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Getting-back-to-roots funk record, no gimmicks. Just raw funk. Read more

Cincinnati, OH Rock
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This project was successfully funded on December 3, 2013.

Getting-back-to-roots funk record, no gimmicks. Just raw funk.

Cincinnati, OH Rock
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Freekbass & The Bump Assembly Project

New! Here is a sneak peak from a recent session, compliments of TeamHiHo.

Hello, and thanks so much for checking out my Kickstarter project. I want to start off by letting you know that as excited I am about this project, I am just as excited about the idea of making each of you a part of this album and the process. Like a live show, where the audience and the band become One, we are doing that with this album. The journey of making this with you is going to be just as striking as the actual finished product. 

Now, about this album: When I was first introduced to producer and engineer Duane Lundy (My Morning Jacket and Ben Sollee), we talked about my interest in making an album that sounds and feels like the albums I fell in love with as a kid - "Maggot Brain" by Funkadelic, "Fresh" and "There's A Riot Goin On" by Sly & The Family Stone, "Abbey Road" by the Beatles, and "Scary Monsters" by David Bowie. I wasn't looking for a 2014 ProTools version of that sound, but the actual warm, analogue sound of those albums. Duane said, "To do that Freek, you need to record it like those albums were...set up the band altogether in the studio." So, if one person misses something, everyone starts over and does another take: Just like live. I react off the drums, the drummer (Chip Wilson) gets to stretch and actually see my cues, the keys (Razor Sharp Johnson) get to breathe and the sound is warm and authentic. We started recording in August, and I think what we are getting is magical, so far. I hope you will, too! Check out a rough snippet from one of our sessions, here.

NEW HOLIDAY GIFT REWARDS: $15/$25 Levels
NEW HOLIDAY GIFT REWARDS: $15/$25 Levels
Razor Sharp at Shangri-La Studio in Lexington, KY
Razor Sharp at Shangri-La Studio in Lexington, KY

I have met many talented musicians in my time on the road, and I have invited a couple of them to make guest appearances on this album. We are still working on scheduling and the details, but I am excited by these prospects and the music we can make, together. As some of these artists are confirmed, I will post here with updates, so you will be the first to know! I am also very blessed to have a long-time relationship with music legend, Bootsy Collins, and he has agreed to act as executive producer on this album.  Bootsy is one person I can always go to for direction and inspiration, and I am so excited to have him round out the talented group of people I am working with.

I would like to mention that this Kickstarter campaign is going to be used for one thing only: to help create and promote this album. We are very focused both on the creative side and also the business side. The funds will pay for studio time, the producers, the musicians, the manufacturing of the cds (and hopefully vinyl!) and a publicist who is the person that will make sure everyone knows about this album (via press, blogs, etc). They are paramount to having a successful project. I also intend to do a video to get this music in both the eyes and ears of folks through mediums such as YouTube and Vimeo. 

And if we have a good campaign, going above our basic financial goal, I intend to also release this album on vinyl, limited edition! As raw, organic, and analogue as this is going to sound, along with the artwork, vinyl will be wicked! If we reach this goal, my Kickstarter supporters will be the first to know, and have the first opportunity to pick up the record, or maybe we can add it as a reward? If we reach our goal early? We shall see! I invite you to check out each support level and incentive. I am putting a lot of myself into this record and I put a lot of myself into these rewards, including my very own signature, custom bass. I'm using it on this album - for what might be the last time?! This album is going to be a special one, and I thank you so much for potentially being a part of it!

Our Kickstarter Exclusive Tee, $40 Level+
Our Kickstarter Exclusive Tee, $40 Level+
"Kustom Reward" & "A Piece of Me Reward"!
"Kustom Reward" & "A Piece of Me Reward"!
Thank-you!
Thank-you!
  "Much -Thanks" to Gary Templeton for doing the video!          

Risks and challenges

I realize there are sometimes delays within this process, but I can assure you this project is of highest priority for me. I will work very hard to keep things on track, and do my part to make it all it can be. I have been playing music most of my life, and have released many professional albums, up to now. I feel I have a good handle on this process and what to expect.

If the "unexpected" does occur, I feel communication, with you, my supporters, is the first step in the solution. I will be very open throughout the process: good and maybe not-so-good. I feel the responsibility of your faith in me, and I take it very seriously. My next step would be to bring in the right people to make it right. I have no problem in reaching out to solve any particular problem that may arise. My goal is to make an amazing album. And I completely want your support of me to be justified. I won't let you down!

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  • "YES" - you CAN do that! Log on to your account and just change the pledge amount and reward level. Here are the instructions I found on Kickstarter:

    Visit the project page and click “Manage Your Pledge.” To change your reward, make a new selection. Note that changing your reward selection does not automatically change your pledge amount.

    Make sure you change the pledge amount and the new reward!

    Thanks!!

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    14 backers

    SUPPORTER REWARD -Digital download of the new album.
    -Kickstarter exclusive behind the scenes pictorial pdf of the album making, emailed to you once we have wrapped!
    -A personal thank-you on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

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    Pledge $10 or more

    15 backers

    BUMP-IT-UP REWARD
    -Hard copy of the CD at release, mailed to you!
    -Digital download of the new album.
    -Exclusive behind the scenes pictorial of the album making, emailed pdf.
    -A personal thank-you on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

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    2 backers

    NEW - HOLIDAY GIFT REWARD

    -I realize the holiday season is coming, so I have added two new incentives! I will mail a Kickstarter exclusive Freekbass holiday card, directly to the person you choose, by December 18th (or to you, if you prefer - and you can hand-deliver to the recipient). "Peace, Joy & Funk!" The inside of the card explains the Kickstarter Freekbass project and that a pledge was made in honor of gift recipient's name. The card will explain that they will soon be among the first to receive the new CD, along with a thank-you for supporting this album. Each card will feature the recipient's name and will be personally signed by me. At CD release time, a hard copy of the CD will be mailed directly to them. You just need to provide us with the recipient's mailing info. This is a unique gift for the funk fan on your list! (Also see the Signature Holiday Gift Reward!)

    -Digital download of the new album (for recipient of your choice).

    -Exclusive behind the scenes pictorial of the album making, emailed pdf.

    -A personal thank-you on my social media sites using your gift recipients name: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $20 or more

    42 backers

    SIGNATURE REWARD
    -A signed hard copy of the CD at release.
    -Your name included in “special thanks” on cd insert.
    -A special, handmade "Thank-you" card from me, featuring the cd cover art.
    -Digital download of the new album.
    -Behind the scenes pictorial, emailed pdf.
    -A personal thank-you on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

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    4 backers

    NEW - SIGNATURE HOLIDAY GIFT REWARD

    -This is a new holiday reward, similar to the $15 reward (read above), but your gift recipient gets a signed copy of the CD sent to them at release, AND their name will be mentioned in the special "Thanks" on the CD insert! Cool?! The Kickstarter exclusive Freekbass holiday card will be mailed directly to the person you choose, by December 18th (or to you, if you prefer - and you can hand-deliver to the recipient). The card will feature your gift recipient's name and be personally signed by me. "Peace, Joy & Funk!" A personalized gift for the funk fan on your list!

    -Digital download of the new album (for recipient of your choice).

    -Exclusive behind the scenes pictorial of the album making, emailed pdf.

    -A personal thank-you on my social media sites using your gift recipients name: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $40 or more

    32 backers

    MY-TEE REWARD -A Kickstarter exclusive Freekbass T-shirt in your choice of size.
    -Signed hard copy of CD. -Signed Freekbass poster. -Digital download of the new album. -Name included in “special thanks” on cd insert. -Behind the scenes pictorial, emailed pdf. -A personal thank-you on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $80 or more

    10 backers Limited (20 left of 30)

    PLUS ONE PACKAGE
    -Admission for you +1 to a Freekbass venue show of your choice thru 2014, and 2 back stage passes to meet me and the band.
    -Also, 2 Kickstarter exclusive Freekbass T-shirts in your 2 sizes of choice.
    -2 hard copies of the cd.
    -Your name included in “special thanks” on cd insert.
    -Digital download of the new album.
    -Behind the scenes pictorial, pdf
    -A personal thank-you on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

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    Pledge $100 or more

    6 backers Limited (14 left of 20)

    ON TRACK REWARD -Original, personalized 4-8 bar bassline to use for sampling for your own song.
    -A personal thank-you phone call from me for this level and higher. (And we can talk about your track.)
    -A Freekbass T-shirt in your choice of size.
    -Hard copy of CD, autographed.
    -Your name included in “special thanks” in BOLD on cd insert.
    -Digital download of the new album.
    -Behind the scenes pictorial, pdf
    -A personal thank-you on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

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    Pledge $125 or more

    2 backers Limited (2 left of 4)

    FUNKBLAST REWARD
    -Let me take you out to the ballgame! Join me for a Reds home game during the 2014 season. We will work out our schedules to determine a date.
    - A free download of, "Reds Fan", the track I wrote for the Cincinnati Reds.
    -Signed hard copy of CD.
    -Digital download of the new album.
    -Name included in “special thanks” in BOLD.
    -Behind the scenes pictorial, emailed pdf.
    -A personal thank-you on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. and a phone call from me!

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  • You selected
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    1 backer Limited (3 left of 4)

    THE FREEKBASS MEAL-DEAL - So maybe the Reds game isn't your thing? How about dinner at my favorite casual restaurant in Cincinnati, located in Columbia Tusculum. Tons of vegetarian dishes, and healthy carnivore options. This reward includes lunch or dinner, for you and a guest, my treat. Date - TBD. We can schedule before the release or after. Whatever works for you! -You also get a signed hard copy of the CD when it's ready. -Digital download of the new album. -Your name included in “special thanks” on cd insert in BOLD. -Behind the scenes pictorial, emailed pdf. -A personal thank-you phone call from me and on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    2 backers Limited (1 left of 3)

    WALK IN MY SHOES: VIBRAM REWARD (I love these shoes!) You get...
    -A pair of Vibram five fingers shoes in your size and Vibram swag. -Signed hard copy of CD. -Digital download of the new album. -Name included in “special thanks” in BOLD. -Behind the scenes pictorial, emailed pdf. -A personal thank-you on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. and a phone call from me!

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    Pledge $200 or more

    1 backer Limited (5 left of 6)

    BASS LESSONS REWARD -1 Month TrueFire.com Online bass lessons with me.
    -One, 30 min., personalized Skype pro-session bass lesson with me.
    -A Freekbass T-shirt in your choice of size.
    -A signed hard copy of the CD.
    -Digital download of the new album.
    -Your name included in “special thanks” on cd insert in BOLD.
    -Behind the scenes pictorial, emailed pdf.
    -A personal thank-you phone call from me and on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. (I really want to thank you for letting me be myself!)

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    4 backers Limited (2 left of 6)

    SHANGRI-LA REWARD -Sit in on recording session at Shangri-La studio in Lexington, KY and be included on a track, get credit on the liner notes and appear in future video. You'll be a part of the project from the roots! No guests, please. But ask a friend to pledge at this level, too - and come together!
    (We provide nourishment during the session. You cover your own transportation and expenses.)
    -A personal, handmade ornament, by my 8 year old daughter. Exclusive!
    -A Freekbass T-shirt in your choice of size.
    -Signed hard copy of CD. -Digital download of the new album. -Name included in “special thanks” in BOLD. -Behind the scenes pictorial, emailed pdf. -A personal thank-you on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. and a phone call from me!

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    1 backer All gone!

    KUSTOM REWARD -One Kustom bass amp, used in the studio on this record. It's a Kustom KXB100. -I will meet you to deliver this package if you are in/near Cincinnati or if I am hitting your town. If that cannot be arranged, you agree to pay for shipping to you within the continental US. -A Freekbass T-shirt in your choice of size. -Signed hard copy of CD. -Digital download of the new album. -Name included in “special thanks” in BOLD. -Behind the scenes pictorial, emailed pdf. -A personal thank-you on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. and a thank-you phone call from me!

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    Pledge $300 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    YOUR SONG REWARD -I will name a track on the new album after you.
    -A Freekbass T-shirt in your choice of size. -Signed hard copy of CD. -Digital download of the new album. -Name included in “special thanks” in BOLD. -Behind the scenes pictorial, emailed pdf. -A personal thank-you on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. and a phone call!

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    WRITER REWARD -I will write and play the bassline on one track for your band/project.
    -Signed hard copy of CD. -Digital download of the new album. -Name included in “special thanks” in BOLD. -Behind the scenes pictorial, emailed pdf. -A personal thank-you on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. and a phone call from me!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    CONCERT REWARD -Personal house concert by Freekbass within 300 mile radius of Cincinnati, OH. I will bring the band and play a 60-70 minute Freekbass set at your home or suitable place you provide. (Includes the band’s and my travel expenses) If you are outside of this radius, this can still be arranged if we are going to be in your area or with additional travel expenses, you provide. Just contact me, first! -Signed hard copy of CD. -Digital download of the new album. -Name included in “special thanks” in BOLD. -Behind the scenes pictorial, emailed pdf. -A personal thank-you on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. and a phone call from me!

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    Pledge $1,800 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    A PIECE OF ME REWARD! - My personal one-of-a-kind, Freekbass custom black & silver 1-2-3 Bass, made of swamp ash with mahogany fret board and mother of pearl inlay & knobs. Created by MDX Guitars and featured on the cover of my "Junkyard Waltz" album and used on this record, autographed or not autographed – your choice. I can't imagine, but am willing to part with it for your support on this album.

    -I will meet you to deliver the bass, if you are in/near Cincinnati or if I am hitting your town. If that cannot be arranged, I will take care of packaging and shipping to you within the continental US. International backers agree to cover any customs fees above the shipping charges.

    -You also get a Freekbass T-shirt in your choice of size. -Signed hard copy of CD. -Digital download of the new album. -Name included in “special thanks” in BOLD. -Behind the scenes pictorial, emailed pdf. -A personal thank-you on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. and a thank-you phone call from me!

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    CD RELEASE PARTY -My band and I will hold our official CD release concert at your place! We will make this a 2 day event (2 days in a row, or just one day, if that's better for you - due to the following...). You provide sound & PA, we cover everything else. We play a 90 minutes set, each show. We will cover all of our own travel expenses if you are east of the Mississippi River! If you are west, we may need to add a little more travel costs or schedule it along with other tour dates, so contact us first! -We give you 10 CDs to give away for promotion or gifts for your friends. -We give you 10 Freekbass T-shirts, for your crew. -We provide a bunch of posters to promote it and invite people! -Your name included FIRST and in BOLD on “special thanks” on cd insert. -Digital download of the new album. -Behind the scenes pictorial, pdf -A personal thank-you on my social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. and I'm calling you! ;)

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