Weathervane Music produces Shaking Through Vol. 4 - an acclaimed web series that shows the birth of a song by emerging indie musicians
You are a huge wind in our sails! Thanks to every single one of you who supported another season of Shaking Through. Thank you for your confidence, and for taking up our mission as your own: to advance independent music and the community that surrounds it!
We had unprecedented support this year from The National, The War on Drugs, Dr. Dog, Kurt Vile, Man Man, Sharon Van Etten, Twin Sister, R5 Productions in Philadelphia and many more. Because these distinguished members of the community publicly supported this campaign, Shaking Through is now on the radar of thousands of new people. We are deeply honored that they too see the value in what we're doing!
WHEN THIS CAMPAIGN ENDS, YOU CAN STILL SUPPORT SHAKING THROUGH VOL4!
Shaking Through is a documentary series about the birth of a song. Each year you see 10 amazing new artists record 1 song in 2 days, from start to finish - No extensions, No safety net.
Over the past decade the music industry almost fell apart - but now music is re-inventing itself. Dedicated artists and equally dedicated listeners can, for the first time, BE PARTNERS in bringing new music into the world - that's what Shaking Through is all about!
By supporting Shaking Through you create a burst of opportunity for select artists in the form of 1.) a song, professionally recorded with exceptional producers, and 2.) inclusion in a beautifully shot video series that shares their vision, and their incredible studio experiences with thousands of viewers around the world. For music fans, we talk in depth about the recording process, AND we share the raw audio files from the sessions for remixing. It’s a series that gives you a perspective on the recording process like few get to experience it. (Download Shaking Through Information PDF)
Since 2010, we’ve found the best way to attract a wide and ever evolving range of artists for Shaking Through is to reach out to known and respected members of the independent music community to serve as episode guest curators.
Past Curators / Guest Musicians include:
- Daniel Rossen - Grizzly Bear
- Mikael Jorgensen - Wilco
- Sufjan Stevens (guest musician)
- Scott McMicken - Dr. Dog
- Christopher Powell - Man Man (guest musician & curator)
- Peter Silberman - The Antlers
- Ben Swanson - Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar / Secretly Canadian
- Chris Swanson - Dead Oceans / Jagjaguwar / Secretly Canadian
- Adam Granduciel - The War on Drugs
Part of the magic of Shaking Through comes from seeing emerging musicians interacting with more popular figures in music. This partnership helps Shaking Through create remarkable art, episode after episode while retaining credibility through a diverse, relevant, and ever changing cast of characters.
In 3 years we’ve had amazing artists record what is arguably some of their best work here. This is rare in the world of music... and most importantly YOU GET TO WITNESS IT! Our impressive guest curators and musicians lend their talents as well, raising the caliber of the songs and videos that come from this, and making for incredible experiences for everyone involved.
Once an episode is complete we have a ton of ways for you to share in the experience. You can WATCH THE VIDEOS, you can DOWNLOAD THE FINAL MIX, but you can ALSO download the raw audio files from the sessions, open them up and MAKE YOUR OWN REMIX - as like or unlike ours as you wish! You can share them back with us and other users, and we’ll even share the best remixes with our audience.
Weathervane's mission is to advance independent music and the community that surrounds it. Our vision is for a future music ecosystem in which artists and audiences are equally committed and equally important to bringing music to our culture. (Download Weathervane's 2012 Annual Report).
We’re committed to keeping Shaking Through free for artists. We want to give them a chance to work on their music in a positive environment, away from the pressures of the music industry and away from the financial concerns they would have at any other time in their career. We believe this encourages bold ideas and taking creative risks that ultimately make music better .... which is exactly what we want you to see.
This year we’re using Kickstarter to launch the Beta for a new Membership program. As members you’ll be able to access all our videos, stream our music and download HIGH RESOLUTION audio for remixing long BEFORE WE SHARE THEM WITH THE PUBLIC. We also have T-shirts, prints, and other gifts that’ll go along as well. If you want to help us grow Shaking Through, and expand on the ways that you can participate, please become a beta member!
A Session Replay is a 90 minute recreation of the studio experience from one of our favorite Shaking Through sessions. Hosted by record producer and series creator Brian McTear, Session Replays bring you into the control room--the heart of the recording studio--to experience music like few have before. Short of being there when we hit 'record,' there's nothing like it. (Download Shaking Through Session Replay Info PDF).
- Watch Brian rebuild the song from the original audio, track by track in the order they were added.
- Hear key performances soloed from the original analog tape and/or ProTools.
- See photos and behind the scenes video from the recording session.
- Pick up and play some of the actual instruments used in the song, mic'd and ready go exactly as they were in the recording.
- We'll answer all your questions about the day, the song, the performers, the recording, and the video production.
While an Executive Producer is not involved in the technical aspects of the film making or music recording processes, he or she is still the person we have to thank most for the song, the video and the huge artist career opportunity Shaking Through creates. The Executive Producer’s donation quite literally makes an episode of Shaking Through happen! (Download The Executive Producer Experience Info PDF).
As an Executive Producer you will ….
- Experience unparalleled access to your Shaking Through recording session.
- Meet the artists, engineers and producers who make the music and video.
- See the recording process in real time, right before your eyes. Watch the mixing process.
- Observe the video interview process with artists and curators.
- Be credited as "Executive Producer" alongside the artist and production staff in all places where song and video credits are listed.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We've used Kickstarter for 4 years now. Each year our ability to execute this series improves, so we're confident that we can meet the challenges presented by the production.
That said, executing this series is no walk in the park. It involves a dedicated crew, long hours and help from the entire community to make each episode possible. Our ability to tackle this comes from years of experience and the support of our dedicated crew, who have stuck with us through thick and thin. If anything, we keep getting better...
In terms of rewards--for our Beta Members, early access to videos, music and other download materials will be delivered no later than 5 days before each episode. We're also printing T-shirts, books and other printed materials in advance this year. As a result, most backer rewards will be deliverable within 30 days of this campaign.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.