First let me confess: I've never been so proud of any record that I've made!
Those Old Demons will be my seventh full length album release. It is, however, only the second release to feature my wonderful band The Hobopop Collective.
Imbued with the fire and verve that comes of recording live with a bunch of committed and inspiring musicians, Demons explores metaphysical and personal demons with joy, delicacy and humour.
The record is already at mastering stage but I need your kindness and help to push this passionate new album up the final slope to its scheduled release in October 2014.
This recording features:
Howard Jacobs (percussion, reeds); Biff Roxby (bass trombone); Nick Blacka (double bass); James Steel (guitar); Barkley McKay (piano); Clive Mellor (harmonica) It also features a guest appearance from one of my musical heroes, Marc Ribot (legendary guitarist with Tom Waits).
In a beatnik version of the butterfly effect, Ribot recorded his tracks remotely from New York and caused us all to jump up and down around the studio in Leeds. Marc's work has appeared on releases from Elvis Costello, Alison Krauss, Norah Jones and on dozens of films from The Big Lebowski to Shrek and Down By Law.
We have had such fun making this record. I would love to share it with you! Because I'm super-excited about it, I'd also love you to share it with everyone you know: so tweet, Facebook and generally blather about it! I really believe we're onto something with this release and I want the whole world to hear these songs!
The funding for this project will help me to
1. recoup some of the costs incurred so far for recording and mastering of the new record
2. pay for the cd artwork (including a gorgeous cover design by Dutch artist Wytse Sterk).
3. fund a modest PR campaign to let people know that the release is out there.
4.enable pressing of physical product (vinyl and CDs) and the making of T-shirts and posters to promote the release.
5.cover associated fees and costs specific to the release and its funding.
Please feel free to check out my previous work at www.kirstymcgee.com where you can also sign up to the regular mailing list. You can follow me on twitter @hobopop and use the hashtag thoseolddemons
Risks and challenges
We already have the recordings - they sound beautiful!
I successfully managed to fund my 2012 record Contraband via Pledgemusic so I know what's involved in running a campaign and later fulfilling the mail out. At the time of writing, artwork is being commissioned, we're agreeing the masters and researching pressing plants. A distributor for the release is set up to manage both physical and online distribution. We have a timeline which takes us from now until the release date. We're planning to record a video, set up a photoshoot and are working on setting up tour dates for the release in the UK and across the EU.
I've been working in music for the past 12 years and I've been proud to be DIY since 2007. It's not an easy path. Ever. But the freedom that comes with this approach allows me to retain the integrity of my work. Which is awesome! As this will be my seventh release I am fairly confident I know what to expect. If something does go wrong, I also know who to call, having made a great many friends in the industry over the years!
- (24 days)