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The Whomping Willows: 1975 is a lost album in need of restoration. Help us remaster and release this historical wizard rock gem!
The Whomping Willows: 1975 is a lost album in need of restoration. Help us remaster and release this historical wizard rock gem!
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The Whomping Willows: 1975 (Backstory)

I have been serving as the Whomping Willow's muggle host body for concerts and public appearances since December 2005. In recognition of my contributions to the Whomping Willow's musical career, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry recently invited me to the opening of a time capsule that was originally assembled and hidden away in 1975. Headmistress Minerva McGonagall had received a tip from the Whomping Willow that the time capsule contained something that might interest me. Although I've heard my visit to Hogwarts was frowned upon by some members of the wizarding school's staff, I was able to make the journey to Hogwarts and take part in the ceremony.

The opening of the time capsule revealed an incredible surprise: A demo tape in a shoddy case, labeled "Whomping Willows Demos - 1975"! For years, the Whomping Willow has claimed that his self-titled debut (based on events in the early- to mid-1990s, but released in 2006) represented his first attempt at music, but apparently he was hiding something. After some light prodding, the sneaky magical tree revealed that the demo tape was in fact a full album, revolving around Marauders-era events and recorded in 1975!

After an emotional meeting, the Whomping Willow granted me permission to restore the album, convert it to contemporary digital format, and release it on my DIY record label, Cheap Rent Records.

What's Being Funded?

Funds received via this Kickstarter campaign will help me restore The Whomping Willows: 1975 to a suitable condition and arrange for the album to be professionally mastered. I can perform some associated tasks myself, but hiring a professional sound engineer will be necessary to see this process to completion. And those folks are expensive.

Stretch Goals

At the moment, the plan is for this album to be released in digital format only. This is primarily due to the Whomping Willow's regret over creating so much physical waste in the form of CDs over the past several years. However:

If this campaign raises $3000, I will look into a creative form of digital release with a physical component. I have some awesome, creative ideas for this, but I don't want to provide details until I can confirm them for sure. Note: Anyone donating at the $25 level or above would receive an automatic upgrade to this semi-physical format!

If this campaign raises $5000, I will book a two- to three-week record release tour! I will take the location of my Kickstarter donors into consideration when scheduling tour dates. I can't make any specific promises, obviously, but I can guarantee that your voice will be heard! 

If this campaign raises $10000, I will be able to recommit myself to the process of making music on a full time basis, at least for the next six to eight months. In general, this would mean more creative output, more internet shenanigans, more YouTube videos, more interaction with fans, and more regional and national shows.

By The Way...

This is THE GUITAR. I used this instrument to record all the classics, including Draco and Harry, House of Awesome, Your Flying Car, etc. It can be yours for a donation of $1500!
This is THE GUITAR. I used this instrument to record all the classics, including Draco and Harry, House of Awesome, Your Flying Car, etc. It can be yours for a donation of $1500!

Risks and challenges

Releasing an album is a complicated process with many potential obstacles and setbacks. Thankfully, after releasing nearly a dozen albums over the years, I've become somewhat of an expert on everything that can go right and wrong with album production and release.

Regardless, should any specific obstacles present themselves during this process, I'll be sure to keep you all informed as much as humanly (and botanically) possible. I'll be posting regular updates either way -- and I predict that the vast majority of them will be very positive and celebratory in nature!

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    GRATITUDE: I will thank you publicly in a YouTube video, because you are a majestic unicorn and I appreciate your contribution!

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    ALBUM: I will send you a digital copy of The Whomping Willows: 1975 in advance of the album's release. Also includes THE GRATITUDE reward.

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    SPECIAL EDITION: I will send you a digital copy of The Whomping Willows: 1975, including at least two bonus tracks exclusive to this special version of the album. Also includes GRATITUDE reward.

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    PEN PALS: I will write you a letter, by hand, that includes top secret information about the album's conception and production, and also gossip about your favorite Marauders-era Hogwarts students. Also includes ALBUM and GRATITUDE rewards.

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    LYRICS: I will send you the original hand-written lyric sheet for one song from the album. It will be autographed. Also includes ALBUM and GRATITUDE rewards.

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    COVERS: I will cover a song of your choosing -- any song you want! -- and post a video of my performance on YouTube. Also includes ALBUM and GRATITUDE rewards.

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    FAN FICTION: I will write an original work of Harry Potter fan fiction, based on your specifications. You choose the characters, time, setting, and rating (G, PG-13, R, etc.). Delivered electronically in PDF form. Also includes ALBUM and GRATITUDE rewards.

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    SKYPE/GOOGLE PLUS CONCERT: I will play a private show for you via the internet. This show will last one hour and is likely to include special guest appearances. Also includes ALBUM and GRATITUDE rewards.

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY: I'll film a video of myself singing happy birthday to you and post it on YouTube on your birthday! Also includes ALBUM and GRATITUDE rewards.

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    COMPLETE PACKAGE: You will receive the HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SKYPE/GOOGLE PLUS CONCERT, FAN FICTION, COVERS, PEN PALS, SPECIAL EDITION, and GRATITUDE rewards! You are so awesome!

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    THE GUITAR: In return for single-handedly funding this entire project, I will send you the acoustic guitar I used to record my first two albums and play my first 250-ish shows. This instrument is a priceless wizard rock relic and it now belongs to YOU. Also includes SPECIAL EDITION and GRATITUDE rewards.

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