With all your generous support, we're now fully funded to go to Nashville and record this coming April! I can't begin to express how good it feels to say that! We are overflowing with gratitude!
Because we still have a few days left, we're putting out a 'Stretch Goal' to see if we can go a bit further. Our original budget was $18K, although we were hoping to reach $16K on Kickstarter. It would be amazing to reach our whole budget, and get a little more out of our Nashville adventure. Specifically, we think it would be beneficial to have our friend Louis Bockner (who's done all our film work for this campaign) come down to Nashville with us and film a mini-documentary of the making of our new record. Most importantly, we can go further with hiring a publicist who can put our music out to more radio stations to push the album once it's out.
So if you know anyone who was thinking about donating, but hasn't yet had the chance, please let them know that their donation will still serve a very important purpose!
A few years back Sheree and I moved our family of five from Vancouver (pop. 600,000) to a little mountain village called Kaslo (pop.1100). It must have been the initial lack of friends or the fresh mountain air, but something clicked when we came out this way. Somehow, finally, our songwriting became a collaboration. For this new chapter in our life we’ve written a new batch of songs. We’ve also decided to leave our band mates behind, and venture out on our new project called ‘the Eisenhauers’ as a duo.
We’re really honoured to be working with legendary Canadian producer, songwriter and instrumentalist Steve Dawson at his new(ish) studio in Nashville. He’s worked with wonderful folks like Old Man Luedecke, Bruce Cockburn, Jill Barber and the Deep Dark Woods and we’re super honoured he’s taken us in for this project.
We've been making music together for over 12 years now. We've already invested loads of time and money into this project along with independently funding all our past 8 albums (with some help from close friends and family). It's been a big investment for us to continue working at what we feel is important for us to do. We can't seem to kick the habit of making music, no matter how hard we try and hope that it is something of a blessing for the people we get to share with.
If you're feeling like you may not be able to spare the extra cash (trust us, we've been there...) but you still want to help out, we'd love for you to share this page with your friends and family. You may have heard of a website called Facebook that's pretty good for things like that, but a good old fashioned face-to-face conversation with your friends works even better we think. There’s a bunch of social media links up top for you to choose from if you want to go that route. Thank you for sharing! Everything counts!
We are hoping to raise $16,000 on this campaign, but the total cost to produce the album will be $18,000. Seems like a lot! Here’s the percentage break down, and maybe something you didn't know about what all has to happen to make this thing fly:
With the funds raised we will:
- Record a full length album with Steve Dawson in Nashville TN! (45%)
- Mix and Master the album (10%)
- Manufacture 1000 + physical CDs with packaging etc. (15% or more)
- Hire a publicist to promote the album to press & radio. (20% or more)
- Pay fees for this online fundraising campaign & shipping costs. (10%)
Back in the day bands would get their albums funded by getting signed to a major record label. A lot has changed in the music industry, and now a days, independent musicians use crowdfunding most often. We actually think this is a much better approach because we get to connect with our audience much more directly, and it becomes more about YOU than just about us because without your support, the album won't happen.
We would like to extend our deep gratitude to our super duper talented team of friends who have helped us put this campaign together. Amanda Froese, Neil Johnson, Louis Bockner and Zaac Pick - we owe you all a large double scooped ice cream cone from Mountain King (you'll have to come to Kaslo to get it though). Also a huge thank you to all of the lovely people who have supported us along the road so far. We are nothing without our supporters, friends and family and we love you all heaps and heaps.
Risks and challenges
It’s always vulnerable having to ask help from anyone, even our devoted
friends, family and fans. It’s a risk fundraising online with Kickstarter
because funding is ALL OR NOTHING! So if we don’t raise the money we
need, the project is a no go.
Sheree and I have been making music together for so many years, played
so many shows, gone on so many tours. We’re used to performing our best in any circumstance. We’ve worked hard at music, and given up a lot of modern comforts in order to keep music making alive. That hard work and integrity will keep coming regardless of what happens here on Kickstarter.
The heart of this is creating music that is a beautiful expression of life, and we’ll keep doing that on whatever grassroots level we find ourselves in. Thanks so much for your thoughts and support over all our years of making music.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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