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Hi! I'm Gabriel Severn, a 13 year old bass guitarist who's spent 6 years preparing for hopefully my first recording studio experience.
Hi! I'm Gabriel Severn, a 13 year old bass guitarist who's spent 6 years preparing for hopefully my first recording studio experience.
52 backers pledged $3,657 to help bring this project to life.

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HI THERE, MY NAME IS GABRIEL SEVERN...

I've been playing bass since I was 7. I'm 13 now and ready to make my first studio recording. One of my earliest memories is sitting in the back of my Dad's car, listening to bands like Weather Report, the Yellowjackets, and Steps Ahead.  I remember hearing the bass lines popping out at me and I loved the sound. For as long as I can remember, there was always music being played in our house and when we'd go to festivals and concerts, I'd always notice the bass players. My mom even made me a toy upright bass out of cardboard and drew on it with a sharpie. When I was 5, my dad came home from a flea market with a half-size electric bass. It was very cool and I'd noodle around on it, but when I turned 7, I asked for real lessons. Four months later I joined a Motown tribute band from a local music school and did my first gig with them a couple months after that. I've been gigging ever since.

Me getting ready to take you down to funky town.
Me getting ready to take you down to funky town.

BASS IS THE PLACE

I've always liked creating melodies on my bass. Most people don't think of the bass as a melodic instrument, but I do. My favorite bass players broke the mold of what a bassist is 'supposed' to play. Guys like Jaco Pastorius, and Victor Wooten. But I still love the old school players too, like Chuck Rainey and James Jamerson

I also love Latin Jazz. It can be so soothing and melodic. The Brazilian bossa nova is one of my favorite styles, so one day last year, I started writing a melody on my bass with a bossa nova groove. My Dad helped me a little bit with putting it together and it became my first tune. My god sister's 8th Birthday was coming up and I decided to write it as a gift to her. Her name is Serafina and because it's a bossa nova tune, I gave it a Portuguese name and called it "Canção Para Fina" or "Song for Fina." 

People seem to like it, so I've decided to have it be my first thing I record. Although I've done lots of gigs and videos, like the one below that Bass Players United shared on Facebook and was seen by over 62,000 people, I've never actually done a real studio recording.

PROJECT GOALS AND REWARDS

I do have my own band called Teen Town, but because this song needs a different musical line-up, I'm branching out on my own. I'm not old enough yet to work and self-fund a project, so I was thinking maybe I could make this happen with your support? 

I had the opportunity to jam with some of my musical idols when I performed at the 2018 NAMM Show. I also met and jammed with musicians who have now become some of my favorites. Guitarist Dario Chiazzolino is one of those musicians. I loved his playing style and thought, "He'd be great on my tune!" The good news is, Dario's agreed to collaborate with me on this project and I am so excited! If I can fund my Kickstarter project, Dario and I, along with a latin drummer/percussionist and some other musicians will hit the studio and record "Canção Para Fina." If I raise more than my target goal, then I'll record more songs and release a whole EP!

I've been really lucky to have the Markbass company and Ernie Ball Music Man support my musical journey with their awesome gear. They've also given me special performance opportunities, like at 2018 NAMM and the 2018 Dallas International Guitar Festival. And both companies are helping me with my campaign by offering cool rewards for backers, including buttons and wrist bands.

I'm so grateful for their help AND even more so for YOUR support!

REWARD BUNDLES INCLUDE:

  • Digital Download of My New Recording(s)
  • LIMITED EDITION Gabriel Severn Enamel Pin
  • AUTOGRAPHED Pictures
  • AUTOGRAPHED Bass Chart of "Canção Para Fina"
  • Spotify Private Playlist Link
  • Link to a Livestream of a future Gabriel Severn online concert
  • AUTOGRAPHED Soccer Ball
  • Custom Bass Track
  • Invitation to Private Facebook Group
  • Markbass wrist bands
  • Ernie Ball Music Man buttons/badges
  • New Gabriel Severn T-Shirt Design
  • Gabriel Severn Bass Stickers (All backers over $20 who select a reward will receive a sticker)
  • Executive Producer title for EP
  • Trip to a Funpark in Berwick, PA with Gabe and his Family
  • ...& MUCH MORE

REWARD BUNDLE DISCLAIMERS

Please message us with any specific questions and check out all of the reward bundles along the right side of the project page. 

  • Most rewards will ideally be shipped in August 2018, if not before
  • The funpark event will be scheduled for sometime in 2018 and does not include backer travel or accommodations for Berwick, PA
  • Custom bass tracks will be delivered in 2018
  • T-Shirt size choices will happen during via backer surveys emailed out after the project ends (if successful)
  • Livestream event date is TBD 

PLEASE NOTE - Reward bundles include ONLY items listed in the reward outline. Backer is solely responsible for ALL additional costs associated with reward.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 

I'd like to say thank you to each and every one of you for supporting my mission to share the power of jazz bass with the world and help this teenager get into the recording studio for the first time in my life!

It isn't easy to put yourself out there or ask for help, but together we can make some REAL magic happen! Thank you so, so much!

-Gabriel

Website - https://www.gabrielsevern.com/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/gabrielsevernbass/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/gabrielsevernbass/

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ_mcMFZ64DbaIMjqLnDLWw

Teen Town FB - https://www.facebook.com/teentownfusion/

Teen Town Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/teentownfusion/

Risks and challenges

As with all products, there could be production delays. However, I'll keep everyone updated throughout the entire process. I'm hoping to release my music the way I envision it. I love sharing my music and can't wait to share this project with you all.

Thank you for your support!

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Digital Reward Package

    As a special thanks for your support, you will get a digital download of ALL of the songs Gabriel records for this project (Hopefully at least two!), as well as a special Spotify playlist link and studio diary link of notes, stories, and pictures.

    This reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of 2 (or more) Gabriel Severn Songs
    • Gabriel's Studio Diary (Notes, Stories, & Pictures)
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • All Updates & Bonus Stuff Gabriel might include
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    Gabriel Rocks Reward Package

    Get an autographed picture of Gabriel and a newly designed sticker, along with some super cool swag from Gabriel's sponsors at Markworld and Ernie Ball. Plus, you'll get a link to a Livestream of a future Gabriel Severn concert!

    This reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • AUTOGRAPHED Picture of Gabriel Severn
    • Digital Download of 2 (or more) Gabriel Severn Songs
    • Link to a Livestream of a Future Gabriel Severn Online Concert
    • Markworld Wristband
    • Ernie Ball Button/Badge
    • Gabriel's Studio Diary (Notes, Stories, & Pictures)
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • All Updates & Bonus Stuff Gabriel might include
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    T-Shirt Reward Package

    This reward package comes with music, an autographed pic, and a newly designed, super soft Gabriel Severn t-shirt in your choice of size!

    This reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Gabriel Severn T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • AUTOGRAPHED Picture of Gabriel Severn
    • Digital Download of 2 (or more) Gabriel Severn Songs
    • Link to a Livestream of a Future Gabriel Severn Online Concert
    • Thank You Video from Gabriel Severn
    • Gabriel Severn Bass Sticker
    • Markworld Wristband
    • Ernie Ball Button/Badge
    • Gabriel's Studio Diary (Notes, Stories, & Pictures)
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • All Updates & Bonus Stuff Gabriel might include
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    Gabriel Severn Superfan Pack

    Get a t-shirt, AUTOGRAPHED soccer ball, and a LIMITED EDITION Gabriel Severn enamel pin. So much great stuff, you won't know what item to proudly display first! Plus, you'll get an invitation to a private Facebook group to hear news and music before anyone else.

    This reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • LIMITED EDITION Gabriel Severn Enamel Pin
    • Gabriel Severn T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • AUTOGRAPHED Soccer Ball
    • AUTOGRAPHED Picture of Gabriel Severn
    • Digital Download of 2 (or more) Gabriel Severn Songs
    • Link to a Livestream of a Future Gabriel Severn Online Concert
    • Invitation to Private Gabriel Severn Facebook Group
    • Thank You Video from Gabriel Severn
    • Markworld Wristband
    • Ernie Ball Button/Badge
    • Gabriel's Studio Diary (Notes, Stories, & Pictures)
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • All Updates & Bonus Stuff Gabriel might include
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    DownBeat Super T-Shirt Package

    FLASH SALE PRICE - NOW ONLY $50!
    LIMITED TO 3 BACKERS

    Gabriel recently won 2 DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards, one for JHS Original Composition for Small Ensemble and Outstanding Performance for Jazz Solo.
    This package includes 3 t-shirts (Gabe, DownBeat, & Markworld) along with a one-year subscription to DownBeat Magazine!

    Thanks to DownBeat Magazine for providing part of this reward package, which includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • One Year Subscription to DownBeat Magazine
    • DownBeat T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • Gabriel Severn T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • Markworld T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • AUTOGRAPHED Picture of Gabriel Severn
    • Digital Download of 2 (or more) Gabriel Severn Songs
    • Link to a Livestream of a Future Gabriel Severn Online Concert
    • Invitation to Private Gabriel Severn Facebook Group
    • Thank You Video from Gabriel Severn
    • Gabriel Severn Bass Sticker
    • Markworld Wristband
    • Ernie Ball Button/Badge
    • Gabriel's Studio Diary (Notes, Stories, & Pictures)
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • All Updates & Bonus Stuff Gabriel might include
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    The Ultimate Gabriel Severn Collection

    You can almost have it all with the Ultimate Gabriel Severn Collection. Get an AUTOGRAPHED bass chart of "Canção Para Fina" along with the music, shirt, LIMITED EDITION pin, and the works.

    This reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • AUTOGRAPHED Bass Chart of "Canção Para Fina"
    • LIMITED EDITION Gabriel Severn Enamel Pin
    • Gabriel Severn T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • AUTOGRAPHED Soccer Ball
    • AUTOGRAPHED Picture of Gabriel Severn
    • Digital Download of 2 (or more) Gabriel Severn Songs
    • Link to a Livestream of a Future Gabriel Severn Online Concert
    • Invitation to Private Gabriel Severn Facebook Group
    • Thank You Video from Gabriel Severn
    • Gabriel Severn Bass Sticker
    • Markworld Wristband
    • Ernie Ball Button/Badge
    • Gabriel's Studio Diary (Notes, Stories, & Pictures)
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • All Updates & Bonus Stuff Gabriel might include
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    Custom Bass Track

    FLASH SALE PRICE - NOW ONLY $200!

    Let Gabriel lay down a slammin' custom bass track for your project or video use. Gabriel will create and record a bass line for your project from his home studio and send you the file.

    Reward implies custom bass line of standard length, along with a t-shirt, music, pins, etc.

    This reward package includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Custom Bass Track by Gabriel Severn
    • AUTOGRAPHED Bass Chart of "Canção Para Fina"
    • LIMITED EDITION Gabriel Severn Enamel Pin
    • Gabriel Severn T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • AUTOGRAPHED Soccer Ball
    • AUTOGRAPHED Picture of Gabriel Severn
    • Digital Download of 2 (or more) Gabriel Severn Songs
    • Link to a Livestream of a Future Gabriel Severn Online Concert
    • Invitation to Private Gabriel Severn Facebook Group
    • Thank You Video from Gabriel Severn
    • Gabriel Severn Bass Sticker
    • Markworld Wristband
    • Ernie Ball Button/Badge
    • Gabriel's Studio Diary (Notes, Stories, & Pictures)
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • All Updates & Bonus Stuff Gabriel might include
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    A Very Gabriel Afternoon

    FLASH SALE PRICE - NOW ONLY $350!

    Spend an afternoon with Gabriel and his family at a local go-kart/mini-golf funpark in Berwick, PA.

    Reward is intended as an event for someone Gabriel's age and their immediate family - reward covers fun and activity for 2 people, but does not include travel and accommodations to Berwick, PA.

    PLEASE NOTE - Check out "Reward Bundle Disclaimers" section on the left side of the project page.

    This reward bundle includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Afternoon at Fun Park in Berwick, PA with Gabriel & Family
    • AUTOGRAPHED Bass Chart of "Canção Para Fina"
    • LIMITED EDITION Gabriel Severn Enamel Pin
    • Gabriel Severn T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • AUTOGRAPHED Soccer Ball
    • AUTOGRAPHED Picture of Gabriel Severn
    • Digital Download of 2 (or more) Gabriel Severn Songs
    • Link to a Livestream of a Future Gabriel Severn Online Concert
    • Invitation to Private Gabriel Severn Facebook Group
    • Thank You Video from Gabriel Severn
    • Gabriel Severn Bass Sticker
    • Markworld Wristband
    • Ernie Ball Button/Badge
    • Gabriel's Studio Diary (Notes, Stories, & Pictures)
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • All Updates & Bonus Stuff Gabriel might include
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    Executive Producer Credit

    This top tier reward will give you an honorary title of "Executive Producer" on Gabriel Severn's upcoming music EP. Your name will be printed in the materials and you'll get to hear the music before anyone else and share feedback!

    PLEASE NOTE - Check out "Reward Bundle Disclaimers" section on the left side of the project page.

    This reward bundle includes everything listed below:

    Includes:
    • Honorary "Executive Producer" title on Gabriel Severn's New EP
    • AUTOGRAPHED Bass Chart of "Canção Para Fina"
    • LIMITED EDITION Gabriel Severn Enamel Pin
    • Gabriel Severn T-Shirt (Your Choice of Size)
    • AUTOGRAPHED Soccer Ball
    • AUTOGRAPHED Picture of Gabriel Severn
    • Digital Download of 2 (or more) Gabriel Severn Songs
    • Link to a Livestream of a Future Gabriel Severn Online Concert
    • Invitation to Private Gabriel Severn Facebook Group
    • Thank You Video from Gabriel Severn
    • Gabriel Severn Bass Sticker
    • Markworld Wristband
    • Ernie Ball Button/Badge
    • Gabriel's Studio Diary (Notes, Stories, & Pictures)
    • Spotify Private Playlist Link
    • All Updates & Bonus Stuff Gabriel might include
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Funding period

- (28 days)