First off, we are both pretty uncomfortable in front of the camera, so apologies for any awkwardness in the above video. We felt it necessary to explain this in a more detailed way, though, and after a few takes of stuttering, we ended up having some fun with it.
So, here's the idea...
We are Trails, a Hip-Hop group from Portland, Maine. We are currently finishing our third album. Our first two albums "Fits & Starts" (2010) and "Trails & Co." (2011) were released locally on CD and via the internet in similar ways that we hope our new album will be released. BUT, this time we want to go bigger.
Recently we got the opportunity to have Kool G Rap on our new album. We could barely believe it ourselves. So, without a second thought, we said "yes" and started planning ways to make it happen. As you know, like any working musician, Kool G Rap needs to make a living from his music. Since our previous releases only make enough in return to cover what it cost to make/distribute it in the first place, this leaves us sort of in a jam. But nothing worth doing is easy...
We will be releasing this new album in the next couple of months whether or not this succeeds, but IF it does, here's why it will be EXTRA worth it and where the Kickstarter comes into play --
Not only will Trails feature a verse from Kool G Rap on the upcoming album, but we will also have the CDs professionally pressed/duplicated, the audio mastered, better artwork (cause we are horrible with Photoshop), new Trails merchandise will be made including NEW hoodies and t-shirts, plus Kool G Rap will be on it...oh, I already said that...
As we mentioned in the video (above), we really do think this is our best music yet! It's over 12 tracks of some wild stuff and with any dollar amount pledged, you can get a FREE download of the new song "Anvils and Pianos" before it's released!
So, what do you say?? We say it's worth it! Because with every pledge we get, we are able to give back in an equal amount whether it's in music or merchandise. This will be a chance for us to take our music one step further and also give back to those that support us all at the same time!
Risks and challenges
We understand that the process of this Kickstarter will involve managing/mailing merchandise to those that have pledged and also making sure our end of the bargin is fulfilled. If we make our goal we make sure everyone get's their merchandise in a timely fashion and we deliver our best album yet! Thank you all very much!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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