I am very excited to announce that I am ready to record my second solo album (tentatively called Narrative Gravity)! As someone who has been in bands his whole life, I've written and attempted to write a couple truckloads of songs and it's always been a fun kind of experiment for me. For the first time, though, I feel like my songs are starting to sound the way I want them to sound musically and lyrically. Instead of writing in the style of songwriters and musicians I admire (which was my strategy in the past), I'm starting to find my own songwriting voice. Of course, it will be a lifelong process and I hope to continue growing, but this new album will be a sample of the first tunes that I am 100% proud to call my own. I hope you can be a part of the process!
Donating isn't the only way to help the project. Every little bit certainly helps, but if you can't afford to donate money, posting a link to this page on your Facebook wall, tweeting it to your loyal Twitter followers, and writing about it on your influential blogs are all a great help. Also, just letting people know by word of mouth is very effective. I assume most people visiting this page will know me in some capacity, but in case you don't, feel free to visit my website at www.galencurry.com
If you have any questions about the project, the rewards, or anything else don't hesitate to contact me. I'm incredibly nervous and excited about this whole thing, so I'm sure most of the month of March for me will be spent sitting in front of the computer and refreshing this page. That is, your questions will be answered quickly. Below this paragraph I've included some obvious inquiries you may have along with a breakdown of where the money is going. Cheers!
What happens if we reach the goal by the deadline? The record gets made just how it should be made, everyone gets the rewards they wanted, and Galen owes a couple hundred people a HUGE thank-you.
What happens if we DON'T reach the goal by the deadline? If we fail to raise $8,000 by the end of March then no credit cards are charged, no rewards are given out, and the record doesn't get funded.
What happens if we EXCEED the goal? This is great news! Making a record is ridiculously expensive and to accomplish everything I'd like to do, I'll actually need a little bit more. The $8,000 is just a nice big chunk out of the expenses.
How will you know my shirt size/where to ship things/my favorite color/etc.? Once we get this thing funded, then I'll send you an email survey and you can answer any questions I have for you regarding all of this stuff.
$8,000 sounds like an awful lot of money, what exactly are you going to be using it for? I'm glad you asked! Here's a little approximate breakdown of the budget...
$2,000 - Studio Time/Recording: This is where the magic happens. I'm going to bring in a bunch of super talented musicians and friends to make my songs sound awesome. If you've ever recorded before, you know it takes a lot longer than it seems like it should to lay down a 3 or 4 minute song. I've got bass, drums, percussion, horns, keys, organ, back-up vocals, and a bunch of other instruments lined up, so it will be quite the production!
$1,500 - Mixing: This is when we take all the recorded sounds from the studio and make them sound good together in the context of individual songs. We adjust volumes, toggle sound effects, and find out if any parts need to be redone.
$1,500 - Mastering: To be honest, I don't exactly know what mastering does to a sound recording. It's been explained to me a million times, but I can't ever seem to grasp it. But, I do know that it's necessary and that the recordings always sound much "shinier" and just better once it's done. It also brings them up to radio ready sound quality.
$1,250 - Duplication: We need to make a whole bunch of copies of this thing to send out to all you wonderful backers and also to sell and distribute at gigs in the future!
$1,000 - Fulfillment/Kickstarter fees: Kickstarter takes a 5% fee if the project is funded and Amazon also takes a small percentage for its credit card services. Also, I have to be able to pay for postage and packaging to get the rewards in your hands, the printing of the t-shirts, art supplies for the art club, and any other costs that add up while making and packaging the rewards.
$2,000 - Musicians: I've mostly had to rely on friends recording for free in the past, but it's really important to me that these incredibly talented people get paid for making my music sound 1,000,000,000 times better than I could ever make it sound alone.
$300 - Graphic design/artwork/videography: Making promotional videos for this Kickstarter and getting the packaging of the CD looking as sharp as possible is not an easy task.
$500-$10,000 - Music Videos: I have a lot of fun making videos and already have lots of concepts in mind, but they are another huge expense. The cost of filming, casting, editing, equipment rental etc. are not included in the $8,000 for this project, but anything that we can raise above the goal will be used to help fund the videos.
$100-$1,000,000 - Promotion: Promoting the album can mean anything from posting a link on my Facebook wall to paying booking agents to mailing CDs to be reviewed to paying for touring expenses. This one is hard to measure and a cost I expect to carry by myself, but I wanted you to know that every penny you are able to pledge will be funneled directly into the project!
Colossal thanks to Kate Ringo for making this Kickstarter video. And thank you to a whole gaggle of photographers/videographers for the pictures and videos. In no particular order, they are Peggy Harrison, Deb Dudley, David Curry, Megan Whalen, Lisa Curry, Zach Keifer, Gabe DeLoach, Ryan Babarsky, Kaleigh Oleynik, Ari Hartmann,Tom Daly, Becky Coughlin, and Dominick Gheesling.
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