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Female-fronted, Queens-based piano rock trio Distoria is recording an EP, making a music video, and sharing their music with the world!
Female-fronted, Queens-based piano rock trio Distoria is recording an EP, making a music video, and sharing their music with the world!
59 backers pledged $4,534 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE [NEW GOAL: $5,500] We did it!! Thanks to all of you, we've reached our goal of $4,000. We honestly cannot thank you enough. This album is really going to happen now! But the time isn't up, and we're not done. Every dollar we raise after this can go to making the album the absolute best it can be: more instruments, more time spent mixing to get it right, more publicity for the music video, etc. We're shooting for $5,500 now, and we think we can make it. If we do, everyone who participated will get a special little present in the mail from Distoria, in addition to whatever they get at their backer level. So don't stop sharing the project, and definitely don't stop believing!

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So this is exciting. My band Distoria is gearing up to record our first EP! This is music I've been writing and refining forever (some of it since I was a teenager), and we've been working on it as a band for about two years. We make electronics-driven piano pop rock. And it's awesome.

If you don't know, my name is Helena Martin. I play piano and write wordy, complex rock songs. I also do technology consulting for small businesses and have an unnatural love for interesting pajama pants. My bandmates Tim Lykins (drums, electronics) and Mor Mezrich (bass, electronics) help me take my songs and make them infinitely more interesting, accessible, and rockin'. And intentionally irritate me a lot. And let me take silly pictures of them somewhat frequently. Such as:

While recording our first single "The Remedy"...
While recording our first single "The Remedy"...
We sure do love our Novation Launchpad. Feel free to write to the company and encourage them to sponsor us.
We sure do love our Novation Launchpad. Feel free to write to the company and encourage them to sponsor us.

It'll be a 4-song EP (with one or two special extra tracks, too). We've got it all planned out. We'll be tracking at Flux Studios in lower Manhattan, mixing at Ears and Gears Recording in Astoria, and mastering at one of two mastering studios we're close with. We've also got a music PR company to help us do a 6-month national press push so we can, ultimately, get ourselves a booking label and maybe even a publishing deal.

All this stuff takes money -- more than you'd even think -- so here's the breakdown (estimates, but very accurate ones).

Tracking: $1,700
Mixing: $850
Mastering: $375-700
PR campaign: $2,500

These prices are after cashing in on ALL our outstanding favors and getting some work done for free or very discounted. You might have noticed that we're already at $5,425 here, and we haven't even included the music video or merchandise or CD printing or paying photographers or artists or Kickstarter/Amazon fees yet.

So why is our threshold so much lower?

Because a) we don't want to ask for too much from you, our fans and friends, and b) if we don't reach our minimum, we don't get any money and the project is off and then you won't get your awesome rewards that I know you want so much.

But this EP is necessary to take us to the next level. I can't wait to get these tracks down in the studio because I am so proud of the work we've done to create this music, and I so badly want to share it with everyone!

Playing at the Bitter End last June
Playing at the Bitter End last June


So what do you say? Will you be a part of this journey? Will you ask one or two friends to join you, as well? We've got some great rewards for very reasonable amounts of money, and every tiny bit you can give us is seriously appreciated by all of us.

Thanks for taking out the time to check out our project. And while you're here, look at some of the other cool Kickstarter projects going on right now! You'll notice I've backed almost 20 other projects in the past few years; artists and appreciators of art have a responsibility to one another to support good projects. Support art in your community! When you do, we all win.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge will be not losing momentum after we've released the album. But completing this project is not the end of the journey; it's the beginning of it. We are going to continue to set clear-cut goals with timelines for Distoria to make sure we don't get stuck in the post-release rut.

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    Download of Distoria's debut single "The Remedy" PLUS a digital shoutout (i.e. we'll say something nice about you, in public, on the Internets). Our undying love (yes, it's available for just $3). A behind the scenes look at the process and first updates about the EP and music video.

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    Digital download of the full EP two weeks before it's released! Plus an even-more-advance download of the single from the EP (TBD). A hug from whichever member of the band you think is cutest, travel expenses not included (yes we will be keeping track of who gets chosen the most). Plus everything from the previous reward level.

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    Physical copy of the CD (with beautiful artwork and photography!) mailed to you upon its release. (You still get a digital download in advance, too.) Plus everything from the previous reward levels.

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    NYC PROXIMITY SPONSORS -- Special guest list status at the EP release party in January for you and one guest (free admission for the both of you and that fancy feeling you get when giving your name at the door). Plus everything from the previous reward levels.

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    FARAWAY SPONSORS -- We will write your name plus a short, non-obscene message (100 characters or less) in a visible place on one of our bodies at the EP release party in January, thereby securing your attendance, if only in spirit. Plus everything from the previous reward levels.

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    TRICKED OUT DISTORIA PACKAGE -- So you've always wanted to represent your favorite local band (us) but didn't know how. Now you can! A t-shirt, a sticker, and a limited-edition poster are yours! Plus everything from the previous reward levels (choose one of the two $60 rewards, but not both), and we'll autograph the physical copy of the CD for you.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    We will make a direct reference to you in our debut official music video! (How, exactly, will be at our discretion.) This could/should certainly include a cameo appearance, if you are anywhere near NYC and are so inclined. Plus everything from the previous reward levels (choose one of the two $60 rewards, but not both).

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    NEW REWARD! -- Distoria will record a special video of us performing your favorite song from the album... just for you, in our rehearsal studio! Plus everything from the previous reward levels (choose one of the two $60 rewards, but not both).

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER -- Have you always wanted to tell your friends you were a music producer? Well, now you are! We'll give you "executive producer" status in our liner notes. Add it to your resume, post it on Facebook, shout it from the rooftops: you are an executive producer! Congratulations, high roller. PLUS! Helena will write a song about you and/or someone you love and send you a home recording of it! Plus everything from the previous reward levels (choose one of the two $60 rewards, but not both).

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