We are Appalatin and we want to invite you to be a part of producing our second album. Join us on the Appalatin journey as we create our unique and happy blend of music indigenous to Latin America and that of American folk, blues and bluegrass music. Our musical mission is to bring a message of a fair and just world, one of hope, joy and love.
Laura Shine of WFPK Radio Louisville calls Appalatin “one of the most unique bands in our city and we are so lucky to call them ‘ours’ even though they belong to the world at large. They are also one of the best live bands I've ever seen!”
Here’s how the Appalatin story begins: Once upon a time, two fellas from Kentucky (Yani Vozos and Steve Sizemore) happened to individually roam down to Central and South America. They absorbed the culture, especially the music: the hot rhythms. About the same time three fellas from Central and South America (Fernando Moya, Luis de Leon, Marlon Obando) individually came to the United States where they absorbed the culture, especially the music. Sometime after that, they all met for the first time in Louisville, Kentucky. Immediately, they played music together and their respective styles began to blend into a sound they call Appalatin, for Appalachia and Latin music. (Luke McIntosh, our awesome Aussie bassist, joined us in 2012)
It has been a great couple of years for us since our self-released 2011 album, and we thank you for your kind responses about our music and the support you've shown us thus far. At that time, we went into the studio with just the good songs in our bag and came out with an album that we think epitomizes exactly who we are. Over the last couple of years, we have expanded that experiment with writing new songs, playing local festivals, clubs, schools, and many community events, further defining our sound.
"When are you doing your next album?"
YOU HAVE ASKED WHEN OUR NEXT ALBUM WILL BE RELEASED - Well, the time is now!
If you're ready for a new album then we're ready to share that with you. We have been recording in an incredibly inspiring studio called Shangri-La Productions (no kidding!) in Lexington, KY with a very talented and well-respected producer, Duane Lundy (known for his work with artists such as Ben Sollee, Vandaveer, These United States, Jim James, Daniel Martin Moore, and others). Through your generous support, not only will we be able to complete our project, but we can also get this music to even more fans across the country and around the world!
Now, on our second album, we have produced a collection of 10 original songs that represent our values of love, peace, inspiration, environmental stewardship, and community. They are a mix of Americana, Kentucumbia (our interpretation of cumbia), bachata, bluegrass, and pure Appalatin. We also invited a great friend, Alex Molina (Lucky Pineapple, Bloom Street) to join us on percussion on many of the tracks.The new music expresses our collective creativity and with your help, we plan to share it with more and more people.
Our Record Label
Here’s the catch – our record label is YOU! All of these great additions to the recording and marketing process do take funding and we remain completely independent. This is where you come in:Where Does Your Money Go?
- $2,500 = recording, mixing and mastering
- $2,000 = photography, album, artwork, CD replication, and merchandise
- $1,000+ = videography and editing for official video releases
- $500 = Administrative costs (Kickstarter, reward fulfillment, etc.
- $2,000+ = publicity and radio promotion (U.S., Latin America, Europe)
- $4,000+ = 15-passenger van so we can tour within the Midwest and South US regions and beyond.
We take pride in our cultural diversity and fusion of styles and feel it represents the future. Please let all of your friends out there in Louisville, Lexington, New York, Indianapolis, and all points beyond that they can be part of the Appalatin experience. As we say at our shows often, we guarantee you happiness by listening to our music. This project carries that same guarantee.
Marlon, Steve, Fernando, Luis, Luke, and Yani
Risks and challenges
Committing ourselves to recording and promoting our own album is a big endeavor. As an independent artist, we are making our own decisions and setting our own schedule. There may be delays in the final mixing, mastering, and delivery to the CD duplication service. We are well on our way to meeting our goals and deadlines, but it is a challenging process and one that will be very satisfying upon the release of the album.
If our project is successfully funded, we are forever grateful to you, and we shall owe all of our fans and the rest of the music world an opportunity to hear/see us play in many other cities. If we don't meet our goal for the campaign, we do not receive the money and remain under the radar playing just within the Louisville area.
We have complete faith in our production team to finalize and launch this album. Our success to date is a testament to our commitment and we can't wait to share our new music with you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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