Goal: Record and release my sophomore album, "When the Birds Begin to Walk"
Check out my debut album “The Weight” to see if you're interested in supporting the completion of my second full-length record. "The Weight" was funded by my first Kickstarter campaign and released last August, 2014. It is available on my website and soundcloud:
I will be releasing my first music video "Maybe You" in late May/Early June. The video will be available here, once it is posted!
How you can help:
My band and I are a relatively new act. We've been on the scene just under a year now. We need friends and fans to spread the word! If you've checked out my first album and like it, share it with your friends! If you've seen us live and like us, invite your friends to our shows! If you've decided to back this project, share it with your friends in person or on social media platforms! Every little shout-out counts!
If you're interested in hearing my sound evolve, back this project!
The first album was an experiment...
I was trying everything for the first time. Two years ago I was just a drummer. After dropping out of music school, I decided I wanted to learn how to write songs and sing; then came learning how to record, make beats, play keys and produce my own music. It seemed slow moving, but the album was essentially the final product of that process. I am proud of it. I learned so much. But I am beyond excited to take another crack at it.
HERE'S THE GAME PLAN:
My group and I will record 11 songs, 10 for the album, 1 as a stand-alone single. We'll record the album with Sacha Muller, (the same wizard-of-an-engineer who recorded half the tracks on my last album) at four different studios in Portland: Supernatural Sound, Jackpot! Recording Studios, Dead Aunt Thelma's Studio and Clackamas Community College Studio. Aside from my own production, I have invited local jazz guru Alan Jones on as a co-producer.
Check out a few of my collaborations with other Portland artists:
"All The Kings Men" with Portland MC, Dusty Fox (made the 2015 PDX Pop Now Compilation!)
"Hit the Lights" with Portland Group, Two Planets:
"Wonk" with Portland Producer, Dorsia:
Along with my live trio, including Grant Sayler (Guitar/Bass), Micah Hummel (Drums/Samples) and myself (Vocals/Keys), I’ve been lucky enough to assemble a group of some of the finest musicians, producers, engineers and MC's in Portland:
Sacha Muller (Engineer/Co-Producer):
Sacha Muller is an independent freelance audio engineer and producer working in the Portland Metropolitan Area. He initially studied drum set performance at Clackamas Community College before switching to music technology. Now he's part time faculty at CCC's Music Technology department and records musicians, bands and ensembles of all walks and genres out of many of the top recording studios in the Portland area. Among the bands and artists he's worked with are George Colligan, Kerry Politzer, Steve Christofferson, Randy Porter, The Superjazzers, Tom Wakeling, Israel Annoh, Reinhardt Melz, Jessie Marquez, Rich Cooper, Amber Sweeney, Just Lions, LEO, The Wishermen, Matt Brown, Tanagra and Ghost Frog.
Alan Jones (Co-Producer):
Alan Jones is a jazz drummer, composer, educator and producer. Alan graduated from Berklee College of Music, studied with Alan Dawson, and spent two summers at the Banff Center for the Fine Arts in Canada. Alan has studied with Elvin Jones, Art Blakey and received valuable insight and advice from Tony Williams, Jaco Pastorius, Roy Haynes and Billy Higgins. Alan teaches music at the Alan Jones Academy of Music in Portland. He has performed, toured and/or recorded with some of the music's greatest artists including: Esperanza Spalding, Dave Holland, Andrew Hill, Leroy Vinnegar, Red Mitchell, Kenny Wheeler, David Friesen, John Abercrombie, Jim Pepper, Miroslav Vitous John Clayton, Cecil Taylor, Bud Shank, Randy Brecker, Denny Zeitlin, Dave Liebman, Airto Moriera, George Cables, Lee Konitz, Ralph Towner, Ingrid Jensen, Charles McPherson, Chuck Israels, John Hicks
Farnell Newton (Trumpet):
Farnell Newton is a trumpet player and one of the most versatile musicians and educators in the Northwest, playing straight ahead jazz, Latin music, soul, hip hop, funk and more. He has toured, recorded, and shared the stage with Skerik, Lettuce, Slightly Stoopid, Karl Denson, Galactic, Nigel Hall, sax man Mike Phillips , the DooDooFunk All-Stars, & many more. In the last few years, Farnell has been touring with 3 time grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott and with the Legendary Rhinestone Rockstar Bassist Bootsy Collins. In previous years, Farnell has performed with great musical artists, including Lalah Hathaway, Ron Isley, R. Kelly, Cee Lo Green, Fantasia, Gladys Knight, Charlie Wilson, Chaka Khan, Najee, Will Downing, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more.
Nicole Glover (Tenor Saxophone):
Nicole Glover journey in music began when her father introduced her to improvised music at a young age. She began playing the clarinet at age ten, transitioning to tenor saxophone the following year. In high school, she became involved in a variety of performance ensembles, both within her school and in the community. In 2007, she joined the Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra directed by Thara Memory. This competitive ensemble granted her the opportunity to travel the country and perform at several renowned jazz festivals, including the Monterey Jazz Festival for two consecutive years. In 2009, she was one of 19 students from across the nation to be selected for the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, who embarked on a national tour that involved performances with Bobby Watson and Julian Lage, concluding with a performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival with Wynton Marsalis. Throughout her musical career, she has had the pleasure of performing with such great musicians as Mulgrew Miller, Rich Perry, Wynton Marsalis, Esperanza Spalding, Kenny Garrett, George Colligan, Geoffrey Keezer, Bennie Maupin, Bobby Watson, Mike Clark, Bill Stewart, Jimmy Greene, Essiet Essiet, Mel Brown, Julian Lage, Obo Addy, Rob Scheps, Alan Jones, Red Holloway, Terell Stafford, Helen Sung, Dana Hall, Scotty Barnhart, and Thara Memory.
Damian Erskine (Electric Bass):
Damian Erskine is a bassist, educator and columnist. He has played in the studio or on the stage with the likes of Peter Erskine, The Jaco Pastorius Big Band, Les McCann & Javon Jackson, Gino Vannelli, Jeff Lorber, George Colligan, Sveti w/ Marko Djordjevic, Vardan Ovsepian, Charmaine Neville, Tony Furtado and many others. He is an adjunct professor at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and has also appeared as an instructor at Gerald Veasley's Bass Bootcamp, the National Guitar Workshop as well as the Berklee College of Music's Guitar Week. Damian has written for Bass Player Magazine, NoTreble.com, Bass Musician Magazine as well as authoring his own books, "Right Hand Drive" and "The Improvisor's Path".
Grant Sayler (Guitar, Electric Bass):
Grant Sayler is quickly emerging as one of the most exciting and unique young guitarists in the Northwest. Grant, a Portland native, spent his childhood playing the violin. After seven years of classical study, Grant became infatuated with the sounds of rock and roll and his musical interests shifted to the guitar. Grant has studied with Alan Jones, Scott Pemberton, Ambrose Akinmusire, George Colligan, Ben Monder, Nir Felder, John Stowell, Tom Guarna, and many others. Grant has had the honor of playing and recording with musicians such as Esperanza Spalding, George Colligan, Charles Mcpherson, Alan Jones, Darrell Grant, Mel Brown, Dan Balmer, John Gross, Thara Memory, and more. Grant is a founding member of The Wishermen, a standout Portland Jazz Collective who recently released their sophomore album on Seattle’s Cavity Search Records.
Micah Hummel (Drums):
Micah Hummel is a drummer from Glendale, Arizona. Micah was accepted into the Herberger Institute for Design and Arts at Arizona State University to study Jazz Performance. During his early career, Micah played in Young Sounds of Arizona, a statewide prestigious big band. With this group he performed with such noted artists as Rebeca Mauleón, Wycliffe Gordon, Lee Konitz, Lewis Nash, Brice Winston, and Wayne Bergeron. Performing with this group also allowed him to work with composers Bill Holman, Fred Sturm, Gordon Goodwin, and Alan Carter. In 2007, Micah was chosen to perform in the last IAJE conference in Toronto, Canada alongside a few other students in the state of Arizona. Recently, he was selected as one of two finalists in the country for the Brubeck Institute Fellowship Program. Micah moved to Portland in 2014 and is currently studying jazz on full scholarship at Portland State University.
EPP (featured MC):
Michael Zoah (featured MC):
Teal Swan (Voice of Inspiration):
(Teal's voice will be sampled throughout the album)
Teal Swan is an internationally recognized spiritual teacher, author, activist, extrasensory and painter. She travels the world as a spiritual luminary, using her abilities to remind people of the united, energetic nature of the universe.
Dana White (Mastering Engineer):
Dana White has been mastering album releases for CD since 1995. He has worked on award winning projects for some of the great indie talents as well as recording legends. He also has extensive experience with recording/mixing, broadcast audio, CD manufacturing, mastering for cassette, and digital media. He has studied music performance and sound recording technology at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell (BMus). He is conversant with many aspects of composition, arranging, performance, and recording production in all major genres. In 2001 Dana founded Specialized Mastering after working for 9WEST Mastering where he served full time as principal mastering engineer.
The music industry is due for a revolution. We're all pretty of aware of it. The truth is, signing to labels isn't working out for many artists, including many mainstream acts! We're entering the era of the independent artist. The artist who, (with the help of other trusted artists, producers, engineers and friends) write their own music, record their own music, and crowd-fund their own musical projects. I want to show other artists that it's not as impossible as many of us think....we CAN and WILL make art without boundaries!
The $9,999 goal covers the following:
Musicians Wages: $1400
CD Printing: $500
(This goal factors in the 5-10% Kickstarter takes out)
There will always be more costs (if the goal is exceeded, these are the additional costs that can be covered):
Additional Studio Time!!!, Additional Musical Guests!!!, Additional CD Printing, Album Art, Music Video, Travel/Tour Expenses, Instrument Expenses, Rehearsal Space Rent, etc.
Risks and challenges
Time and money prove to be the most risky factors in the recording process. You never know how long it will take to get the best takes, therefore you can never be completely sure how much $$$ you'll need to spend in the studio. There is potential for a delay in release, assuming I could end up having to pay out of pocket.
It's always helpful if the goal is exceeded. Extra funds allow for creative breathing room in the studio and can make up for any lapses in the recording process. Either way, the album is my baby and it WILL come out, regardless of any financial set backs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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