About this project
First off, thanks for taking the time out of your day to check this out and see what it's all about! Click Here to go to our website.
We're a band from a small town in Southern Indiana, called Be My Doppelganger. For the past seven (!/?) years, we've been releasing records and touring as much as we possibly can. We recently recorded our 3rd full length record with Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Coliseum, etc) at an amazing studio in Louisville, KY, all completely funded out of pocket. The record sounds really, really good and we're, for once, really proud of the songs, the quality, the mix...everything. This is absolutely the record we wanted to make for a long time. But now...WE'VE GOT TO RELEASE IT!
One of the things that we were pretty adamant about with this record was releasing the digital version of it for FREE. So, what label is dumb enough to spend thousands of dollars on manufacturing, shipping, promotion, etc on a record that can be downloaded for free? Uh...probably none. None labels. That is one of the reasons we have decided to release it ourselves. So, why are we asking for money to release a free album? Oooh. Good question. Gooder answer: we're not giving away LPs and CDs, which are still big sellers in an increasingly digital world, believe it or not. A whole heck of a lot of people still want these shiny discs, and we need a whole heck of a lot of them to sell at shows, in order to get from place to place and to support Thomas' coffee addiction/server space for Bradley's Ghostbusters fan fiction.
Q: SO, YOU JUST WANT PEOPLE TO BLINDLY FORK OVER MONEY FOR NOTHING?! WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?! SOMETHING ABOUT PUNX! GET A JOB!!!
A: NOOOOOO! By pledging any amount of money, you are GETTING SOMETHING IN RETURN! And we think we've made the rewards pretty on-point for each dollar amount!
LOOK AT IT AS PRE-ORDERING A RECORD! Legitimate bands and labels do this with virtually everything they put out. This is, pretty much, no different of a process. AND, we're offering a bunch of exclusive stuff that will NEVER be offered again! Exclusitivitycity!
HERE'S WHERE THINGS GET INTERESTING!!! And where you see that we're not a buncha money-hungry, self-important lazies, looking to get filthy rich off of our "fans"... Several bands on Kickstarter have made WAAAAAAYYYY more money than they were hoping to get. That's cool. That's actually REALLY cool, and they probably deserve it. But Thomas said, "If that should somehow happen to us, we should give it all away." Thomas is a nice guy with good will and good ideas, even if he comes off as the opposite of those things. : )
So, Thanks to Thomas, WE'RE GONNA GIVE AWAY A BUNCH OF MONEY! That is, of course, IF we reach our goal. If we don't reach the goal, we get $0. BUT, if we do reach the goal, we're GIVING AWAY 50% OF EVERY EXTRA DOLLAR OVER THE GOAL! Also, we will automatically GIVE AWAY 10% of every donation over $999. This money will go directly to one or more Kickstarter projects, in order to help spread the idea of paying it forward.
YES, THIS PROJECT HAS TWO PURPOSES!
1.) Funding the release of our awesome new record.
2.) We're thinking of it as an experiment where everyone wins. We're going to ask bands that have had their project over-funded to donate, as a way to keep this whole crowd-funding thing going strong. And, we're gonna do the same. The whole pay it forward thing is already being embraced by some, but we wanna take it to the next level and try to introduce the philosophy to as many people as possible. This whole idea is why the higher donation brackets have rewards that are catered to bands/filmmakers/etc and NOT to fans. We actually wanted to DISCOURAGE fans/friends/family to donate anything more than a completely reasonable amount of money, which gets you a reward that is worth every dollar you spend. No $5,000 house parties. No $1,000 custom songs. We didn't want to offer things of little monetary value, so we didn't.
If you read through all of this and still have questions that were not answered (which I will admit, is very likely), please send them to: bemydoppelganger [at] yahoo [dot] com. And, hey, we're new to this. If you HAVE ANY IDEAS for rewards not listed, or anything at all, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!
Q: WHO IN THE HELL ARE YOU GUYS, ANYWAY?
A: Check out the video! Check out our various internet sites of information. Google us. Email us.
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