WHAT IS THIS?
HERE I STAND is a full-length hip hop album written, recorded, and produced by Andy Pokel. The 17-track album follows Martin Luther's story from his early years to his final days. Luther was an integral part of the Protestant reformation, which took place in the larger context of the Early Modern Age.
This summer, HERE I STAND will be performed at the Luther500 festival in Wittenberg, Germany!
Check out this climactic track, in which Luther defends himself at the Diet of Worms and utters the famous "here I stand." (We'll ignore the fact that he probably never said it).
This track features Daniel Greco as Philip Melanchthon and takes place during the time between the 95 Theses and the Diet of Worms.
The album also features contributions from the very talented Anna Bakk (violin), Dane Christensen (bass), Elise Tweten Pokel (voice), Edward Schneider (sax), Jake Schlichting (art design), Garth Schumacher (voice).
WHY MARTIN LUTHER?
October 31st, 2017 marks the 500th anniversary since the Protestant reformation. As a lifelong Lutheran and the husband of an ELCA pastor-in-training, this has been a great way to celebrate my faith and grow as a musician.
WHY HIP HOP?
Similar to the wildly successful Broadway musical Hamilton, the story of the Protestant reformation is perfectly suited for hip hop. The genre is rich in history, musically diverse, and rooted in rebellion. What's not to like?
For supporters, this project is a way to pre-order HERE I STAND for a discounted price and to get extra goodies, like original Luther-inspired T-shirt designs, greeting cards, ringtones, and stickers.
For me, this project is a way to establish capital so that HERE I STAND can have a much larger scope than if I simply self-published. With the financial backing up front, I can look before I leap while also providing some bonus goodies.
The fundraising goal is $650, which pays for:
- 100 color-printed discs
- 100 glossy, color album sleeves
- digital distribution and UPC code
- 5-disc CD burning tower for this and future projects
- 100 blank CDs
Here's a handy chart to help you visualize the rewards tiers.
"Luth My Mind" T-Shirt design:
Greeting card designs:
Sticker design (3.5" circle):
Risks and challenges
I'm very confident about fulfilling digital rewards. Whether or not you paid for physical items, digital rewards will go out in early April. Physical merchandise will be more complicated, as I'm working with different vendors for CDs, stickers, and shirts. With my little family moving this summer, I've pushed physical items back to July to be safe. Earlier is possible, but shipment and package assembly are my biggest potential obstacles.
Otherwise, the challenge is scaling this project correctly. I can't do this until I know we've achieved (and hopefully exceeded!) the funding goal. I'm prepared to address this challenge because I've meticulously priced out numerous scenarios and maintain an up-to-date list of vendors and cost analysis.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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