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Motion Device IV: A Self-Produced Album

Very few bands record and produce their own albums. Motion Device is looking to be one of those few – join us.

Motion Device IV: A Self-Produced Album

Very few bands record and produce their own albums. Motion Device is looking to be one of those few – join us.

CA$ 35,053
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, October 21 2019 8:02 PM UTC +00:00.

About

This campaign is about raising funds to help us release our fourth studio album: MDIV.  We feel our true sound is beginning to take form and that’s what you’ll hear on this album.  Typically our fans like to label us as a ‘hard rock’ or ‘heavy metal’ band but we don’t really think our music falls into any particular genre.  This album will show fans that our music has come a long way over the last couple of years and that our sound is always changing and evolving into something new and different.  We’re absolutely thrilled about the new tunes on this album and we think you will be too.

We are an independent rock band from Canada.  We’ve released three albums in the past five years and all of them were made possible by our fans through Kickstarter. The band consists of four members: Sara Menoudakis on vocals, Josh Marrocco on guitar, Andrea Menoudakis on bass/keyboards and David Menoudakis on drums.  We got our start playing covers on Youtube but we quickly realized that writing original material was infinitely more rewarding and fulfilling. As we approach a hundred thousand social media fans we’d like to think we’ve come pretty far without the backing of a record label and we owe it all to you!

You can visit our Youtube, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram pages to find out more.

For the most part we’ve been very satisfied with our previous releases but there’s always been a sense of urgency when we’ve booked recording time in the past. Studios needed to be researched and scheduled, along with recording engineers and their teams, in order to get the job done in a specific amount of time. We’ve learned quite a bit already having been through the recording process three times before. This time around we’re confident there’s quite a few things we'll do even better and we'll need time to do it right. MDIV will be released in the spring of 2020. Watch the clip below to get a sneak peek of the band working on a new tune called 'Mary-Anne' – you can hear more music from the new album on our Facebook page.

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This project will be different, unique and so much more exciting than all our others because we're planning to record MDIV in our very own recording studio!!

We’re aiming to use the funds from this campaign to purchase the professional recording gear required to build our own recording studio. Our plan is to acquire the necessary tools and equipment that will give us the power and capability to create the very best sounding music we’ve ever released. Having the right equipment at our fingertips is a huge deal for us. It will enable all of us, as a group or individually, to jump into the studio as often as we can to work on the music that brings so much joy to us and our fans.

WE LOVE writing songs, recording music and making videos. According to our fans we’ve done pretty good with the songwriting part so far, a never-ending learning process but we’re getting the hang of it. We’ve also shot all our own videos to date, which is something we take a lot of pride in. The one thing missing for real creative freedom is having the capability of recording our songs and releasing the kind of music that not only rivals the big name artists from a writing perspective, but just as importantly equals the sound and production quality as well.

On all our previous albums, we realized after a few listens that something could have been done differently on this song or that song, but we simply could not afford the time, resources or funds to improve on them. Not only do we play a lot of music but we listen to a ton of it as well. We draw inspiration from many other musicians, artists and genres. It would be so useful to have the freedom to create any particular sound we're after and that’s something that requires time, knowledge and the right equipment.

David, Sara, Andrea and Josh in studio during 'Wide Awake' recording sessions.

Having our own recording studio would give us limitless options and endless possibilities when it comes to experimenting with our sound and trying out new ideas. It would give us the opportunity to release singles before an album comes out or upload a new music video to Youtube to go with that newly released single.

Most importantly, at the end of the day, having our own recording studio means we can give our fans what they really want: MORE MUSIC – and that’s exactly what brings us here to Kickstarter. Our fans are very unique human beings. They have successfully backed all our campaigns from the very beginning and together we have built an incredible bond. Our music and message has managed to capture a wide group of music lovers all over the globe and we are truly blessed to have come this far. We cannot emphasize enough how important your support has been to us and we simply would not be here without you. We trust that you all understand why this recording studio means the world to us.

Normally yes, that’s the way it’s done. In fact we’ve done exactly that the first three times. We had songs written and ready to record, then we found the right studio. The studio had one or two main recording engineers that were available and we proceeded to schedule recording sessions. The results were more than satisfying but after releasing our third album we knew something was missing.

In our case, we’ve come to the point where we feel Motion Device’s own recording space is essential in our growth as a band. We hear the cries from old-school musicians and artists talking about how the music industry is failing us but we’re also aware that there are opportunities if you look hard enough. One major advantage we have today is the availability of affordable, professional recording equipment. Everyday, more and more musicians are choosing to produce and record their own music. Today’s advances in music recording technology and production gives bands like us so many more options than our predecessors had years ago. With the right equipment and knowledge we can take the time to record and produce our music the way we choose to without being placed in someone else’s studio where time and money become huge limitations on the results we’re looking to achieve. The second huge advantage we have today is a crowd-funding platform like Kickstarter. It allows us to generate support and gives our fans the power to fund our goals and dreams.

Learning to professionally recording our own music won’t be easy. We may have to suffer a bit and learn from our mistakes before we get the hang of things but we know it will be worth it – no pain no gain. Our ears and our fans’ ears will be the ones listening and those are the only ones we’re concerned with.

The initial funding goal is the minimum amount we need to purchase the recording equipment necessary to build our studio and record MDIV – microphones, preamps, compressors, computers, recording software, instruments, sound treatment, etc. We’ll also need the funding to manufacture the backer rewards including CDs, merchandise, custom artwork and to pay for the shipment of all these items.

Simply put, the more funding we get the better equipped Motion Device will be to create and record the best music we can. More funds means better equipment which will result in a better sounding album. Some studio gear is imperative in creating professional recordings but it’s just as important to know how to use that gear – knowledge is everything. We’re really looking forward to the opportunity of becoming more than just musicians and being one of those bands that can dive into the recording aspect of their sound and bring it all to a completely new level. A good portion of the extra funding will also be used to obtain better cameras and lighting equipment to help bring our studio and music videos to life.

If we manage to pass our funding goal, or double it, or even blow it right out of the water, all the funding will go into creating the very best version of Motion Device possible. We have a lot of plans in place and hopefully, in time, we’ll be able to share them with all of you.

Motion Device with fans from New York, Atlanta and Indianapolis

There’s only one way a Kickstarter campaign gets funded and that’s with the help of our fans. As an independent band we obviously have our work cut out for us when it comes to succeeding in today’s music industry. Making a living creating music is the end goal but there’s no way we can even dream of getting to that stage without your help. Those who contributed to last year’s U.S. tour will get MDIV regardless if you pledge to this project or not – if you do pledge the band will sign the additional CD as an added bonus. It’s important for you to understand that the funding for this project is essential in helping us produce the very best Motion Device album yet. Not only will the funds help us release this album but they will go a long way in helping us build a recording studio that will enable us to continue to create and record new music for many years to come.

Of course a Motion Device Kickstarter campaign is not complete without a load of cool and unique rewards for our backers!! Take your time and check out all the exclusive MD merchandise, artwork and gear available in the pictures below and listed in the rewards section to the right.

Bumper sticker and bandana
Exclusive MD T-shirt and signed band pic
Available for the first time ~ the official MD Hoodie!
Your name printed in a special thank you section in our CD liner booklet.
Something many fans have been waiting for... an MD album on VINYL!
Photo book of exclusive band shots taken during MDIV recording sessions.
Custom caricatures of Andrea framed and decorated with real strings from her Ibanez bass.
Oversized joker cards from 'Wide Awake' video with poster & lyric plaque.
Your name burned by the band onto a custom piece of wood and hung in our studio.
Official MD drum skin used in recent videos and live gigs including last year's U.S. tour.
4’ x 4’ MD gig banner used during ‘Wide Awake’ show in Niagara Falls in 2017
Andrea’s Roland RD-300sx keyboard
David's Zildjian hi-hats
Josh's Ibanez RG721 Premium guitar

Risks and challenges

There’s always risks when it comes to creating art (music in this case) and getting backers to believe in your vision. As many of you know this ain’t our first rodeo. We’ve run four successful Kickstarter campaigns in the past (three albums and one tour) and our fans have come through for us every time. This project is very different from the rest and we know that. Although our fourth album is a big part of it, generating the funds to build our own recording studio is the ultimate goal in this campaign – we feel it’s the most important part in paving the way for the future of Motion Device and we’re confident our fans will feel the same way.

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    SIGNED SUPER FAN PACK!

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    SPECIAL THANK YOU PACK!!

    This reward gets you a limited edition MD Hoodie PLUS your name printed in a special thank you section in the liner booklet of the CD ~ our way of saying THANKS to you for showing your support for this album.

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    ULTIMATE VINYL PACK!!!

    Limited Edition VINYL copy of Motion Device’s new album, signed by the band, including Sara’s handwritten lyrics from the song of your choice on the inner sleeve PLUS an exclusive to kickstarter signed photo book filled with behind the scenes pics of Sara, Josh, Andrea and David taken during the making of MDIV.

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    SIX-STRINGER PACK

    One of 6 custom caricatures of Andrea with her bass, mounted on solid wood and decorated with real strings taken from her Ibanez basses used during the recording of MDIV ~ signed by Andrea of course!

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    One of 7 oversized joker cards (24” x 36”) signed by the band and used in our ‘Wide Awake’ music video along with a limited edition signed poster of the band (36” x 24”) in full costume and make-up PLUS the song lyrics printed on ‘Wide Awake’ album cover artwork, signed by the band and plaque mounted (12” x 18”).

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    THE INFINITE PACK

    Your name burned forever on a large custom piece of tree wood that will hang on our studio wall for eternity!! This reward will include photos emailed to you of each band member burning the letters of your name into the wood. Who knows, if there’s enough of you out there we might get really good at this pyrography thing ;)

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    DAVID’S ZILDJIAN HI-HATS

    One backer will get a real piece of Motion Device history. David has used this pair of Zildjian ZHT hi-hats from the very beginning all the way up to last year’s U.S. tour. They’ve been with the band for every single practice, gig, music video and album recording since the band formed in 2011. These hi-hats will be custom framed and signed by David OR all the band members - whichever you prefer.

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    EXECUTIVE VIDEO PRODUCER

    We will credit you with the title of ‘Executive Producer’ for one of our upcoming music videos from the MDIV album. You will get the opportunity to collaborate with us and not only help us choose a track, but offer input and ideas for the visual themes that will be used in the video. This is your chance to work with Motion Device and be a part of the creative process. (Limited to 2 backers - one title for each of our first two MDIV music video releases.)

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    MD WARRIORS vs. THE MACHINE

    This is your opportunity to give us a fighting chance against the music industry. We’re all well aware that it’s very difficult in today’s music market to make your mark, even if you strongly feel that you have the talent and music to compete with the big names. Motion Device has released three albums and toured cities in Canada and the U.S. strictly with the support of their fans and no record label backing. Just think of what we could do if we had some major backing from fans who had the means to make larger pledges to our cause. If you believe in Motion Device’s music and message, and you truly feel we can make a difference against today’s corporate machine, you can make this very generous pledge or more. We will be sure to give you special thanks on all our social media pages and dedicate a portion of our MDIV CD liner booklet especially to YOU. (In case you prefer to be a silent backer, we can keep things quiet too.)

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    MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO MDIV

    Exactly the same as the above except for one major difference… we get to cause DOUBLE THE DAMAGE to the corporate music machine!! Plus you’ll go down in Motion Device history as one of the biggest contributors to our musical journey. Once again we will make sure to pass on as much praise and thanks as you allow us in our MDIV CD liner booklet and on our social media pages.

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    OFFICIAL MD DRUM SKIN

    Get your hands on the black kick drum skin with the red MD logo, signed by the band and used in many of our recent music videos and live gigs including last year’s High Road U.S. Tour.

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    NIAGARA ‘WIDE AWAKE’ GIG BANNER

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    ANDREA’S ROLAND KEYBOARD

    Andrea’s Roland RD-300sx keyboard has been with her and the band since the very beginning. She has used it at every single band practice and gig and even before the band formed in 2011. It was also used on all piano/keyboard tracks on the ‘Wide Awake’ album. Definitely something a real MD fan can cherish for many years to come… oh, and by the way… it works and sounds amazing!! This item will be signed by Andrea OR all the band members - whichever you prefer.

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    JOSH’S IBANEZ GUITAR

    This Ibanez RG721 Premium guitar was Josh’s main axe from 2015-2018 and used on many rhythm tracks and almost every solo recording on MD’s ‘Eternalize’ and ’Wide Awake’ albums. It was also one of his two main guitars played in every city on last year’s High Road U.S. Tour. The guitar is equipped with custom Dimarzio pickups ~ a LiquiFire in the neck position and a Tone Zone in the bridge ~ the perfect reward for a real MD guitar fan or collector. Comes with a custom case and can be signed by Josh OR all the band members - whichever you prefer.

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