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In Short

Naivety is a breakup EP with a difference, written in 2 days alone in a cottage in the Hunter Valley. Deeply introspective and endlessly singable, the tunes will make you sad and get stuck in your head, but you won't even care.

You can hear some of my music on Bandcamp. Please don't buy Acoustic Sessions from Bandcamp for the time being - you can get it for exactly the same price right here by pledging $5 to my campaign.

In (very) Long:

About Me (in brief)

My name is David Wallace. I have written a huge amount of music, and this EP finally feels like the right thing to release as a debut. I graduated from the Australian Institute of Music in March 2013 with a Bachelor of Music (Composition and Music Production), so I know what I'm doing when it comes to writing and producing songs. I have 4 full albums in the works that I'd like to be able to release without too much financial stress in the future - the Naivety Kickstarter is the first step on the way to them! You can read more about me in detail in my Creator Bio.

About Naivety

Who is it for? 

Everyone! I believe that there is something for everyone to gain listening to this music, and I haven't created it for anyone specific. It's acoustic rock with lots of vocal harmonies, driven by guitars and piano, huge singable melodies, a bit of 90s rock flavour and a tiny touch of Triple J indie-folk stuff.

But if you want me to get more specific, it's probably a good match for fans of Ben Folds, Matt Corby, The Whitlams, Relient K, Glen Hansard, Emery, Anberlin, Death Cab For Cutie, Taxiride, Powderfinger, Playjerise, Mumford & Sons, The Beatles, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Third Eye Blind, Smashing Pumpkins, Don Maclean, Dave Matthews Band, REM etc etc.

How did it come about? 

In late 2013 I was having a bit of a personal crisis. I wasn't enjoying music anymore - it felt more like a chore than something I wanted to do. I had been graduated for 9 months and hadn't found any work. I thought I should go back to uni and do a non-music related degree so I could actually get a job, but I didn't know what course to do. My band that I put hundreds of hours of work into broke up. I came to the realisation that I had lost contact with all my old friends. My girlfriend was overseas on a long trip for her Uni course. I felt completely alone and I was beginning to get depressed.

A crappy Christmas and new year came and went with little change. Then my girlfriend came back from her trip and suddenly broke up with me. That pushed me over the edge. I was in the saddest state I'd ever been. Back in October the two of us had bought a voucher for 2 nights in a cottage at Stonehurst Winery in the Hunter Valley that had to be used by the end of February. I thought we could use it to get away from everything and try and sort out and fix whatever it was that was wrong in the relationship. She didn't agree, so I ended up going by myself with a guitar, a keyboard and my laptop and writing for two straight days. I wrote four full songs and started several others in my two days there. Those four full songs became Naivety.

The Title

The EP is called Naivety for a number of reasons. It was first the name of one of the songs I wrote in that cottage, and I thought it was an apt name for the record for a couple of reasons:

  • When I was writing these songs there was a kind of hope that by doing so my ex-girlfriend would, upon hearing them, realise the mistake that she'd made and reverse her decision. That is an incredibly naive way of thinking, and it's naive to think that this EP can have an effect on our relationship at all.
  • This is my first official musical release, so I'm inexperienced and entering the real world of music production and promotion with a kind of innocence and naivety. I have so many expectations, but I'm guessing that the reality will turn out to be very different.

The Songs 

Each song explores a different aspect of how I felt about the breakup. Together they form a sort of journey through the stages of grieving and loss - stages which I was and still am repeatedly going through all the time.

1. Naivety (The first song you hear in the video)

On the notion that the relationship can be fixed, and that I would do whatever it took to achieve that. In my opinion the best song on the EP. 4 part vocal harmonies, stretching to both the top and bottom limits of my vocal range, starkly contrasting loud and soft passages, piano verses juxtaposed with big guitar chord driven choruses, quite a moving piece of music, if I do say so myself.

2. Absence Makes The Heart Forget 

On running away from your problems, hoping they'll just pass or you'll just forget about what has been, like I was doing by coming away to the Hunter Valley. My favourite song from the EP to perform. Kind of 90s sounding, entirely guitar-driven, acoustic verses, big heavy riffs in the prechoruses, a few time signature changes, more vocal harmonies.

3. Settle For Second Best (The second song you hear in the video)

On the way that all relationships from now on will be compared to this one, and asking whether I should move onto someone else who would make a stable, but possibly not completely satisfying relationship. Written with "radio single" in mind, but I dumped that idea when I realised that Naivety was better. Simple verses, catchy stick-in-your-head chorus, lots of key changes everywhere, even more vocal harmonies.

4. Our House 

On not quite accepting, but respecting the decision of the other party, being thankful for what was so good for so long, and not allowing yourself to feel anger or hatred or to hold a grudge or blame anyone else. The most personal and introspective song on the EP. Solo acoustic guitar and vocal. Very simple music. It's the words that matter most here.

The Process and Personnel

1. Writing and arranging 

Songs completely written with lyrics, structure and chords in those two nights at Stonehurst. Arrangements and demo recordings completed in my bedroom the following week.

2. Recording/editing 

I will be recording everything myself to save on studio costs and because I own a half decent selection of mics and other recording gear. Drums will be performed by Marcus Graham, fellow Ska'd 4 Life member and one of the best drummers I know. Just waiting on a pair of OPR87 mice, which are basically U87 clones from Open Plan Recording. Should come in any day now, so I can get started on the recording process very soon. I'll be playing and recording the acoustic guitar, electric guitars, piano, bass and vocals myself. I may need to find an external place that I can record live grand piano, but we'll see how we go. I will be using Logic Pro 9 for recording and editing.

3. Mixing/Mastering 

Jake Nauta of Queens Road Studio in the Blue Mountains will be handling the mix and mastering of Naivety. Jake is a fellow ex-AIM student and is a very experienced engineer, having mixed 2 albums for his old band Playjerise, an EP and album of his solo music, and countless other artists. 

4. Album Art 

Album art is a tricky business. A musical artist will have something in mind, but won't necessarily have the right knowledge of visual arts to be able to express exactly what they want to the artist. I contacted more than 20 Sydney-based artists of varying styles and disciplines to see what ideas they would have when presented with the music. Eventually I selected the amazingly talented Meaghan Potter for her beautiful watercolour and charcoal works. Meaghan is a National Art School student currently completing her Honours in Fine Arts (Drawing Major). For Naivety she will be creating four full size works - each one representing a song on the EP.

5. Manufacture - TBA

6. Release 

Naivety will release in August (exact date TBA) as a physical CD and digital download from Bandcamp and iTunes. There will be a huge launch gig featuring a full band (the lineup will be announced later when it is finalised) and some fantastic other acts. It will be a huge party, so make sure you're there!

Budget - Where's the money going? 

If you're not a musician, you may not be aware of the huge amount that it costs to release an EP, let alone an album. While it is often possible on a small-time level like this to source engineers, musicians and artists who will work for free, the quality is not likely to be as good, and it goes against my own personal work ethic. I believe everyone should be paid for their work. It really annoys me when a composer is asked to compose free music for a short film or game, or a band is asked to play at an established venue for free and bring at least 20 people, or an engineer is asked to mix an album for free because they're mates with the band. This will not happen on my project. Everyone involved will be paid a fair amount.

So here's the breakdown: 

Recording: Free because I'm doing it myself. Marcus the drummer will be paid though, and I may end up having to pay for the recording of a grand piano. 

Mixing: $1000 

Mastering: $400 

Art: ~$500 

Manufacture: $950 for 500 copies 

Additional costs: the band at the launch gig will need to be paid, I will need to have posters printed and do other promotion for the gig. Remember that Kickstarter takes a small percentage of what I raise here, and posting everything could end up being quite expensive for me as well.

So the $1600 I hope to raise for Naivety will cover the mixing and mastering and leave some left over to cover Kickstarter fees and postage costs.

What's in it for You? 

Of course, what any Kickstarter backer is most interested in is the rewards. Fear not, I have many a generous reward for my amazing backers, because you all deserve it. Seriously - without you guys pledging money I wouldn't be able to release this any time soon. You are allowing me to achieve a dream I've had for a long time - to officially release a record. Thank you sincerely. Here's what you get:

REWARDS

1. $1 Personal thank you message + your name in the initial run of Naivety EPs

2. $5 Digital copy of the Acoustic Sessions demo album + personal thank you message + your name in the initial run of Naivety EPs

3. $8 Digital copy of Naivety + personal thank you message + your name in the initial run of Naivety EPs

4. $10 Physical and digital copy of Naivety + personal thank you message + your name in the initial run of Naivety EPs

5. $15 Physical and digital copy of Naivety + digital copy of Acoustic Sessions demo album + personal thank you message + your name in the initial run of Naivety EPs

6. $20 KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE digital copy of Acoustic Sessions Volume 2 + all previous rewards

7. $25 Signed Naivety launch Gig poster + all previous rewards

8. $40 Entry into the Naivety launch show (venue and date TBA) + all previous rewards

9. $50 Handwritten lyric sheets for a song of mine of your choice + all previous rewards

10. $60 Handwritten lyric sheets for all four songs from Naivety + all previous rewards

11. $80 Choose any song and I will arrange it and learn it as a solo performance, record it and put it on Youtube with a dedication to you + all previous rewards

12. $100 Choose any song and I'll arrange it for the full band (Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar, keys, bass, drums, vocals) and we'll perform it at the Naivety launch and dedicate it to you + Handwritten lyrics for all four songs from Naivety + Entry into the Naivety launch show + Signed Naivety launch show poster + digital Acoustic Sessions Volume 2 + Physical and digital copy of Naivety + digital copy of Acoustic Sessions demo album + personal thank you message + your name in the initial run of Naivety EPs

13. $200 Private solo gig for you via Skype + a cover song of your choice + Handwritten lyrics for all four songs from Naivety + Entry into the Naivety launch show + Signed Naivety launch show poster + digital Acoustic Sessions Volume 2 + Physical and digital copy of Naivety + digital copy of Acoustic Sessions demo album + personal thank you message + your name in the initial run of Naivety EPs

14. $400 A song written about you or a topic of your choice, then performed at a gig that you are attending + Handwritten lyrics for all four songs from Naivety + Entry into the Naivety launch show + Signed Naivety launch show poster + digital Acoustic Sessions Volume 2 + Physical and digital copy of Naivety + digital copy of Acoustic Sessions demo album + personal thank you message + your name in the initial run of Naivety EPs

15. $450 Collaboration! You and I will write a song together in any style, on any topic and I'll invite you up on stage to perform the song at a gig + Handwritten lyrics for all four songs from Naivety + Entry into the Naivety launch show + Signed Naivety launch show poster + digital Acoustic Sessions Volume 2 + Physical and digital copy of Naivety + digital copy of Acoustic Sessions demo album + personal thank you message + your name in the initial run of Naivety EPs

16. $500 A private solo gig in your home for you and your friends anywhere in NSW + a cover song of your choice + Handwritten lyrics for all four songs from Naivety + Entry into the Naivety launch show + Signed Naivety launch show poster + digital Acoustic Sessions Volume 2 + Physical and digital copy of Naivety + digital copy of Acoustic Sessions demo album + personal thank you message + your name in the initial run of Naivety EPs

17. $800 A private gig in your home with the full band anywhere in NSW + a cover song of your choice + Handwritten lyrics for all four songs from Naivety + Entry into the Naivety launch show + Signed Naivety launch show poster + digital Acoustic Sessions Volume 2 + Physical and digital copy of Naivety + digital copy of Acoustic Sessions demo album + personal thank you message + your name in the initial run of Naivety EPs

18. $1000 A private gig in your home (in NSW) or via Skype with the full band, including 2 covers of your choice + Free entry into all of my gigs until the end of 2015 + Handwritten lyrics for all four songs from Naivety + Entry into the Naivety launch show + Signed Naivety launch show poster + digital Acoustic Sessions Volume 2 + Physical and digital copy of Naivety + digital copy of Acoustic Sessions demo album + personal thank you message + your name in the initial run of Naivety EPs

In Closing 

Sorry this has been such a long read. Firstly, thank you for sticking at it this far into it and not getting bored and running off to look at cats on Youtube.

Secondly, thank you to everyone who has already helped and supported me in my musical journey so far. It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally going to get to release a CD, so long as this Project is successful.

And finally THANK YOU so sincerely from the bottom of my heart to all the backers who are helping me fund this project. I couldn't do it without you. This EP is what I'm living for right now. It means everything to me. Thank you for believing in me and in my music. I KNOW that I will deliver a record that you will love and listen to for a long time to come. I also know that you'll love all of the rewards that you choose to receive. I will be working extremely hard over the next month to make sure that this Kickstarter runs as smoothly as possible and to make sure that you are all kept up to date with all the progress that happens during this time. I will also be working extremely hard after the campaign is over to make sure I deliver on my promises to the backers to the absolute best standard and in a timely manner so you're not kept waiting for too long.

Thank you all, once again. It means the world to me. I hope Naivety will come to mean something to you as well.

Risks and challenges

1. My mics don't arrive soon
I am waiting on a shipment of a matched pair of OPR87 microphones which I will use to record just about everything on the EP including drum overheads, acoustic guitars and vocals. The shipment is already running late, and I don't want to start without those microphones. There is a chance that the shipment will run so late that I have to delay the recording of the project a significant amount, which will then impact on the timeframe of everything else.

I I have other mics that I could use for drum overheads if its looking like the shipment isn't coming. I would prefer to use the 87s, but I'm not going to delay the project significantly for the sake of overheads.

2. The recordings turn out sounding bad
There is always a possibility that this could happen. However, I am very confident that it will not. I have lots of experience recording guitars and vocals, so there will definitely be no issues there. Drums on the other hand I'm a little less experienced with, but I have read lots of information and watched loads of Youtube videos on drum miking, and have been on the sidelines observing many drum sessions in my years at AIM, so I'm reasonably sure I know what I'm doing.

Recording all the material myself means I'm not restricted to a studio schedule - everything is working on my own time, and if things turn out bad, I've always got the time and opportunity to go back and do them right.

Everything post-editing is out of my hands and into the hands of professionals. I fully trust Jake and Meaghan to do an amazing job on the mix/master and artwork, respectively. If anything does go wrong on those fronts I will be in close contact with them the entire time and we will get it sorted out quickly and effectively.

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