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The Songs are finished, an awesome tour completed. Hop on board and become part of the Tribe's new album "Synergy".
The Songs are finished, an awesome tour completed. Hop on board and become part of the Tribe's new album "Synergy".
87 backers pledged $15,100 to help bring this project to life.

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Six years ago me and my wife Sabine (the bass player of the Tribe) moved from Austria to Austin TX. Little did we know what we would get ourselves into as human beings and musicians. It has been a crazy ride with thousands of concerts, miles of driving, drops of sweat and tears, laughters and parties, musical collaborations, new family and friends….. When we first came here we had two suitcases and a big box for our dog – we didn’t know anybody. In the meantime our band “The Tribe” has won listings at the Austin Music Awards, we have been on two US club tours, played shows overseas and are now embarking to record the Tribe’s debut album. We have joined forces with Michelle Alany, a willful violinist with Israeli roots that has played with the Transsiberian Orchestra and many Texas-based world music groups. Also part of the Tribe is 22-year old Michael Davila, who won the 2012 "Mapex Drummer of Tomorrow" world competition. Satellite members include keyboardist Winton Reynolds, percussionists "El John" Nelson, Brannan Lane and violinist Roberto Riggio.

 My music has always been a reflection of my upbringing close to the Austrian Alps and my musical training as a pianist before discovering the electric guitar. After absorbing a multitude of styles I have become very connected with my own musical voice and expression. The Texas influence has helped me to connect the raw with the sophisticated, the primal with the developed, and my love of rock and blues with ethnic and world music elements. It sometimes helps to find your roots when you are far away from them. I believe that the music of “The Tribe” has a great future ahead and that we can touch and inspire people all around the globe – but we will need your help to get the music there. The album "Synergy" will be recorded in Austin in mid-August, all songs are finished already. I am talking to several producers right now, including Charlie Sexton of the Arc Angels & Bob Dylan. Besides financing the recording, mixing and mastering, the budget also includes video and a guerilla marketing plan that will reach the ears and eyes of many top music industry professionals. 

My first 2011 kickstarter campaign raised $ 7,000 and enabled me to record an album that led to opening up for Uriah Heep and Nazareth. I learned a lot from that and know there are many good things waiting for us if we manage to get “Synergy” the attention it deserves. 

 We are a touring band, that’s why this campaign is connected to a tour. The “2013 Synergy Tour” (click here for touring schedule) will give us a chance to reach out and interact with you. You can literally become part of our Tribe as we travel from state to state and share our music and experiences. Check out the rewards for your unique Tribe experience and a way to help us to continue our path. Much love and always - music, 

 Ulrich Ellison 

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We will use the budget for the best possible creation and promotion of "Synergy", which also includes touring. With "Synergy" we are creating another building block that will open up new markets and possibilities. Timing is always a difficult thing to predict. As of now, we have a time plan to have the full album finished by mid-september, but if it's for any reason better to wait and delay the process, we will do it. Whatever will be best for the music....

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    A digital signed tour poster and photos from the tour

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    A digital copy of the new Tribe album before it will be available in stores

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    The preorder package: A physical copy of the new Tribe album plus a digital signed tour poster and photos from the tour

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    The tour package: You will get your signed copy of the new Tribe album, a Tribe necklace, a signed postcard from the tour and a copy of the tour diary

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    The fan package: your choice of 3 physical albums out of "Lose Yourself", "Meet The Tribe", "Tales From The Kingdom Electric" and the new "Synergy" + a handwritten note

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    Get your picture taken with the Tribe while we are on tour and get featured on our website, credit in liner notes, a Tribe T-shirt, tour video package including a .pdf of the original tour diary, our signed copy of the new Tribe album, and a signed postcard from the tour

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    Get the original handwritten tour diary that will have stains and other authentic smells from the tour. Plus all of the $100 category

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    Ulrich's original barbarian headband that he wore on the Synergy tour! It was made by leather artist Greg Foster out of Austin. The stone is a real torquoise and it's made out of super sturdy, genuine leather that will last for a life-time

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    Create your personal Tribe experience: we will come by your place before our show (most likely in the afternoon) and play a one hour set for you, your friends and loved ones. This reward only works if you live close to one of the cities we will hit on this tour. If not possible to schedule due to time pressure, we will schedule something to come back within one year.

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    Jam with the Tribe: You will get 3 private lessons by your band member of choice (guitar, violin, bass or drums). Then we will do a 60min jam session with you where you can invite some of your friends (who knows, it might turn into a party). Basic music skills are required for this reward. We will record it, also. For Austin people only.

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    The Tribe remix: have one of your song "tribe-ified"! Ulrich will rearrange it, have some Tribe members play on it and we'll produce it together. offered worldwide, no travel necessary

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    The guitar package: You will get a block of 10 guitar lessons from Ulrich, either via skype or here in Austin TX (travel not included). You will also receive a CD with each lesson, plus 3 packs of my favourite strings of my endorser GHS. scheduling flexible. plus all of the $100 category

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    We will write a song specifically for you/about you or your loved one! Alternatively you just pick the topic to write about. We will record it and produce it with your specific input. You will receive 10 CDs of the mastered version, plus a complete production backup. All copyrights remain with the band - well it's even possible we'll put it on the album! plus all of the $100 category

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    Tribe producer for Austin folks: spend a full day with us in the studio! Not only will you be there when we are actually recording the music but you will get to have dinner with the band, hang out with us, be part of some creative decision-making, etc....You will receive an certificate of honor signed by all Tribe members and your name will also appear in the liner notes for the production credits. plus all of the $100 category

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    Tribe mentorship: on this reward level you or a person of your choice will get to enjoy a longlasting musical experience. You will get a block of 10 private lessons by your band member of choice (guitar, violin, bass or drums). Also, you will get 5 hours of songwriting or production training from me. Eventually, I will record and produce a song with you, featuring other Tribe members as well. We will feature you and your music on our website and newsletter. Basic music skills are required for this reward. It is possible to do part of this reward via skype. Travel costs are extra if necessary. Your name will also appear in the liner notes for the production credits. plus all of the $100 category

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    The business sponsorship package: We will produce a video with a song specifically for you. Inludes a jingle for use in radio, online or phone service. We will work closely with you to make sure the Tribe will represent your product in a way that works for you and for us. Offered internationally.

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    Have Ulrich produce your new EP: take advantage of the Tribe's production skills and record up to 5 tracks of your own song material. Includes preproduction, recording and mixing plus basic mastering. You can bring your own band or I will put together a band for you - in that case musician's fees may be optional. For Austin people only

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    The golden hand producer: You will get a lifetime pass for free entry to all our future shows. Never again pay cover to see the Tribe. We will also collaborate on a musical project of choice with you. This could be a motion picture soundtrack, production of your new album or one of ours, writing a symphonic piece for you, guitar coaching - you name it, and if it's reasonable we will do it! If in doubt contact Ulrich before pledging for this reward level.

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