WE REACHED THE GOAL!!
Thanks to everyone who contributed and supported this campaign. I can't wait to get the music to you!
$4,000. If we can hit $4,000 I'm going to get some higher quality packaging and artwork for the records.
ABOUT DENIM WONDER
I’m Denim Wonder, better known as Daniel Hopkins, and I have a story for you. It starts in a hot tub in the Texas Hill Country in 2001, in which I uttered the phrase, “If we’re not huge this time next year, I’m going to be pissed!” I was referring to my band Radiant, which, predictably, was not huge the following year nor for the rest of the decade.
Now, as any good storyteller knows, your protagonist has to be humble—the opposite of what 2001-hot-tub Daniel sounds like. Thankfully, over the following 14 years, a great humbling took place. Hundreds of performances to empty rooms and lousy record sales, peppered with the occasional great show, including a performance on the Jimmy Kimmel show, changed my perspective on music. My goal of becoming a rock star gradually shifted to a goal that should matter most to every musician—making music you love with people you love.
That’s what this Denim Wonder project is all about. The songs have all been written, it’s just a matter of putting them to tape. I’ll be recording at the Echo Lab in Argyle, Texas, with Matt Pence, one of my favorite producers from March 30 to April 3. I’m confident that with the help of my closest friends, we’ll be able to record the best music of my life. And by this time next year ...
Here’s how your contribution will help:
Studio costs: The Echo Lab is a top quality recording studio and Matt Pence has many big names on his producer resume, including Centro-Matic, Jason Isbell, Here We Go Magic, Yuck, Jens Lekman, Jason Molina, Justin Townes Earle, and more. Just typing out those names is intimidating! Your money will fund five days in the recording studio with Matt, which includes mixing and mastering.
Vinyl printing: A&R Records in Downtown Dallas is one of the last great vinyl record printers. Famous for their psychedelic colored vinyl and openness to let artists literally throw vinyl into the machines, I’ll be throwing vinyl pellets into a machine until all the records are printed.
Thank you so much for contributing in any way, be it with funds, a share on social media, or even a prayer. Your generosity is helping me do what I feel like I was meant to do—write some songs and make some music.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is financial failure. If I don’t reach my goal of $3,500 I won’t be able to use any of it. However, I’m not really afraid of financial failure. In fact, it’s been one of the constants in my music career. I feel that this plan gives me the biggest opportunity to create the best album possible. Even if I had a much bigger budget to work with, this is the most ideal plan for my music.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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