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The world touring Franco-Argentinian trio ENGINE lay their Latin rhythms, rock dynamics and harmonica explosions on a 2nd studio album
The world touring Franco-Argentinian trio ENGINE lay their Latin rhythms, rock dynamics and harmonica explosions on a 2nd studio album
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Why record an album?

Engine has been our number one project since years now, feeding both our mouths and hearts. Together we wrote a countless number of songs, travelled to a countless number of cities and shared a countless number of hotels and houses.

We are very proud of the over 120 performances we've been presenting since 2015 in Argentina, France, ItalyBrazil, Canada, United States, England, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain before and after the release of our first record, Un día más sobre la Tierra.

We feel that our artistic brotherhood has now reached a further step.

We decided it was time to lay a new set of songs on record. Since Pierre Lauth-Karson joined the band in 2016, his harmonica, his voice and his presence transformed the sound of the Engine project.

  • The months of touring and travelling we experienced gave to our live project the solidity we were dreaming of.
  • We now want to offer you this "cleansing fire" on a record that one could experience without any barrier of time or space, as a testimony of what the Engine project is.

The album

We will record this album in Albuquerque, with great sound engineer Drake Hardin.

The original idea is to catch the organicity of the band, basing the work on live takes. We will later be recording and adding other instruments and  parts. We aim for a sound that embraces the various components and influences of our music, from root unplugged Colombian Cumbia to the Beatles, as well as all the nuances our songs naturally carry: afro-beat and funky guitars, Latin acoustic guitar rhythms, bluesy and brassy harmonicas, Argentinian rock dynamics and guitar solos, Brazilian rhythms and work on spoken words.

The record will feature original songs in English, Spanish and French, all co-written by the 3 members of the Engine project.

We want a record that honors the love we have for music, as diverse as it may be, and that also enlightens the poetry. 

The lyrics are ironic yet profound reflections that are alternatively sensitive, relevant and timely.

Who are we?

Pic by Ian Rivera
Pic by Ian Rivera
  • Alejandro Tomás Rodríguez is the singer and guitarist of the band. He writes most of the lyrics. He was born in Rosario (Argentina). He is also an actor and theater director, and is currently a visiting lecturer in the Department of Dance and Theater of the University of New Mexico (UNM), in Albuquerque - USA.
Pic by Efrain G. in San Pedro (Argentina)
Pic by Efrain G. in San Pedro (Argentina)
  • Robin Gentien is a French guitarist, who was raised in Montreuil, in the suburbs of Paris. He started leading bands as a teenager, and collaborated with brilliant African musicians of the Parisian scene. He also worked as a performer in various plays.
Pic by Giulia Martins
Pic by Giulia Martins
  • Pierre Lauth-Karson is a Franco-American singer and harmonicist, born in Paris. He played alongside various musicians of the parisian blues scene and has been taking part in recordings in France including a lead voice in a Gospel Choir.

The adventure

The Breathing Machine is a photo documentary on the band directed by Juliette Bailly.

Alejandro Tomás Rodriguez and Robin Gentien met in 2012 in Pontedera, Italy, as they were both resident artists of the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards. Within that project, they presented various performances and taught music and theater in prestigious institutions in Rome, Paris, New York, Woodstock, Yale, Sao Paulo, Florence, Toronto, Bucarest, Berlín...  

Alejandro and Robin performing in Toronto with the Workcenter (2014)
Alejandro and Robin performing in Toronto with the Workcenter (2014)

As they left Italy in December 2015, they went on their first European Tour. During the Engine Winter Road, that took them over 15 cities in France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands and in the UK, they started a collaboration with Pierre Lauth-Karson, a long term friend and collaborator of Robin.

Pierre in Brasil in February 2017 - Pic by Giulia Martins
Pierre in Brasil in February 2017 - Pic by Giulia Martins

In March 2016, Engine settled in Buenos Aires, where they spent two years. That is where they recorded their first EP, Un día más sobre la Tierra, released in December 2016. They performed in Buenos Aires, Rosario, San Pedro and toured in Brazil and in the United States. During this period, Pierre Lauth-Karson finally became a core member of the band, creating the final cog in the Engine.

Engine in Sao Paulo in 2017
Engine in Sao Paulo in 2017

In 2017, the trio went on their second European Tour, Future is a multicolor machine crossing borders.

In 2018, Engine spent the winter composing, performing and recording in Albuquerque for a three-month residency in collaboration with UNM and AMP concert.

In the summer 2018, the band will be going on its third European tour, the Cosmic Shoes Tour.

Engine in Paris in 2017 - Pic by Garyzpics
Engine in Paris in 2017 - Pic by Garyzpics

Why a crowdfunding?

People have been asking us for a new record pretty much since the previous one was released. Recording is expensive, and we wanted to do it in the best conditions possible while keeping it in a reasonable range.

As we performed all around, always in an absolutely independent and self-financed way, we had the chance to meet hundreds of people who, in a way or another, made all of this possible.

We realized that 400 of you pre-ordering the record would be enough for us to release it worldwide.

Looking back to the previous months of touring, it did not feel like an unreachable number.

What we are asking is your trust: we need you to buy the record in advance. It is the only way we can make this album the best possible. We need your support.

What will we do with the money?

We plan to spend a minimum of 5660 :

3000 € for the recording, mixing & mastering the tracks.

450 € to protect the songs at the SACEM

780  for the SRDM 

680  for printing the CD

550  on Kickstarter fees

And approximately 200 € on the realization and printing of the various gifts we'll send you !

The expenses contemplated are the minimum we need to record, protect and distribute our record. It does not cover any of the diffusion, graphic or recording salary.

We count on you! Thank you for your help!

Pic by Ian Rivera
Pic by Ian Rivera

Alejandro, Robin & Pierre.

Engine

¿Por qué grabar un álbum?

Desde hace años Engine ha sido nuestro proyecto número uno. El que ha alimentado nuestras bocas y nuestros corazones. Juntos escribimos muchísimas canciones, viajamos a un montón de ciudades compartiendo un montón de hoteles y casas. 

 Estamos muy orgullosos de los más de 120 conciertos que hemos presentado desde el 2015 en Argentina, Francia, Brasil, Canadá, Estados Unidos, Inglaterra, Bélgica, Holanda y España antes y después de publicar nuestro primer álbum, Un día más sobre la Tierra

Sentimos ahora que nuestra hermandad artística llegó a un escalón más alto. 

Engine - Sao Paulo - PH : Giulia Martins
Engine - Sao Paulo - PH : Giulia Martins

Nos dimos cuenta que era hora de poner un nuevo conjunto de canciones en un nuevo disco. Desde que Pierre Lauth-Karson se unió a la banda en 2016, su armónica, su voz y su presencia transformaron el sonido de Engine project.

 Los meses de gira y los viajes que vivimos, dieron a nuestro live project una nueva solidez. 

 Ahora queremos ofrecerles este fuego purificador "cleansing fire" en un disco, que puedan experimentar sin barreras de tiempo o espacio, como un testimonio de lo que the Engine Project es. 

 El Álbum 

Vamos a grabar este álbum en Albuquerque, New Mexico, con el gran ingeniero de sonido Drake Hardin.

 La idea original es atrapar la organicidad de la banda, focalizando la grabación en tomas en vivo. Posteriormente agregaremos y grabaremos otras partes e instrumentos. 

 Nuestro objetivo es lograr un sonido que abarque los diversos componentes e influencias de nuestra música, desde la cumbia colombiana unplugged hasta los Beatles, así como todos los matices que nuestras canciones naturalmente incorporan: guitarras afro-beat y funky, ritmos latinos con guitarra acústica, armónica blusera y con explosiones tipo brass band, dinámicas de rock argentino, ritmos brasileros y poesías rapeadas. 

El disco incluirá canciones originales en inglés, español y francés, todas co-escritas por los 3 miembros de Engine project. 

Queremos un disco que honre el amor que tenemos por la música, en su diversidad, y que también ilumine la poesía. Las letras cargadas de reflexiones irónicas pero profundas son al mismo tiempo sensibles, relevantes y actuales. 

 ¿Quiénes somos? 

PH : Giulia Martins
PH : Giulia Martins

Alejandro Tomás Rodríguez es cantante y guitarrista de la banda. Escribe la mayoría de la letras. Nació en Rosario (Argentina). También es actor y director de teatro, actualmente es profesor invitado en el Departamento de Danza y Teatro de la Universidad de Nuevo México (UNM). 

PH : Giulia Martins
PH : Giulia Martins

Robin Gentien guitarrista francés, nacido en el suburbio parisino de Montreuil. De muy joven empezó a dirigir bandas, y colaboró con brillantes músicos africanos de la escena parisina. También trabajó como actor en muchas obras teatrales. 

PH : Giulia Martins
PH : Giulia Martins

Pierre Lauth-Karson cantante y armonicista franco-americano, nacido en Paris. Tocó y grabó junto a varios músicos de la escena del blues parisino, de los cuales se destaca su participación como voz principal de un Coro Gospel. 

La Aventura 

Alejandro Tomás Rodriguez y Robin Gentien se encontraron en el 2012 en Pontedera, Italia, siendo artistas residentes en el Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards. Con esa compañía presentaron varios espectáculos y enseñaron música y actuación en prestigiosas instituciones de Roma, Paris, Nueva York, Woodstock, Yale, San Pablo, Florencia, Toronto, Bucarest, Berlín... 

 Cuando salieron de Italia en diciembre de 2015, hicieron su primer Tour Europeo. Durante Engine Winter Road tour, que los llevó a más de 15 ciudades a lo largo y ancho de Europa, comenzaron una colaboración con Pierre Lauth-Karson, antiguo amigo y colaborador de Robin. En marzo de 2016, Engine se instaló en Buenos Aires. Alli pasaron dos años y grabaron su primer EP, Un día más sobre la Tierra, publicado en diciembre de 2016. 

Tocaron en Buenos Aires, Rosario, San Pedro y recorrieron Brasil y Estados Unidos. Durante este período, Pierre Lauth-Karson se convirtió ineluctablemente en miembro central de la banda, creando el engranaje final del motor.

 En 2017, el trío realizó su segunda gira europea, Future is a Multicolor Machine crossing borders.

 En 2018, Engine pasó el invierno componiendo, actuando y grabando en Albuquerque en el marco de una residencia de tres meses en colaboración con UNM y AMP concert.

 En el verano de 2018, la banda realizará su tercera gira europea, Cosmic Shoes Tour

¿Por qué un crowdfunding? 

La gente nos ha estado pidiendo un nuevo disco prácticamente desde que lanzamos el anterior. La grabación es costosa, y queríamos hacerlo en las mejores condiciones posibles, manteniéndolo en un rango razonable.

 A medida que actuábamos por todos lados, siempre de una manera absolutamente independiente y autofinanciada, tuvimos la oportunidad de conocer a cientos de personas que, de una forma u otra, hicieron posible que nuestro proyecto continuara. 

 Nos dimos cuenta de que si 400 de ustedes compran el disco anticipadamente, eso será suficiente para que lo grabemos y lo lancemos a nivel mundial. Mirando hacia atrás, a los meses de nuestra gira, esto no suena como un número inalcanzable. 

Lo que estamos pidiendo es tu confianza: necesitamos que compres el disco anticipadamente. Es la única forma en que podemos hacer este álbum, lo mejor posible. Necesitamos tu apoyo.

 Ahora. ¿Qué vamos a hacer con el dinero? Planeamos gastar un mínimo de 5660 €: 

3000 € para la grabación, mezcla y masterización de las canciones. 

450 € para proteger las canciones en la SACEM 

780 € para el SRDM

 680 € para imprimir el CD 

550 € en tarifas de Kickstarter 

¡Y aproximadamente 200 € en la realización e impresión de los diversos regalos que le enviaremos! Los gastos contemplados son lo mínimo que necesitamos para registrar, proteger y distribuir nuestro álbum. No cubre ningún gasto de difusión, gráfica o grabación.

 ¡Contamos con vos! ¡Gracias por tu ayuda! 

PH Giulia Martins
PH Giulia Martins

 Alejandro, Robin y Pierre - Engine

Risks and challenges

The recording should happen before the Crowdfunding is over, during May 2018.
We are planning to release it at the end of the year 2018.

Aside the music part of a record, we will need to deal with various actors whose temporality might differ from our plan such as : label, booker, sound engineer, bureaucratic slowness etc...

But the songs are ready, and we are confident that everything will go without complications.

Riesgos y desafíos

La grabación debe ocurrir antes de que termine el Crowdfunding, durante mayo de 2018.
Estamos planeando lanzar el disco a finales del año 2018.

Además de la estrictamente musical de un disco, tendremos que ocuparnos de otros varios aspectos cuya temporalidad puede diferir de nuestro plan, como: discográfica, booker, ingeniero de sonido, lentitud burocrática, etc.

Pero las canciones están listas, y estamos seguros de que todo irá para delante sin infranqueables complicaciones.

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    Little bird - Pajarito

    Our gratitude !
    There is no little step. Your help is precious.
    We'll send updates and some pictures !

    Gracias ! Te mandaremos noticias !

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    Back to the future - Volver al Futuro

    Thank you!
    You'll receive a link to download our previous recordings.

    Gracias ! Te mandaremos nuestras grabaciones anteriores.

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    • Download our very first single "Waiting for Sales" (2016)
    • Download our first EP "Un día más sobre la Tierra"(2016)
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    Early buyer - Digital

    Thanks! You'll receive a digital downloadable version of the album a week before its release.

    Gracias ! Recibirás la versión digital del álbum una semana antes de su salida.

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    Early buyer - El disco

    Thanks ! You'll receive a copy of the album at home a week before its official release.

    Gracias ! Recibirás una copia física del disco en tu casa una semana antes de su salida oficial.

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    Christmas plan - Navidad

    You get two EARLY BUYER packs!
    You are already done with your Christmas shopping.

    Dos discos ! Ya terminaste tus compras de Navidad.

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    Pal - Compañero/a

    You're a pal !

    You get the CHRISTMAS PLAN pack + the lyrics of the songs printed and signed by the members of the band.

    Capo ! Te mandamos dos discos + las letras del disco firmadas por la banda.

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    • Printed and signed lyrics of the album
    • A physical copy of the album
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    Co-producer - Co-productor/a

    Your help is precious!
    You'll be mentioned in the CD as a co-producer of the album + We'll send you some "behind the scene" images of the recording.
    + the PAL pack.

    Tu ayuda es enorme. Te nombramos como co-productor en el disco + te mandamos imágenes de la grabación + el PAL pack.

    Includes:
    • A physical copy of the album
    • Your name on the record as a co-producer
    • Printed and signed lyrics of the album
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    A skype-encounter - Encuentro video

    You get a unique 30mn skype call with the band.
    You can make it a harmonica lesson with Pierre, a guitar lesson with Robin, some great acting tips with Alejandro.
    We can also ask us questions, or we can play songs for you.

    It does include the EARLY BUYER pack.

    Hablemos por Skype ! Por 30mn, puedes elegir entre una clase de guitarra, de armónica, de canto de actuación, o preguntarnos cosas !
    También te mandamos el EARLY BUYER pack

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    A dinner with Engine - Una cena

    A dinner with ENGINE! We take care of everything. Our chef Pierre will cook you the best French meal ever. After the best meal of your entire existence, we'll leave you with the CD and a picture with the band ! Travel not included.

    Una cena con Engine. Nos encargamos de todo. Nuestro chef Pierre les cocinará la cena francesa más rica de su existencia. Al final se llevan el disco y una foto con la banda !
    No incluye transporte.

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    • A meal cooked by our chef Pierre.
    • A physical copy of the album
    • A picture with the band
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    An intimate show in your living room

    We'll perform in your living room for you and your friends.
    Available when we'll be in your city.
    It does not include the transportation of the band.
    But it does include an EARLY BUYER pack

    Hacemos un concierto acústico en el living de tu casa para vos y tus amigos, cuando viajamos por tu ciudad. No incluye el translado. Pero incluye el EARLY BUYER pack

    Includes:
    • An unplugged intimate show at yout home
    • Digital download of the record
    • A picture with the band
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    A full show - Concierto

    We'll play a full electric show where you want.
    Does not include transportation.
    + EARLY BUYER pack

    Tocamos un show eléctrico donde sea. No incluye translado.
    Incluye el EARLY BUYER pack

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    • A full show of Engine
    • A physical copy of the album
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    Producer - Productor/a

    Your name on the back of the CD as main producer of the album.
    And all those gifts

    Tu nombre en el disco como productor principal del álbum. Y todos estos regalos !

    Includes:
    • Your name on the record as a producer of the album
    • A free download of all our past recordings
    • A physical copy of the album
    • A special video to thank you with a song
    • Some behind the scene images
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    The one and only one - El unico

    Congratulations !
    You just financed the whole recording !
    You"ll get all your name as THE producer of the album and all those rewards (and of couse our eternal gratitude).

    Bravo! Financiaste la producción del disco!
    Tu nombre aparecerá como EL productor del disco y recibirás todos estos regalos (y por supuesto, nuestro agradecimiento eterno)

    Includes:
    • Eternal gratitude
    • A free download of all our past recordings
    • 10× A physical copy of the album
    • A special video to thank you with a song
    • Some behind the scene images
    • Your name on the record as a producer of the album
    • Printed and signed lyrics of the album
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    Muse - Musa

    You'll get a "secret song", hidden somewhere in this CD or the next one, made about you or the topic you wish.
    You can feature that song if you wish
    Te hacemos una "canción secreta" que escondemos en algún lugar del disco, sobre vos o lo que vos quieras. En esa canción, si quieres, puedes tocar o cantar!

    Includes:
    • We make a song for you and hide it somewhere in the record
    • 20× A physical copy of the album
    • Your name on the record as a producer of the album
    • Eternal gratitude
    • Printed and signed lyrics of the album
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Funding period

- (30 days)