Welcome to my Kickstarter project!
Thanks to Hayley Fahey for producing the video. Darthenoad Moxley*** sends his regards.
This Is The One is my first studio album since Thank You Bethesda. The title is a wink and a nod to my musician friends who always feel their next album will be their best ever and their biggest success. Which is exactly how I feel about This Is The One!
I've been chipping away at T.I.T.O. for over a year now, recording whenever I've had new songs ready to go. It's about 75% completed and I've covered all the costs myself. I'm now seeking co-producers (that's you) to help me finish. If your pledges reach my goal of $8,999 or more, I'll be able to get the album mixed, mastered, manufactured and delivered to you in a timely fashion.
This Is The One will be my eighth album (recording as P. Hux or Parthenon Huxley). The previous seven: Sunny Nights, Deluxe, Purgatory Falls, Mile High Fan, Kiss The Monster, Tracks & Treasure Vol 1 and Thank You Bethesda.
In the pre-internet era I sought out record labels to release my music. I've recorded for Columbia, Universal, Voiceprint (UK), Not Lame, Pioneer (Japan), TWA (Australia), Dolphin, Black Olive, Lakeshore, Cactus Boy and many others.
Through crowdfunding I have another option. I can produce the album myself and bring you onboard as co-producers. Your investment can range from $15 to $1499. The more you pledge, the bigger your reward. Plus, you'll hear my new album before the general public.
Five years ago, using Kickstarter felt like a crazy risk. When the campaign for Thank You Bethesda succeeded, it turned into one of the coolest experiences of my creative life. The support was truly amazing.
I record real humans playing real instruments in a real studio. It's more expensive than using a computer, but I like my music to sound...human. All my favorite records were recorded this way.
Some of the new recordings are in the style of the quick and loose 1960s (no click track, no computer fixes) while others have been treated with a more exacting, modern eye. Whatever suits the music best.
I've again teamed up with Mark Williams of Suckerpunch Studio in Bethesda as my recording engineer and guiding star in the studio. We've worked together for twelve years. He co-produced Thank You Bethesda and is amazingly talented. And funny. Just look at him cutting up in this picture:
Drummer Ricky Wise and bassist Dave Phenicie feature prominently on This Is The One. Besides being exciting players they are also exceptional singers and great people. We've done tons of gigs together since I moved to Maryland from L.A. and we've forged a real musical bond.
Other musicians appearing on This Is The One include the fabulous Ben Hoyt (violin), Orchestra and P. Hux drummer Gordon Townsend (drums), Miles Davis protege Nick Pierone (piano) and the uber talented Daniel Clarke (keyboards.)
Making a record is my favorite creative act. There's nothing I enjoy more than writing new music and bringing it to life for others to hear. I love everything about the process: writing the songs, perfecting the arrangements, recording with talented musicians, discovering new sounds with my engineer, even creating the artwork.
Inspiration is a magical thing. I don't know if it's a chemical process, a channel from rock and roll heaven, pixie dust in the wind of my mind, but whatever it is, I'm on a nice writing streak. New songs are pushing perfectly good old songs off the album.
I like to think music is an expression of my best self. In songs I can be the person I aspire to be: open, compassionate, seeing. I hope it trickles down into my everyday life.
I write and record for more than my own satisfaction. I know you're out there and it inspires me. I'm committed to turning This Is The One into a fantastic album (IMHO!) that you'll enjoy for years to come. This is the one, baby!
I'm offering rewards that I can fulfill with confidence: a great new album, a really fun hardcover photo book of favorite shots from my music career, a cool new This Is The One T-Shirt, a unique studio recording of a song of your choice, personal guitar lessons, intimate house concerts, and more. I think physical things like CDs, Books, Shirts and personal concerts have grown more special now that life is more and more online. I hope you'll opt for big, fun rewards!
Five years ago I fulfilled rewards by playing house concerts in Potomac MD, Reno NV, and Bethesda MD; recorded original songs called "Not Done Yet" and "Alien Song"; had great talks on the phone with supporters from different parts of the country; and even gave a guitar lesson in California while on tour. I think I enjoyed the rewards as much as you guys.
I look forward to rewarding my backers again. I hope you'll join me and be my co-producers for This Is The One!
***Darthenoad Moxley origin story. I used to teach "rock band" at New Hope Academy in MD. One day I arrived at school and it was Picture Day. I hadn't gotten the memo, was wearing just a T shirt...but I quickly sat for a picture and then left the room. My guess is that the photographer said, "Oops! I forgot to get the name of the rock band teacher." My second guess is that a New Hope student, doing his/her best to remember my name, said, "Uh, yeah, I think, umm, his name is, like, Darthenoad Moxley."
Best Star Wars name, ever!
Risks and challenges
I'm a professional musician and recording artist with more than a dozen albums to my credit. I know the challenges and costs involved with creating an album like this. There is essentially no risk involved.
This is also my second Kickstarter Project. My first project was for my latest studio album Thank You Bethesda. It was a great success and a featured project on the Kickstarter home page.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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