I connect with people, and relate to humanity best through music. It’s my lifeline, my legacy, my language, enriching my cultural, social and economic realities. For me it is a tool to help me process the world. Songwriting allows me to spend time in the lives and minds of other characters and to empathize with that which I don't naturally. The unknown and unfamiliar are fodder for the stories and images that comprise my songs.
My relocation to Oklahoma from Winnipeg has become a great creative catalyst and I have been a more prolific and engaged songwriter since moving to Oklahoma. I’m here during an incredible boom in the local music scene. Oklahoma exports are helping to define a modern movement in music and bringing the soil back home to help fertilize bountiful scenes in places like Tulsa, Norman, OKC and even tiny Okemah... a reverse dustbowl effect. I have realized, through my own writing, how environmental factors shape us and what effect our surroundings and immediate experiences have on our art. In a rare moment of self-awareness I realize that I am in the midst of my “Oklahoma Period” and I want to fully embrace that fact.
I am petitioning the community for financial support to help me record, manufacture and release my forthcoming studio album. I have enlisted the help of some of Norman Oklahoma’s finest to help me accomplish this. The sessions will take place at Breathing Rhythm Studios in Norman and local bandleader Kyle Reid will be producing the album with me and lending his deft instrumental touch. Steve Boaz will be engineering. David Leach and Giovanni Carnuccio III, a most formidable rhythm section of world-class stature, will be laying down the grooves. Kevin Webb will be lending his impeccable taste for guitar, steel and dobro. Other contributors will include Annie Oakley, Travis Linville, Ryan Jones and more.
I understand that this is a new age and we do things differently now. Crowdfunding is a new aspect of the business that I think many people look at as charity. I am on the fence about this. I think a well run, transparent campaign with great incentive gifts that beseeches a community of people to pledge their support for a product in advance of its creation, can be a sustainable part of a newly emerging independent music industry. If people feel they are getting value for their investment, then who's to complain.
My objective is to treat this fundraising campaign as a referendum on the world’s hunger and desire for this product. My hope is that enough of my Canadian peeps are still interested in what I have to offer, and that the greater Oklahoma community will see an opportunity to support their own scene while simultaneously expanding its diversity and scope. I believe, if enabled by your support, that this collaboration will yield a unique listening experience and serve to document this phase of my creative life. These songs were pulled from red clay and I really want to be standing on that same red clay when they are captured for posterity. I believe that working with these people and in this place will truly capture something essential about my Oklahoma experience and allow me to share it with the world.
Risks and challenges
Risk is the name of the game in making records. Finding that fine balance between danger and security is how the spontaneity and energy are captured in the studio. So, from an artistic perspective, we don't want to mitigate risk so much as manage it. However from the perspective of someone also engineering a product with commercial aspirations, risk must be carefully navigated to ensure that the record hits the street/mailbox/interweb in a timely fashion.
Foreseeable complications include production delays, scheduling conflicts and funding shortfalls. This project has been organized in such a way that we have many secondary and tertiary plans should complications arise. Should production delays occur, we have no doubt that our delivery date has been set far enough into the future that we have ample time to find alternative resources and bring the physical product to market on time. As most of the structural tracks will have been recorded by the time this campaign launches, we have very few overdubs to do and we have thereby eliminated any possibility for major scheduling conflicts. A funding shortfall would be the projects greatest impediment should one occur. To address this we have also many different possible avenues to explore including keeping the mixing aspect in house (Jaxon is a pretty darn good audio engineer too) and although we have grand ambitions for a vinyl release and other extras, these are not built into the basic monetary goal of the campaign. If we find there is more support for this project than the basic goal we will extend the scope of the project to incorporate these bonus features.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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