"A Beautiful Mess" is my 4th CD. It features my new band, "THE MORNING PAPERS".
Since releasing my last studio album, I really felt the need to branch out and start bringing in fresh ideas and perspectives. In the past, I recorded, mixed and micro-managed the whole process from start to finish. This time, I chose to hire Robert L Smith to do the basic tracking at my old home base, Kampo Studios, and began collaborating and handing off songs to musicians and songwriters whose work I adore to help me finish the project, saying, "Do what you want, I know I'll love it".
It was a little scary and quite hard at first, but I can't even begin to describe how successful this process was!
This collection of songs has transformed into beautiful landscapes,.. took twists and turns into unknown realms and became much more than I could possibly have done on my own. Content wise, the whole CD from beginning to end documents that search for,..in a word,. freedom.
Freedom from self inflicted road blocks, freedom from emotional baggage, freedom from concentrating on what can't be done rather than on what CAN be done,. This record was transformational for me in many ways.
I am grateful. Not only to the people whose capable hands I've entrusted my music to, but for the fact that I opened my heart enough to allow it to happen.
The lesson I learned is that there is strength in numbers. Oh, and sharing is fun!
Part A: The production of the record, from tracking to Mixing is complete; It
is being mastered as you read this. Production was completely self funded.
Part B: Package design, manufacturing, print, radio, and online promotion, tour booking is now underway.
I am an independent artist without the financial backing of a record company. I am raising funds to complete manufacturing and promotion.
My budget has dwindled from the album's production costs and with your support, I hope to raise a minimum of $800 to fund the remainder of the work that needs to be done.
I feel that this CD is my best one yet and I'd like to make sure that it gets the coverage it deserves.
For the last 8 years, I've done a bulk of this work on my own with some success. However, there are independent promotion companies and independent tour managers who are much more savvy and better at marketing and promotion than I am.
Moreover, they LIKE the work and deserve to be compensated.
HOW YOUR INVESTMENT DOLLARS WILL BE SPENT:
Manufacturing/creative services(package design):
1000 copies; 6-panel, eco-friendly wallet design. (Look Ma! No plastic!): Oasis Duplication
TOTAL: $1095.00+ shipping, with special discount promotion)
Artwork: Flor (Paris, France)
Graphic design: Keith Henry Brown
Photography: Ed Marshall
I am enlisting the help of 3 independent companies. I feel they will be a huge asset in helping me to make a difference.
TJO productions: Tour booking/Tour promotions services
Lovebrand Records/Levine Management Consultation: Artist management/booking/marketing
Twisted World: Online Guerilla Marketing
TOTAL: 2 month CD release promotion; Booking/2 month promotion for west coast tour: $1500.00
All 3 of these companies have been very gracious in offering me great rates for their time and attention. With their help, I can accomplish much more than I could ever do on my own.
WHY AM I ONLY ASKING FOR $800 IF TOTAL COST IS $3500?
I have 22 days before I need to send the files to Oasis. That is why this is a 20 day campaign.
If I raise the total cost, that would obviously be awesome! However, I also want to make sure that I can, at the very least, get the CD pressed in time for the CD release party on November 5th, so I'm asking for the minimum amount to complete that goal.
HERE'S THE CATCH If I don't meet the full $800 goal, you keep your money and don't get your rewards (boo!). Kickstarter is an ALL OR NOTHING funding mechanism. It keeps everyone honest!
- That's a good thing -
If you are interested in this project, and you want to help, I am forever indebted to you. Even if it's just $1. Without the support of my fans, family, and friends, I would just be another person singing to myself in my bedroom. Make no mistake, YOU are the vehicle to my success and I don't take that lightly.
I am humbled by the support already pledged offline to help me make this record my most successful yet. Thank you!
IF YOU CANT HELP monetarily, but you'd like to help in some way, SPREAD THE WORD! The more the merrier! TELL EVERYONE!
Until our official release date, Every 2 weeks, we are releasing 1 unmastered preview track as a free download. We've released 2 songs so far.
Here's the link: http://www.myshytune.com/songwriter.php...
If you've missed a few, don't worry,.They will magically appear on my myspace page for your enjoyment.
- (20 days)