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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 13 2012 7:23 AM UTC +00:00
$5,216
pledged of $20,000pledged of $20,000 goal
121
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 13 2012 7:23 AM UTC +00:00

About

"Maxwell Hughes is the Joe Dimaggio of baseball, the Wayne Gretzky of hockey, and I fully endorse and support this man and his music." - Jeremiah Caleb Fraites, The Lumineers

Hello everyone and thank for you checking out my project. My name is Maxwell Hughes, former member and co-writer in The Lumineers and this years 3rd place winner at The International Fingerstyle Championship. I would like to put out a new album called Only In Dreams and I encourage you all to pledge and a part of this new album!!! Videos and more info are below so keep reading!

So....who are you?

Oh hello! My name is Maxwell Hughes and I am an instrumental guitarist from Fort Collins, CO. I work at a really great 24 hour coffee shop called The Alley Cat that actively employs musicians and artists, such as myself, and work construction on the side. I have been working there at The Alley Cat for 5 years and I am ready to make the transition of becoming a full time musician a reality.

In 2002, I asked my dad to show me some chords on the guitar and proceeded to write the worst song in history. Don't worry, I've forgotten how to play it. But I have written some other great songs to redeem myself.

For some reason, the guitar stuck. I fell in love with it and am proud of how far I have come in my musical ability. I feel fortunate to have found something I am passionate about and I cant wait to share it with you and the world through Only In Dreams.

Whats your project?

Well, I would like to put out an album, a REALLY good one and unfortunately it comes with a cost. Recording equipment is expensive and as a result, recording time becomes expensive. My first self-titled album was done in my friend Jerry Palmers living room over a couple of months. Express, my second album, was done at Backbone Recording studios, a high end recording studio in Loveland, CO. Express cost $400 and was recorded, mixed and mastered in 5 hours...and it shows. It was a rush job and I got I what I paid for. The sound isn't where I would like it to be and I know I could have played better on the tracks. That's why I am here.

Unlike the other two albums, Only In Dreams is going to be full instrumentation, have lyrical songs, and have the production quality of a great album. Myron Dove, former bassist with Santana, will be playing on and producing this album and I can't wait to see what we come up with! I am trying to take the steps towards making this a professional quality album; one that I am proud of and feel confident sending out to radio stations, small indie labels, newspapers, magazines, etc. But why is it so expensive? Let me explain...

The Breakdown

Like most of us, its hard for me to imagine $20,000 just sitting in the bank. I live a modest lifestyle and have more been living as a starving artist these past few years. The truth is, $20k is a lot to one person...BUT...this will not be going to only one person. In fact, none of it will be going to me at all. I have all of my money invested into this project (basic overhead, promotion, travel, marketing, etc.) and I will not be re-cooping any of that, even if the Kickstarter goes through. I believe in this album so much that I went out on a limb by putting all of my eggs into this one basket. I know, its crazy, but here is the breakdown:

  • $2000 for fees that Kickstarter and Amazon.com take off the top (It really hurts that they take 10% of all projects!!!)
  • $6000 for 30+ days in the studio (recording and mixing)
  • $2000 for Myron Dove as producer and studio musician thought the album.
  • $1000 for mastering of Only In Dreams.
  • $5000 replication of 3 CD's for gift-backs/rewards, two previous albums and Only In Dreams. (1000 copies each)
  • $1000 for T-Shirts @ $8/shirt for gift-backs/rewards (design coming soon!!!)
  • $1000 in mailing costs for all gift-backs/rewards.
  • After all is said and done, there is now a $2000 remainder. This money will be used to give back to the people who have donated their time and efforts to making this album happen (Kickstarter video, graphic design, marketing, media, T-Shirt design, photography, album cover, artwork, promotion, music videos, etc.). These are the people who are making this album happen and who are truly making my life happen. I wish I had more to offer them!
  • Any money surpassing my goal will be donated to my photographer friend Erin to help cover her medical expenses. Please help this amazing woman out by either pledging here or donating independently at http://www.giveforward.com/astepforwardforerin?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=fb_wall&utm_campaign=hug&og_action=hug&fb_ref=480587.

Why Kickstarter?

The thing I love about Kickstarter is that unless my goal is met entirely, I don't get any of the money pledged and no one gets charges a cent. What I am hoping for, however, is that my goal is fulfilled!!! Then, everyone's pledges goes through and everyone gets the reward they pledged towards (take a look to the right to see the great rewards!!!). Both parties get something wonderful in return, and for that, I fully support Kickstarter.

How can I help?

Great question! Well the easy answer is pledge money here on the site. Every pledge will help make this next album come into fruition. Plus, you'll get some great gift-backs/rewards in return! The other way you can help is to share this with people who might like it! Share some of my videos or music and tell people what the deal is: "Maxwell Hughes needs your help to make his awesome new album Only In Dreams become a reality. Trust me, you'll be famous for it and get great gifts and increase your social status and become a better person!" Also, utilize your social networks and spread the word. Its going to be a great album and I cant do it without your support. Thank you for taking the time to read this and please check the updates for the latest news! I cant wait for the release of this new album and I thank you for your support!!!!

Your fan,

Maxwell Hughes www.maxwellhughesmusic.com

Credits:

Kickstarter Video and "Flapper Girl" by Tomas Herrera www.calvinpepper.com

Profile Photo by Kurt Stevens www.kurtstevensphotography.com

All other Youtube Videos by Aaron Cyrus Door www.acdimaging.com

Risks and challenges

I think the biggest challenge will be getting funding for such a sizable amount. The project time and funding goal cannot be changed once it is set and I feel people might be discouraged to pledge towards such a large goal. But, it is really risk free. If you pledge and the project gets funded, you will be getting some great things in return. If it does not get funded, you will not be charged anything. I want people to know the deal and to pledge even if they think it cant be done!!!

Most of the other challenges have to deal with the recording and promoting of the album. Making a good album takes time and resources. However, I feel that I am especially equipped for this after having created two albums in the past. I have experience in recording, mixing, mastering and promotion, and have allotted more than enough time for each stage.

Distributing the kickstarter rewards can be another challenge, but I believe I have created rewards that aren't overly complicated, leaving me time to give back what I promise and to focus on creating an amazing album.

Obviously, effective promotion will be another big part of making this album a success, but I feel my existing network of supporters and fans have already shown significant interest and I have no doubt that they will continue to support me through this project. I have created email lists to let everyone know that this is happening and feedback has been more than encouraging.

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    Reward #1

    THE HUGGER: Eternal gratitude and a big ole electronic hug or E-hug, as I like to call it. It's the future of hugging.

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    ELECTRIC FEEL: Five Maxwell Hughes wallpapers for your computer and a special shout out on my website. It's the future of shout outs.

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    Reward #3 DIGITECH: Digital download of the new album before its release, plus rewards 1 and 2. It's the future of...well, you get it.

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    Reward #4 LETS GET PHYSICAL: A physical, pre-released copy of the new album, plus rewards 1-3.

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    Reward #5 DOUBLE STACK: A copy of my self-titled CD plus rewards 1-4.

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    Reward #6 TRIPLE STACK: A copy of my second album, Express, and rewards 1-5. Thats 3 CD's, a digital download, computer wallpaper, shout out and E-Hug. Get some!

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    Reward #7 TEE PARTY: A physical and digital copy of the album and a Maxwell Hughes T-Shirt that is just your size! Includes rewards 1 and 2 only.

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    Reward #8 THE BIG ONE: Rewards 1-7. What does that mean? 3 CD's, a digital download, a Maxwell Hughes T-shirt, and all the other perks.

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    Reward # 9 BRONZE MEMBER: I would like to invite you all to becoming a member of making this new CD happen! In addition to everything else, Bronze Members will get two limited addition posters and heartfelt thank you letter for your membership!

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    Reward #10 SILVER MEMBER: In addition to ALL of the other wonderful giftbacks, Silver Members get a hand written thank you note for becoming a member as well as a free ticket to any show throughout the year. You are much appreciated Silver members!

    *CD release show excluded in use of free ticket(s).

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    Reward #11 GOLD MEMBER: Gotta love that Gold! As a Gold Member, you attain a higher social status! As a result, your name, if you so choose, will be listed in the new CD album credits! You also get all the other perks and TWO free tickets to any show through out the year.

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    YOUNG GRASSHOPPER: This is a new reward, by request, for guitar lessons. It's 2012 and the power of technology is oh so impressive! You will receive five 1 hour guitar lessons via Skype. It's a really great way to learn from the comfort of your own home by the instructor you want. Perfect for all skill levels and makes an excellent Christmas gift!! Comes with no other rewards and lessons can start in January, after the completion of this Kickstarter!

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    Reward #12 PLATINUM MEMBER: Thank you, thank you, thank you! I commend you for you decision making skills! As a Platinum Member, you will get credited on the new CD, receive 2 free tickets to any show of the year, a hand written thank you note, ALL the other perks and receive a free ticket to the CD releases party in March! The party details will be disclosed closer to release date!

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    Reward #13 HOUSE CALL: This is where we really get to know one another!!! At this level of donation, you will receive a live house concert for you and your friends by yours truly. You pick a date that I am not booked, cover travel costs and I am yours for an up to two hour, private house concert! Rewards 1-12 included!

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    Rewards #14 WHO AM I?: This is where you will really get to know me and I will probably embarrass myself. You will get a unique package including the following: A selection of my journal, some home recordings that will never be released, an unforgiving Polaroid photo, a personalized handmade mug, and a personalized screen printed shirt of mine. This also includes Rewards 1-13.

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    Reward #15 A DAY TOGETHER: You and I will put together a fun day of activities and we will eat and drink and play and take pictures and do the most creative stuff we can come up with! If you are Colorado based, I will cover travel costs, but out of state is on you! Lets have some fun! Rewards 1-13 are included!

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    Reward #16 JOIN THE FUN: This is a very cool opportunity to be a part of the CD! With this endorsement, you will bring yourself out to California for a day during the recording of the new CD and you get to be a part of it!!! Whether you just want to observe and hangout for the recording session or rock out on some tracks is entirely up to you. You will also get photos and the recording of your day at the studio! Unfortunately, all final recordings will be up to my discretion but we can still have a blast in the studio! This includes rewards 1-13!

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    Reward #17 GUITAR HERO: One of the guitars used for the new album will be signed and presented at the CD release party to you...you lucky guitar hero you! It will come with photos from the studio and you will get an 8 x 10 portrait of you receiving your new guitar! Start practicing those chops! Includes rewards 1-13!

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    Reward #18 YOUR HELPER: I will be your personal assistant for a day. I will follow you around, play music for you, tell you that all of your ideas are incredible and that you look great, help out with whatever you need help with (as long as its legal), and emotionally be there for you. After all, it's a tough world out there and we can all use a friend! Includes rewards 1-13

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    Reward #19 BE IMMORTALIZED: I have a song that needs you! The song is called Love Letter and it was originally going to be one of my love letters read over some great original music. This is where you come in! We will have the music already recorded and ready for you to come out and record your letter on the album. It could be for your loved one, a lost love, made up of fictional characters, whatever you would like the letter to be. You can write it or we can write it together and then your voice will forever be the narration of this letter! Truly a one of a kind experience! Includes rewards 1-13!

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    Reward #20 NO NAME: I really have no idea what more I can offer. Have a fun idea? Lets talk about it! Perhaps doing a project together or something big and exciting like that! You also get everything offered (except Rewards 17-19) and then some. If you are endorsing me at this level, you are probably crazy rich and can probably do more! So the more you donate the crazier the idea or project can be! Lets change the world!

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