YOU GUYS! I can't believe how quickly we reached our goal. Thanks to your speedy support, everyone will not only get the perks promised to them, but a delicious new album for your ears as well!! I'm beyond thrilled that Animal Love is actually going to become a reality, and that we can start setting cogs in motion for its creation now that we have a budget. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU - I really do have the most amazing fans ever.
Now here's the fun part -
Many of you have been asking if you can still donate now that the project has reached its goal. The answer is a resounding YES! I set the project length at 30 days, so we have until July 15 to spread the word and shoot for the moon, the stars, infinity and beyond! The more money we raise for the album, the better we can make it and the more things we can do concerning it (a national/international tour? a music video? five music videos? absurd merch like CK frisbees and kitchenware?) So I challenge you, world -
If we raise $30,000, you will get two things.
1) Everyone who donates $15 or more will get a secret link to an exclusive director's commentary cut of all of my music videos directed by my fantastic sister Liann Kaye (Skin and Bones, Magnolia Wine, Dress and Tie, and Human) - she can explain her artistic vision behind each of them (why cardboard props? Why have me act as both the wife and the treacherous vixen?), tell funny stories of Darren and I on set, and reveal other secrets of her young genius. I might make an appearance, too! She will even answer questions submitted by YOU about the videos and anything else you've ever wanted to know about being an indie filmmaker working with some of America's brightest talent!!
In the most literal display of commitment to the making of Animal Love,
I will film a ridiculous video of myself performing a song of my
choosing dressed in a gorilla suit in Times Square with Joe Moses.
Yes. I will do it for art.
I have recently obtained a very special piece of memorabilia for some lucky person's collection - as an additional perk for $2000, I am throwing into the ring my personal pair of Darren Criss pink sunglasses that he gave me last summer, which is signed by the both of us and that I have worn at many a show. (getting it gets you everything above except the house concert, dresses, guitar and cardigan). It also has magical powers to turn you into a genie, so...
I love you all and I'm so proud of us! Please keep spreading the word like it's your job and let's make this record one for the books!
BIG BIG LOVE
UPDATE (6/17/11) -
Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great joy to announce that the red dress I wore in the Dress and Tie video and the blue cardigan have been scooped up by some lucky fans and those perks are now SOLD OUT!!! But you can still get the white dress I wore in the Human music video (which drops in a couple weeks, so get excited) and/or my black electric hollowbody guitar I played in the Mad Tom of Bedlam video. THANKS to all who have pledged and let's keep it going! ROCK!
Dear fans and supporters,
You've all been incredible with your support of me and my music over the past few years, and so many of you have asked when I plan to release my next full-length record. It's been almost 3 years since my debut album dropped, and I'm happy to say that I'm FINALLY ready to start work on my sophomore effort. I've got a brand new batch of songs that carries some of my most ambitious and inspired work to date, and I'm dying to get them into your hands - but to do so, I need your help.
I've been doing everything myself for as long as I've been making music - the right label just hasn't presented itself yet - but things as an indie haven't been too shabby either. This past year I shot a couple of big-budget music videos, opened for Big Boi and Minus the Bear, went to the Grammys to promote my single "Dress and Tie" with Darren Criss, played CMJ and SXSW festivals, had my music on MTVU and licensed by NBC's Chuck, toured the country and made thousands of new fans, all without a label. But alas, records are expensive, and booking studio time, paying musicians, mixing/mastering, packaging, and promotion - still requires impossible amounts of money for people in my position.
After crunching numbers, we decided that $20,000 is a wonderful starting point to make this record a reality. If we surpass that, we can do tons more stuff like pay for a tour, even more music videos, and lots of other stuff for the album to be a success! I'll be working with my dear friend and bandmate Tomek Miernowski at the helm as co-producer & engineer, and I have a slew of talented musicians and friends on board for collaborations and guest appearances from all your favorite characters.
I hope you'll help me make this record! If you do, you can get a ton of awesome stuff in return, like you can come sing onstage with me at a concert, hang out at the studio while we're making the record, get one of my guitars, and more!
Thank you all so much for listening and reading. I love you all. SUPPORT INDIE MUSIC!
- (30 days)