Hi, I'm Steve Subrizi. I write songs, and up until now, I’ve only ever recorded them at home, usually in my parents’ basement, in my bedroom, or in my ex-girlfriend Kirsten Opstad’s bedroom. These recordings have gotten the point across, generally serving their purpose of documenting my craft, but let’s be honest: they’ve sounded okay at best. Up until now, I just haven’t had enough money, known the right people, or had the technical know-how to make an album the way it deserves to be made.
Last October, I met a guy named Jon Corey at the Lizard Lounge, where I work as a door person. He heard me play on the Monday night open mic and sent me an email the next day. He’s got a studio called Steed Sound in Somerville, Massachusetts, my hometown, where he’s done recordings for musicians such as Dietrich Strause and Tom Curtin of Warbles, recordings that sound the way I’ve only ever imagined my own songs could sound—recordings of a dreamy, eerie quality that could really complement the sort of songs I’ve been writing lately.
This has been a life goal of mine since I was about 12 years old: make one of those albums. An album that sounds like it’s always existed, and at the same time only really sounds like itself. When I was 12, I might have cited such examples as the Yellow Submarine soundtrack, the Space Jam soundtrack, Abbey Road—I mainly listened to The Beatles and cartoon music at age 12. Today, I could name you a lot more albums—Night Beat, Rid Of Me, most of Elvis Costello's discography—but that’s not the point. I’ve got music of my own to make, and I hope that you’ll help me make it right.
Risks and challenges
First, I've got to make sure that I bring in the right musicians to the studio, and it's important to me that they get compensated fairly. Most of the instruments will be played by me and Jon, but we'll need a drummer, and I'd like to involve at least a couple more local folks for extra flavor and fun. So we'll have to work that out, scheduling and all, but I'm confident that we will.
And since this is my first time recording in a studio, and since I'm paying Jon for his time, I suppose the learning curve might be something of a liability. I am full of first-time jitters, but I am going to try to come in as rehearsed and battle-ready as possible.
Packaging will be a fun adventure. I've asked my good friend Sophia Holtz (she's in the video) to do all the illustrations. It'll look great. The only question is getting the right materials for the right price. I want to keep the packaging to a minimum for the sake of the environment, but I do want the thing to look as awesome as it can, with the appropriate amount of room for the artwork.
Finally, it's a matter of getting the music out there. I plan to go on a national tour this autumn, and the more money I raise here, the bigger that tour can be and the more people can hopefully hear what we've got. I'll have a lot of busses to catch and friendly couches to find (maybe some hotels if we really overshoot). I'm still pretty new at booking, so that'll be a juggling act, but I'm really excited to play shows, so I'll just put as many shows into my calendar as this fine nation will allow. Just try to hold me back; you can't!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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