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    9''x11'' acrylic original painting

    You specify the colors and I'll make you an original acrylic painting in my style.
    https://www.instagram.com/ayamaguire/

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    Colorado House Concert

    A private concert, in your living room! You'll provide the space and the promotion, I'll take care of the music. By request it will be just me, or I'll bring friends from the Boulder music scene and we'll make an evening of it.

    Only available in Colorado.

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    18''x24'' acrylic original painting

    You specify the colors and I'll make you an original acrylic painting in my style.

    Please peruse my instagram to see what kind of things I do best. If you request a person, for example, it is going to look funny. :)
    https://www.instagram.com/ayamaguire/

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