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.
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!
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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