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Gia Margaret is writing/recording, pressing and independently releasing her first full-length record to vinyl!
243 backers pledged $9,981 to help bring this project to life.
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My name is Gia Margaret and I’m a musician/songwriter from Chicago, IL.

For the past several years I have been writing, recording and sharing music with you all on various platforms of the internet. For some time now, some of you have asked me when I was going to release a full-length record. I’m finally at a place where I feel ready and eager to do so. 

But...since I want to make physical copies of the record and am releasing it independently... I’ll need a little help from my friends! 

Photo by Dolly Avenue
Photo by Dolly Avenue

I have cultivated a collection of unreleased songs that are ready to be recorded. I have some old demos as well that I’d love to re-record. I want preserve a the lo-fi sound that you’ll often hear in my work. However, I have also been experimenting with electronic beats/drum machines, sampling, synths and rediscovering my natural inclinations on the piano. I want to incorporate all of these elements onto the record and I’m excited to share all sides of my music with you. I also have a handful of my favorite musicians who have agreed to contribute their talents to this project as well. (Some include: Arthi Meera, Brendan Losch, John Morton, Doug Saltzman and a few others I can’t yet mention.)

I’m planning on producing this record myself, however, I will need the help of a sound engineer to ensure higher quality recordings that are suitable to be pressed to vinyl.  *Additionally, some of my software and equipment is not strong enough for a project this large. I’ll need to replenish some of the things that continually crash/are falling apart and will create obstacles.* 

Pledge money will go towards:

** A Sound Engineer (Nick Papaleo... who is awesome.) 

**Updating my Computer/Recording Program

**Mixing/Mastering

**Outside Musicians

**Studio Time (My intention is to do as much as I can at home. However, there will be occasions where I will need to get into a real studio. Ie: For drums/piano/other louder instruments.)

**Pressing/Distribution

**Graphic designer for layout and design of the cover.

**Kickstarter fees and shipping costs for some of the rewards.

If this is something you want to be apart of and have been waiting for from me,  please consider pre-ordering the album or taking advantage of some of the other neat rewards being offered. Your support is so appreciated and you will be the reason this record exists.

 If you can’t donate and you still want to contribute: Share and spread the word!

Thank you again in advance! I couldn’t do any of it without you and wouldn’t have even gotten this far without your kindness and encouragement. 

Warmly,

Gia Margaret

(Ps. A special thank you to Daniela Andrade & Alain de Courtenay for helping me film the kickstarter video above! And to Jessie Winslow for helping me with the finishing touches!)

Risks and challenges

I'm going to try my very best to meet all the deadlines listed. I promise to be as transparent as possible and notify you if anything is delayed for any reason.

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    Thank you!

    You get access to updates as the record is being made. I get a big smile on my face. Every little bit helps. Thank you.

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    Digital Pre-Release of the Album

    Digital download of the album before anyone else has it! I will send this out two weeks before it’s released to the rest of the world.

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    Digital Pre-Release + Demo EP

    Digital download of the album two weeks before official release + a top-secret demo EP (with alternate versions of some of the songs that will be on the record...and perhaps a few that didn’t make the cut.) Note that the Demo EP will be released a few months after the record comes out!

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    Handwritten Letter + Photograph

    I will write you a letter at some point during the recording process. Feel free to write back! Because who doesn’t like getting a letter in the mail? I'll also include a developed photograph taken during the recording process.

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    Exclusive Gia Margaret T-Shirt

    An exclusive Gia Margaret T-Shirt featuring the amazing artwork of Xian Zhong. I’ll be making these myself with the help of Rawson Chicago (who will be sourcing the t-shirts ethically). Seriously, these are going to look hip! I will be in touch with you regarding color choices and your size.

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    12’' Vinyl

    A beautiful copy of the record on vinyl. Woo-hoo! I’m excited about this one. You’ll still get early access to the digital downloads of both the full-length record + demo EP.

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    12’’ Vinyl (For International Friends)

    A beautiful copy of the record on vinyl and I can ship it to wherever you may be. You also get early access to the digital downloads of both the full-length record + demo EP.

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    Merch Bundle

    I will give you everything I can give you, friend. You will get: a signed copy of the record on vinyl + t-shirt + a developed photograph taken during the recording process + digital downloads (listed below). Please keep in mind that the vinyl will ship out at a later date.

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    Skype Call

    Let’s hang out/chat/drink tea via Skype. I can sing you a song or give you a quick guitar lesson! Whatever you’re in the mood for (within reason). 30 mins.

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    Cover Song

    I will record a cover song just for you. You’ll send me your top three options and I’ll send you a home-made mp3 as soon as it’s finished.

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    Personalized Lullaby

    If you know my music, you know that it’s the sleepy kind. I will write/record a relaxing song for you. Send me a few lyrical ideas or give me a topic and I’ll write the song. I’ll send you an mp3 when it’s finished! Who knows, one of these could end up on the record!

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    House Show

    I will come to your house sometime before the year ends and play an acoustic set for you and your friends. I’ll also bring you a copy of the record and you’ll get all the digital downloads. Available only to those within the 2 hours of Chicago.

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    My First Guitar

    This reward has some sentimental value. For this donation you will receive my very first guitar. I wrote and learned my first songs on this baby. My Yamaha Fgx-04 has been well loved.. but it still plays like a dream! It can be seen in some of my earliest YouTube videos! US residents only.

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