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Tewz wants you to hear "Exsoteric", an instrumental electronic psychedelic hip hop album, on 180 gram limited edition Vinyl !!

"EXSOTERIC" by TEWZ 1ST PRESSING LIMITED EDITION LP

Over the past 4 years i've been making muisc and art simultaneously. The artwork resulted in a series of paintings & prints, and the music manifested into a sequence of 11 tracks titled "Exsoteric".

"Exsoteric" is a combination of played instruments, samples, and recorded noise arranged into a cohesive body of instrumental psychedelic hip hop beats. Some sounds have been filtered through reel to reels connected to analog guitar pedals. On "Last Days" I play a Kimbal Organ going through a Big Muff. On "All thumbs" I play a Kalimba inside an empty store. Other equipment includes a circuit bent Yamaha DD5, an electronic kit built into an organ, an Alamo Model 3 1954 tube amp, Maxon/ Ibanez DM2000 Delay, wah's, a few homemade bowed stringed instruments, vintage electric guitars, bass, drums and lot's of dusty samples.

In Nov of 2010, I put out a digital release of Exsoteric. It got some stellar reviews, and a few small write ups ...

Tewz leans on the kind of David Axelrod/crate-freak soundtrack jams that DJ Shadow and RJD2 have used to melt headz worldwide. — J.R. Nelson, Chicago Reader

"Exsoteric" is already available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Zune, Rhapsody, & Napster ... But I need YOUR HELP to put it out on Vinyl !! :)

My love of music and art can be traced back to early memories of vinyl records. There is something unique and special about a physical piece of vinyl housed inside of a sleeve covered in artwork. The two are meant to be together. This is my first contact with art and music. It is how I fell in love with the two.

I will be pressing "Exsoteric" on 180 gram, audiophile quality vinyl. The music will be matched by artwork canvased on old school Tip-on vinyl jackets, and will also be available as a digital release.  I'm also going to be using poly-lined paper sleeves, instead of regular paper sleeves, to keep the vinyl from getting unwanted paper scratches. High quality can be quite expensive, but is well worth the extra time, effort, and money.

The greatest expense comes from mastering, pressing the vinyl, and printing the record jackets. For mastering & plating I'm going with Aardvark, for pressing the records i'm using United Record Pressing. My total cost to master, press, print, and properly promote Exsoteric is $10,000.

Kickstarter allows projects like mine to find funding by giving fans and supporters rewards for their donations. The money you donate won’t be collected until I reach my goal.  So, if I don’t reach my goal, you don’t pay. But, for any amount you give, I'll give you something awesome in return. 

Take a look at the rewards on the right. They range anywhere from signed copies of the vinyl release, to limited edition artwork, and even a private performance !! AND anybody donating over $50 will receive a limited edition test pressing of "Exsoteric" courtesy of United Record Pressing !!

This is my first vinyl release, and I want to do it right. I plan on doing everything I can to support this album and make this a truly independent, successful release. If you want to help, but can’t donate, just share this page with anyone you think might be interested. Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

—TEWZ

www.tewz1.com

& Keep an eye on me this year on Bravo's  - Work of Art: The Next Great Artist - Season 2 !!

*Once the target funds are raised, the manufacturing of the vinyl begin.  Please allow up to 6-8 weeks after project ends for orders to arrive.

Here is a breakdown of the project costs

United Record Pressing, LLC
12" Vinyl Record Quote

Record Quantity 1000
180 Gram Audiophile $1,790.00
Music Source CD $330.00
Aardvark Record Mastering: $424.00
Translucent Colors $400.00
Setup Charge  $80.00
Test Pressing  $95.00
Labels Deluxe Labels (2 color to CMYK) $220.00
Inner Sleeves Poly-lined Paper Sleeves $200.00
Jackets Premium Gatefold Retro Tip-On Jackets $2,595.00
Inserting your records into jackets $60.00
Free Downloads Downloads with marketing package $300.00
Download cards $60.00
Shrink wrap the jackets $120.00
Download sticker on shrink wrap $70.00

Estimated Total (excluding shipping): $6,744.00 

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    and receive a gigantic THANK YOU :) from Tewz, eternal gratitude, :) AND a free download of 1 song from the album !!

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    and receive a gigantic thank from Tewz, eternal gratitude, :) a free download of the ENTIRE album, a SIGNED copy of "Exsoteric" by Tewz on 12" vinyl, AND 1 Test pressing courtesy of United Record Pressing !! WHOA !!

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    Here's where the incentives start getting really cool ... if you pledge $75, you get everything already mentioned PLUS 1 SIGNED & NUMBERED limited edition offset print "I wish you were here" by Tewz. http://www.tewz1.com/iwishyouwerehere.html

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    Everything mentioned in the $75 Pledge PLUS 1 SIGNED & NUMBERED limited edition offset print of the original album artwork "Exsoteric" http://www.tewz1.com/sabrina.html Tewz only has 10 of these prints left !! They were very, very limited run. They will not be available in any other pledge amount. These posters are amazing to view in person. They were expertly printed by Todd Rau at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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    Everything mentioned in the $75 Pledge PLUS Tewz will create a new track based on the topic of your choice !! You can even send him audio samples to include in your completed track!! AND suggest the title !!

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    Everything mentioned in the $250 Pledge PLUS Tewz will create an original piece of artwork for you based on the topic/ subject matter of your choice.

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    Everything mentioned in the $500 pledge AND Tewz will play a show at the venue of your choice for your friends and family. (Must be reasonable :) Could be a school, a house, a storefront, cafe, a garage, a park (permit permitting), your empty pool, in a cave? ... The possibilities are endless. Please note that travel restrictions may apply.

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