Resonate: Encouraging LGBT Artists to Stand Tall and Be Loud
Resonate: Encouraging LGBT Artists to Stand Tall and Be Loud
Resonate is a mobile recording project that aims to make the music world a more open place for LGBT voices.
Resonate is a mobile recording project that aims to make the music world a more open place for LGBT voices. Read more
My name is Bianca, and I've been hard at work creating Resonate, encouraging musicians in the LGBT community to stand tall and be loud. Growing up in small town Indiana, I struggled to find music that expressed what I was feeling. Because of this, it's incredibly important to me to not only promote musicians in the LGBT community, but also to make their music more accessible to those who may need it most.
"That sounds swell, Bianca," you say, as we discuss the concept over tea (our friendship has evolved quickly), "but how will you do it?"
I sip my camomile tea and explain that I'll be traveling across the country (starting regionally) with a mobile recording rig, providing artists with free recordings — anything from a few quick demos to a short EP. The artists will retain full ownership of the music; the tracks are theirs to use/sell/etc. We're also partnering with Homoground, who will be doing interviews, podcasts, mixtapes, and other fun things in order to continue promoting the artists and their work after production has finished.
Of course, providing a professional service for free, especially when travel is involved, can get costly. This brings us to our next point:
This project will require quality, portable recording equipment, as the end goal here is professional-grade EPs for the artists. That means a new interface, a faster computer, better microphones, and all of the other fun things that come with tracking (cables, stands, cases for all of the gear, etc.).
On top of the gear costs, this project relies heavily upon travel. The thing about traveling is that it's expensive and some of us are driving '97 Jeeps. (It's me. I'm driving the Jeep.) A portion of your donations will be set aside for gas and travel expenses, as this is where a lot of the expenses will occur.
Finally, my favorite part* — Do you like getting mail? Are you into vinyl? Do you like receiving exclusive music from up-and-coming LGBT artists? OF COURSE YOU DO / ARE / WILL BE SOON! We're launching a vinyl subscription service that will begin as soon as the first three artists have been tracked. Why the delay? We want to be sure everything else is going smoothly with the project before we add this element. Once it begins, subscribers will regularly receive limited edition vinyl with tracks from the talented artists we work with. How cool is that?
(*jk the whole thing is my favorite)
I graduated from Ball State University this past spring with a degree in audio production. During my last year there, I was lead producer of The Scene on Indiana Public Radio. My senior thesis project Reflections on Motown grabbed the attention of NPR's World Café, among others. An unreleased song from the project will be used on Tegan and Sara's So Jealous X, a commemorative 10-year anniversary release of their So Jealous album. Aside from recording experience, I've also been involved with Girls Rock! Indianapolis for over three years, teaching drums and acting as a band coach AKA helping young girls realize their badass-ery.
Homoground is dedicated to promoting equality and visibility for all people through music and art while maintaining a creative medium for queer and allied artists and music lovers worldwide. They say that they're basically "just a bunch of nerdy queers who like to make things." They cover podcasts, mixtapes, music videos, gigs, and more. What more could we ask for?
Jonathan Class and Alex Dobbert of the Varsity Recording Co. are a couple of guys who are passionate about making relevant, quality music and recordings. I've worked with these guys on multiple projects and consider them close friends. They've generously offered their top-notch mastering services for all Resonate projects.
AND NOW *drum roll* ...meet our first three artists!
Dylan Wright — Dylan is a Chicago based singer/songwriter, born and raised in the Midwest. Combining a tender and earnest voice with finger-picking styles on the guitar to the likes of Iron & Wine or Nick Drake, his music creates a melancholy and shoe-gazey atmosphere to lose yourself in. Dylan also co-hosts a monthly singer/songwriter night, "Second Date with Dylan and Andrew" which happens the second Thursday of every month at Wangs Bar.
Alex Hall — My name is Alex Hall, and I am a singer/songwriter from Indianapolis. Although I’m heavily influenced by artists like Justin Nozuka and Adele, my biggest muse is the experience of living. I feel fortunate enough to have a talent that enables me to relate to people in such an intimate way. If I can make somebody feel less alone through my music, then I have done my job.
Ghosts of Kin — Jessie and Alan have both been active performers and fans in the Indianapolis music scene, so when their paths crossed through mutual friends, they did what all musicians do: jam together. From pouring out their souls in a kitchen to showcasing their original songs in Indy, Ghosts of Kin has evolved into a musical presence that is gaining attention from fans and music critics across the Midwest.
Pretty exciting, huh? I'm giving you everything, all that joy can bring, this I swear. And all that I want from you is a promise you will be there. Here's what I need you to do in order to make this real real reeeaaalll. (Please read that as Nicki Minaj.)
1.) Donate!! Even if it's a dollar; each and every donation truly makes a difference, regardless of amount. Check out the incentives and see what you dig. Shipping is included if you're in the US. All tiers get backer-exclusive updates and warm feels from me!
2.) Shout about this from the mountaintops!! Share this page on your ~social media~ pages, tell your friends in "real life", hike an actual mountain and shout at some wealthy mountain goats about Resonate, etc. etc. Sharing also helps us get the attention of more artists, which is RAD, as we want to be sure we're capturing the experiences of a wide variety of people.
3.) Apply!! Are you a musician in the LGBT community who'd be a good fit for this project? AWESOME! Applications are now open; check out the form on our website.
Risks and challenges
Here are some things that might happen/suck:
- Unfortunately, there is only one Bianca. (If there were more, I'm quite sure it would be a hit show starring Tatiana Maslany.) Without a network of solid allies, this project would not be possible. It is possible that production of incentives could be delayed due to any number of setbacks that happen when you work with a group of collaborators AKA The Real World: Real World Edition.
- Although the first three artists have been chosen and are SO FREAKIN' EXCITED to share their music with you, any artists after that have not yet been decided upon. I've tried to account for that in delivery estimates for incentives with music recorded after the first three EPs.
Tl;dr -- Real life can set things back and real humans are running this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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