Hello, I am DOE EYE. Welcome to my Kickstarter!
I am a solo indie/rock musician from the San Francisco Bay Area. A little over a year ago, before my first semester at the Berklee College of Music, I got into the studio for the first time to record a four-song EP to use as a networking tool when I met my new professors and colleagues at Berklee. The first song from the EP entitled I Hate You spread like wildfire. CBS Radio Station LIVE 105 (KITS) debuted 'I Hate You' on the radio a few days after I finished recording it. Shortly after, the song charted in the Top 5 on Hype Machine, featured on FUSE TV and Alternative Press. Within 6 months of releasing my first EP, I had a full page spread in Billboard Magazine and featured on MTV. I started getting asked to open for national touring acts and perform at festivals. Going from writing music alone in my bedroom to performing them in huge venues and getting my music played on major radio within a matter of months was a huge shock to me. I never expected any of this to happen.
My music career got so busy that I had to drop out of music school, move back to California and pursue my solo-career full-time.
I am releasing my debut full length record produced by John Vanderslice.
It's true! Me and John Vanderslice (Nada Surf, MK Ultra) have been spending the last year working on my record at Tiny Telephone in San Francisco. The record is being recorded to 2-inch tape with the help of my amazing engineer Jacob Winik, David Kawamura on guitar, keys and synths, Nic de la Riva on bass and a handful of other incredible musicians playing an integral part of this record.
I am an unsigned independent artist. Though I have had amazing success as a musician, I don’t have a record label that can help me pay for the costs of recording and releasing this record. I am counting on you, my fans to help me make this happen. The costs of this record are piling up. Booking the studio, paying the musicians, mixing and mastering this record, hiring an artist to create the album artwork, pressing CD’s, Vinyl and distributing the record digitally, hiring a great publicist to give the record proper exposure is starting to pile up and I need your help.
The costs of releasing an album the right way are very high. Being an independent artist - from writing and arranging songs, booking my own tours, being my own publicist, managing and leading a band - I am relying on you, my fans to support me and help me release my full length record. I can’t do this without you.
- 17 days in the studio tracking and mixing = $14,500
- Mastering the entire record = $1,200
- Pressing CD's = $1,250
- Pressing Vinyl = $5,000
- Hiring a Publicist for 3 months = $6,000
- Shooting a Music Video = $2,500
- Going on tour to promote the album = $10,000
- Total Cost = $31,450
This Kickstarter is to cover the BARE MINIMUM costs of releasing this record. The amount I am pledging for is $15,000, and this record is costing WAY more than that.
If this project does not get fully funded, I will not be able to release this record. It will sit in a bookshelf next to my Merriam Webster Dictionary.
So PLEASE, back this project. The smallest pledge of $1 would make a huge difference. If you can’t afford to back this project yourself, then help spread the word by sending it to someone who can!
I am offering a number of AWESOME rewards for those of you who back this project. A game of basketball, play a set in your living room, my electric guitar and more! Also offering the record and previous EP’s on CD, Vinyl and Digital Downloads.
I need your help, so please spread the word. Post about the Kickstarter on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, call your friends, tell your parents, tell the president!
WE CAN DO THIS TOGETHER.
PS! COME SEE ME AT ONE OF MY UPCOMING SHOWS!
5.31 San Francisco @ Bottom of the Hill
6.5 Los Angeles @ Origami Vinyl
6.6 Sacramento @ Bows & Arrows
6.7 Portland @ Mississippi Pizza & Pub
6.9 Seattle @ Chop Suey
Risks and challenges
I've done this before and I PROMISE YOU, I won't let you down. If you have questions, you can email me directly at email@example.com.
The BEST way to avoid any problems with your rewards, is to read and respond any messages or surveys I send you. If you don't answer those surveys, I can't send you your rewards!!! And that bums me out!!
All domestic shipping is included. EU/UK customers - sorry for the extra shipping costs. I wish shipping overseas was cheaper!!
If you want to combine rewards, do it! Just write me a note that you've combined rewards and I will hook you up!!
I plan on giving each and every one of you VIP treatment, and will probably throw extra goodies in the bag because I love you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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