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Skylar Kergil/Skylarkeleven/Lentils & Dirt is recording an album of songs and pressing it to CD for the first time!
Skylar Kergil/Skylarkeleven/Lentils & Dirt is recording an album of songs and pressing it to CD for the first time!
135 backers pledged $4,094 to help bring this project to life.

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About this project:

For the past five years, I have been writing and making music to help me through this rollercoaster of a life. For the past four and a half years, I have been helping, as well as being helped by, many in the transgender community while I have been documenting my transition from female to male on YouTube. At long last, my voice has dropped and plateaued at a place where I feel I am ready to record these songs that have been a huge part of my transition, my life, and my relationships with those I have supported and been supported by.

While they won’t be professionally done in a studio, they will be mixed and mastered professionally. Those of you who know my music – it is raw, acoustic – I’ve always been a DIY kind of guy. A couple guitar tracks, a couple vocal tracks, and maybe a little spice here and there – something that I’ll be proud of. "8 Million Beats" is playing in the background of the video; the audio quality of the songs will be about this level (but a teensy bit better, since video compression altered it) and then adding mastering on top to even out the album. Everything will be recorded in my basement, using both a Shure SM58 mic and a Blue Snowball mic, with just a few guitars and voice tracks. Simple. I like it that way.

After taking a poll from friends and fans, I will be sticking with acoustic recordings. While the song playing in the background has added effects, those will be left for bonus tracks ;]

Songs definitely on "Thank you." (all new recordings if previously recorded!):

  • Basements
  • All in my Head
  • Don't Say I Say
  • 8 Million Beats
  • +/- 4 to 6 more!


The funding will go toward:

  • Mastering the tracks
  • Pressing the CDs
  • Printing the T-shirts
  • Shipping & handling costs
  • Should I exceed funding after mailing out perks, proceeds will go to purchase better recording equipment/studio time for the next album/travel expenses to perform at high schools and other outreach venues!

"Thank you." will be my first album pressed to CD! 
& I am designing the artwork myself, something along these lines:


as well as the print t-shirts to go along with it:

*These are prototypes and actual design/shirt may vary :)

The end goal? 

To give a bit of myself, a bit of my story, a bit of my life to you.

I have supported many through my open and honest documentation of my transition as well as been supported by many.  As a transgender singer-songwriter, I am really proud of how far I have come in this life.
While I know I have given a lot in this world,  I want to keep giving -
this time, something tangible that you can keep.

With your support, I can bring this dream to life.

Thank you.

With love,
Skylar Kergil
(aka Skylarkeleven aka Skylar.K aka Lentils & Dirt)


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Risks and challenges

Since this is my first time pressing an album to CD, I am feeling challenged by the technology to get me there. I have always gravitated towards playing live - I find it hard to capture my energy in recording. However, I will find a way, and it will be the best it can be - pressing this into life is a risk I am willing to take!

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    Free digital download of the album when it is ready!

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    Signed CD of the album mailed to you + digital download! (Let me know the name you prefer to be known as!)

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    "Thank you" brown mountain T-Shirt, designed by me for this album + a digital download of the album!

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    Free, digital copies of any (and all) songs currently up on my bandcamp, plus signed CD of "Thank you." mailed to you!

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    Signed CD + extra copy for friends/family, T-shirt, and hand-written lyrics of one of my songs sent to you! Your choice!

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    I will play you a show in your house/home/apartment/local park anywhere in New England* or NY* + CD and T-shirt !
    *Please provide additional gas $ to get me there :]

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