Thank you for visiting my Kickstarter page!
My name is Taiwo Heard (pronounced Ty-Woah!) and I'm raising funds for recording, mixing, mastering and pressing my first solo album, due out this summer. I've managed to get about 70% of the work done on my own, but I've taken it about as far as I can without investing in a large chunk of studio time and a mixer. I've narrowed the prospects down to a few very good engineers who I'd really love to work with…. if I can afford to.
I'm trying to raise $5000 in 30 days. If for some reason I don't reach my goal… I DON'T GET ANYTHING!
When I first moved to Los Angeles six years ago, I recorded and produced an album with my newly formed band Swivel. I played most of the instruments, and did all of the drum programming. Considering the obstacles we had to overcome (no money, recording in my apartment, etc.) the project came out very well- it led to a nationally released video and some festival dates. That being said, I know that it could have gone much farther had we not rushed the mix. The quality of the mix is a HUGE factor in whether or not a song gets airplay, or gets licensed in a film. And no matter how good an engineer is, they still need the time to give each track the attention that it deserves.
So far I've put countless hours into recording and editing the drums, bass and guitar, but it's all been worth it! Now I'm in the final stretch and your support will help me to fully realize my vision for these songs. I'm talking horns, flute, strings…. maybe even a little theremin. I'll skip the kazoo but I'm pretty sure that at least one song will have a music box on it. The unique sound I'm going for will require the help of some talented musicians who can think outside of the box… and be inexpensive because I'm planning on paying them out of my own pocket. Any amount beyond my goal will be spent on hiring more musicians- hopefully I won't have to decide which songs get orchestration and which ones don't.
So please give what you can! I've got some great rewards including a guitar, a music box, and your very own song -written by yours truly. It would also mean a lot to me if you spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested in my project. I love making music and I want to share it with you- thank you for listening.
Here are some of the great rewards:
Signed Swivel "Landing" CD!
The programmable music box featured in the song "Razor Blades"!
Even my acoustic guitar, signed!
And here are some links:
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