STRETCH GOAL! $650
We achieved our initial goal in the first few days of funding! I'm absolutely overwhelmed with the response from my friends and family. The support, the pledges, the advice, the cheerleading... Now, because of all you who made this reality we can do even more.
Stretch Goal: $650 = More Vinyl
I spoke with Future Oak Records and I'm able to increase my original order so I can make more records available through this Kickstarter campaign. The numbers are still very limited, so jump in when you can!
The increased goal will allow us to lathe-cut, package, ship, and release 10 additional records. More vinyl means more "Kodachrome" for you and the world!!!
LET'S DO THIS!
The Battle Cry
This is my debut solo project. My first professionally recorded, mixed, and mastered album featuring only me and my guitar. I want to share the experience of living, writing, and performing these songs in the most personal way possible.
And I can think of no better way to translate all the little moments that built these songs than the physical presence of a vinyl record.
So, I'm campaigning to create a "45", also known as a 7-inch vinyl record, featuring my two latest recordings, "Kodachrome Heart" and "Who Do You Think You Are?" Each record will be individually lathe-cut right here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Future Oak Records.
But calling this a solo effort is a bit of a misnomer.
My story is a love story.
My "New Hometown"
I've been to the city of Pittsburgh, Pa., many times in my life.
But in 2013, I came here on tour, and I fell in love.
With the stunning city
With the music scene
With the people...
The Stunning City
A few months after the end of tour, I moved into the Pittsburgh Art House. I wanted to pour all my heart and soul into making music. And Pittsburgh, as well as the Art House, created just the environment for me to start making my dreams a reality.
I'll never forget writing the song "Kodachrome Heart." My roommates and I were gathered in the dining room. I had my guitar and I was indulging myself - just playing some of my favorite chords for fun. Some of my songs take months to write. Years, even. But "Kodachrome Heart" seemed to pump directly into my fingertips whilst the words poured from my lips.
The Music Scene
While frequenting the local open mics around town, Michael Hickman of Electric Eye Recorders approached me about coming into his studio. Finally, I found myself in front of some microphones in Polish Hill. There, I chose to record "Kodachrome Heart."
Some of my very favorite bands in the city put out 45s with the help Future Oak. The records are individually lathe-cut right here in Pittsburgh. So, while their records were spinning on the turntable, so were the cogs in my mind.
I went into Electric Eye Recorders with a plan: If I could get two songs of the necessary quality, I wanted to press them to vinyl with Future Oak.
I met so many amazing people since moving to this city, I'm not sure where to begin. If it weren't for the folks over at Hambone's open mic, I wouldn't have met Michael of Electric Eye or Fredrick of Future Oak.
Michael connected me to Garrett Haines of Treelady Studios. As of this writing, he is mastering these two tracks specifically for vinyl.
My roommates at the Art House and our friends played major roles in completing the artwork. Michael P. Sweeny shot the front cover of the album art, while Erin McCandless provided graphic design and the back cover photo.
And I can't begin to name the countless artists and musicians in our community who provided the inspiration for the songs on this record.
**Now, I need you**
With your help, we can complete this project.
And we will not only create a couple of songs, but an entire sensory experience.
Thank you all so much!
Limited edition Life(Liss) merch
There are only 8 t-shirts left and they are available in select reward packages! They were printed by Leadhead Creative in Erie, Pa., my hometown where I was born and raised. I even went to high school with the the guys who operate the business!
Then there's the cheap n' easy option - the Life(Liss) sticker + button combo pack! Only $5! Free Shipping!
B.T. Sessions is a compilation album I created with two other, female singer-songwriters: Amber Alley and Optimistic Apocalypse. We recorded the album inside Basement Transmissions in Erie, Pa. with Wondersound Industries.
The last nine, full-production copies produced through the Edinboro Art Incubator by Basement Transmissions Records are available in select reward packages!
NEW Victory Merch
All Liss Victory merch remaines in various levels of production. But here is a preview of my new-and-improved Victory Goggles designed by Mario Quinn of Markav Clothing.
Risks and challenges
The major challenge here will be completing the project by the tentative release date of April 10, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Time needs to be accounted for the length of this campaign, finishing the mastering process, cutting the records, and crafting the individual sleeves.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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