What are we doing?
Digital Tape Machine is putting out a killer new album of original material called Be Here Now, but we can't do it without you. In 2010 this project started in the heart of a recording studio. We created some unique songs that had a video game sound. After establishing a small catalog of music the studio project took the stage & hasn’t looked back. Playing in front of thousands of fans across the U.S., there is now one thing that can’t be avoided: we want to release an album for our fans to hear. Over the past few years, we’ve decided to record the album we want to, write the songs we want to & achieve the sound that makes Digital Tape Machine such a unique beast.
Once we played the music live, the sound & energy of the music blew away the sound of the what we had written for the studio project. You guys deserve a full-length album that can explore every corner of Digital Tape Machine’s sound.
DTM is & has been busy recording a 10 song album at I.V. Lab Recording Studio. As many of you know, it’s a top-level & reputable place to make a record, past clients include Umphrey’s McGee, Patrick Stump, Lupe Fiasco, The Hush Sound, Plain White T’s, Rachael Yamagata, and countless others. We are working with years of experience & amazing equipment to make this an incredibly creative & exciting recording.
It’s no secret that the music industry has been turned upside down. Record labels are almost nonexistent for acts at our level. The independent route is the most common way for bands to get their music out there. This also puts all of the financial burden directly on the band. But this is where you can join us in producing our album. We are asking for the support of our friends, family, and fans to invest in us & help us share our music with the masses.
Risks and challenges
We are hoping to raise $20,000 to complete this project. While this number is still much less than the amount this entire process will take, this is the baseline for what we need to get it done. Of course, anything over will be a gigantic help!
What does this pay for?
1) Recording. We have the amazing opportunity to record and work with I.V. Lab Recording Studio. We’re working with the best in the business. We chose this studio because of its vintage gear, modern gear, one of a kind API board, ribbon microphones, and years of experience behind the music. An album’s studio time consists of tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering.
2) Packaging and Manufacturing. Once the album is recorded, it needs to be transformed into an item that you can physically grab & hold on to (for the non-digital fans). When you see a cd on the racks at your local record store, you probably don’t think about the breakdown of costs when you look at the price tag. The design of the artwork that’s on the front, the actual physical cd, to the wrapping, are all manufacturing costs.
3) Promotion. The online world has given us the chance to reach an audience on a whole new level. But even the social media outlets that use to be free are now charging. We want to ensure your investment has the best chance to succeed once it hits the streets. The fact is, there is more to choose from than ever & we need to get the word out online & in print. We hope to purchase magazine, online ads, posters, and radio ads to ensure all of our hard work get’s recognized.
4) The Road. Being on the road is harder than ever. We have 7 people just in the band & more when you add the crew needed to perform a show. We have so many places to come visit and so many invitations to come play. With that being said, the cost of plane tickets, a vehicle, gas, hotels & food make it really hard to travel to new places. This is all before we see a penny in the wallet. A promise can be made, that if we reach over our goal, that money will be used to hit new markets in 2013. Where do you want us to play? Contribute & let us know. Hope to see you soon.
To everyone who has supported us and continues to do so, thanks from the bottom of our hearts.
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