Hello. My name is Jack Wilson. I'm making a new record with some of the best musicians in the world. I need your help!
Ten years have passed since I played my first show at the long-gone Steamboat in Austin, Texas. Since those teenage dreams, I've moved to Seattle, moved back to Austin, back to Seattle and back to Austin again. I've lived in tents, on porches, and in a schoolbus. I've traveled by planes, trains, automobiles and by bicycle...all in the name of MUSIC. All with an undying spirit of adventure!
This summer I took on my longest and most successful tour yet. 36 states. 15,000 miles. Just me and Finn, my dog.
While in Portland, Oregon, I started making this record with my new label, Fluff and Gravy Records. My guitarist Michael McLeod, from Austin, joined my former bandmate Shenandoah Davis, from Seattle, and we collaborated on the songs for a week, pushing through long hours and making a truly original product.
The weeks and months that followed included "remote" recording from Austin and Seattle, to round out a full length album of songs I'm terribly PROUD of.
We currently find ourselves in the post-production phase of the record. Legendary Portland producer, Mike Coykendall, is behind the soundboard, mixing the recordings we laid down almost a year ago. A 7 inch vinyl single is being pressed as we speak.
---HERE's WHERE YOU COME IN ---
Fluff and Gravy is a small label with limited resources, and though they have been more than generous up to now, paying for all the recording, mixing, and pressing of the record, all will be for not, without the proper amount of promotion.
In today's music business, when anyone, anywhere can record an album from their home computer, promotional tools possessed by press agencies are key at getting an album from the stage at Antones to the stage at Bonnaroo; from the airwaves at KUTX or KEXP, to "Songs Worth Considering" on NPR.
Music videos on YouTube and other internet outlets have also helped introduce bands to the masses. Bands like Nikki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Gotye, and First Aid Kit, all took their music from limited audiences at home, to the world stage with well conceived music videos.
Ryan McMackin has shot videos for The Head and the Heart, Sera Cahoone, and The Moondoggies. He's also responsible for the photography on the last record, and yes, the infamous "Nice F*&king Face" photograph. We're very excited to fly him down to Austin and get to work on a great music video.
My Kickstarter is very simple in this regard. With your help, funding will be allocated as follows...
- $ 4,490 for services rendered by 290 Publicity, Green Light Go, or Riot Act!
- $ 1,500 for a music video, filmed by Ryan McMackin.
- $ 1,510 for a targeted radio campaign of non-commercial and college radio through Jen the Band Mom, or Distiller Promo.
- $ 2,722 for band travel expenses to targeted three week tour
The last item, a targeted three week tour, is extremely important in the release of this record. Getting a five piece band on the road is expensive, and this amount of money will only begin to cover the expenses we'll accrue. The rest will be up to us, delivering great shows night after night, and selling music and merch with a fury!
I've set the goal of this Kickstarter at just over $10k to make sure that we can reach our goal. This will take care of my project if everything goes perfectly according to plan. Reaching over the goal will help us take care of any overrun cost during the life cycle of the record. Whether it be in printing or video editing, it wouldn't be suprising to see the total budget of this record at closer to 14k.
I will be beyond amazed, and overjoyed to reach above our goal.
Please tell your friends, and share this Kickstarter on Facebook.
I can't tell you how much I appreciate your help.
Risks and challenges
Whenever working to publicize art, every bit of success that comes from leg work like mailers, radio campaigns, and personal connections is equally matched with luck. With press and publicity, it's as simple as a telephone call- there has to be someone to pick up the other end of the line.
Regardless of how we rate the success of the campaigns once they're funded with help from YOU, these songs will be given the chance of a larger audience from the moment that you pledge and share this kickstarter. With this in mind, I know that we will be successful.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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