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This is the new project from Belfast based songwriter Kris Marsden. 'My #9' is the debut album by 'Kippysmuse'. Help make it real...
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‘My #9’ is the debut album by ‘Kippysmuse’. This album has been recorded over various sessions at Millbank Studios (Ballinderry, Co.Antrim) and at home (Holywood, Co.Down). The sessions at Millbank have been engineered and recorded by Michael Mormecha (Mojo Fury, Malojian). Recordings began way back, mid 2014, soon after the launch of my solo EP, Never Ending Loop. 

What was planned to be EP #2 eventually transpired to be a much greater project. Recording sessions continued, tracking new songs as I wrote them, usually refining them at live acoustic gigs in Belfast. After some very productive sessions this year, ‘My #9’ is now an album! With your help we can turn this into a physical product. If you back this project I am offering a variety of rewards; all of which will be acknowledged by name in the album credits. Rewards start from digital only downloads, to physical CDs, signed lyrics, original works in progress sheets, one to one song writing workshops, gig bookings, house concerts, song and video sponsorships – you can find the reward package tailored for you.

What you are funding? 

So far I have funded the creation of this record by myself. I have calculated all the remaining costs and set my minimum target at £2,000. Anything beyond that means I could make more music videos and get help to promote the release. Most of this album has been tracked / recorded already, however half of the record still needs mixing. To get the best possible mix I am using the best engineers I can work with. The album will then require high quality mastering. I have been working with mastering engineer Pete Maher, whose clients include acts like The Rolling Stones, U2, The Killers, Jack White, Noel Gallagher. You will be funding these production costs, as well as themed graphic design for an 8 page lyric booklet, including original artwork and photography. After this process there will be a limited edition print run of CDs, replicated from a glass master disc; you'll be funding the manufacturing of the actual physical product. This will ensure that you will receive an album made to the highest of standards. 

My #9
My #9

Previous Work

The 2014 ‘Never Ending Loop’ (Kris D Marsden) gained strong airplay in Ireland and was very well received by critics alike: 

'Marsden’s work stands out against the myriad of singer-songwriters out there trying to be smooth and wistful; this is downright naztee...' (Chordblossom.com

'There are no plastic emotions here…' (Encore NI) 

 'The sound is like Johnny Cash playing guitar with Chris Martin of Coldplay on vocals, and occasionally Fleetwood Mac come along to jam… If this song is the standard of music then I have very high hopes for the quality of Kris Marsden’s forthcoming album “My #9”...' (GigginNI.com

Go & Make (Lead single video)
Go & Make (Lead single video)

 

Never Ending Loop EP (2014)
Never Ending Loop EP (2014)

 

I raised awareness for mental health issues, working with charities, such as Aware Defeat Depression upon the EP release. The title track itself examines the horrors of OCD. I received a lot of kind messages from people far and wide, who had listened to the song and could identify closely with what I was trying to say. 

That alone is the reason why I continue to write and play songs. 

Credit: Maria Mitchell
Credit: Maria Mitchell
Some Kind Of (Album track)
Some Kind Of (Album track)

 

Dear Dad
Dear Dad

 

    

Risks and challenges

From previous releases I know that going over budget is something that happens all too easily. I have kept the £2k target as low as possible to ensure I can produce a unique album of the very highest quality, yet still having an achievable goal. This is my first experience of crowd funding. Needless to say I’m somewhat nervous! Thank you for reading this and watching the video. Hopefully you can be part of this journey.
Let’s bring this project to life! x

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    Entire Audio Package

    Physical signed copies of ‘My #9’ album (Limited numbered), the ‘Never Ending Loop’ EP and exclusive disc of acoustic demos.

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    Songwriting Workshop

    I'm offering 3 Skype sessions (in person where possible) where we can start with an idea or develop one of your own songs and discuss how to enhance it. Or we can start from scratch. This could be a cool Christmas or birthday gift.

    We cover lyric writing, structure, arrangement and recording. The 3 sessions will last 1 hour each and will have written or recorded notes. I can also provide worksheets for practice.

    I can also advise on how to develop a career in the music industry. I am a qualified tutor, who trained at Queens University Belfast. I have previously worked with Rockshool Manchester, accrediting Level 1 -3 Careers in Music Awards and music production; covering revenue streams (making money / who gets paid what fees), how to pursue publishing opportunities and develop marketing and PR campaigns for your music.
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    Guitar (or Literacy) Tuition

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    All of these classes can be delivered over 3 one hour sessions, either via Skype, or if you live in NI, at your house!

    Do you know someone who would benefit from literacy tuition, taught by a songwriter / musician – who uses music and lyrics as a primary tool for teaching?
    I have previously worked in group sessions/ individual learning support (Action Mental Health, Paragon Training, People Plus NI, Armstrong Learning, People 1st). I also have experience of tutoring younger AQE & special needs students in literacy and numeracy.

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    Custom Song Package

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    Perhaps you have music you would like me to write the words to?
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    Adopt a Music Video

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    Having your logo on a music video, that will have continuous exposure and strong online presence, is a very unique way to market a brand or service. There will be 3 music videos from the album. The videos will have continuous heavy rotation. I will be using online music magazines, as well as Vevo/Youtube etc.
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