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I'm going to record. In the wilderness. Alone. Let's see how different environments trigger different creative aspects of songwriting.
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My name is Alex Preston and I am a singer songwriter from Mont Vernon, NH. I am a small town guy, only about 2,000 people living here in Mont Vernon. I have always loved writing and playing music, and suddenly this year I got accepted on American Idol. Not only was I accepted, I came in 3rd place. This sudden exposure made me think about my music in great detail. I started to notice how music suddenly became a full time job, and writing songs evolved from a personal outlet, to more of an artificially inspired reproduction of another’s words. Everything started sounding the same. Songwriting has been in my life for so long; it really is my only way to express my shy mind and soul. 

So I had an idea. I want to escape to a secluded area, such as Montana, and really discover stories from within.  I want to write, record, mix, master, produce, and distribute an EP. Entirely alone, forced to stew in my own consciousness and derive stories from the earth and my soul. I think the music industry is far too filled with mimicry, and songwriting has become this sort of “formula of success”. People try out a song idea, it becomes popular, so they recreate it. Don't get me wrong, this isn't something I am complaining about, I just find it interesting. My goal is to really discover what I’m thinking as an individual, discover inspiration from within. I want to see how different environments trigger new emotions and ideas. If I were to blindly write an album on an island, it wouldn't sound the same as if I were in a snowy cabin. I want to show how new ideas can be derived from really discovering how you react to new things. I would document everything, discover places, and play whatever music comes from being there. I want to go with an empty mind, and see how each individual factor of where I am opens a new part of my mind and soul. I really just want to open the lost art of writing a song, finding inspiration from myself, and from the earth. Who knows, maybe something new might arise? I want to write not to fill any molds, just to create a new one. Maybe inspire someone else to just play, and not be scared of what people might think. With this, I hope to record an organic EP. I have about 250,000 collective social media fans waiting for some sort of CD, so why not give them something that is truly ME. Not inspired by other artists, not inspired by anything else other than my interpretations of each of my senses being used in the new setting. Co writing with the lost ideas and stories of where ill be. I cant think of a better way to debut my music. 

Risks and challenges

Some risks include:

Wildlife interaction
Doing everything myself
Getting sick
Getting lost while hiking

But I will be careful, and use the money to stay safe, stay healthy, and record an awesome EP.

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    A hard copy of the EP, signed.

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    Hard, signed copy of the EP. Access to behind the scenes footage of the trip. Should be interesting....

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    Hard, signed copy of the EP. Signed film photo. Access to behind the scenes footage of the trip. Should be interesting.... Also, you get to view the final short film before it's released!

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    Hard, signed copy of the EP. Signed film photo. Access to behind the scenes footage of the trip. Should be interesting.... Also, you get to view the final short film before it's released!

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    Hard, signed copy of the EP. Signed film photo. Access to behind the scenes footage of the trip. Should be interesting.... Also, you get to view the final short film before it's released!

    In addition, you will be in the thank you section on the EP and video.

    In addition, I will make you a personal video while I am out recording. Will take personal Polaroid pictures of the scenery, and sign.

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    Woah. This will get you everything mentioned before. Plus a bonus track that I will record. Super raw, super organic. Only available to these donors, and no one else!

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    Everything.

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    1) A percussive instrument used in the songs.
    2) listed as a sponsor on the video description
    3) a skype session q&a

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