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I'm finishing my 2nd album! Now I'm seeking backers for the final recording, mixing/mastering, and pressing of the EP.
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Who are you?

My name is Kipyn Martin, and I am an emerging indie folk artist based in Columbia, MD. Some of you know me as a music instructor at The Rock Shop. Some may recognize me from my travels as a solo performing songwriter, or perhaps as one half of the tribute show "Joan & Joni: A Tribute to the Music of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell" which I perform with Allison Shapira. And some of you may not recognize me at all! In any case I am honored that you are reading.

What exactly are you doing?

Over the last few years while teaching my amazing students, and performing music around the United States, I have carried with me a deep longing: to record and release my second solo album. Thanks to the generosity of my friends Scott and Nancy, I ventured into Cue Recording Studios this past March and recorded two new songs, "Madeleine" and "God Is Love" with producer Jim Ebert. And last year I got to record "Dance Across the Sky" with producer Dave Mallen at Innovation Station Music (which earned a Gold Award in the Folk category of the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest). Now it's time to finish recording the last two songs for this EP, and then mix, master, and press the albums.

THE GOAL: $4,500

(See budget breakdown below.)

Have you done this before?

My first successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012 funded the mixing, mastering, and manufacturing of my debut album, Undercover Muse (2013). Thank you again to those of you who participated in that project.

A backer receives Undercover Muse (2013) in the mail as part of a Kickstarter reward! (photo courtesy Jaely Turner)
A backer receives Undercover Muse (2013) in the mail as part of a Kickstarter reward! (photo courtesy Jaely Turner)

Undercover Muse was a series of rather simple recordings -- just me and my guitar. Dance Across the Sky will require mixing, mastering, and pressing, just like my first album. But even before we get to that stage, Dance Across the Sky will require a bit more studio time from me, as well as from a few of my musician friends (e.g. bassist Kevin Johnson). This is so that we can create more varied textures for you within the soundscape, and be as radio-friendly as possible! 

Bassist Kevin Johnson performs with Kipyn Martin at Silverleaf Concerts, Charles Town, WV
Bassist Kevin Johnson performs with Kipyn Martin at Silverleaf Concerts, Charles Town, WV

 Budget Breakdown:

Recording time - $1,000 ($75/hr for 12 - 14 hours)
Production/Studio Musicians - $1,000
Mixing & Mastering - $500
Album Design - $500
Pressing/Manufacturing - $1,500

Kipyn with Dave Mallen, engineer and producer at Innovation Station Music
Kipyn with Dave Mallen, engineer and producer at Innovation Station Music

 Projected Timeline (should I reach my goal):

September 9, 2016 - first day of Kickstarter campaign
October 4, 2016 - last day of Kickstarter campaign
November 18, 2016 - Deadline for recording remaining tracks
December 16, 2016 - Deadline for mixing remaining tracks, and album design/artwork
January 6, 2017 - Deadline for mastering and placing first order through Oasis Disc Manufacturing
January 28, 2017 (tentative) - EP RELEASE! (Backers can expect their pre-ordered albums on or around this date.)

But why are you doing this?

Music is a gift which comforts those in need, and a powerful vehicle which can spur the complacent. Accordingly a well-crafted song can change hearts and minds. I intend to work to try to craft these kinds of songs throughout my life. My hope is that listeners may even find a few of these on Dance Across the Sky.

Truthfully, independent artists are really quite dependent on the listener's thirst for something unique, for music that is authentic and direct from the source. It is our responsibility as songwriters to write and share songs about the human condition in such a way that construes meaning in our lives. And you can be a part of my songwriting process by participating in this campaign. Feel free to check out the rewards section, click the green button to become a backer, and/or SHARE away!

But what if I can't contribute?

Every ounce of momentum counts during this campaign, which ends on Tuesday, October 4 at 11:59 pm. I am so grateful for any efforts you may spend in sharing, contributing, posting, or otherwise collaborating on this project with me.

Thank you for reading, friends (and potential new friends). May the force be with us.

Risks and challenges

"Dance Across the Sky" could take longer in the studio than anticipated, or there could be a hold up any of the processes of mixing, mastering, design, or manufacturing. I've built in a few weeks window in the timeline, in case we get stalled.

If a significant delay were to happen, I would adopt more frequent updates on progress so everyone could adjust expectations on the project timeline. (But, fingers crossed, we shouldn't need to do that!) Then I would push to stay as close to the original deadline as possible, without sacrificing artistic integrity.

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    Duo Acoustic House Concert

    My bassist, Kevin Johnson, and I will perform an acoustic house concert for you and your family/friends. (Note: this reward is only available to those living in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US.) Your name(s) will be printed on the album artwork for Dance Across the Sky under "Thank You". Plus upon release of Dance Across the Sky (early 2017), receive a personalized, signed hard copy of the full EP album.

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