280% Funded, 2 Days To Go
What a wild ride. 2 days to go, and we're less than $200 away from our final reasonable stretch goal - which means we're less than $200 away from tripling our original campaign goal.
It's okay that we won't get matching band tattoos. It was a lofty dream, and honestly, I think the band might even be a little relieved. I'm not even sure any of us currently have tattoos - this probably would've been a weird way to start.
But we're pretty close to hitting everything else. The BBQ is happening. 5 backers will be able to record some stuff with us when we start making the album. And if we squeak past the $3k mark, everyone will get free access to our album release party (plus a few other goodies).
To anyone just browsing who stumbled across this page - check out the stretch goals below, and hopefully there's something in there that makes you want to become a backer. 2 days left and we're nearly there.
Let's do this.
Full Stretch Goal List Unveiled!
We've all been reeling over the past few days from how quickly this all came together, so we want to start with another thank-you to everyone who has backed us so far.
Now, it's time to work out these stretch goals.
Stretch Goal #1 - Backers Decide Our Next Cover Song
Spoiler alert: we did it. Now that you've successfully pushed us past the $1500 mark, backers will get to vote on what cover song Among Legends plays next. Stay tuned for voting when the campaign ends.
Stretch Goal #2 - Custom Voicemail Raffle
Spoiler alert: we did it again. We're over the $2250 mark, which means one lucky (or unlucky) backer will get a custom voicemail greeting from Among Legends. Will it be a little song? Will it be Cameron's unnervingly dark spoken word alter-ego? Mysteries are fun!
Stretch Goal #3 - It's The Backer BBQ, Baby!
Spoiler alert: does that make it a hat-trick or a turkey? Now that we're over the $2500 mark, the Backer Appreciation BBQ is on. Just show up, enjoy the food & drink, challenge Anthony to a game of soccer, and let us shower you with praise and appreciation for helping us make this album. The way life should be.
Stretch Goal #4 - Studio Day Raffle
Holy HECK we did it again. Since we're past the $2750 mark, we'll be choosing 5 lucky backers to record with us during the making of our album. Record some group vocals with us, get a behind-the-scenes look at how an album is put together, and maybe even get a sneak peek at some of the songs that we're working on.
Stretch Goal #5 - Release Party VIP
If we reach $3000, all backers will get free access to our album release party. We don't know where it'll be, we don't know when it'll happen, but once we work out the deets, you'll be the first to know - and you'll be getting in for free. Plus, who knows? Maybe there'll be some extra treats for you. Help us hit this milestone and find out.
Stretch Goal #6 - Band Tattoos
If we reach $6000, everyone in the band will get matching tattoos. This is not a drill. We might even run little contests so backers can help choose what we get - and where we get them. This milestone is going to take a lot of work, so if you want to help us get there, make sure you're sharing this campaign with other people who would like to see 5 very sensitive-skinned people try not to cry during the tattoo sessions. Fun for everyone!
It's Time To Make A Record
Among Legends has been a fun band since 2015, and a serious band since the middle of 2016. We're still fun, but we weren't serious for the first little while. Now we are.
To date, we've released 3 EPs and a standalone single, all produced by friends and financed solely by us. We've played about 50 shows, 25 of which were in 2018. We're ramping up, and we've agreed that the next step for us is to make a full-length album.
At the end of the summer - starting on the Labour Day weekend - we're heading into the studio with Siegfried Meier to make our very first professionally-produced LP. This is something we've talked about doing for a long time, and 2019 is the year it's finally going to happen. Life is awesome.
We're doing pre-production through the summer. We'll record through September. Getting the mix right will take a few weeks, and then the songs will really start flowing. We estimate to have our first single released in the fall of 2019, with the full album completed before the end of 2019.
The album will be produced by Siegfried Meier, who's got a pretty impressive career producing and engineering recordings for bands like Face To Face, The Salads, Kittie, DMX and Velvet Revolver. Sig will be acting as a true producer - helping with songwriting, structures, dynamics, you name it - so we can make these songs the very best we can be.
We want this to be an educational experience, as well as a period of great creativity. Working with a seasoned producer is going to help us become better songwriters and musicians - it's an opportunity to analyze our output in a way we never have, and look a little closer at what makes good music become great.
All in, we've budgeted this project at $8000. That includes pre-production, a producer's involvement, engineering, mixing, and mastering.
So why isn't this Kickstarter listed at $8000?
Because we believe that in order for us to ask you to invest in us, we need to be investing in us too.
It's not fair to ask for your money without any effort on our part. We don't ever want to suggest that your support is being taken for granted - because it's not. So we're working on taking care of the first 87.5% of this project, with band funds, personal contributions, and a few grant applications.
The 12.5% we're asking from you is to help reduce (not eliminate) the financial burden on our personal bank accounts, accelerate our ability to provide a 50% down payment on the studio booking, and jump-start (or kickstart - get it?) the goodies we want to make for you (CDs, shirts, etc).
We're not asking for your money without anything in return. Check out the rewards listed on this page to see what you'll get for your contribution. We want to make sure you're happy with your investment, so we've made a combination of tangible and intangible rewards that hopefully strike a chord with you.
Beyond what's listed here, everyone who contributes will be thanked by name in the sleeve of our CDs - because we are truly, truly thankful for your support, and we want to shout our appreciation from a mountaintop. But we don't have a mountain. We just have CDs.
The Final Word
We don't take your support for granted. In fact, we almost didn't make a Kickstarter at all, for fear of it seeming like we were being greedy. But that's why we decided to only fund a portion of this project through crowdfunding, and do the remaining funding ourselves. It's why we keep the prices of our merch as low as we can. It's why we made 3 EPs ourselves, and then gave most of that music away for free. It's because we love what we're doing, and we want to share the music with you - without being a burden on your wallet.
We can't wait to take our musicianship to the next level. We're jumping into this project excited to make the best music we've ever recorded, but equally as excited to learn all we can from the experience.
If you can spare a few bucks to help us do this, you have our undying appreciation. If that's not in the cards for you, it's no trouble at all - either way, we can't wait to share Among Legends' LP 1 with you in a few months' time.
Risks and challenges
Mixing and mastering is a tricky thing. We'll keep you updated as much as possible, but there's always the risk that the recordings will take longer than expected to finalize. With that being said, we'll be setting up a workback schedule with Sig to make sure we're as close to our targets as possible. And if anything changes, we'll notify you immediately.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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