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"A wildly diverse album. Politically conscious & globally minded. A world traveler's perspective on American folk-rock." Rolling Stone
"A wildly diverse album. Politically conscious & globally minded. A world traveler's perspective on American folk-rock." Rolling Stone
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I'm currently working on my "lucky" thirteenth album entitled "Idle Hands" and, with your help, I'll be able to finish it up and release to the world!  Check out this video to hear the first song.

Background

If we don’t know eachother already, then my name is Ian Fisher.  I’ve been writing songs and playing concerts since I was thirteen-years-old.  I grew up in Missouri, USA, and moved to Europe a decade ago.  Since then, I’ve played nearly a thousand concerts and made a dozen records.  Along the way, I’ve met many of you lovely people, played some of the best stages in Europe and at festivals like SXSW, and even had the honor of recently being called one of the 10 New Country/Americana Artists You Should Know by Rolling Stone Magazine!  Now I'm working together with some of my favorite musicians and best friends all over Europe and the US to make an album that I love!  

Rewards

I've been lucky enough to experience the incredible generosity of my supportive fans over the years and I want to show my gratitude for your continued support through the many rewards listed on the side of this page.  This is my first time crowdfunding an album and I'm excited that I can finally directly give back to you, my fans, friends, & family who support me and my music the most!  Anyone who pledges €20 or more will receive an early digital download in April 2018.  The album's official release date will be later in 2018.  All pre-ordered CDs and vinyls come with signed thank you cards and anyone who pledges more than €100 will have their name printed in the album!

Why Kickstarter?

I am currently self organizing and financing everything without a label or manager and it's your support that will help me finish the album's production, manufacture CDs and vinyls, and release and promote the record throughout the USA and Europe. With over 60% of people listening to music through streaming services and artists like me getting less than €0.005 per-play, a crowdfunding campaign is a great new democratic way for music lovers to have a direct impact on art and its creation. By being a part of this campaign, you are truly a part of this project. We're doing this together. I can never thank you enough for that!

Antonio, Andreas, Me, Ryan, & Hanno - After recording in Berlin
Antonio, Andreas, Me, Ryan, & Hanno - After recording in Berlin

Funds Raised via Kickstarter Will Go To:

  • production & studio time
  • musicians
  • mixing 
  • mastering
  • album art
  • music videos
  • CD manufacturing
  • vinyl manufacturing
  • marketing & promo throughout the US & EU
  • Additional Funds - If our goal is met, then I'll think of some cool new things to give you and any additional money will go into more music videos and larger press campaigns to help spread this music to new audiences!
Thank You!
Thank You!

If you have any questions, then please contact me at: ian@ianfishersongs.com

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Special thanks to Jarred Gastreich for making these kickstarter videos and to Ben Majchrzak & David Beeman at Native Sound Studio for letting us film there!

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Photos from Recording Sessions

With Hanno, Andreas, & Ryan on tour in Italy where we learned the songs
With Hanno, Andreas, & Ryan on tour in Italy where we learned the songs

 

Our sound engineer Antonio at his studio in Berlin
Our sound engineer Antonio at his studio in Berlin

 

Hanno Stick's beautiful old drum-set (the star of the record)
Hanno Stick's beautiful old drum-set (the star of the record)

 

Cornelius Borgolte's 1972 Fender Rhodes (everything it plays sounds like it's from 1972 too)
Cornelius Borgolte's 1972 Fender Rhodes (everything it plays sounds like it's from 1972 too)

 

Ida Wenøe made this record 100% better by singing backing vocals
Ida Wenøe made this record 100% better by singing backing vocals

 

Maria, Cornelius, Andreas, Tobi, & Bene recording strings in Munich
Maria, Cornelius, Andreas, Tobi, & Bene recording strings in Munich

 

Ben Majchrzak smiling & mixing at Native Sound Recording in St. Louis, Missouri
Ben Majchrzak smiling & mixing at Native Sound Recording in St. Louis, Missouri

 

Mt. Etna, Sicily - The location for our next music video!
Mt. Etna, Sicily - The location for our next music video!

 

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    Pledge €2 or more About $2.39

    Friend of the Band

    If you just want to show some support, then every little bit helps!

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    Digital Download

    I'll give you a digital copy of the album when it is officially released.

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    Pledge €20 or more About $24

    Early Digital Download

    I can only officially release the record in September, but, by choosing this option, I will give you a digital copy of the album months before the official release date!

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    CD + Early Download + Signed Card

    I will send you a physical copy of the CD several weeks before the official release and give you an early digital download. I will also send a signed thank you card for your support!

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    Bag + Early Download + Signed Card

    I will send you a cotton bag with the album art print several weeks before the official record release and give you an early digital download. I will also send a signed thank you card for your support!

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    Pledge €25 or more About $30

    Concert Ticket + Early Download

    I will put you on the guest list for one of my upcoming concerts near you or, if enough of you order this in one place, then I'll invite you to a private house concert! Once the kickstarter campaign is finished, we'll arrange where and when. You'll also get to download the album early.

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    Vinyl + Early Download + Signed Card

    I will send you the vinyl record several weeks before the official release and give you an early digital download. I will also send a signed thank you card for your support!

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    T-shirt + Early Download + Signed Card

    I will send you a t-shirt several weeks before the official album release and give you an early digital download. I will also send a signed thank you card for your support!

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    Pledge €35 or more About $42

    Exclusive Demos + Early Download

    I'll send you demos and live recordings that will give you an idea of how these songs developed and what the process was behind writing and arranging them over the last few years. You will also receive a digital copy of the album months before the official release date.

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    Vinyl & CD bundle

    I will send you the vinyl record and a physical copy of the CD several weeks before the official release and give you a digital copy of the record and the exclusive demos months before anyone else hears them. I will also send a signed thank you card for your support!

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    Handwritten Lyric Sheet

    I'll send you the handwritten lyrics to one of my songs of your choice and dedicate it personally to you or a loved one. It will be written in my snazzy old cursive on some classy paper. I can write out the guitar chords too, if you ask me in advance. I'll send you a early digital download of the record too.

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    Handwritten Lyric Sheet + All Merch

    Not only will you get the CD, vinyl, early digital download, and demos, but, as stated above, I'll send you the handwritten lyrics to one of my songs of your choice and dedicate it personally to you or a loved one. It will be written in my snazzy old cursive on some classy paper too and I can also write out the guitar chords if you ask me in advance.

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    All the Things

    Get the CD, vinyl, t-shirt, bag, thank you card, and an early download of the album!

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    Pledge €100 or more About $119

    All the Things + Concert Ticket

    Get the CD, vinyl, t-shirt, bag, thank you card, and an early download of the album! I will also put you on the guest list for one of my upcoming concerts near you or, if enough of you order this in one place, then I'll invite you to a private house concert! Once the kickstarter campaign is finished, we'll arrange where and when. Lastly, your name will be on the album!

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    All Lyrics Handwritten + All Merch

    I'll send you the handwritten lyrics for the entire new album and dedicate it personally to you or a loved one. It will be written in my snazzy old cursive on some classy paper too. Once again, if you want the guitar chords, then just ask in advance. Of course you'll also receive the CD, vinyl, early digital download, and exclusive demos. Lastly, everyone who pledges more than €100 will have their name written in the CD and vinyl!

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    Songwriting Lesson

    I will give you a personal songwriting lesson. It's for all levels from first-timers to those in need of help finishing some songs. It will be conducted via skype or in person depending on your location and my schedule. We can do it anytime after March. It will be a minimum of one hour. I'll also give you a signed CD and send you the early digital download. Last, but not least, your name will be on the thank you list in the album.

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    All the Things + All Lyrics + Tickets

    Get the CD, vinyl, t-shirt, bag, thank you card, and an early download of the album as well as all of the lyrics written by hand! I will also put you on the guest list for one of my upcoming concerts near you or, if enough of you order this in one place, then I'll invite you to a private house concert! Once the kickstarter campaign is finished, we'll arrange where and when. Lastly, your name will be on the album!

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    Pledge €200 or more About $239

    Choose a Cover Song

    I will record a solo version of any cover song that you'd like me to play. You'll get your own exclusive digital copy of it. I'll also send you a signed CD and an early digital download. Please no "Freebird"... You'll also have your name on my list of thank you's inside all cds and vinyls.

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    Historical Walking Tours

    This has very little to do with my music, but I love Vienna, Austria, and I know a thing or two about it. For supporting my music, I will walk you through town, tell you about the history and culture, and show you my favorite cafes, bars, restaurants, and wurstelstands. If you choose the tour of my hometown of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, then I’ll tell you all about its French colonial past, about the Southern German immigrants who shaped it, and share some funny old family stories. These tour are for as many people as you liked to bring and we can schedule for anytime after April. You'll also get a signed CD, the early digital download, and your name in the album.

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    Custom Song

    I will write an exclusive song for you or from you to someone else (partner, friend, family, enemy, etc...). Give me a theme and I'll give you a song. I look forward to it! I can start writing as soon as possible. Just send me a message. You'll also get a signed CD, the early digital download, and your name in the album.

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    Pledge €1,000 or more About $1,195

    Solo Concert

    I'll play a solo acoustic concert for you and your friends anywhere on earth! You'll also get a signed CD, an early digital download, and your name on the album.

    - Please send me an email (ian@ianfishersongs.com) if you have any questions about scheduling before you make your pledge.
    - A date will be mutually agreed upon.
    - I am available for events starting in April, 2018.
    - A PA system must be provided for larger events, but is not necessary for living room concerts.
    - Travel costs above €100 must be paid for by organizer.
    - Accommodation must be provided by organizer.

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    Band Concert

    I'll play a concert for you and your friends with my band! We can travel to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, or the USA. You'll also get a signed CD, an early digital download, and your name on the album.

    - Please send me an email (ian@ianfishersongs.com) if you have any questions about scheduling before you make your pledge.
    - A date will be mutually agreed upon.
    - I am available for events starting in April, 2018.
    - A PA system must be provided by the organizer.
    - Travel costs above €100 must be paid for by organizer.
    - Accommodation must be provided by organizer.

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