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Kiefer Jones | Single recorded by legendary Mark Schulman

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WHO IS MARK SCHULMAN?

Mark Schulman and superstar, P!NK, have had a great working relationship for years.
Mark Schulman and superstar, P!NK, have had a great working relationship for years.

MARK SCHULMAN is THE man. He is affiliated and has been affiliated with more famous acts than most musicians see in a lifetime. These acts include Foreigner, Cher, P!NK, Sheryl Crow, Velvet Revolver, Stevie Nicks, Destiny's Child, Billy Idol, and many many more. Needless to say, he is more than accredited and a veteran in music of all sounds and styles.

Mark Schulman here with legendary Foreigner ("I Want to Know What Love Is").
Mark Schulman here with legendary Foreigner ("I Want to Know What Love Is").

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL. Mark Schulman has not only put the beat down on his music career, but he has also put the beat down on cancer. The man is a cancer-survivor. His battle led him to become a man and soul of generosity, caring, and compassion. On top of being a part of charities too numerous to list, he also does seminars with the Ronald McDonald House (a charity that has changed nearly 9 million lives every year since 1974) and benefits for the Teenage Cancer Trust (a non-profit health care organization that has helped hundreds of thousands of young teens beat and cope with cancer) in the UK. As a teen himself, Mark was invited to play with the Los Angeles Junior Philharmonic. Later, he was the drummer for Cher during the "Believe" and "Farewell" tours (two of the most attended tours in music history), he speaks professionally at many corporate seminars to help inspire others, and among so many other things, he is an owner and creator of West Triad Studios.

WEST TRIAD STUDIOS

Mark doing what he does best in his home away from home on Venice Beach, California.
Mark doing what he does best in his home away from home on Venice Beach, California.

West Triad Studios is one of those humble little niche spots that most people never see. It's Mark's own pretty piece of paradise. What started as basic storage in between frequent tours became an enterprise quality music recording studio.

Mark's usual practice here is to have users send him their music (minus the percussion, of course). He listens, gets a feel for the song, and then records multiple options of drum tracks. These takes are then sent back to the user to distribute at a very modest fee. If you need a drum track, give Mark's site a visit: http://www.markdrumtracks.com/content/your-drum-tracks.

Mark's personal playground.
Mark's personal playground.

THE HARDWARE

Mark and West Triad Studio has an EXTENSIVE (to say the least) repertoire of instruments, compressors, microphones, etc. We've decided to give you the link of all the fun toys that Mark has to choose from. Everything we could ever want to get our hands on is housed in this studio and at our disposal. If you're curious about the hardware list, please check it out here: http://www.markdrumtracks.com/content/west-triad-studios.

THE PEOPLE

Mark and Julian Coryell in the control room.
Mark and Julian Coryell in the control room.

Did I mention that West Triad Studio is also the production home of legends Julian Coryell (Jewel, Leonard Cohen, Carol King, and more) and Erich Gobel (Black Sabboth, John Mayer, Ray Charles, and more)? These three wonders make up this super-team of musicians, producers, engineers, and the list goes on. This guarantees that any track(s) we record in WTS will be refined and filtered by multiple sets of ears and perspectives.

OUR PURPOSE

Photo by Drew Dennis
Photo by Drew Dennis

Through the perseverance of David Lee and humble graciousness by Mark Schulman, we have been in contact with Mark. We sent him a few live tracks to listen to, and he has asked us to personally come visit West Triad Studio to record. Pinch us. We must be dreaming.

OUR GOAL

Another shot of West Triad Studios.
Another shot of West Triad Studios.

The goal here is to raise $1500. Mark has offered us a more than generous price to come out and record. Keep in mind here that it is the very MINIMUM that we will need to make. On top of this, we are still going to have to foot the bill for plane tickets, lodging, food, etc. etc. 

Our real goal is to get all or most of the trip paid for because let's face it, we're aspiring musicians, and money isn't the easiest thing to come by. While we're away, we will still have normal obligations like bills to take care of. We are all chasing our dream here. For a small pledge, we can all make this become a reality.

STRETCH GOALS!  

These are just goals for wishful thinking in the event that we raise more than expected!

$3,000: This will handsomely fund the single, travel, lodging, etc. for David, Steve, and myself!

$5,000: This could fund 2 possible tracks as well as other expenses!

$10,000: This could fund an entire EP recorded by Mark Schulman and the others of West Triad Studios.

SKEPTICAL ABOUT CONTRIBUTING?

Here are some things you should know:

If you feel the project isn't going as you anticipated or you question the validity, you can CANCEL your contribution at ANY time. Hassle free.

Also, keep in mind that ZERO funds (not one cent) will be removed from your account UNTIL the very last day of the kickstarter. If you don't have the money now, you can contribute what you would like to donate, and as long as you save it up by the deadline, there's no worries! This gives people some comfort and time to save. You can contribute now and pay later kind of thing! 

We hope this has cleared up some of the questions you may have had!

THANK YOU

Most importantly, thank you for your time, your effort, your consideration and willingness to support these crazy dreams of ours. We've been superbly blessed to have been given this opportunity and we do not intend to waste it. We hope you will find our rewards for donating and our cause to be of value to you as well. If there is anything that you would like to suggest or any questions you'd like to address, please feel free to message this kickstarter OR email us personally at the links below:

Kiefer Jones: kieferajones@gmail.com

David Lee: davidleemusic01@yahoo.com

Steve Crawley: smclkcsmc@gmail.com 

We can't express in words our gratitude for even taking the time to read this let alone contribute. Our absolute warmest regards to you and yours this holiday season, and thank you again for making dreams come true.

Mark Schulman: the man, the myth, the legend.
Mark Schulman: the man, the myth, the legend.

Lastly, thank you Mark Schulman. You are a superstar. Yet you take time out of your personal life to help countless others and leave them lingering with your sense of humility, hope, and humbleness. None of this would be possible without you and your desire to help and inspire others. This will be a life-long experience for all of us, and i'm sure that we will never forget it. We can't thank you enough, and we still can't believe you've given us this opportunity. Cheers to you, friend. Looking forward to the future.

With Love,

Kiefer, David, and Steve.

Informal Works Cited and Link:

http://www.markdrumtracks.com/

http://www.drummagazine.com/plugged-in/post/in-the-studio-with-mark-schulman

http://markschulman.com/

Risks and challenges

Basic production risk is assumed with this project. Most possible risk factors will just be time frame issues.

-Production may take longer than expected.
-Distribution may take longer than expected.
-Distribution of rewards may take longer than expected.

Other than those factors, the audio will be more than professional grade quality, the song will have been reviewed and recycled many times by highly skilled engineers to guarantee quality satisfaction, and the track will be released by West Triad Studios.

With a professional establishment such as this, it really narrows down the list of things that can go wrong. We are hoping that this helps alleviate any apprehension or insecurities that you as a contributor may have.

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    -We will send you a personal hand written "thank you" letter as well as a signed picture of us in the studio with Mark Schulman.
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    -With your permission of course, you will be added to our mailing list, and we will send you personal emails with pictures, videos, and greetings from West Triad Studio while working with Mark Schulman himself.
    -We will send you a personal hand written "thank you" letter as well as a signed picture of us in the studio with Mark Schulman.
    -You and one other will be given free admission to any of our upcoming shows of your choice!
    -A picture of you will be added to a "THANK YOU" flyer that will be shown at kieferjones.com and available for download.
    -You (or your business) will be listed in the "THANK YOU" credits of our first album or EP.
    -We will schedule a PRIVATE SHOW with you and whoever you would like! This could be at your house for a birthday, lounge for a social gathering, etc! You name the place and time, we take care of all the musical needs (PA included if needed).
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