I Am The Doctor
My name is Tom Rockwell. I perform comedy-rap songs under the name Devo Spice. Think of me as the red-headed stepson of Weird Al Yankovic and Eminem. I have become one of the most requested artists on the Dr. Demento Show and in 2011 my album Gnome Sane went to #28 on the Hip Hop charts on iTunes. I am also a huge Doctor Who fan. I grew up watching the original series on my local PBS affiliate and was furious when they stopped carrying the show.
Being a songwriter it was only natural for me to want to write a song about the show so in 2011 I wrote a song called "I Am The Doctor" which focussed mainly on Matt Smith's run as The Doctor with some references to Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant thrown in for good measure. One of my fans made an excellent fan video for the song which you can watch here. I perform at a lot of science fiction conventions and as you can imagine the song goes over quite well there.
Right around this time the BBC started talking about the show's upcoming 50th anniversary and I got an urge to do something to celebrate. I decided to release a concept album featuring one song per incarnation of the Doctor. I also decided to include "I Am The Doctor" as the title track.
As luck would have it I was performing earlier this year at a convention where Peter Davison was also a guest. I asked him to make a brief cameo on the song I wrote for his Doctor and he agreed. That song is called "Companion Application" and can be found here. Since then I have approached other Doctor Who actors about appearing on their respective songs and have a couple more cameos tentatively lined up.
The CD is scheduled to be released on November 23rd, 2013, which is the 50th anniversary of the show. I will be performing that evening at The Way Station in Brooklyn New York as part of their Doctor Who celebration. Do come by if you're in the area!
I'm using this Kickstarter campaign as a way to accept pre-orders for the CDs which will help fund the production of the album. If my initial goal is met I have some really neat things planned to go along with it but I need to make sure I can fund its production first. The $2175 I am asking for will cover the mastering of the songs on the album and the production of the physical CDs. I am also making up posters and t-shirts if you would like some of those as well and I'll need a little money to cover shipping. The t-shirts and posters are exclusive to the campaign and will not be sold elsewhere.
So please take a look around the rewards I have to offer and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
In addition to the rewards I am offering for this project as a special add-on I am offering my previously released albums at a discounted price. Pledge any amount for any reward at the right and add on the amount shown in the chart below to get that album either as a digital download or on CD. I will contact you about which albums you want after you make your pledge.
Risks and challenges
If I don't make my goal here I will be forced to mix and master the album myself, which I can do, but it won't sound quite as good as having it done professionally. Additionally I will only be able to print up a limited number of physical CDs for the release. And obviously all the cool bonus stuff I would like to do won't happen. But this album will exist in some form.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I realize that I overlooked this so what I'm going to do is leave it up to you. If you want to pledge at the $250 level or higher I will give you the option of getting producer credit on the album. So the answer is yes, if you want it. If you don't want it that's fine too.
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