Welcome! It's been a long-time in the making, but we've finally arrived at the right moment to record the Karyn Crisis solo project album and it seems as though all the stars have aligned to bring me 13 songs and a stellar group of unique and talented musicians to bring them to life. After 13 years touring with my former band Crisis, I've found myself emboldened and driven to not only sing, but to have a hand in creating the atmosphere of my own solo project, Gospel Of The Witches. I decided to name the band, rather than use my own name, because this is not a continuation of Crisis; it's a continuation of my life story and experiences.
The mini movie Davide Tiso and I created above will give you an idea of the atmospheric direction of the album and an insight into my life now. The songs are unfinished and just pre-production recordings, but you should get a clear idea of whether they resonate with you or not.
While Davide wrote these songs, it feels as though they were channeled from my own imagination where I worked endlessly to create an atmosphere that I'd hoped would come into manifestation. I'm honored to sing on them. Davide has a haunting ability to generate undeniably emotional landscapes with his guitars, and these songs twist and turn into darkness and then transmute into heartbreaking beauty and light.
For my vocals and incantations, my focus was to create a thick, serpentine "choir" of voices for parts of each song. While I've always doubled my own voice in past recordings, I wanted Ross Dolan to add his intense and deep voice to this "death choir" effect, and I'm honored he's taking part. His voice is dark and thick and dangerous. While my own vocal style has been androgynous; both male and female, both angel and demon, it's my intention to both broaden and create a more intense union of male and female energies within these songs.
There will be many parts of songs sung, many parts growled, and my full vocal range expressed. I've wanted to work with Danny Walker for several years now, and I'm excited he's on board with drums. When I was in Crisis, I responded to the drums to create my vocal patterns. This time, for the Gospel Of The Witches project, I wrote vocals only hearing guitars, and created the rhythmic choir patterns there, so it will be exciting to see what Danny brings to the table, because he brings a lot of intensity.
Jamie King of The Basement Recording NC (Between the Buried and Me) has also agreed and booked me into his studio. For the many-layers of Davide's guitars and many layers of vocals, I think Jamie's vision and talent will give these songs the hugeness and artistic intention he is known for. He will also mix and master this album, we are fortunate to have him see the whole project through.
I've come to you for funding for this album instead of going to the music business, because it's you who've stayed in contact with me all these years, and it's you who knew in a heartbeat what you thought of my voice and my expression. It took the music industry 13 years to begin to figure out what they think of me, and I'm sure I still don't fit neatly into a genre or category. But according to you, I've been a part of your lives, your struggles, your triumphs, and your days. Kickstarter is ALL OR NOTHING, so if we don't meet our goal, none of the donations remain with this project, so PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!
Recently Evan Wilson wrote me:" Your music resonates with me in a deeper way than any other artist I enjoy. I don't know if I'll ever be able to fully describe my experience, but there's just something very special about it. I listen to few other musicians and they are encouraging to rise to challenges with, but your music has always done so much more for me. When I first heard you, I was immediately drawn to your band and it has been a guardian for me ever since. Your music makes me feel protected from the inside out and I'm thankful it will continue to be there for me as I continue to face challenges in my life.."
So I wanted to make this album and get it directly to you. I also wanted to enjoy each and every step of this process, because often music related business can be full of stresses and disappointments.
Davide and I created the film above, we've worked on the photo shoots, I've hand-created all the Rewards for this project, and I am loving every moment.
Here's the breakdown of the money I'm trying to raise here:
Studio with Jamie is booked for June 2-June 23. This is for tracking (Davide's guitars and bass, my vocals), editing, mixing, and mastering. Danny will be recording his drums near Los Angeles, and Ross will be recording his vocals where Immolation records their albums. So each of the musicians and respective studios will be paid from monies raised.
I will also be creating the artwork for the album, and importantly, getting the CDs pressed (my choice is in Oakland, CA with Pirates Press) and shipped to you. There is no record label taking care of any manufacturing nor shipping. So the money I'm asking for takes care of the studios, musicians, cd manufacturing, t shirts production and shipping fees. I've already begun making the hand made rewards now on my dollar.
So the budget is really bare-bones, and will allow us to have a powerful and quality-recorded album to keep us connected from here. THANK YOU! Let's take this journey together!!!
If my project is successfully funded, then CONGRATS! We'e earned the money we need to record in the various studios, edit, mix, and master. CD production could always be a delay, and since that is one aspect of this project literally out of my hands, I will keep people updated on the progress there, if there are delays. With special oil painting rewards, I will update you by email as to the painting's progress and time schedule for completion.
Hello dearest supporters!
THANK YOU for al your very generous pledges and support!
I'm so grateful to all of you who've chosen to support this album.
If we do not reach the goal, don't worry, we are not giving up !
The money we have raised so far will do a lot for this album: get Davide and I into studio, get it mixed and mastered, pay for drums! We already have put a deposit on studio time starting June 2nd through June 24th, so PLEASE RE-PLEDGE your SUPPORT at my new Indeigogo campaign!
People have contacted me and asked me to start a campaign there without a goal, so whatever money is pledged we keep and use for the album. If we reach the "goal," Indiegogo takes a lesser percentage of your pledges.
So, we still need your help!
After this campaign, which is just for 21 days, I will also make all rewards available through my Etsy shop, so people can continue to pre-order their albums and other perks.
The album will only be available through me, so that will be an ongoing offer in my etsy shop.
The difference between this campaign and the Kickstarter is that it will take a bit longer to make the vinyl and cds and Tshirts and get everything shipped without reaching that goal. I've included this information on the new campaign page.
Please continue to spread the word and please re-pledge there!
CD, T shirt, art print, box of photos/lyrics cards, plus 2 30-minute Skype video updates with Karyn Crisis, signed photo. Get to see artwork updates, ask Karyn questions about recording process and album details. Skype video chats in June, while shipping of items in July.
Vinyl, T shirt, art print, box of lyrics/photo cards, plus 2 30-minute Skype video updates with Karyn Crisis. Get to see artwork updates, ask Karyn questions about recording process and album details. Skype video chats in June, while shipping of items in July.
Collaborative painting- you and Karyn will work on a concept for an original oil painting by Karyn, (8x10 panel, framed) You will own this original, and it will be used to create one-of-a-kind CD and Vinyl album cover artwork for your copy of the GOTW album. This includes one 30-minute Skype video chat to work out artwork details. You will also receive the digital download of the album to tide you over until your original is completed for the hard copy, and you will receive email updates on the progress of your painting. Plus Tshirt.
You get to collaborate with Karyn via Skype video for 30 minutes to conceptualize a large painting, oil on canvas, that will also become your own one-of-a-kind GOTW album Vinyl and CD cover. In the meanwhile, you will receive email updates as to the painting's progress, and receive a digital download of the album to tide you over. You will own this painting. Plus, handmade hardbound lyric book at Tshirt.
You get to collaborate with Karyn via Skype video for 30 minutes to conceptualize a large painting, oil on canvas, that will also become your own one-of-a-kind GOTW album Vinyl and CD cover. In the meanwhile, you will receive email updates as to the painting's progress, and receive a digital download of the album to tide you over. You will own this painting. Plus, handmade hardbound lyric book at Tshirt. Also included: original sketches, mock-ups for album artwork, lyrics journals, and other prototypes for the cd and album artwork packages, digital download of album.