I've been writing music for over half my life now, which is amazing to think about. During that time I've played in several bands, recorded fellow songwriters, and recorded my own music. Every experience is different and special in its own way and teaches you something about yourself that you may have never discovered otherwise if it hadn't been for the music and the people involved. The process of recording my newest CD, "Murder Your Darlings", has certainly not been an exception to this rule.
In September of 2011 I began working on recording a few demo-like renditions of songs that I had written and had been meaning to record before I moved to Fort Collins, Colorado earlier in the year. They were rough drafts, but they were decent, and most importantly they were recorded; therefore their longevity was partially garaunteed and spared from my unreliable memory. At the time it felt like I had so many old songs that I thought were good, but for some reason had thrown to the wayside and deserted. I would play shows back in Portland and people would request songs that they loved but that I couldn't for the life of me remember. They were gone. I hadn't taken the time to write down the words or tab out the chords and before I knew it they had disappeared.
At first I didn't really care because I was in a sense over those songs and had moved on, but after a while it began to bother me quite a bit and I was feeling a lot of regret about not keeping better track of my music. It was at this point that I decided to really make a serious effort to record as many songs as I could before they too were forgotten. I called my friend Nat Nelson who is an amazing guitar player and all around multi-instrumentalist and asked him if he'd be interested in helping me produce an album. To my good fortune he said YES. We had only known each other for a couple of months when we started working together, but I knew that Nat was the right person to ask. He has a depth of knowlege that far surpasses my own and a great ear for harmony and arrangement.
We've since worked on this project together off and on now for close to eighteen months and have finally reached the end. Somehow between us both working full time jobs, Nat moving to Denver, playing shows and maintaining social lives we managed to actually finish it. We recorded eleven songs all over the Front Range region of Colorado; in basements, attics, apartment bedrooms, student rehearsal spaces, bathrooms and even outside by the train tracks early in the morning and in the middle of the night. Recording this album allowed me to forget about all those old songs that at one time had been the only songs, the one that I knew best and were nearest and dearest. It's almost as if I had to get rid of or through those old songs before I could get to this album. They were stepping stones to something new, something different and potentially better, and I had to murder my darlings to find out what that was.
Now that the recording is finished and the mixing nearly complete it is time for the final stages to begin. My goal now is to raise a minimum of $3,000 dollars to fund the Mastering and duplication of the album as well as the pressing of a limited edition 7" vinyl record.
I have decided to go through DiscMakers for the printing and duplication of the CD, because even though I would rather support a smaller company they are relatively inexpensive and are known for doing a good job. I will be ordering a short run duplication of 300 copies. For 300 4 panel full color Digipak CD's polywrapped and with barcodes, DiscMakers currently charges $1,087.20.
The estimated cost for Mastering the CD is around $1,000. At this point I have yet to hire or settle on a particular studio or engineer to Master the CD but I am confident that I can find someone to do the job for that price. For the 7" Vinyl pressing I have listed a quote that I received from Morphius Records detailing the price and overall production rundown. Quote below:
100 VINYL 7"s in white INNER SLEEVES
Customer is submitting master as 7" lacquers, and submitting artwork as Camera-Ready Files on Disk. Customer has requested a price quote for 100
black vinyl 7" Records, with unprinted white labels (see below for upgrade to 1 color printed center labels on your choice of 16 background paper colors).
For this quote, customer has requested standard weight records. This is a bulk order, records in paper dust sleeves only.
This quote request is for Standard Turnaround (6-8 weeks).
Pricing will be as follows:
Subtotal------- Qty / Item Description / unit cost
$ 0.00 ----- Lacquer Mastering (2 side(s))
$ 190.00 ----- Full Process (Mothers, Masters, Stampers: 2 side(s))
$ 50.00 ----- 4 Test Pressings ($50.00 for 1st 4)
$ 92.00 ----- 100 7" Records (@$0.92 ea.)
$ 0.00 ----- 100 unprinted white labels (@$0.00 ea.)
$ 0.00 ----- Assembly (but not shrinkwrap) is included with this quote (@$0.00 ea.)
$ 0.00 ----- Film Charge: n/a unprinted labels (see below for printed label upgrade option)
$ 0.00 ----- UPC barcode assignment included (UPC stickers can be provided for an add'l charge).
$ 120.00 ----- Set Up Fee: STANDARD TURNAROUND
$ -13.00 ----- Special 100 7" Package Discount (valid on initial order only)
NOTE: Need lacquer mastering? Add just $240.
Add 500 Digital Download Cards, get $50 off! Want 1 color(s) printing on your choice of 16 paper colors? Add just $126.
Ask your sales rep about other label printing upgrade options.
$ 439.00 ----- TOTAL PRICE (not incl. shpg)
PLEASE NOTE that this replication and printing order is subject to overage/underage of +/-10% of quantity ordered. Final billing will be based on actual quantities manufactured & printed. Please notify us if you have specific quantity needs. Shipping costs are not included in the total above. We will be happy to ship using any freight company you specify. If you would like us to ship this order for you via UPS Ground, the cost will be as follows:
$ 36.04 ----- Flat Rate Ground shipping for this order (one location, continental U.S. only)
Well that just about covers everything I think. Thank you all so much for taking interest in my Kickstarter fundraiser!
Risks and challenges
One potential challenge could be that prices might change, although I have estimated the total cost as accurately as possible, based on the current market.
Honestly, I don't foresee any other challenges at this point. All of the heavy lifting is already done and basically I just need the financial support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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