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Help Zach create a beautiful new album and raise 22k in 22 days!
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551 backers pledged $26,522 to help bring this project to life.

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I'm honored that you're here. Lemme tell you a little more about the album (feel free to ask questions)...

WHO = I've enlisted some of my favorite musicians & friends & people to collaborate on this record. Here are some of the collaborators:

  • Aaron Strumpel: trumpet
  • Amber Mattfield: violin
  • Brenna Thummler: illustration
  • Caleb Friesen: drums & percussion
  • Dave Wilton: mixing & mastering
  • Jason Barrows: electric guitar
  • Jesse Proctor: drums & percussion
  • Jon Class: organ
  • Lane Winters: vocals
  • Miranda Arana: flute
  • Wilhelm Koenig: percussion

WHAT = A brand new Zdub album —14 tracks of my best, most extroverted & yummiest work to date. The themes of companionship and traveling, wrestling and love, run heavily through the album. After some hand pain, I started changing my playing style while writing some of these new songs. I opened up my hand (which felt nicer) and started playing with my thumb. And the groove followed. Definitely the grooviest album to date.

WHERE = We've recorded the vast majority in our home. But I've also packed up my gear and traveled to Colorado & North Carolina to record, as well as doing some remote tracking with Jesse Proctor.

WHEN = I officially started work on the project Sept 1st. And we've scheduled the final mix & master to happen mid-May. The album will be due out mid-June. (Vinyl could be ready in the fall if we make that stretch goal.)

WHY = I want to answer this a few different ways. Deep why: communion. Making music has been a major sweet spot in my life in how I connect with God. Writing & releasing music are a couple ways I have learned to give that away to others. Next why: Kickstarter is the nearest thing I know currently that lets me as an artist connect directly with my listeners, providing a diverse menu of how you can engage with the work, and directly enabling me to create it by pre-ordering it here.

S T R E T C H   G O A L S
$27k
= Vinyl (I've wanted to do vinyl for a while, but it's not cheap. If we make it this far, I'll be able to afford a vinyl run.)

$30k and over = Studio upgrade. I've recorded all my albums at home with fairly limited resources. An upgrade will speed my future work and help me continue to grow. I'm sitting on roughly ~15-20 more half-finished songs that I'm already looking forward to finishing out as another project. Big dream would be to have my own space.


SHIRT & STICKER DESIGN

T-shirt & sticker design by Brenna Thummler
T-shirt & sticker design by Brenna Thummler

 
And I'm currently giving away my entire back catalogue on Noisetrade, so please enjoy and spread the word! 

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    I LIKE YOU, ZACH

    Give me an encouraging pat on the shoulder, and receive warm fuzzies and a demo of one of the new songs.

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    DIGITAL ALBUM

    Digital download of the new album. Give me digital cause everything physical will pass away...

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    PHYSICAL COPY

    Feeling so analog right now. Feeling post-retro. Or maybe you just wanna rock that 6-CD changer in the car.

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    DIGITAL + PHYSICAL

    Hate uploading CDs to iTunes? This option is for you.

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    DIGITAL + PHYSICAL + STICKER

    Show some style. Put on some flare. Rock out with a brand new stick. er.

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    SIGNED COPY

    I will find that secret place on the album and hide my name there. Just for you.

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    SHARING IS CARING Edition

    Friends are special. Hugging is a great way to help them feel special. This is another way.

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    LITERARY Edition

    Back by popular demand. This is the reward where I give some backstory and insight into the songs. (I'm geeky and like knowing stuff about artists I like. Are you a geek like me?)

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    T-SHIRT

    "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." - Mark Twain

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    I HAVE LOTS OF FRIENDS Edition

    It takes a long time to hug 5 friends. Doesn't mean you should give up though. But why not bring your 5 boomboxes together and try to sync up your 5 CDs? Can you say surround sound? I can.

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    COUPLES Edition

    For you and that special someone (who commutes in the other direction). One of each (download, CD & T-shirt).

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE

    "Crying is all right in its way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do." - CS Lewis

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    MY FAVORITE THINGS

    This was another favorite last time. We'll put together some of our favorite things (many of which can be eaten), drop in an album, a sticker and a T-shirt, and send it your way.

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    HOW BOUT THEM HARMONIES?

    Got a song recorded, but need some harmonies layered in there to make it nice & warm? I'll stack em high and low... (This will probably work best if you know how to send a session/files/audio and know how to receive/import/use what I send back)

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    SONGWRITING COACHING SESSION

    You send me 1-3 songs. I listen and write down some thoughts. We Skype or phone convo for ~45 minutes and talk about your songs and discuss matters of songwriting.

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    SKYPE CONCERT

    Boop-beep-boop-boop-beep. A 30-min web concert. Songs, chats & requests.

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    YOUR FAVES ON UKULELE/BANJO/PIANO/etc.

    That's right. You pick 3 of your favorite Zach Winters songs (or let me pick), and I'll create special ukulele versions just for you. Or I could do banjo, if you're a banjo freak...

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    COVER SONG

    Always wanted to hear me sing "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"? Here's your chance... I'll record it, have fun with it, and send it to you. (Also, please don't make me sing that song.)

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    COFFEE?

    Wanna chat over a cuppa? I'm game if you're game. (Must cover travel if outside of the OKC area, or my travel if you want me to come to you cause you know this one place...)

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    LET'S DO DINNER

    My wife & I will take you to dinner and we'll chat it up and even get some dessert. Or you can take us. (Must cover travel if outside of the OKC area, or our travel if you want us to come to you.)

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    HOUSE SHOW

    Invite your friends over or just open your house for a concert, and Lane & will come do a show at your house. (Must cover travel if outside of the OKC area.)

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    THE PATRON/MATRON OF THE ARTS

    Let's talk. House show and other stuff... but let's talk.

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Funding period

- (21 days)