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Majel Connery's debut album, crafted with drummer Dylan Greene and producer Christopher Botta. Lyrics by Brad Balliett.
93 backers pledged $10,350 to help bring this project to life.

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Photo by Christine Campbell
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The idea. 

This is my first SOLO album. I spent a year and a half creating the songs on this record, and much longer finding the balls to do it. It’s been humbling, it’s been exhilarating, it’s been a frigging education. AND I AM NEARLY THERE! I’m so happy I could cry.

The record.

I laid down 5 tracks with producer/engineer Chris Botta and drummer Dylan Greene.

This Kind of Love, an a cappella duet with my vocal processor, the TC-Helicon, which turns my voice into VOICES

Singe me, featuring Dylan's BIG BADASS DRUM ARRANGEMENTS and some pretty sick production

Rebeam me, my personal favorite, thanks to a crazy move from Chris involving a voice memo from my iPhone, + me singing REAL LOUD opera style

What I offer, which started as a crazy experiment to switch up the tempo every 4 seconds, and then became Chris's trippy AF electronic masterpiece 

August, the gorgeous finale co-created with my beloved Oracle Hysterical  (a.k.a. my other band with Dylan, Elliot Cole, Brad & Doug Balliett)

Photo by Christine Campbell
Photo by Christine Campbell

The ask.

As I write this, we're finalizing the mixes and mastering all 5 tracks on the record. We are VERY VERY close to being finished and anticipate BIG HAPPY things ahead when the record comes out.

Full disclosure, we're not sure yet whether to go the label route, or do a self-release. Since for now at least we're without a giant label to front the schmazillions of dollars that it takes to design and manufacture and promote a record, I'm coming to YOU, friends and family and people of the mighty interwebs, to gather funds so I have the capital to put this album out with a huge fucking bang.

Will you name my album?

I don't just want your money. I want you to NAME THIS ALBUM.

Here's how it'll work. During the first 2 weeks of the campaign, I'll be asking for your suggestions. We'll make a big, ridiculous word cloud with all your ideas. Then, in the second 2 weeks, you'll vote on your favorites. The final day of the Kickstarter, I'll choose a name from the 3 most popular, and announce the title of the new record CREATED BY YOU! 

Boaty McBoatface is taken.

Photo by Christine Campbell
Photo by Christine Campbell

The team.

I put together the perfect band to record this music, including genius drummer/arranger DYLAN GREENE who KILLED IT on the album, and who finds a way to make a lotta weird objects -- brooms, spray cans, couches and pretty much anything you can hit -- sound amazing. Plus, look at him, he's adorable.

Photo by Macha Tsarenkov
Photo by Macha Tsarenkov

On and off for over a year, Dyl and I locked ourselves up in a studio in Bushwick with producer/engineer CHRISTOPHER BOTTA and his wicked wicked chops. Chris weathered with grace my knuckle-headedness about the recording process, and turned some pretty ditties into powerful tunes.

Photo by Macha Tsarenkov
Photo by Macha Tsarenkov

The questions.

- If I wanna give a trillion dollars but I only want the $10 prize, can I do that? Can I combine rewards?

Uh, yeah! Just click on whatever prize you do want, and then in the 'Pledge amount" box, enter whatever you wanna pay. If you're combining rewards, just send me a note and let me know what you're paying for! And if you really, really want something that's not listed, tell me! I can't guarantee I'll do it, but you never know.

- What, no physical CDs?

Okay but seriously 1) It's not 1999 and 2) yeah. However, when the album is done there will most definitely be USB sticks, and MAYBE CDs and MAYBE EVEN VINYL, but let's cross that bridge when the album is done!

- Do you play shows?

We do, we do! Shows are EXPENSIVE to put together, so for the next year we're at the local-shows-in-NYC stage. But once we get rich and famous from your support during this Kickstarter we will go on a giant ass-kicking world tour and YOU will be backstage with us!

  • Photo by Christine Campbell
    Photo by Christine Campbell

Risks and challenges

As an independent artist without a label, I've managed to scrape together 12K from my own money; we need at least another 11K to do this properly. If we raise the minimum, we'll do the minimum, and do it well. If we raise more, we'll do more and do it better!

THE MINIMUM
30 days in the studio tracking and mixing = $16,500
Mastering the entire record = $500
Hiring a Publicist for 3 months = $6,000
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$23,000

THE MOONSHOT
Everything above = $23,000
Pressing CDs = $1,000
Pressing Vinyl = $5,000
Shooting a Music Video = $2,500
Going on tour to promote the album = $10,000
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$41,500

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    ADVANCED DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE ALBUM

    Advanced digital download of the single, “This Kind of Love” (the song you heard in the video), plus nudie pictures. (We love naked, but that was actually a joke. No naked pics, sorry!)

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    ADVANCED DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + MUSIC VIDEO

    Advanced digital download of the single, “This Kind of Love,” plus a download of the “This Kind of Love” time-lapse music video created by filmmaker Evan Curtis (you saw a slice of this in the Kickstarter video).

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    FUDGE IN A BOX

    This stuff is so ridiculously good that it was the most popular reward last time I Kickstartered ... so this time we’re offering MORE FUDGE. As in unlimited batches. My mom, Candy, mails you or a friend you wanna do something AWESOME for a batch of her homemade fudge. Also receive everything listed in the $10 category. Shipping is included in the cost of the reward. Fudges ship in the order the orders come in. Terrible sentence.

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    POUND CAKE IN A BOX

    My mom, Candy, mails you a wicked good legitimately Nebraskan pound cake. Eat it yourself, or send your lactose-intolerant frenemy a pound cake they can’t eat. Your call. (Lemon cake also available if you're for real lactose intolerant.) Also receive everything in the $10 category. Shipping cost inclusive. Cakes ship in the order cake orders are received. Why is that sentence so hard?

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    NYC LISTENING PARTY!

    Be one of the first people EVER, anywhere we share this album with, and party your pants off with me, drummer Dylan and producer Chris. This bundle includes food and drink/surprise gifts/whatever special NYC-based shit we can dream up at the event! You’ll need to get your self to Brooklyn. Travel and accommodations are not included, sorry. Also receive everything in the $10 category.

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    BAY AREA LISTENING PARTY!

    Be one of the first people anywhere we get to share this album with, and party your pants off with me (sorry, Dyl and Chris live in NYC but I swear I’m fun)! This bundle includes food and drink/surprise gifts/whatever special Bay Area-based shit I can dream up at the event! You’ll need to get your own self to Berzerkeley. Travel and accommodations are not included, sorry. Also receive everything in the $10 category.

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    PRIVATE LISTENING PARTY (other places)

    Can't make it out to NYC or Berkeley but still wanna hear some tunes and hang out? I’ll come to you, personally hand-deliver the album on a 1G thumb-drive, buy you a Manhattan, and PROBABLY also waffle fries and also carrot cake. Also receive everything in the $10 category. n.b. Your flexibility with timing is appreciated. Please plan on scheduling the event with me somewhere in the next 12 months.

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    I WEAR YOUR PET'S FACE

    This sold out within 2 days last time I Kickstartered so … it’s back! Here’s how it works: You send me a hi-res image of your favorite pet. You & I design a silk-screened T-shirt with the pet pic and its name SUPER BIG on it. I embarrass myself by wearing your T-shirt at an upcoming show, and, finally, send you the T-shirt so you -- or your pet -- can wear it too. Also receive a photo of me wearing the pet shirt at the show so you know it happened. Also if you wanna send me images of other stuff that’s cool too! Pets aren’t the only funny thing you can put on a T-shirt. n.b. I process & wear t-shirts in the order the reward pledges are received. So if you're the 10th person to get this reward, it'll take me a little extra time to get around to your shirt but I WILL GET THERE. Shipping cost is inclusive.

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    CUSTOM PERCUSSION INSTRUMENT

    Get yer own one-of-a-kind percussion item created by drummer Dylan Greene. Dylan makes his own instruments using found objects like keys, coins, sizzlers, kick pedal attachments to play snares and shakers, spray paint cans and couches. He will personally handcraft a one-of-a-kind bangin’ gadget for you and you alone, and send it to you so you can hit, shake or drill it on YOUR next record. Specific requests? Consultation available! PLUS receive any other item of your choice in this Kickstarter in the $5-$250 range. n.b. Please allow a couple weeks for the creation of each doo-dad; the man is an artist and he needs TIME to CREATE the perfect thing. Thanks in advance for your patience. Shipping inclusive. The first instrument will ship in November.

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    MIXMASTER CHRIS PRODUCES YOUR TRACK

    Have a baller track you need produced, or just mixed? Unleash Chris “Mountain Boy” Botta to spin your musical straw into solid gold -- actually platinum -- AUDIO. Chris will spend two 8-hour days (or 16 hours spread out over more days) consulting with you and polishing the track till it shines. Attended or unattended -- your choice. And, of course, receive the session when he’s done. PLUS You’ll be listed as a Producer on our album (thank you!) and ALSO PLUS receive any other item in this Kickstarter (your choice!) in the $5-$250 range. Scheduling available starting Nov 2018.

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    I INVADE YOUR HOME

    HERE I COME. Back this and ye shall receive one house party with a crocodile piano-wielding Majel (scheduled with moi and deliverable within the next year, but hopefully sooner...pretty much the next time I hit your area). Wherever you are, I'll GET THERE, I'll just have to make the time and fly over. No biggie. Backers also receive unlimited VIP+1 access to any of my shows in the next year (buyer's choice), PLUS you’ll be listed as an Executive Producer on the album. ALSO PLUS receive any other item below $2500 listed on this Kickstarter (if you want). Please plan on scheduling the event with me somewhere in the next 12 months.

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    TEAM MAJEL INVADES YOUR HOME

    GET READY. Back this and ye shall receive one house party with a crocodile piano-wielding Majel, plus couch-banging rockstar Dylan Greene, mountain boy Chris Botta AND Bradley Effing Balliett, who will play continuous bassoon multiphonics for the entire duration of the party while also finishing off half a handle of bourbon. We'll play some tunes from the album, maybe some tunes we're still working on, and maybe maybe even take requests. It all depends on how much bourbon Brad has had. (To be scheduled with the team, and deliverable within the next 18 months, but hopefully sooner...pretty much when we can all get to your area). Wherever you are, WE WILL GET THERE, we just have to make the time and fly over. No biggie. Backers will also receive unlimited VIP+1 access to any of my shows in the next year (buyer's choice), PLUS you’ll be listed as an Executive Producer on the album, ALSO PLUS receive any other reward -- any at all -- listed on this Kickstarter (if you want). Please plan on scheduling the event with us somewhere in the next 12-18 months.

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Funding period

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