>>> PROJECT UPDATE 5/6/18:
We made our goal!!!!!! Thank you SHAKE YOUR PEACE! community!!!!!!!!!!!!
NOW - until the campaign ends all the money raised beyond the 12k goal will fund the upcoming bike-music tours + "Ecotopia Now!" high school assemblies!
"We have come this far, we're not gonna turn around, we feel just like goin' on!"
SHAKE YOUR PEACE! is a music project created by Gabe Dominguez in 2005, formerly based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and recently relocated to Salt Lake City, UT. The project is most well known for its ebullient live performances, Ecotopian perspectives, and bicycle-music tours.
SHAKE YOUR PEACE! is trying to raise the last 20% of funding needed to finish an album of original music called "Whup Music." Kickstarter is all-or-nothing. If the project isn't 100% funded by the time the campaign finishes, ALL the money you may have pledged is returned to you.
You're 80% Done!?! Rad! What's in the Last 20%?
The last 20% includes: tracking (the horn section, the gospel choir, some percussion, some bass, some electric guitar, some lead vocals, some orchestration - including a mariachi band - and some special effects/ sound design - including fireworks explosions ;), mixing (mountains of tracks), mastering, and printing. Whew!
The album will be mixed by the incomparable Blake Henderson. Blake also engineered the majority of the album, and has acted as an assistant-producer since we began working together in 2012. As you can hear on his website, he’s as good as they get.
$12,000 is a lot of money, and I don’t take it lightly. I plan to work as efficiently and frugally as possible, and take my deadline of “the end of the summer” (Aug 31, 2018) seriously. People who know me well know that I’m irresistibly drawn to doing things myself, so in classic SHAKE YOUR PEACE! style I’ll be doing as much of the remaining work that’s left on the album myself, and trying to keep costs down at every step, without compromising the quality or vision. Amazingly, this giant budget includes the work of friends (like Blake) who are cutting me ridiculous deals for their work and time! (Making records is expensive!) This is truly a community-powered piece of art.
Those who know my wife Sonya Cotton (who has an impeccable track record of getting high quality albums out the door), will be pleased to know that she's co-project-managing the completion of this album with me. When we team up, we make good things. Victory is assured :)
"Let's Get Workin' On It!"
What're You Gonna Do With the Finished Record?
In short: the usual things that we independent musicians do when we release our albums: contact the press and hope they’ll listen, shop it around to indie labels with hope brimming in my little heart, and play shows! But the 2 things I’m most excited to do with the album that are more unusual include:
1) Bike tour! I plan to do my 5th bicycle music tour of Northern Utah, and 3rd bicycle music tour of the SF Bay Area. Also being considered are a bike tour of the Northwest, and a Hudson River canoe tour! Coming slowly to a town near you...
2) “Ecotopia Now!” high school assemblies. I've successfully tested out this concept at 3 different high schools in Utah. They're essentially Ecotopian pep rallies/ recruitment-fairs for local ecological and social justice organizations (including the schools own student clubs). Pedal-powered by the kids themselves (if they so choose), the assembly features whup music alternated with 3-minute long impact-speeches passionately delivered by representatives from the local Ecotopian orgs. Each speech invites the kids to join-in on some kind of immediate, concrete, hands-on action that the org is up to. No platitudes allowed. In my experience so far, these assemblies have been deeply transformational. Students, teachers, band, orgs - everyone felt stoked and ready to get to work.
A Unique Copyright:
In my effort to “contribute whup music to the soundtrack of those who are marching” as I say in the Kickstarter video, I plan to release the album’s songs under a unique copyright that designates them similarly to the way a National Park is designated: held in the commons for everyone to enjoy, but defended from industry. Unlike in a National Park though, where humans are meant to be visitors and the ethos is to leave-no-trace, I’d hope that people would leave-plenty-of-trace and fully inhabit the music. The license is a standard Creative Commons (CC) license, mixed with an invitation to all Ecotopian entities (those working for social & ecological justice) to freely use the music for their: documentaries, flash mobs, memes, conferences, parties, whatevs, for free and without needing to ask permission. It’s called: “Wild-Aligned/ Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International.” The CC part of the license puts up a legal fence (the park boundaries) to keep for-profit entities asking permission.
A Different Album Format:
I’m stoked to release the physical album in the form of a first-class stamped postcard that comes with TWO download codes - one attached to the postcard itself, and one stuck to the paper backing of an accompanying SHAKE YOUR PEACE! sticker. The sticker, with its download code, is intended to be for the buyer, while the stamped postcard with its code is intended to be snail-mailed by the buyer to a friend.
In addition to it being a great excuse to send a snail-mailed postcard to a friend, my thinking here is that whereas CD’s are: non-ecological, heavy (which matters on a bike tour), and often seem to be ripped onto a hard drive and then long-forgotten in CD books, an album-postcard is more ecological, lightweight, doubles as a form of promotion, and can be used as a nifty bookmark (ideally holding your place in the pages of Edward Abbey’s “Monkey Wrench Gang”).
Thanks for reading!
If you've read this far, you've got stamina! I like ya shtyle kid.
If you've felt inspired by what you've seen/heard/read here, I hope you'll consider sharing this Kickstarter with your friends. It's a massive help to me. THANKS!!!
Risks and challenges
Given that I'm a dad of one, and soon to be two children, the biggest challenge is going to be the balancing of finishing this album, with dadding it up (and being sleep deprived). But given that my parents are stoked to help with babysitting, and my partner is 100% in support of this project happening, I feel confident that I can do it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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