This year I decided to stop giving up on myself like I normally do. I've always wanted to be a singer and I decided to spend 2010 recording myself singing. I picked my favorite band, The Smiths, and started singing their songs. I could have never anticipated how elaborate this project would become, or that people would want to hear it, or that I was even capable of any of it. And here I am 12 months later with the entire catalog of original Smiths songs (plus Golden Lights!) recorded in my own style, all done with no instruments at all- just billions of layers of my voice. I've been featured in articles and radio shows in many countries, and I have the most wonderful group of Smiths Fans cheering me on.
The entire project can be heard here: http://thesmithsproject.blogspot.com/
The Smiths Project page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Smiths-Project/259375403387
To produce a physical release of the project is costly. The license fee for physical distribution of covers is $24 per song and there are 71 songs. Add to that the cost of manufacturing the 6-CD box set... Well, it's enough to make this unemployed singer faint.
*UPDATED FEBRUARY 19, 2011* Here is the plan of attack: 1. Purchase the rights to sell 71 cover songs. ( $3500) 2. Re-mix/Master all 71 songs. 3. Send all 6 discs to Nationwide Disc for manufacturing ($8000) 3. Print posters through local printer at a discount ($350) 4. Have a box-set assembly party to put everything together and package them up for mailing 5. Mail out the finished box sets 6. Distribute box sets to local retailers, a few select stores in Europe, and put them up for sale on the blog.
**UPDATED DEC 30, 2010** This project was almost completely funded in its first week! I have several design options available to me depending on how much money is pledged for the project. $3,500 is the bare minimum to make the box set happen in a 6-disc jewel case, but if 50 or so more people pledge at the $60 level, this box set is going to go deluxe with fancy custom packaging options and extras.
Plus, a $60 pledge (less than $1 per song!) gets you a free immediate download of the entire project (I'll email you a code for free download the same day you pledge), advanced copy of the 6-CD Box Set, and cool extras that are only available to kickstarter backers in the next two months. Once the kickstarter campaign has ended, those extras are gone forever!
It's up to you guys!
- (68 days)