The Travoltas are Salim Nourallah, Paul Slavens, Nick Earl, Emsy Robinson and Mike Hodges. We've been a band for about a year and this fall we've been offered the great opportunity to go on tour opening for the Old 97s. The tour would take us throughout the Midwest and then down the East coast (12 concerts in 14 days). It's an awesome opportunity for a new band like us but the downside is that it is financially challenging. The money we stand to make will barely cover travel expenses. Each member of the group would also be losing money by not working their day jobs while we're away. So when I first thought about this opportunity my gut feeling was “as much as I’d like to tour with the band there’s no way we can pull it off financially…” but after putting some thought into it, we’ve come up with an idea that could make it all happen…
With the funds from this Kickstarter campaign we hope to not only record our debut CD but also reach a broader audience that helps establish our band outside the state of Texas. The funds from this pledge drive will be used to produce not only CDs but merchandise and other marketing materials as well as hopefully giving us some monetary "padding" for our tour. Meaning: if we come back having made no profit on tour we will use part of this fund to make sure no band member is left not being able to pay their bills!!! Over the past year we've gigged steadily and written tons of new songs. We've already started recording here in Dallas in mid-September and have accrued recording debt. Things are sounding fantastic though. So with your support we'd not only like to finish and release our 1st cd but also go on this fantastic tour with the Old 97s!
Risks and challenges
The risk is failure...if we don't meet our monetary goal - we fail. We won't be able to collect anything because on Kickstarter the deal is "all or nothing." It will be challenging reaching enough fans to achieve our aims and meet our mark. I feel like we can do it but it's gonna take some Travolta hustle. Fingers crossed...the funds we intend to raise through Kickstarter will hopefully enable us to meet a couple key challenges. The first challenge is to simply help sustain the band while on tour with the Old 97s, in terms of transportation, fuel, food, lodging, etc. The second challenge is to manufacture sufficient "product" to sell and use for promotional purposes while on tour. When a band like the Travoltas tours as an opening act for a nationally recognized act, the tour presents opportunities in terms of selling merchandise like CDs and t-shirts but we have not the money to actually pay for manufacturing them!!! We're up for all these challenges as well as the many more that will surely come our way...thank you for presenting us with at least have a fighting chance of success!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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