Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
We are releasing a studio album with all original music before we graduate high school!
We are releasing a studio album with all original music before we graduate high school!
Created by
56 backers pledged $3,210 to help bring this project to life.

About

Upswing's Album - "Enclosure" project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Upswing's Album - "Enclosure"

$3,210

56

Hello everyone! We are Upswing, a jazz/fusion quintet based in Newton, Massachusetts. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this!

Our Story

After playing together for four years, we decided it was finally time to record an album. We started writing and performing original music in the Fall of 2017. This album is a true representation of our time as a band - every member wrote a song for this project. We have spent the last 6 months writing, workshopping, and fine tuning our music to make this album the best it can possibly be.

Ryan Park - Saxophone
Ryan Park - Saxophone

We took the trip out to the recording studio in Boston on April 1st, 2018, and spent 14 hours tracking six songs! The day was long, and relentless at times, but ultimately an incredibly rewarding experience. We walked out of the studio at midnight on April 2nd extremely satisfied with the tracks we had produced.

Cameron Mastoras - Trumpet
Cameron Mastoras - Trumpet

The reason we launched this Kickstarter is to help us pay for the recording and post production process. Any additional money we raise will be invested into making the album even better.

Brendan King - Piano
Brendan King - Piano

We have poured our hearts and souls into the writing and recording process, and are all incredibly proud of the amount of work we've done in order to make this album truly the best it can be.

Aidan Devine - Bass
Aidan Devine - Bass

Budget Breakdown

Recording Studio Fee: $395

Engineer Studio Fee: $560

Engineer Post Production Fee: $1360

CDs + Digital Distribution (iTunes, Spotify, etc.): $375

Original Photo Printing, Shipping Fees, Extra Orders, Misc: $310

Noah Klavens - Drums
Noah Klavens - Drums

Please contribute in any way you can. If you can't pledge money, we would greatly appreciate if you would tell your friends and family about us and our Kickstarter, and direct them to this page. Thank you so much!

Special thanks to...

  • Kevin O'Connell
  • The Record Company
  • Upswing Parents
  • FUUSN
  • Olivia Kelly - Featured Singer on "Recall"
  • Teddy Everett - Photography and Video
  • All of our fans!

Album Tracklist

1. Forward

2. Synergy

3. Afterthought

4. Recall (ft. Olivia Kelly)

5. True Story

6. Purpose

If you would like to hear a preview of what will be on our album, check out this live version of "Purpose," a song written by our drummer, Noah Klavens, that we performed at a local teen music festival:

 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Risks and challenges

Our main challenge will be to attract enough attention to this Kickstarter in order to raise the funds needed - which is where you come in. You can really help us achieve this not only by contributing but also by telling all of your friends and family about us and our Kickstarter, and sharing the link to this page!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Album Download

    When we release our album, we will send you the digital song files to download to your computer!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Early Album Download

    Want to listen to our album before everyone else? Select this reward to receive the tracks a week before they are released to the public!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    11 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    Physical CD

    Want a physical copy of our album? We will send you a printed CD with album artwork included!

    Includes:
    • Early Album Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    21 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Signed CD + Upswing Photo Prints

    Want a signed CD plus 5 original Upswing Photo Prints? This is your opportunity!

    Includes:
    • Early Album Download
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    8 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    Signed Drum Heads

    Wouldn't it be awesome to own one of the drum heads that was used in the making of this album? Every member of Upswing will sign it too! There are only four heads available.

    Includes:
    • Early Album Download
    • Signed CD
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    Private Drum Lesson 30-60 Minutes

    Ever wanted to learn to play the drums? This is your opportunity to learn how to create a sick beat! Take a private drum lesson with our drummer, Noah Klavens. He has been playing drums since 1st grade, and has started teaching recently. Noah will teach you the fundamentals of great drumming in a lesson up to an hour in length (your choice). The lesson will be at his house in Newton, MA. Get ready to surprise all your friends with your newfound ability to rock the drum set!

    Includes:
    • Early Album Download
    • Signed CD
    • Upswing Photo Prints
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    Private Bass Lesson 30-60 Minutes

    Want to learn how to play a sweet bass line? This is your opportunity to take a one-on-one lesson from Aidan Devine, Upswing's bass player. He will teach you the fundamentals of great bass playing, and show you how to play basic bass lines that will get everyone around you dancing! The lesson can be at either his house or yours, however if you want the lesson at yours it can be no more than 1 hour away from Newton, MA.

    Includes:
    • Early Album Download
    • Signed CD
    • Upswing Photo Prints
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    Private Piano Lesson 30-60 Minutes

    Would you like to learn how to play the piano? This is your opportunity to learn the basics of piano playing from Brendan King, Upswing's pianist! Learn chords, notes, and how to bring them together to create beautiful songs. Lesson can be at either his house or yours, however if you want the lesson at yours it can be no more than an hour drive from Newton, MA.

    Includes:
    • Early Album Download
    • Signed CD
    • Upswing Photo Prints
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    We Cover A Song Of Your Choice!

    Want Upswing to cover your favorite song? We'll record a video of us playing it with a nice microphone and camera and send it to you!

    Includes:
    • Early Album Download
    • Signed CD
    • Upswing Photo Prints
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    Original Piece of Art

    Ever wanted a pencil or painted portrait of yourself? Or would you like an original painting of Upswing? Or a painting of your favorite musician? Our drummer Noah Klavens is an artist as well! He would love to create an original piece of art for you in exchange for helping fund our album! To see examples of his work find him on instagram at this link: https://www.instagram.com/klavenscartoons/ Once you pledge, we will talk about the details of the piece privately.

    Includes:
    • Early Album Download
    • Signed CD
    • Upswing Photo Prints
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    1-2 Hour Private Show

    Would you like a 1-2 hour private show for a party? Business event? Birthday? Family event? Wedding? Anything you can think of - we can do it! We will play whatever music will suit the event, whether you need a soft jazz quintet in the background of a dinner party (we've done plenty of shows like that!) or a hard hitting fusion/funk band, or both, we can do it!

    Contact us at upswingjazz@gmail.com and let's talk details, dates, and other details. We would love to play at your event!

    Note: The show cannot be more than an hour and a half drive from Newton, MA. Also, we won't be able to play any shows from June 28 through July 28, or after we leave for college.

    Includes:
    • Early Album Download
    • Signed CD
    • Upswing Photo Prints
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    2+ Hour Private Show

    Would you like a 2+ hour private show for a party? Business event? Birthday? Family event? Wedding? Anything you can think of - we can do it! We will play whatever music will suit the event, whether you need a soft jazz quintet in the background of a dinner party (we've done plenty of shows like that!) or a hard hitting fusion/funk band, or both, we can do it!

    Contact us at upswingjazz@gmail.com and let's talk details, dates, and other details. We would love to play at your event!

    Note: The show cannot be more than an hour and a half drive from Newton, MA. Also, we won't be able to play any shows from June 28 through July 28, or after we leave for college.

    Includes:
    • Early Album Download
    • Signed CD
    • Upswing Photo Prints
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)