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The record is done. We are releasing it on September 8th. I need to pay it off and promote it. That's where you come in.
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I found that video to be very healing. I've never released anything where you can hear my stutter. Being vulnerable is difficult, but it's something I'm trying to invite more and more in my life. I feel closer to people when I'm honest and open, so I wanted to convey a bit of my journey with stuttering, music, and my daughter because they are essentially the turning points that have made me who I am. I'm a real person just hoping to continue creating and performing music. It all starts with this new band and with this first record. 

The record is done, so I'm able to include it in a lot of the rewards and get it to you quickly. Pledgers also attending the release in Denver at Lost Lake (Sept 8th) can immediately get their rewards that night. It is a full length record, 10 songs recorded in Denver, CO. 

Let's talk money. This is about donations so I'm going to be very transparent. Here are exact costs to date:

  • 6 total days of studio time = 2,400
  • Mixing and Mastering = 2,600
  • 250 Vinyl Records = 1,803
  • 500 CD = 650                                                                       
  • 100 T-shirts = $899
  • 250 Stickers = $150
  • Branding/photographs/general art design = $3,626

So, the creation of the record, branding, and merch is a total of $12,128

After the record is released, costs are of course an estimate, but here is my plan:

Tour/travel: $5,000. We will need to get out on the road into regional and national touring to truly spread the word. These days, touring is more important than ever. Attention is hard to attain, so you have to get out there and play in front of people. I will devote a lot of time reaching out to booking agents in hopes of someone helping me out. If that doesn't happen, I'll book the shows myself along with the help from my bandmates. Money will go toward travel, paying the band, meals, any necessary hotel rooms, and any auxiliary and inevitable costs along the way. 

Promotion/Publicity Campaign = 5,000 - 8,000. You need to get high profile album reviews, show reviews, interviews, blog mentions, vlog performances, IG mentions, a place on some hot new Spotify playlist, and whatever else is out there these days. This is a powerful place to put money in this ever-digital world. I will be doing a one or two month campaign with a reputable PR firm.

That would be it. $25,000. I was surprised myself what it adds up to, but that is what I need to pay off the record, to promote it well, and tour a bit. Anything extra would simply propel my band and I forward into our next project. That would be amazing. The more we get, the more can do. 

The Swag:

LAST DAY ADDITION! HRDL, an incredible designer out in Norway is contributing one of his vinyl stands. Handmade and one of the best ways I've seen to store some records. Holds up to 30. Check out the website.

JUST IN! Custom sterling silver/diamond "KR" pendant designed and handmade at Angie Star Jewelry in Boulder, CO. Limited to 24 pieces.

Custom Diamond/Sterling Silver KR pendant
Custom Diamond/Sterling Silver KR pendant
"Run" Matchbooks
"Run" Matchbooks
Kid Reverie - CD
Kid Reverie - CD
"Spectrum" sticker
"Spectrum" sticker
"Spectrum" t-shirt. Male is 5'9" wearing a medium, female is 5'7" wearing a small.
"Spectrum" t-shirt. Male is 5'9" wearing a medium, female is 5'7" wearing a small.

VINYL RECORDS ARE ARRIVING SOON. 

All pictures and design by Scott McCormick Photo and Design. Video by Merne Judson III.

Risks and challenges

Online music lessons are something that I have wanted to try for a long time. I want that to be fulfilling to whomever is on the other end. In case the internet is slow, which it often is where I live, I'm going to have a couple backup locations ready. I am also changing phone plans with this in mind, so I won't have to rely on weak wifi as much, and I have been researching the proper gear to have so that the student can hear and see me clearly. If those things work well, then it's just about teaching, which I love.

Scheduling a regional, national show will be a challenge, but nothing I'm not used to organizing. House shows depend a lot on the host, so I will work closely with those people so they understand their roll in the process. It'll be so much fun.

I will get as many shipments out as I can before I head out on tour with Gregory Alan Isakov. Looks like there will be 10 days between the Kid Reverie release and the beginning of that tour. I'll do what I can. If I can't complete the shipments, I'm back home from October 22nd through the 31st. Then I'm home again for a long while starting in mid-December. I will include updates and keep in touch with backers as best I can. If this campaign succeeds, it will make it my part time job taking care of the rewards. Bring it on.

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    Tip Jar

    Buy me a coffee, pack of strings, picks. Helping out with the little stuff gets you my eternal thanks and a free hug at any show of mine you attend.

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    Digital Record

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    Download + Fire

    My first gig was at Stella's Coffeehouse in Denver. It was 2001. I made $20 for two hours of music. It took just about every song I knew to fill that time. I drove home elated. I kept the money proudly on my desk until it was stolen. Your replacement $20 gets you an album download and a 5 pack of matchbooks containing lyrics from our single, "Run."

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    Compact Disc + Stickers

    It may be a dying medium, but there is still a place for CD's in this world. Put it in your car, drive somewhere without service, and rock out. Includes a 3 pack of our quality 4 inch vinyl "Spectrum" stickers and a download.

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    Vinyl + Small Swag

    The most magic medium out there. Throw it on your turntable (or first, buy a turntable), look at the art all big and beautiful, turn it from side A to side B... it's the most intentional and best-sounding way to listen to this record. Vinyl includes digital download. Includes stickers and matches as well.

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    CD + All the Swag

    Pledge here and receive all the small swag plus a "Spectrum" t-shirt in any size xs - XXL.

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    Signed Vinyl + All the Swag

    A signed vinyl will be sent to you plus all the other goodies.

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    Custom Diamond Pendant

    Angie Star Jewelry wanted to contribute an item and I can't be more happy to offer a sterling silver, diamond accented pendant with "KR" stamped on the back. Each one will be hand made to order. Amazing. See pictures in campaign description.

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    Signed Items (Xmas gifts)

    Two signed vinyl records, two t-shirts, two signed CD's, and double the small swag. Pledge here and spread the love to friends and family.

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    One Music Lesson (1 hour)

    I love teaching music to others. Before I became a touring musician, I was a full-time music teacher giving lessons in mostly guitar, voice, banjo, and songwriting. I can help you get better, or I can help you get started. We can meet in person or we can meet online. I'll also give you the download of the record.

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    Vinyl Stand from Norway + signed vinyl

    This is a last minute addition. A designer out in Norway wanted to contribute so I'm making it happen! This thing is beautiful. Retails for about $300. Handmade.

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    Handmade Lyric Book + More

    The lyrics I write are very important to me. If you feel the same about the words, pledge at this level and you will receive a one-of-a-kind lyric book made by me with handwritten lyrics to all 10 songs on the record. I'll also throw in a t-shirt and a signed vinyl record.

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    Four Music Lessons + More

    There's a lot we could cover in an hour, but if you really want to dive into your instrument with me and get a solid foundation going, let's do four 1-hour lessons together, in person or online. I'll also throw in a signed vinyl.

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    House Show

    I will work together with you to plan and execute a house show at any location within 500 miles of my home in Boulder, CO. Solo performance. Also, enjoy a download.

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    I'll Write / Record a Song for You

    Gonna propose and want an original song? Always wondered what your name would sound like in a song? Do you love your dog so much that there should be a song about him/her? Whatever the reason, whatever the topic, give me a prompt and I'll write and fully produce a song for you.

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    Let's put together a house show anywhere in the US. Solo, full band, something in between, whatever makes sense.

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    International House Show

    I will come anywhere in the world (within reason) to play a house show for you. Solo show. I'll also send you a signed vinyl.

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    Benefactor

    I'm not sure why you're doing this, but let's get in touch so we can meet in person. I'll also send you everything, of course.

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