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Help Charlotte indie-rockers Melt put out their first record with North Carolina's first nonprofit record label, Croquet Records
Help Charlotte indie-rockers Melt put out their first record with North Carolina's first nonprofit record label, Croquet Records
39 backers pledged $5,030 to help bring this project to life.

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Melt debut full-length album Repossession Blues

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Charlotte indie-rock band Melt is releasing its debut full-length album on Croquet Records, North Carolina's first nonprofit record label, and we need your help to complete the project!

With your support we will release Melt’s LP Repossession Blues on 12” vinyl record, CD, and digital formats.

The Melt Story

Formed in in Charlotte in 2013, Melt originally began as a solo project of songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist Phil Pucci. Two of Pucci’s lifelong friends, David Scanlon on bass and Alex Smith on drums, rounded out the band.

Melt has been playing shows and writing music for over a year and a half, and we’re excited to help them release their debut album! Their sound has been compared to R.E.M., Galaxie 500, and Real Estate.

The guys in Melt are great members of the North Carolina music community. Phil Pucci has worked tirelessly to put on several Reverb Fests: One day music festivals that support charities. Their support of the community fits with our own vision and ideals.

Melt has refined their songwriting and live performances by playing over 30 shows, primarily in Charlotte. Having CDs, vinyl records, and t-shirts will help Melt support themselves on their upcoming first tour.

Alex Smith, Phil Pucci, and David Scanlon of Melt
Alex Smith, Phil Pucci, and David Scanlon of Melt

The Croquet Records Story

Inspired by the young bands playing Charlotte’s underground independent music scene, musician and photographer James Willamor formed the vision of a volunteer-run nonprofit record label in early 2014.

James assembled a volunteer board of directors that have years of experience not just in the music industry, but also in journalism, PR, and new media.

Croquet Records Board of Directors
Croquet Records Board of Directors

After months of hard work and late nights, and with the assistance of Charlotte School of Law, Croquet Records incorporated and received status as a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization!

Croquet Records is focused on new and emerging bands and songwriters in North Carolina that need help releasing their first project. What makes us different is our artists retain all rights to their original music, never sign an exclusive contract, and we hope to see them graduate from us to a larger label.

We're working on building a community of supporters and establishing our credibility so we can appeal to larger arts funding organizations in the future. Our goal is to have diverse and sustainable sources of funding in place by year two, but to get there we need to successfully complete our first project!

That’s where you come in – we’re taking a step of faith and trusting our community will catch us. We're proposing a modest Kickstarter goal of $5,000 to produce this album. This will cover everything from mastering the album to pressing vinyl records; check the description below for a detailed budget.

We’ve put a lot of thought into the Kickstarter rewards and any support will is graciously accepted.

We’re focused on helping to make North Carolina’s independent music scene into one that’s just as good as you will find anywhere in the country, but to get there we need to complete our very first project – Repossession Blues by Melt!

Budget

Melt has already recorded the songs for the album at Sioux Sioux Studio and at Plaza Sound in Charlotte, North Carolina.

We need to raise $5,000 to release Repossession Blues on 12” vinyl record, CD, and digital platforms. We made sure to factor in 10% to 15% extra to cover any cost overruns.

  • $2700 12" pressed vinyl records
  • $600 Mastering the album.
  • $480 Producing the CDs
  • $380 Locally screen printed t-shirts and other backer rewards 
  • $350 Packaging, shipping, and other costs
  • $490 Fees charged by Kickstarter and bank card processors

Make your donation today!

Croquet Records is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization. Contributions from individuals and businesses are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Check Out Some of Our Press

WFAE’s Charlotte Talks: Charlotte’s Music Past and Future

Charlotte Five: A new music label that’s all about North Carolina

The News Herald: Croquet Records launches NC-focused nonprofit record label

Music Biz Cast: Episode 38: James Willamor on creating a 3rd way for artists and musicians in North Carolina

Risks and challenges

The songs are already written and recorded, with just a few mixing adjustments needed that should be complete by the time the Kickstarter campaign ends. We will then be ready to send the album to the mastering engineer!

The biggest challenge is the time. We are eager to release the project as soon as possible but realize that vinyl record pressing process is time consuming, and can take two to three months. If there are any delays getting the records from the plant, we'll let backers know as soon as possible.

We have a talented and experience board of directors in place and have received much guidance and support from our North Carolina music community and are confident in our ability to see this project though completion.

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    Download two new singles from the album before it is released + thank you via our blog!

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    Digital Package! Download of the full album before it is released + digital copy of album art and poster + thank you via our blog!

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    CD Package! Physical copy of CD before it's released + download of a bonus disc including acoustic songs and more + digital download of album + sticker + button + thank you via blog post and social media!

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    Vinyl Package! 12” pressed vinyl record + sticker + button + digital download of album + digital download of bonus disc + thank you via blog post and social media!

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    Patron Level! KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE locally screen printed t-shirt + physical copy of the CD + everything in the Vinyl Package!

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    Silver Level Philanthropist! Early access to our making-of documentary online + hand-written thank you letter + signed glossy artist photo + individually handmade drawing of a record player by James Willamor + permanently listed on website as a Philanthropist level supporter + everything in Patron Level!

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    Photography Package! Photography package – 1 hour photo shoot by Croquet Records founder James Willamor at location of your choosing in North Carolina and digital copy of the photos (travel expenses extra if outside the state) + everything in Silver Level Philanthropist.

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    Recording Package! One hour of recording time utilizing Croquet Records’ mobile recording studio with recording and mixing by Croquet Records founder James Willamor at a location of your choosing in North Carolina (travel expenses extra if outside the state) + everything in Silver Level Philanthropist!

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    House show package! House show at location of your choosing! We provide the sound system (travel expenses extra if outside the state) + everything in Silver Level Philanthropist!

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    Gold Level Philanthropist - KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE 12” 180 gram lathe-cut vinyl record individually made in North Carolina by a craftsman featuring early Melt songs + your business logo or your photo, name, and permanent link on our website as a sponsor + thank you from the stage at CD release show + thank you on Between the Wickets radio show + a digital copy of every future release by Croquet Records FOR EVER! + Everything in Silver Level!

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    Platinum Level Philanthropist! Second copy of the CD framed on a plaque for wall display + we will interview you for the documentary + invitation to dinner with the band and Croquet Records board members before album release show + digital downloads AND physical version of every release and a copy of all merchandise released by Croquet Records FOR EVER! + Everything in the Gold Level!

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