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I've got the songs, studio, producer and good vibes all lined up to make this album next month. What I don't have is every last dollar.
I've got the songs, studio, producer and good vibes all lined up to make this album next month. What I don't have is every last dollar.
261 backers pledged NZ$ 15,140 to help bring this project to life.

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Friends,

It’s been ages since I put any music out. Ages since I really wanted to.
I feel like I spent all these years bumbling around, trying to follow music but not really having the confidence or life experience to know how. I fell in and out of seasons, wrestling with the psychology of it all.

These last couple of years have been about letting it all go. Romance, faith, work, friends, music, identity. I stopped agonising over my fate and just let it lie.

A few months ago I left my management because, after six years, it felt right to stand alone. Immediately, something inside me woke up and songs started coming again. So I left my day job too, to give these songs the space and energy they were asking for.

And suddenly, here we are, ready to record. I’ve got my trusted producer Nic Manders and his studio locked in for October. We’ve set the budget for ten days in the studio, and the mixing and mastering of eight songs. 

It has taken a while for me to find my peace with such a public leap of faith. When I think about it, it's crazy. This album won't happen without you.

I've loved coming up with special rewards to make this campaign more than just a pre-order. One-off polaroids from the studio, locally made notebooks with handwritten lyrics, and pieces of art created by good people I'd love you to know (more information about them in posts to come). And with the album itself, three options: digital download, CD, or vinyl.

All going to plan, you'll have this new collection of songs in your hot little ears by the end of summer, and the first single much sooner...

So welcome to this moment in time, this line in the sand. Shall we?

- Lydia. 

Cost breakdown

Recording -
Studio: $2000
Producer/engineer: $4000
Mixing: $3500
Mastering: $640
GST: $1521
(any session musicians or additional studio days would bump this figure up.)

Additional costs will be -
CD production
Vinyl production
Merchandise production
Release show/s
Record promotion
Tour promotion

I will cover the additional costs. Any funds received beyond the 10k goal will assist greatly in this.

Questions and feedback are warmly received at: info@lydiacole.com

Risks and challenges

Creative projects are wild animals, living and breathing things. These songs might ask for special attention in ways that we don't know about yet, like maybe one of them will want something funky like a saw player or some yodelling, in which case we would need to hire external talent, pushing up the budget.

Nic has produced recordings of mine multiple times before. I know he keeps extremely high standards, whatever the budget.

The exact date of the album's release will be confirmed over time. At the moment I am gunning for late February or March. I will be keeping in close contact with all my backers with any changes in schedule. I don't foresee anything holding it back much longer than that.

I have all my merchandise costs (CDs, vinyl, art prints, notebooks, polaroids) accounted for and production avenues lined up.

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    Pledge NZ$ 5 or more About $3

    WISHING WELL

    - many thanks / welcome to the family / chur!

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    SPY IN THE WINDOW

    - digital download of first single "Dream" (October 2015)
    - digital album download
    - one-off polaroid from the studio

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    WRITER ON THE GO

    - digital download of first single "Dream" (October 2015)
    - digital album download
    - locally-made, unlined notebook featuring a page of handwritten lyrics

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    VISITOR AT THE DOOR

    - digital download of first single "Dream" (October 2015)
    - digital album download
    - signed CD
    - one-off polaroid from the studio

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    THE GRAND VINYL

    - digital download of first single "Dream" (October 2015)
    - digital album download
    - signed vinyl

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    Pledge NZ$ 75 or more About $48

    ONE CUTE DUO

    - 2x digital download of first single "Dream" (October 2015)
    - 2x digital album download
    - 2x signed CD
    - double pass to my next show near you. Available in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Gisborne, Auckland, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne.

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    Pledge NZ$ 90 or more About $57

    GIMME SOMETHING GOOD

    - digital download of first single "Dream" (October 2015)
    - digital album download
    - signed CD
    - A5 art print (exclusive to Kickstarter): Five of my artist friends have created a piece inspired by "Dream" (the first single, to be released very soon). Previews of the works will be featured in updates to come, and you will be able to choose which of the five you would like.

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    Pledge NZ$ 160 or more About $102

    I WANT IT ALL

    - digital download of first single "Dream" (October 2015)
    - digital album download
    - one-off polaroid from the studio
    - locally-made, unlined notebook featuring a page of handwritten lyrics
    - signed CD
    - signed vinyl
    - double pass to my next show near you. (Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington, Gisborne, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane)
    - A5 art print (exclusive to Kickstarter): Five of my artist friends have created a piece inspired by "Dream" (the first single, to be released very soon). Previews of the works will be featured in updates to come, and you will be able to choose which of the five you would like.

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    Pledge NZ$ 201 or more About $128

    BEER O'CLOCK

    - 3x digital download of first single "Dream" (October 2015)
    - 3x signed CDs
    - an evening of Jenga at the pub with Lydia and 2 of your mates (Auckland)
    - 3x polaroids from the night
    - first round is on me

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    Pledge NZ$ 1,000 or more About $638

    LET'S GET TOGETHER

    - digital download of first single "Dream" (October 2015)
    - digital album download
    - an unplugged gig at your house (40-minute solo set)

    * Within Auckland: at a time mutually agreed upon!
    * Outside Auckland: factored into my next tour. Available in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Gisborne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne.

    If you live elsewhere, feel free to send me an email before you pledge and we can discuss other possibilities: info@lydiacole.com

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Funding period

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