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I'm heading into the studio to create my idea of a record, part album, part film, part fan experience.

OK, so I'm launching this Kickstarter campaign because I want to raise the money needed to make my debut album.  But that's nothing new, there's plenty of great musicians out their wanting to do the same thing  But for me this is more than just an album.  There's always been a gap between artists and their fans, whether they're musicians, writers, film makers, whatever their discipline, there's always been this gap between the people that make art and the people that enjoy it.  But with sites like Kickstarter that gap is constantly getting smaller.  We're no longer working in an industry where something is passed from one person to another but instead where something is contributed too and experienced by everyone around it.  In fact we always have this idea that the music industry in dying but I don't think it is, I think it's actually really healthy, it's just changed and it's in this change that I want to create.

So I want to make a record of two halves.  I love the way music and image compliment each other and how one is so often enhanced by the other so I want to make a record that is on one hand a normal album, put the CD in the player and you get a record, but on the other a story, of the creation of the album, of the ideas and emotions that go into the album and of creativity itself.  This means that these two halves will be experienced as one whole record, both complimenting each other, both containing great music and both telling a story.  The feel of the record itself is going to walk delicately between acoustic singer songwriter and ambient music.  I'm influenced by a wide range of music as far reaching as Nick Drake and Noah Gundersen to ambient pioneers like Brian Eno and modern greats like Sigur Ros and Ólafur Arnalds.  I've been deeply enthralled in this mixture of sounds for years now and I feel that it's time to further explore the music I've got bouncing around my head.

I began this journey last year when I released an EP called Entrance To Trains and now I want to explore deeper what else I can create in this interesting creative time we're living in.  The money you donate will go to the production process as a whole, from studio time to making sure the package feels great in your hands to launching the album properly, in the company of the people that helped make it happen.  If you want to hear more of my music then check out the files below, these three tracks from Entrance To Trains show my music in it's most basic form, what I'm writing now I envision to be more complex but at it's very core everything still has this stripped back, almost naked soul.

Thank you for viewing my project and I hope I've inspired you to get involved.

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It's true that every project has it's difficulties and challenges but after years of training and working in music and particularly in recording I believe I'm well placed to tackle the challenges this project faces. I've spent around thirteen years studying, training and working in music and recording, as an engineer and a performer and I've also worked on and managed huge projects before such as albums. I know the sort of challenges that come up, like problems in the studio, getting everyone in the right place at the right time and constantly shifting schedules and I know I can handle these problems as they arise.

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    This is the entry level into my Kickstarter campaign and for your support you get a personal thank you email from me, thanking your in detail for the support you've given.

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    This is the first opportunity to get your hands on the record itself. This donation will get you a hard copy of the record, CD and DVD sent to your door step.

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    Be the very first person to get my debut record, days before anybody else gets their hands on the real thing.

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    Enter the campaign at this level and I'll send you a video diary each day from the studio, clips from the sessions, personal thoughts and a thank you every day while I'm recording, plus a copy of the record when it's finished.

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    My notebook. Throughout this process from initial inception, to the recording sessions to the launch night, I'm filling up a Moleskine notebook with ideas, information about the project and photo's from the studio. The idea is that this notebook will be the one and only true copy of my overall experiences making this record and perhaps the best example of the closer artist-fan relationship from this entire project. Getting involved at this level also gets you a copy of the record when it's finished.

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    A ticket to the launch night in St Louis. Back this reward and you'll get a ticket to the launch night of the record at The Rampant Interactive in St Louis, MO, USA. This is going to be an intimate event where we'll get together for the premier of the film and the first public playing of the album in a great space. There'll be free drinks and plenty of time to talk about the project. This reward also comes with a copy of the record when it's finished. Please note travel to and accommodation in St Louis is purely the responsibility of the backer and will not be provided.

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    Lunch with me on the day of the launch night, and a ticket to the event itself. I'll take a couple of hours out of my preparations for the night to have lunch with a backer, talk about the night ahead, the project, just about anything really in a less crowded environment. This reward also includes a copy of the record when it's finished. Please note travel to and accommodation in St Louis is purely the responsibility of the backer and will not be provided.

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    This reward gets you a one-off track, completely unique, not on any other copy of the record. A single piece of ambient music composed just for you and delivered to you as a digital download just before the release of the record, which you'll also get a copy of when it's finished.

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    Back the campaign at this level and you can design the entire case artwork for the final physical product. This is a great leap of faith for me as a musician but I feel that this reward in particular would be a fantastic collaboration with one fan. This rewards of course also comes with a copy of the record, where you'll get to see your artwork for real.

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    My electric guitar, used on the record. Back the campaign at this top level and you'll get my Fender Standard Telecaster that I'll actually be using in the studio and a copy of the album when it's finished. I'll also sign the guitar if you wish.

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