Hi, my name is Daniel DeWitt. You may remember me from my days of playing bass and singing for Winston Audio. We released an album called The Red Rhythm back in 2009 and dozens of humans purchased it.
Or maybe you know me because you helped fund my first solo album, Phantom Memory: The Musical. A humble little record with an incredibly pretentious name. Seriously. What was I thinking?
OR perhaps you downloaded my most recent album, Companion, last year when I gave it away for free. Quite a few of you did that. It was pretty cool. I like that record a whole lot and I hope you’re still spinning it.
Or streaming it. Or playing it. You don’t spin downloads. I don’t know what you would be spinning unless it was your computer (spins laptop. Drops laptop. Cries).
I wouldn't advise that.
At any rate, however you know me, I’m excited to tell you about my next project. This one doesn’t have a pretentious title, but it DOES involve time travel. And the Bible. And public transportation.
Okay, maybe it’s a little pretentious. But it’ll make you want to dance. That’s good, right?
It’s called Gold Lines. It’s all recorded and mixed, and I’m extremely proud of it. It’s sort of like if the theatricality and expanse of Pink Floyd met up with the grit and groove of Funkadelic at a party DJ’d by Caribou.
The guy, not the animal. Although I would go to that party too, come to think of it.
Anyway, I am so happy with the way this album is turning out, I really want to do it right straight through to the end. When you pre-order the record you will be helping me go that last mile: mastering and artwork. Any money above and beyond that will go toward promotions or my next project, which I sort of accidentally already started on.
One thing at a time, Daniel.
So that’s what’s happening with me. I hope that you’ll consider ordering the record now rather than later. Just think of it as buying your future self a gift. Look how thoughtful you are!
(photo above taken by the incomparable Aaron Scorch)
Risks and challenges
Chris Griffin is going to be doing the mastering once the project is funded. He mastered my last two records, as well as The Red Rhythm and a bunch of other great records. He is really good at his job.
My first solo record was funded through Kickstarter and it took a long time to come to fruition. A lot of that had to do with my inexperience with engineering and production, and there were some delays with the final artwork for the physical release of that album. But in this case, the record is already recorded and mixed. My job is done.
Since I'm not printing up physical copies I won't have to worry about turnaround time on that. Once the record is mastered and we have a cover I'll send it out to you. A little while later I'll put it up on the Internet. Where music lives now.
Basically the only challenge is scheduling myself a time to get with Chris for the mastering since I have two small children at home now and they are a literal handful. But babysitters exist so we are covered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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