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Digital Noise Academy is a group of six like-minded musicians who can make awesome music together.
Digital Noise Academy is a group of six like-minded musicians who can make awesome music together.
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Digital Noise Academy is a group of six like-minded musicians who can make awesome music together. This is essentially a dream project for the six, busy music professionals, that make up DNA. We have three full-time music producer/mixers, one solo artist, and two band members. See each members Bio and Pic below.

We have already completed two songs “Melting Inside” and “Thursday Night Party”, so we have completed the “proof of concept” stage of our project. Both these songs are currently available for free on our website www.digitalnoiseacademy.com.

What we need now is funding that is adequate enough to cover recording costs and making the rewards. This is mostly recording studio fees and CD and Vinyl manufacturing. We already have more than a handful of additional songs started, we just need the funding that Kickstarter can provide to help us complete our dream of a finished and released album.

Since DNA is a very collaborative project, we have reflected that in our rewards. Three of the rewards actually include making music with us.

If our goal of $20,000 is funded, this is how we plan to use it:

-$10k for recording costs.

-$10k for reward fulfillment (CD's, T-shirts, etc).

DNA T-Shirt - with a $25+ Reward, you receive this tee:

DNA T-Shirt
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Ken Andrews - Artist, Producer, Mixer, and Composer, Ken Andrews got his start in the music in 1991 when his first band, Failure, signed to Slash Records. After Failure disbanded in 1997, Ken began splitting his time between being an artist (On, Year of the Rabbit, Ken Andrews solo) and producing and mixing for other artists, (Pete Yorn, Beck, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Tenacious D, Lost Prophets). Ken added Film Composer to his list of duties when he co-composed the Score to the Kevin Spacey film Shrink in 2010.

Sharky Laguana - Is a guitarist, keyboardist, and samplist, best known as co-founder and co-songwriter of the band Creeper Lagoon. Toured and performed shows with Guided By Voices, Pavement, Built to Spill, and many more. 

Charlotte Martin - Over the course of her career, Charlotte Martin has recorded both major label and independent releases, performed sold-out shows to audiences across the United States and shared stages with the likes of Liz Phair, Pete Yorn, Damien Rice, Jason Mraz, and many others. Her music has been licensed for countless television shows, including So You Think You Can Dance, which regularly features her song “The Dance” during the show’s open. Details magazine called her “a seductive performer” and “a skilled lyricist who writes with surgical precision” and Performing Songwriter praised Martin as “a born storyteller and affecting vocalist.

Justin Meldal-Johnsen - Is an American producer, bassist, and songwriter. He is best known for his work with Beck, Air, Nine Inch Nails, and M83.

Fernando Sanchez - Studio and touring drummer who was a member of Latin Grammy nominated band, Volumen Cero. Over the years he has recorded and toured with many artists, including Pete Yorn, Rachael Yamagata, Chris Cornell, Ken Andrews, Lenka, Charlotte Martin, Ingrid Michaelson, Christina Perri, Ben Jelen, Paloalto, Kate Havnevik, Luis Fonsi, Erin McCarley, Volumen Cero, JD Natasha, Meiko, Nil Lara.

Jordan Zadorozny - The creative force behind the band Blinker the Star. He is also a producer/engineer, having worked on projects by Sam Roberts, Melissa Auf Der Mar, MaDM, and Ken Andrews.

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    Digital download of album songs as they are completed.

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    Physical CD with Full Artwork, PLUS digital download of album. ($5 extra shipping charge for people outside US)

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    Digital Noise Academy T-Shirt PLUS digital download of album. Check out the T-shirt design above our bios!

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    Digital Noise Academy T-Shirt (see design above our bios) PLUS Physical CD with Full Artwork and digital download of album.

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    Limited Edition CD with Bonus Content. Numbered, personalized, and signed by each band member, PLUS digital download of album. ($5 extra shipping charge for people outside US)

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    Super exclusive limited run 10 song Vinyl Album (for Kickstarter pledgers only!) with Full-Artwork, signed and numbered. PLUS digital download of album.

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    All 6 DNA members will follow you on Twitter for 1 year plus T-shirt PLUS digital download of album and physical CD with full artwork.

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    Your name in the Thank You credits on the album liner notes, PLUS T-shirt, digital download of album, and your choice of limited run Vinyl or CD.

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    Collector's Special: Both the Limited Edition CD AND the limited run Vinyl, BOTH signed and numbered, PLUS your name on the Thank You credits, T-shirt, and of course digital download of album.

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    A personal phone call or video chat with your choice of 2 DNA band members. PLUS your name on the Thank You credits, T-shirt, digital download of album and physical CD.

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    3 Hour Music Workshop with your band member of choice. Depending on the amount of Backers, we may do this one on one or in groups of four people max. Location is Los Angeles, unless you pick Sharky who is in San Francisco, or Jordon who is near Montreal Canada. Ken Andrews will be doing a Guitar Recording Workshop. Tailored to the desires of the Backer(s), Ken can cover everything from picks to preamps. Charlotte Martin will be doing a Vocal Technique Workshop. Classical trained in Opera, Charlotte can shed light on everything from breathing to belting. Sharky Laguana will be talking about songwriting with a focus on Chord Construction and Arrangement. Justin Meldal-Johnsen will be giving a Bass guitar workshop. He's played bass for some of the biggest names in Rock. What does it take chops-wise? Studio gear versus Touring gear. Learn from the man who has been on the cover of Bass Player Magazine more than once! Fernando Sanchez will be talking about DRUMS! The gear, tuning, playing for the song, and how to keep singers happy. Jordon Zadorozny will be talking about recording THE BAND. Focusing on live performances in the studio, Jordon explains how to get the magic takes and keep the energy moving, when to push, and when to move on. PLUS your name on the Thank You credits, Limited Edition CD with bonus content, T-Shirt, and digital download of album.

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    A hang out day with the DNA in the studio as they work on the album, including dinner with the band. This will be really fun and quite interesting. You may even wind up on the recording! PLUS your name on the Thank You credits, Limited Edition CD with bonus content, T-Shirt, and digital download of album.

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    Appear in a music video with DNA. We don't know *exactly* what this will look like yet, because it will depend on a lot of things (what's the next video concept? Are you close to LA? Are we working with an image of you, or a video?), but basically we will somehow find a way to work you (or the person of your choice if you want to give it as a gift) into our next video. It will be super cool, and something neat to show your friends. PLUS your name on the Thank You credits, Limited Edition CD with bonus content, T-Shirt, and digital download of album.

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    Send us a recording of one of your songs, and at least one of the DNA band members (your choice!) will record something on it and send it back to you. PLUS your name on the Thank You credits, Limited Edition CD with bonus content, T-Shirt, and digital download of album.

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    Dinner with your choice of one DNA member. All members live in Los Angeles, except Sharky:San Francisco, and Jordon: near Montreal Canada. PLUS your name on the Thank You credits, Limited Edition CD with bonus content, T-Shirt, and digital download of album.

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    Full Songwriting/Recording Session with at least 3 of the DNA band members. This is an 8+ hour song writing and recording session taking place in a pro studio in Los Angeles, CA. We'll take care of the recording session cost, but you'll be responsible for getting yourself there. If DNA likes the result you may find yourself being asked to let us put the song on the record, or even be asked to join the band! PLUS your name on the Thank You credits, Limited Edition CD with bonus content, T-Shirt, and digital download of album.

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