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Help Digital Tape Machine release Be Here Now by pre-ordering the album or by purchasing a unique limited personal package.

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.

Why? Why?

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.

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Our goal:

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.

-Digital Tape Machine

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    The Early Bird Gets the Worm*** Digital download presale - you will receive a download of Be Here Now two weeks before it is released to the public. Show your friends how cool you are by gettin on board early & gettin the album before it hits the streets!

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    Go Hard*** Hard copy of the album sent to your house & digital down of Be Here Now two weeks before it’s released to the public. Be even cooler by having the hard copy as well as the download!

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    We Want To Follow You*** In addition to your early delivery of a signed copy of Be Here Now + digital download, we will follow you on twitter & enjoy whatever it is you want to share with us for eternity.

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    Release the Unreleased*** In addition to a DTM t-shirt, poster & digital download of Be Here Now two weeks before the release, you will unlock some unreleased material that didn't make the album. You'll receive a behind the scenes video that captures DTM in the studio recording the album. . You want more DTM, this is how you get it!

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    Limited Edition Addition*** Signed hard copy of Be Here Now, digital download & limited edition poster featuring the album artwork two weeks before the release. You're definitely the coolest person on the block with this one.

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    Vinyl is The New Tape*** You'll receive a limited edition copy of Be Here Now on vinyl + a digital download, along with the limited edition poster featuring the album artwork two weeks prior to the release. Package approved by Joel, who has been around for both vinyl eras.

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    I Backed DTM & It Felt Good*** I backed DTM and it felt good**** I backed DTM and it felt good- Kickstarter t-shirt, signed setlist from Mayan Holidaze, a photo album from behind the scenes at Mayan Holidaze as well as a signed hard & digital copy of Be Here Now. Plus you're feelin pretty good about now.

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    Kris Myers Holiday Special**** A signed drum head and pair of Kris Myers signature drum sticks. Digital download of the album included. All you need now is complete four-way independence & you can play like Kris.

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    Show Us a Better Version With Your Remix*** Remix one of our tracks and we’ll release it on our soundcloud. You’ll receive the drums, keys, guitars, bass, and efx all separately. You’ll also get a signed hard copy & digital copy of the Be Here Now. If you're good enough, maybe we'll even let you in the band & give Elroy the boot.

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    Guitar Lesson From A Guy Who Knows How*** A 90 minute guitar lesson from Marcus Rezak in Chicago. You will also leave with a signed Rad and Refined hat and t-shirt. This package includes a Digital download, signed hard copy of Be Here Now & a Digital Tape Machine sticker. And you get to say you hung out with Marcus Rezak.

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    Drink, Dine & Rage*** $250- 2 tickets to a venue show and dinner with the entire band beforehand. My Boy Elroy’s favorite studio food is tacos, so he says he would appreciate it if you liked Mexican. You can choose what dish you want of course. You'll of course receive a signed hard copy & digital copy of Be Here Now with your fried ice cream for dessert. In all seriousness, you can pick the cuisine.

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    Basically, You're In the Band For A Day*** 4 tickets to any DTM show. You get signed hard & digital copies of Be Here Now, plus you’ll get to see soundcheck and get backstage passes to any DTM venue show. You’ll also get to introduce the band on stage*. (*Assuming you pass the Cummins administered Breathalyzer - BALevel subject to his approval). But since you're the new guy, you'll be in charge of cleaning the cases. Got ya! We wouldn't do that to you.

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    No, Thank *You*l*** We will thank you personally for your contribution on our album. You’ll also receive a Vinyl copy of Be Here Now, along with a digital and signed hard copy. Really, we'll thank you & we'll mean it because it wouldn't have happened without you. Yes we're talking to *you*

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    The Bundle of Joy Package*** The bundle package includes a signed hard copy & digital download of the album and unreleased material, signed hard copy, vinyl copy, sticker, limited edition poster, DTM shot glasses, Kickstarter T-shirt, unique photo album & you and a guest get to meet the band after a show. What more could you want?

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    Joel & Joe Keyboard Master Class*** A 90 minute long piano/keyboard lesson with Joel Cummins and Joe Hettinga in Chicago, IL. You will be sent on your way with a signed drum head from Kris Myers, a signed copy of the album, Kickstarter T-shirt, signed copies of both of Joel Cummins' solo albums (Common Sense + Suspended In Time) and Strange Arrangement's album Polygraph. You’ll also leave with an Umphrey’s McGee t-shirt and poster. Joel will throw in an autographed photo wearing your favorite smedium t-shirt as a bonus upon request.

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    Jam session *** An hour long jam session with Bryan Doherty, David Arredondo, and Kris Myers at the Digital Tape Machine rehearsal spot in Chicago, or before a show if time permits. Do you have chops and want to try to rock with our rhythm section? We want to make that happen for you. Also receive a signed hard copy & digital version of Be Here Now as well as a copy of Bryan's other project Hood Smoke.

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    Bodega Digital Tasting *** $750- You've just bought yourself a night to remember. It's a curated adult beverage & cheese tasting hosted by Umphrey's McGee & DTM strategist Kevin Browning. Join Kevin, Joel and Dan for a bacchanalian adventure through 8+ world class wines, including several reserve selections from Browning's cellar. Paired with a smattering of cheeses, meats and other delights, plan on coming hungry and taking a cab home. Not for the faint of heart. Package good for you and two friends / girlfriends / but only 1 wife. $750/$250 per person

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    You Name the Song & We'll Make You a Greeting *** Name a song off of the album. Joel Cummins will personalize your voicemail message. The bundle package included. Oh, and you do get input into the voicemail message, we wouldn't encourage you to give him much freedom with that.

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    The Big Ticket Package*** 2 VIP tickets to Summer Camp 2013, 2 Tickets to an Umphrey’s McGee show, 2 Tickets to a Digital Tape Machine show and 4 Tickets to any show at the Abbey Pub in Chicago, IL + everything that is included in the Bundle of Joy Package.

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    Hit the Links with the Band*** Golf outing for you and a friend, along with Kris Myers, and Dan Rucinski. This will take place in spring/summer of 2013 in Chicago. Lunch and 18 holes anyone? You will also receive a everything that is included in the Bundle of Joy Package. If you'd rather have Joel in the group instead of friend, we'll also allow that.

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    DJ Elroy In the House*** David Arredondo will fly anywhere in the U.S. and DJ your party bringing a huge bag of goodies + everything that is included in the Bundle of Joy Package

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    DTM Writes A Song For You!*** We will write and record a new song with your assistance. Pick the theme, genre, and title. We’ll release it on our social media and put it up on our website with a video blog that documents the entire process. Plus you'll receive everything that is included in the Bundle of Joy Package.

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    Your Very Own Private DTM show**** Bring Digital Tape Machine to your town. You could even cook us dinner if you want☺ We’ll play a 2 set dance party for you and 200 of your friends. One Bundle of Joy Package + everyone at the show will receive a signed copy of the album as well. We'll have to find the perfect place for this party together, you got the perfect spot for a DTM show? (Sound equipment not provided)

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