Willow Steps combines the folky, introspective tunes of singer/songwriter Jesse Strickman with the angelic, textural harmonies of vocalist Leiya Mahoney.
We're two best buddies who love making music to share with our friends! In a little over a year as a band, we've released a few songs but nothing higher than home recording quality. With creativity flying and enthusiastic support from our community, we've decided to take things to the next level and release a high-end professional studio EP!
Thanks to our wonderful friends, family and community we have reached our goal!!! We feel so much gratitude and awe at the amount of support we have received and cannot thank you enough.
All donations over our goal of $3,000 will go towards enhancing the prizes. For example, perhaps we'll be able to afford lyrics sheets inside the CD/vinyl cases. Another example would be printing the limited edition t-shirts on higher quality fabrics, etc. If we go way over our goal any extra money after enhancing the prizes will go towards the funding of music videos for songs on this new album. Thank you so much!
About the Album
We picked our five best songs about love, heartache, and the profound mystery of life. Then we practiced them like crazy! We were fortunate to elicit help from some amazing friends, who were carefully selected for their exceptional abilities as musicians and sound engineers. Their generosity helped a ton with minimizing costs.
Creating a kick-ass EP at a professional standard still gets expensive though, when you add everything up. We've invested over a couple thousand, which for city-living musicians is quite a lot. We need your help to do the rest! We're asking for less than the total cost, but we'll eventually break even as we sell CD's and Vinyl at shows and on tour over 2016 and beyond.
Help us dream big and manifest our musical goal, topping everything we've released before, both as a group and as individuals. Help us create a new album that we can feel proud to give back to all of you!
Where the Money Goes
- $1,100 for recording at Tiny Telephone Recording Studio for 4 days (Clientele include: Death Cab for Cutie, Spoon, Mountain Goats, Third Eye Blind)
- $812.50 for hiring 2 professional sound engineers for 4 days (Both friends who gave us more than a 50% discount)
- $205 for hiring 2 incredibly talented studio musicians (Both friends who gave us generous discounts)
- $250 mastering for digital, CD, and vinyl
- $860 for vinyl printing 100 copies
- $491 for CD printing 200 copies
- Between $160 - $240 for Kickstarter's fees
- Around $200 for making the prizes (T-shirts, posters, toothbrushes)
Estimated total cost: $4118.50
As you can see, the amount we're asking for is less than the cost. This album is our gift to you! We feel strongly that the band Willow Steps is just as much about you, our friends and supporters, as it is about the two of us. Without you we'd just be two bozos singing in a bedroom. It'd still be worthwhile, but frankly music is way more fun with community. Help us do what we love by ordering yourself a prize. Thank you so much for believing in us!
Risks and challenges
The project is pretty simple and straightforward. The only challenge will be getting the prizes manufactured and out to you as fast as possible. We need to focus on this while hopefully still having time to plan and practice for an album release tour this Summer. Also vinyl printing companies have a HUGE wait time. We're setting aside lots of time over the next couple months to work on these goals, so we are confident everything will run smoothly! Don't worry, if anything gets pushed back it won't be your prizes ;)
Two grateful musicians
Jesse & Leiya
- (30 days)