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WE MADE IT! SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED! But now IT'S NOT OVER!
If we reach our new 6000€ stretch goal, we will UPGRADE our rewards and all our backers will have extra benefits (such as high quality T-Shirts) and we will also record a music video for one of our debut singles! Keep pushing and support the campaign!
KEEMOSABE is a Pop/Rock/Funk/Experimental Italian quartet currently based in London. Our project was born from the desire of two jazz students in New York City, Alberto Curtis and Sebastiano Vecchio, to form a pop/rock band that could implement concepts from different musical genres. After meeting Pino Muscatelli, an Italian rock session man and Andrea Guarinoni, a soundtrack composer/producer, the music that derived is a hybridization of various musical landscapes, enriched by deep grooves, heavy riffs and pop melodies.
We started to compose and record our first demos during Summer 2016, in a home studio in Italy, lost in the woods of the Italian countryside. This helped us in shaping our musical vision and identity, that deals with reconnecting human beings to nature. Nature has opened our hearts, quieted our minds and transformed our creative imagination. This is what we want you to experience with our music!
We decided to take our career to a further level and we moved to London in September 2016, where are currently performing and recording with other artists regularly, as well as cultivating our musical education: Andrea is studying Sound Engineering/Production at Abbey Road Institute, Alberto and Sebastiano are graduating from a Masters in Music Performance at ICMP London.
We are asking your collaboration to raise funds in order to:
- Record and mix three original singles at Abbey Road Studios, London, with Stefano Civetta
- Mastering at legendary Abbey Road Studios, London
- Empower our live performance by improving our stage gear, with a digital live mixer that will allow us to be independent and have full control of our mix on stage using an iPad as a remote control. Through this device, it will be possible to record our performances at the highest quality and stream them online on multiple platforms for our fans.
***EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN***
1) WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?
We are trying to raise 5000€ to achieve the three goals cited above. This will allow us to have first of all a PROFESSIONAL STUDIO PRODUCT, mixed and mastered by world-class producers/engineers, that can help us in having three singles out on every music platform, radios, playlists in order to spread the word about our music.
On the other hand, we firmly believe that LIVE MUSIC is still one of the most powerful ways of conveying a message and one of the most exciting experiences in human life, and this why we are asking for your help to improve our live shows. We want to play our music live at its best level, and we want YOU to come to our shows and enjoy the music, the vibe and the energy at the highest level that we can possibly transmit to you, in order to make it a fulfilling experience.
2) HOW WILL YOU WORK ON THE STUDIO EP?
Our plan is to work on our studio recordings and mixing at Abbey Road Studios, London. It is the home of countless landmark recordings and technological breakthroughs, and has played an integral role in the evolution of modern music. Many of the world's most celebrated artists, producers, composers and orchestras have worked at Abbey Road and it continues to attract generation after generation of remarkable talent.
We are well aware of the professionalism of each worker in the Studios, and we have touched with our own hands why Abbey Road is still considered the best recording studio in the world. In fact, we recently recorded (22nd May 2017) in the historic Studio 3 at Abbey Road Studios, collaborating with Electronic/Jazz artists LEWN. It was a memorable and by far our best experience in a recording studio.
Their meticulously selected vintage analogue and digital equipment and stunning back line means they can provide everything necessary to help us realize the full potential of our project.
The sound engineer will be Stefano Civetta. We met him during our first months in London and we are fully trusting his musical vision to achieve the best out of our compositions.
He has worked with major pop and classical acts including Mary J Blige, James Bay, One Direction, Earth Wind And Fire, Andrea Bocelli and the BBC Orchestra.
Stefano has assisted on engineering for huge Hollywood films including The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Martian and Avengers: Age Of Ultron as well as international top selling video games Halo 5: Guardians and Assassin’s Creed Unity.
He also did mixes for the Apple Music Festival 2015, for artists including Ellie Goulding, Leon Bridges, The Shires, Cam and Lion Babe.
To make it work with the budget that we are hoping to raise with this campaign, we want to spend two days at Abbey Road Studios, for a total of 1500€.
3) WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE RECORDING?
Straight after the mixing of our EP, we will proceed with the mastering in the Abbey Road facilities. The mastering process will ensure that our songs will have the highest quality achievable on multiple surfaces.
We would love to work with Alex Wharton. He has mastered albums and singles for some of the biggest acts in pop, rock and dance worldwide including The Beatles, Radiohead, The Pixies, Marvin Gaye, Coldplay, My Bloody Valentine, Keane, Gilberto Gil, Slaves, Bring Me The Horizon, Mark Lanegan, St. Germain and The Chemical Brothers.
The cost of the mastering of three songs will be 500€.
4) WHY DO YOU NEED NEW LIVE EQUIPMENT?
We are really committed to quality of sound. During our live shows, we want to amaze our listeners with a performance that sounds as close as possible to our studio recordings.
Moreover, improving our stage gear will allow us to:
- reduce the cost of touring expenses, being completely self-sufficient and able to control our own gear;
- stream our live performances with full HD audio definition. This means that multiple fans from multiple countries will have free access to our live music. It will enable our music to spread out all around our media-globalized world.
Digital mixing has revolutionized virtually everything in the live-entertainment production workflow. The DL32 is the perfect solution for connecting the onstage performance with the Front of House console, and the rest of the world.
A DL32 and M32C could be jointly utilized to create a remote controlled digital mixing system. Another prime application might include the M32C providing independent monitor mix duties, allowing us to even mix the complete show from the onstage M32C via dedicated remote control apps (compatible with iOS).
5) WHO WILL BE THE GRAPHIC ARTIST? HOW DID YOU CHOOSE HIM?
Since the band KEEMOSABE was born, one of our prerequisites and beliefs was to work with young and motivated people who excel in their respective fields of expertise, who are willing to work with us mainly because they are truly interested in what we do. Our project is about enjoying art in all its forms, and we love to collaborate with people who are eager to share their artistic vision.
For this reason, we picked the incredibly talented graphic artist and film-maker Rodolfo Gusmeroli, who contributed already to our very first graphic designs in the past. We appreciate his high level of professionality and ability to capture our musical and artistic concepts on his drawings and graphic designs.
6) WHY A KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN?
We love the idea of crowdfunding! First of all, we consider this campaign a great opportunity for us to spread the word about our project, how we dream about making a living with our music and how we would love to bring KEEMOSABE around every corner of the world. Kickstarter gives us the chance of sharing all of this with whoever feels emphatic about our vision of life and music and wants to give a small help to make this happen. It is priceless to see how people can gather and take an idea they believe in, out into the world.
7) HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?
It's very simple: you make an offer for this campaign, and we will give you a reward in return. Kickstarter works with a system of "All or Nothing". If we don't raise 100% of the money requested by the end of the campaign, you will get your money back straight away.
8) WHAT ARE THE REWARDS?
As we said before, we feel really privileged about being able to pursue this career in music and we would love to share as much as we can with whoever believes in what we do. What we really love about Kickstarter is that all of this is NOT about you donating your money to us, but is US TRYING TO RECOMPENSE YOUR EFFORTS AS MUCH AS WE CAN.
For this reason, we wrote down a series of REWARDS that will hopefully show you our appreciation for your participation in this project. We believe they are special, and include a wide range of choices:
- 2 nights in our apartment in London
- An Italian dinner cooked by us in your house (acoustic performance included)
- a stunning studio experience, in which you will be a guest in one of our studio sessions and record with us (you'll also have a vinyl with the song that you recorded on)
- A special concert dedicated to you, wherever you want it to happen
- Private lessons on different instruments (Guitar, Drums, Bass, Sound engineering)
- Customized graphic artworks
- VIP passes, T-Shirts, stickers, posters, digital downloads and much more
(for more information, look at the section REWARDS)
9) WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU EXCEED YOUR GOALS?
5000€ is the minimum amount of money that we need to make this happen. We really wanted to ask you a reasonable and realistic amount to at least put our first foot in the music industry with a professional studio and live product. Luckily, Kickstarter allows a thing called "STRETCH GOALS". This means that if we reach 100% of our campaign in time, we will be able to raise a little more with your help and make some other incredibly cool stuff happen.
The stretch goals that we have in mind include:
- The recording of an extra single on the EP (this would make it a 4 track record, not 3)
- Filming of one or two music videos (depending on the budget that we have)
- Planning mini-tours around the world (Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Australia etc.)
All of these obviously depend from how much extra budget we can collect. We want to DREAM BIG, and with the generosity of other people, we are hopeful that we can make this happen.
10) WHAT CAN I DO IF IT'S IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO OFFER MONEY?
We appreciate any kind of help and support. Nothing is too little. We are already thankful that you read through all of this, this already means a lot. It also means that now you know a little more about us and what we are trying to do, so please SPREAD THE WORD! Tag us on every social media, speak to your friends and family about our campaign, listen to our videos on YouTube and share them. This kind of support is really priceless!
For instance, you can write this on FACEBOOK/INSTAGRAM/TWITTER:
"Friends, KEEMOSABE is a brand new band who is trying to raise money for their new EP. Let's help them to get their music out into the world! (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/369483437/keemosabe-follow-the-symbols-mission)".
We will be absolutely thankful if you could just help us in letting our crowdfunding campaign circulate as much as possible, in order to reach more people who might be interested in this.
11) WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
If the video at the beginning of the page or this description wasn't satisfying enough to answer all your doubts, we are more than happy to clear them. You can contact us at our email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website www.keemosabeband.com to hopefully find your answers.
Furthermore, during the whole duration of this campaign, we will try to explain more about it and include you as much as we can in our everyday life as musicians in London, sharing all the updates about this crowdfunding. This will include bits of rehearsals, new studio/live material, concerts and news about KEEMOSABE.
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving your time to read through this. Don't forget to check out our AWESOME rewards!
and of course, #followthesymbols
Alberto, Andrea, Pino, Sebastiano.
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges connected to our project could be possible delays during the production plan. Our EP album is a work in progress! Even if we have scheduled and planned all the steps for the realization of the project, we might need extra time to deliver all our rewards, due to external factors. We will have to book the mastering slot and we have to wait for the Abbey Road Studios management to confirm the best time according to their busy schedule. We are taking care of all the possible challenges and working hard contacting all the people involved, in order to make sure that the entire process will run smoothly and professionally!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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