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Axis Armada has teamed with Grammy Award winning producer Matt Marrin (Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, Beyonce...) to tackle its debut album.
135 backers pledged $20,615 to help bring this project to life.

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First we want to thank everyone for taking the time to read this: 

Kickstarter asks us to tell you our story... well...our story and this project is everyone's story! We are the band Axis Armada but behind the name Axis Armada we are five guys who work normal jobs, living each day trying to build a better life for ourselves. We are husbands, fathers, friends, boyfriends, dog owners, employees, and small business owners, chasing a dream with every spare minute we have!

Matt Goodwin (Plays Everything)
Matt Goodwin (Plays Everything)
Nate Merrill (Our Voice)
Nate Merrill (Our Voice)
Shaun Goodwin (Bass)
Shaun Goodwin (Bass)
Scott Topel (Guitar)
Scott Topel (Guitar)
Cody Webster (Drums)
Cody Webster (Drums)

In our hearts and minds we all want to believe that our day job is a necessary step that will afford us the opportunity to pursue our "real" dream; that hobby or passion that we would love to make a living at but seems incredibly difficult. This is a story about finding the will and determination to move forward with a dream, persevering even at the toughest moments.  Axis Armada's story is one of doing what you love, with the people you love, the happiness that friendship gives us, and the seemingly distant dreams that we desperately want to come true.  Our story is about finding the courage to tackle what seems impossible at the time, learning to work together to overcome the fear of failure, and embracing the challenge.  It is about accepting what will come of the process alone! We all have a dream and at certain times in life opportunity knocks! When it does we have a decision to make; we can step outside of our comfort zone and chase it, or we can hope that another opportunity will come along. For us, an amazing opportunity has come our way and this is our best effort to not let it pass us by.

Matt with some new organ artwork!
Matt with some new organ artwork!

A few months ago we sent several songs out to some of the most well respected producers in the country. Our goal was simple, to see if anyone would lend us their advise as we talked about the prospect of producing of our first full length album as Axis Armada. To our surprise we heard back from LA based, Grammy Award winning producer, Matt Marrin. He had a vision for our music and agreed to collaborate with us on this project. He took 28 original songs that the we had written over the past two and a half years, narrowed them down to nine, inspired us to write five more and then began the process of sending us production notes on the songs that he had selected for the album.

Cody recording some new drum tracks for Matt Marrin at our studio!
Cody recording some new drum tracks for Matt Marrin at our studio!

Over the last few months we have gone back and forth with Matt Marrin, refining our music at our home recording studio, revising our songs based on his notes, and developing our music in ways we have never imagined.  It is hard to describe how inspiring it has been to work with someone of his talent and expertise. Matt has provided us with the flexible option to record at our home studio and work with him remotely, via email and phone. By not having to fly to LA to record the album in his studio, we have cut our budget down dramatically, making this a financial reality. 

A glimpse into our home studio
A glimpse into our home studio

To date we have invested $8000 of our personal money to have Matt Marrin produce and mix the first few songs on the album. We felt it was important to invest in ourselves and prove our dedication to the project before we asked others for financial support.  After sending Matt the multi-tracks to mix in LA we have received the first four songs back from him.

Matt Marrin in LA where he is mixing our album.
Matt Marrin in LA where he is mixing our album.

We were astounded at what was accomplished with his guidance! Here is a quick sample of the first song that we finished called "You're Mine". We hope this serves as an example of the song quality that we are able to produce with Matt's production and mixing expertise.  

As we look ahead, we have six to eight more songs that are ready to be mixed by Matt. This is what we are raising this money to accomplish. Below is our basic budget breakdown. Our target amount has been stated as the minimum amount needed to finish the album and deliver our supporters with their backer rewards. There are some things that we would love to add in if we surpass our goal! We have listed these items in the second budget below. 

Mixing fees for 6 additional song (minimum for our album): $12,000
Mastering fees for 10 songs: $2,000
CD pressing of the first 1000 copies of the album: $1,250
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Total before processing fees: $15,250
Estimated processing fees for online campaign: $1,525
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Minimum pre income tax goal: $16,775
15% partial buffer for unforeseen costs, IRS income taxation on the money raised and shipping of the backer rewards: $2,516
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Total Minimum Budget: $19,291

There are a few other things that we would love to add to this budget if we exceeded our minimum goal: 

Minimum pre income tax goal: $16,775
2 additional tracks (desired 12 song album): $4,000
2 additional mastered tracks: $400
Cost of 100 limited edition vinyl copies of the album: $879
Album Artwork - Designer Fees: $1,500
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Total before processing fees: $23,554
Estimated processing fees for online campaign: $2,355
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Desired pre Income Tax Goal: $25,909
15% partial buffer for unforeseen costs, IRS income taxation on the money raised and shipping of the backer rewards: $3,886
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Total Desired Budget: $29,795

We look at these numbers and realize it is a lot of money, but we believe that this is a moment in our lives that may never present itself again. Ultimately, as we look at this album in the context of our greater goals, we hope that this material will build a new bridge on our journey to find an avenue that will make our music an occupation. We believe that this album will create opportunities that can help lead us to the point where our occupation can combine our passion and talents! 

So at this point you may ask yourself "how does this work"? It's fairly simple.  Take a look at the right hand side of this screen and you will see a list of backer rewards.  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Take a look through these backer rewards and see what level of support you might be interested in.  Once you decide, select that option and follow the directions from there! Once our campaign ends in 30 days all of our pledges will be collected and then the ball is thrown back into our court.  With the money from your support we will hit the studio to finish the album!  Throughout that process of finishing the album we will arrange for the production of our various backer rewards, schedule shows with any backers who have donated at the "concert" level and touch base with all of our supporters to say thank you!  We will keep you up to date on our progress as we move through the remainder of the project and of course let you know as we prepare to send you the final products. We want to make this personal so if you have any questions or trouble please feel free to contact us at info@axisarmada.com.

We want to thank everyone in advance for their support. Trust that we will do everything in our power to pay your generosity forward. Stay tuned, right here, for updates throughout the month and please help pass the word.  We will reveal some more song samples from the album and a few video messages along the way! 

Nothing but gratitude: Nate, Shaun, Matt, Scott and Cody

Risks and challenges

We will certainly face several challenges once our project is successfully funded. The one over-arching challenge that we have faced, and will continue to face, is that each one of us work a full time job and the success of this project won't mitigate that immediately! Coordinating the lives of 5 people has always been our biggest challenge and will continue to be. With the requisite funds we will have to continue to use our available time efficiently in order to deliver the products in a timely fashion.

Another challenge to delivering the album in a timely fashion is the nature of our working relationship with Matt Marrin. Working remotely adds time to the process and it is very difficult to predict how much time it will take to develop a song to the point where it is ready to be mixed. With four songs under our belt we have come a long way in creating a more streamline process. That said, one song can push our schedule back a week or more so it will be important that we continue to work together to schedule our studio time strategically and work efficiently. We currently have a set studio schedule that is based around everyone's work schedule. We will be prepared to expand that schedule if need be.

Packaging and distribution could also pose challenges. Once the album is completed, and we have all the backer rewards in hand, we will have to bring the same commitment that we do to developing the music to buttoning up the loose ends. Once the album is completed we will maintain our weekly recording schedule and use that time to fulfill our commitments to all of our supporters.

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    PUBLIC PROPS!

    For your support you will receive a digital download of the first fours songs on the album. We will also put your name in the liner notes of our full-length album and send you a personal thank you...of course!

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    HOT OFF THE PRESS!

    You will receive everything from the PUBLIC PROPS level plus: A digital download or our new full length album before it is released to the public! You will also reveive an Axis Armada sticker

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    THE HARD COPY!

    You will receive everything from the HOT OFF THE PRESS level plus you will receive: A physical copy of our full length album, signed by the band.
    You will also receive a signed photo of the band.

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    THE VAULT!

    You will receive everything form the HARD COPY level plus you will receive: Two unreleased song versions that only you will get! You will also get a live recording of one of Axis Armada's rehearsal's. Rock and roll with some Axis Armada humor!

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    THE HOODIE!

    You will receive everything from the THE VAULT level plus you will receive: A high quality Axis Armada zip up hoodie!

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    GO VINYL!

    You will receive everything from THE HOODIE LEVEL plus you will receive: A private run of our full length album on vinyl.

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    POWER HOUR-ALL ORIGINALS

    You will receive everything from the GO VINYL level plus: Axis Armada will come to you and rock out a 1 hour power set of Axis Armada original songs.

    ***gigs outside of a 200 mile radius of Rochester NY will require basic expense reimbursement. We will be sure to schedule your gig within 12 months of your donation unless you have a plan for a blow out party in 2015;)

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    KEEP THE PARTY GOING!

    You will receive everything from the POWER HOUR level plus: We will throw in another hour of some of our favorite covers! We have used this formula to rock many fundraisers, private parties and corporate events. We will even throw in Mustang Sally, much to Nate's chagrin and Cody's delight!

    ***gigs outside of a 200 mile radius of Rochester NY will require basic expense reimbursement. We will be sure to schedule your gig within 12 months of your donation unless you have a plan for a blow out party in 2015;)

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    ALL NIGHT LONG-ORIGINALS, COVERS & REQUESTS!

    You will receive everything from the KEEP THE PARTY GOING level plus: We will take on your requests, add in our covers and rock our originals to keep your party going through the night.

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    THIS ONE IS FOR YOU!

    You will receive everything from the ALL NIGHT LONG level plus: For non-muscians we will write a song for the first two backers at this level! You want a rocker, acoustic, ballad, mid tempo, pop...no problem we will work together to make it amazing!
    For those with musical aspirations, lets write a song together. You can come into Hope Alive Records where our album is being recorded and we will write your song together! Cody can hit the drums for you, Matt will lay some guitar and keys, Shaun will thump the bass, Nate can sing, Scott can rally some finger style guitar. Guaranteed fun! For the first backer at this level we will dedicate this album to you, your company or anything that is close to your heart (within reason;). Your dedication plus a note of support will be stated on the album cover and all associated assets connected with the physical reproduction of the album! We will go out of our way to support whatever is important to you!

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