We made the Kickstarter goal of $6K, but have 2 days left to reach a stretch goal* to fund a European and U.S. east coast tour. These tours will expose the album to new audiences and will be my press campaign in lieu of hiring a PR company. Please join me in meeting my stretch goal of $9,000 now until January 1st! Thank you so much! :)
*A stretch goal is a goal set after the initial posted goal is met and there is still time remaining in the campaign. I set the goal lower than the actual amount I need to make sure I met it since Kickstarter is all or nothing.
My first time performing in front of an audience was at my high school talent show. I played two cover songs: one solo Frente song, and another Smashing Pumpkins song with my friend. I remember wondering if I would be able to get through the whole performance without forgetting how to play the guitar, the lyrics, or throwing up. I don’t remember much about performing other than being able to make it through without messing up, and seeing my mother and grandmother in the audience, who somehow found out that I was performing that night even though I told them I wasn’t. But the thing that stuck out in my mind about that night was not how nervous I was, or who was there, but how people responded to me after the performance. Classmates who I barely knew and had spoken only a few words to before that night came up to me and hugged me, telling me how much they enjoyed my performance. It was an openness that I had never experienced before with near-strangers. Being an introvert who was very much still in my shell, I wasn’t close to a lot of people and had not yet figured out how to connect with people easily. That night was the first taste I had of how music can forge emotional connections with people that transcend normal social boundaries.
Music has a transformative power that connects people. I have experienced this as a performer over the past 9 years. Audience members I’ve met at shows and on social media have told me about how my songs have impacted them from helping them to deal with breakups/divorces, to mourning the loss of loved ones, or simply to feel a sense of calm. These experiences have given me a sense of purpose and challenged me to become more courageous as a songwriter and performer. I’ve found that the more personal a song is for me, the greater the emotional impact it will have on people. I’ve learned to embrace the fear I have in playing a song for the first time, and recognize it as a sign that I am about to do something risky and revealing, which for me, is what music is all about.
“Overflow” will be my fourth album, and is a representation of my growth and development as a songwriter and performing artist since my last release in 2014. Throughout my career, I have developed an original style of music that combines elements of symphonic, pop, folk, and ambient sounds. The songs on this album are the products of that work. The album is also more far-reaching in terms of dynamic range, and is my most ambitious and complex to date as far as musical style and song composition.
I'm currently collaborating with 4 videographers/filmmakers on 4 music videos for the songs. One thing that I've always wanted to do was to combine my music with a visual element. My dream is to have more of my music in film and TV, and I believe this will be a meaningful step in that direction.
One of the visual artists I will be working with is Vikram Madan, whose art is whimsical and imaginative. We will be collaborating on an animated short film, featuring one of my songs ("Just For Us") from the new album. Here is a preview of a short clip with the song:
Along with a talented group of musicians who have recorded/will record on this album, I am again working with Don Farwell, a Seattle-based producer who I also worked with for my last album.
WHY I NEED YOUR HELP
I've spent as much as I can on the making of this album. Most of the recording and mixing is complete. But I have exhausted my funds, and need help to finish the recording, mixing and mastering process, as well as other crucial elements needed for a successful album release.
The funds I'm raising will go toward:
-4 music videos with 4 videographers (currently in progress)
-album release show costs (videography, photography, postering)
$6,000 is the bare bones of what is needed for the album release and music videos, but I set the goal lower to make sure we meet it. It's all or nothing with Kickstarter. I will be doing my own press work to get this album out. If we meet the goal, stretch goals will include:
-Funding for a European and east coast tour to develop markets in those areas where people are already listening to my music, and to expose my music to new territories ($3,000)
-Radio campaign ($1,500)
-Funding for album release show (to supplement band pay, venue fees) $1,000
IMPACT FROM LAST KICKSTARTER-FUNDED PROJECT
It's hard to believe that it's been 2 years since "For the Winter" was released. I was able to raise $8,000 with Kickstarter to make and release the album. Here are some waves that were made with that album:
*Charted in the top 200 CMJ charts (non-commercial radio). It was the only independent release that made it in the charts that week.
*Placement of song "We Die From It" in MTV show, "Awkward." Since the airing of the episode with the song, I've received messages from people all over the world saying that they discovered my music from the show.
*Over 100,000 plays on Spotify. Partly as a result of the exposure on the show, touring, and a radio campaign, thousands of people have listened to the album on my Spotify page.
*Tours: I was able to complete 2 western U.S. tours and an Alaskan tour
*Probably the most important impact of the Kickstarter has been my transition to becoming a full-time musician. I now pursue music full-time and depend on it as my primary source of income. I still have a part-time job as an independent reading/writing/ESL tutor, but I am able to spend the majority of my time on music - a goal that I have been striving towards for years!
This venture, like any small business, takes a few years to grow. The good news is that I am making progress. And with your help, I have been and will be able to move forward! Thank you to everyone who has supported so far. I hope you will continue on this journey with me. And to those who I have yet to meet, I hope you'll take chance on this project.
With love & gratitude,
Risks and challenges
I have set tentative deadlines for promotion and video premiers, which have the potential to be delayed. As with any project, unforeseen circumstances may come up that prevent me from achieving my goals on time. If this is the case, I would still plan to accomplish these tasks at a later date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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