Update! Pictures of the artwork and shirts now below!
What are we making?
I've been lucky enough to already have had some success in music (read more below!). But over the past two years I've also written my very own album, and I am now ready to finish it up and release it - together with you! I've done all the music and lyric writing, I'm co-producing at the studio, and I'm even painting the artwork for the booklet. I want to keep the whole project independent and be able to realize my vision without compromises! That also means that I'll have to come up with the money myself. I have great friends as my managers and many great friends that help me out in many different ways, from musicians to the guys who made the above video with me. I also have the best fans in the world, who have supported me since the release of my demo last year. With all of those together I know we can get this album out, and, hopefully, my band on the road!
The goal I've set for this campaign together with what I've put in myself already would allow me to pay for the minimal cost such as the studio, musicians, manufacture and delivery of the album. Every little bit will go towards the release and distribution of this album! If we surpass the goal, more of you will be able to enjoy the music, and hopefully I can visit more of you with the live show.
This album will be called "Cellar Darling", and I can't wait to share it with you. It will include 17 songs, for each of which I will be painting its own artwork. For now, here are some songs from the demo we've recorded last year:
Where do I come from?
You may know me from my hurdy gurdy and vocal duties at Eluveitie. I've been lucky enough to tour all over the world (some 35+ countries now!) and play for amazing fans wherever we went. And don't worry, I'm not planning to quit Eluveitie any time soon. However, finishing up our current touring cycle allows me to finally finish and release my own album, which I have been working on for years now, and hopefully play lots of shows with it too. Unsurprisingly, while playing in a folk metal band has made great adventures possible, it doesn't really support my own project. This is where you come in!
I'm not the most patient person, and my songs have been in the works for a while. So we've already started recording! In fact, at this point we're approaching the mix (and the studio bills!) fast. Here are some impressions from the great times we've had in the past few weeks:
As I mentioned above, I'm also painting all the artwork myself! I will share this with you as soon as possible. In the meantime, here's me, working on it:
Update! Here's the front cover!!
Also I've found the perfect artist to collaborate with: Costin Chioreanu, who is one of my favourite artists and has also designed the tattoo on my right arm. Costin will work with my paintings and put together the booklet and CD packaging for me.
As soon as I know more I will post updates, mock-ups and photos! In the meantime, here are some more infos:
Digital download of the single + bonus track: You'll be among the first to receive a download of the first single, which has yet to be determined. I'll also throw in a second track from the album, which you will hear a full month before anybody else!
Digital album download: I'll make sure that you'll be among the first to hear the full album, by sending out the links at least 24 hours before release. Of course, I will include a digital PDF booklet with my hand-painted artwork!
The CD: We're still working on it, but I can already say that it will include a 20-page booklet with 17 paintings - one for each song.
I've found a great partner to send out the CD's to my Swiss backers, too: The nice people at the online shop www.cede.ch. While I'll be responsible for the packing and signing and everything, they will help me make sure that all backers are among the first people in Switzerland to receive my CD.
*The re-mix version: As if 17 songs weren't enough, I'm going to have a go at it myself and create 17 alternative versions! I don't know what exactly I'll do yet - anything from acoustic to metal versions is possible. I also can't say when it'll be finished yet, but I'm sure I'll get it done before the end of the year. Every backer from the 7£ level and up will receive a free digital download of this remixed version!
T-shirts and girlie shirts: This is going to be an awesome t-shirt featuring a beautiful design based on the cover artwork! This is what it's going to look like. Please note that the model of the shirts is merely a mock-up to show the design - I haven't chosen the type of shirts yet!
Postcards: What can I say? I love postcards and I'm going to send you a nice one that I picked myself. Obviously it's going to include a personal message to you.
Posters: Every backer from 17£ and upwards will receive a hand-signed promotional poster. A very special version will be the 17 unique prints of my album artwork, which I will make even nicer by adding some lyric excerpts by hand. They're so limited I'm not even keeping one for myself!
Guest list: Come see one of my shows (I'm afraid you'll have to take care of the travel yourself) and say hi! In case I'll never make it near you with my solo project, I'll invite you to a show with one of my other bands.
Personal painting: Since I'm practicing my painting skills with the artwork for this album, I figured you might want to have a little piece of unique art for yourself. I'll get a small canvas and I'll do a painting just for you - you'll get the original and there won't be any copies!
Cover song: Almost (or perhaps just) as awesome as a personal song (which you can also get, see below!): You pick your favourite song and I'll record a cover version for you (might be acoustic, electronic, or even metal!). You'll get it as a digital download and unless you decide to share it (which you are free to do) no one else will ever get a copy.
Golden pass: As the description says: This is your ticket for any show I might play in the future (under my own name, with my solo project) - anywhere, and as many times as you like. We'll even get a nice VIP pass printed for you!
Personal song: It doesn't get more personal! I'll write a song just for you. If you wish you get to decide what the lyrics are about, otherwise I'll take care of that. What style it will be and how I'll record it will be up to me, but I can guarantee it'll be nice!
Personal show: Maybe it just did get a little bit more personal. If you want to make sure you get to see a show with my new songs, it might be best to book a personal one for yourself and your friends! I'll come to your party or event, or even just to your living room or garden, and play a show of at least 30 minutes for you with my band. If you want to keep it small it'll be me plus 2-3 guys on acoustic instruments, or if you want the real deal and you can arrange the venue and equipment needed I'll show up with my whole band. Travel will have to be arranged and paid for separately, but I'll do my best to keep it budget friendly. Write me if you want to discuss more in advance!
Risks and challenges
If this project gets funded, there is absolutely no doubt that I will release my album later this year (we're aiming for late September)! While delays are always possible, I'll do my best to avoid them and I'd always let you know as much in advance as possible.
The great team of my friends at Booya Music, namely my managers Katarzyna Piatkowska and Merlin Sutter, are running this campaign with me and are helping to make sure everything is running smoothly.
Also I've found a great partner to send out the CD's to my Swiss backers, too: The nice people at the online shop www.cede.ch. While I'll be responsible for the packing and signing and everything, they will help me make sure that all backers are among the first people in Switzerland to receive my CD.
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