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By Norm Stockton
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*FINAL UPDATE*

Wow…what a ride it’s been! My heartfelt thanks to each of you for your support and sacrificial contributions. I’m unspeakably grateful.

Despite this campaign not successfully reaching its goal, I’m ELATED to say that some extravagant last-minute contributions are changing the landscape.

Please visit www.GroovesAndSushi.com for further information (if the site’s not coming up when you click, please give it a few hours - my web guy is scrambling!).

Again, my profuse gratitude for your interest & ongoing support. Let’s make some music together!

Blessings-

Norm

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Hi & thanks in advance for taking the time to check this out!  :^)

My name is Norm Stockton, and I'm a bassist/solo artist based in Orange County, CA.  I've been a professional musician for about 25 years and am so grateful to have been able to share my music around the world.

I must reiterate what I expressed in the above video clip: I'm SO thankful for the great number of you who have been absolutely instrumental (no pun intended) in supporting me throughout my career.  God bless you hugely.

I'm incredibly excited to share a new project I've been dreaming up for the past few years.

GROOVES & SUSHI is a live music performance video series to be shot in my living room (over 4 separate sessions) with a rotating cast of absolutely stellar, iconic musicians. Some of the players have appeared on my previous albums & some are fresh faces; the roster tentatively includes Gregg Bissonette (Ringo Starr, David Lee Roth), Chris Coleman (Israel Houghton, Beck), Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Herbie Hancock), Zoro (Lenny Kravitz, Sean Lennon), Doc Gibbs (Grover Washington, Jr., Whitney Houston), Lincoln Brewster (solo artist, Steve Perry), Eddie Brown (Stevie Wonder, George Duke), among others!  Yes...scariness will ensue.  :^)

Interspersed between the jams will be footage with these amazing musicians sharing road stories, thoughts on music, etc., as we hang out over some sushi (those of you familiar with my work were waiting for that one!).

The performances will be tracked live, mixed, mastered and released (both digitally & on CD) as my 3rd album as a solo artist.  Full-song performance videos will also be consolidated to DVD.  Both the CD & DVD will be released after the 4th session for obvious reasons (hard to release what hasn't been recorded yet), but the tunes & video series will be released digitally as they're completed!

The music will be instrumental and stylistically related to my Pondering the Sushi & Tea in the Typhoon albums, but with some fresh & different approaches to instrumentation & arrangement.  If you enjoyed any of my previous projects, I'm confident you're going to DIG Grooves & Sushi. :^)

The goal amount is ambitious...and I've honestly wrestled over it. The reality is that this project is actually 3 projects in one:  live music video series, a DVD, and a CD.  And while they're all absolutely committed to music over economics, I can't ask these iconic players to take a financial beating to commit to my sessions as other work offers come in.

I've spent thousands of my own money preparing my studio over the past few years (I have "skin in the game," as they say), but there are countless expenses in order to accomplish the project with excellence, including:

  • some additional gear
  • musicians (4 different ensembles over 4 separate shoots)
  • video crew (all shoots & editing) 
  • tracking engineer (4 recording dates)
  • mixing
  • mastering
  • CD & DVD authoring & replication
  • graphic design
  • photography, etc. 
  • Kickstarter fees & shipping costs for reward fulfillment
  • construction (need to put a hole in the wall between my living room and studio to pass my audio snake through!)
  • ...and more.  It definitely adds up!

To be completely candid, the goal amount is actually the lowest to where I can feasibly proceed (any less and the project quality wouldn't be consistent with my previous work).  Any surplus will help me secure the players I mentioned - and even more if the campaign exceeds expectations.  Larry Carlton?  Oz Noy?  A Typhoon CD reprise with John Patitucci, Michael Manring, Etienne Mbappé, or ?!?

Your partnership is absolutely critical.  It's not an overstatement to say that this project can't happen without you.  As you probably know, Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition;  if the goal isn't met, you won't be charged and I will receive nothing.

I hope you'll consider partnering with me on this project.  I'm SO stoked to share this new music with you!

If you look along the right side of this page, you’ll see that we’ve come up with some really cool gifts for your participation!  No pledge is too small (seriously - it all helps!), but that said...wanna go sailing off Dana Point with me?!?  :^)

**TAX DEDUCTIBLE OPTION (just added!): If you would prefer to make a tax-deductible donation of $500 or more to this campaign, CLICK HERE. I am a grant recipient of The Grove Center for the Arts & Media. If the campaign does not reach the funding goal, you will have the option of receiving a full refund of your donation or leaving it for me to apply toward proceeding with this project. Thank you!**

The hope is to book sessions for GROOVES & SUSHI this summer…with your help!

Thank you profusely & please share this with anyone you think might be interested.

Let's make some music together!

Blessings- Norm

 

Risks and challenges

There are a multitude of risks and challenges associated with an endeavor like Grooves & Sushi. Everything from gear mishaps to schedule conflicts to the inherent challenges associated with turning your family home into a recording and video studio...it will be an exhilarating ride.

The good news, if I may speak openly, is that I have a track record of producing high-quality projects. As with all of my previous projects, I have exhaustively researched and calculated expenses so I won't encounter anything catastrophic & unexpected. To put it simply, if the goal is met, you have my word that the project will happen.

In addition, I have worked with almost all of the players & production people I'm planning to involve and know they are all equally committed to and have their own track records of world-class artistry. I know this project will be something quite special.

Short of a tsunami strike, all of the potential contingencies are ones I've dealt with on numerous previous projects (by the way, I live 8 miles inland...so no tsunami worries). :^)

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    Pondering the Sushi
    Tea in the Typhoon
    Grooving for Heaven, Vol. 1
    Grooving for Heaven, Vol. 2
    The Art of Groove (Grooving, Vol. 3)
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    * - The video series publishing at time of each individual song release will contain song segments with interspersed b-roll footage; full-song video performances will ONLY be available on DVD at project completion, through separate download purchase...or FREE (as each clip is edited!) to backers receiving THIS reward! First tunes are slated for release in November 2017.

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    Receive Norm's favorite stuff - and the value actually exceeds pledge amount!

    Includes:

    Autographed GK Plex preamp pedal
    Autographed Gruv Gear Club Bag
    Norm's preferred Sinasoid premium instrument cable
    2 sets of Norm's favorite MTD bass strings

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    NAMM with NORM!

    Attend the 2018 Winter NAMM Show with Norm* (add $35 for one guest)! This is the music industry trade show that is not open to the general public. Includes a 1-hour guided tour then explore on your own! 4-day event is January 25-28, 2018 in Anaheim, CA.

    Many of your music heroes are on the show floor; Norm to make introductions & take pics as possible!

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    Get a house concert* with Norm performing solo and with backing tracks! Hear song stories and more in an intimate evening of music.

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    * - Covers venues in the US within 150 miles of Mission Viejo, CA. Backer to provide airfare, hotel, transportation if more than 150 miles or outside of US. Deliverable within 1 year on a mutually-agreeable date.

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    Sailing, Mexican Food & Coffee Hang!

    Norm shares his favorite things in a fabulous Southern California ALL-AFTERNOON hang*, including sailing on the beautiful Pacific off of Dana Point (Norm is a lifelong sailor), Mexican food at his favorite local place and a sublime coffee in Newport Beach. A truly personalized 1-on-1 experience!

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    THE TITANIUM V.I.P. REWARD

    Receive autographed MTD Norm Stockton Artist Edition bass guitar #1 (has titanium neck inserts!). YES, it's the (actual) very first version of the signature bass Norm developed with MTD & Bartolini - it's one of his treasured personal instruments. Aside from being a fabulous instrument, it has extreme sentimental value...but anyone who backs the project to this level is deserving of it.

    So we're going to do this right! Here's the scoop - this reward includes:

    Autographed MTD Norm Stockton Artist Edition Bass #1 with hardshell case
    Domestic airfare to Orange County*
    One hotel room night*
    Dinner with Norm*
    A professional quality photograph with you, Norm and your newest bass acquisition (or 30 minute Skype, if remote).

    Additionally, backer will get their name printed in the physical CD & DVD liner notes & receive everything at the $200 pledge level.

    * - Airfare covered is actual cost up to maximum of $400 (if flight not required, Norm will send you $150 to cover your commute!). Accommodations are Hilton Garden Inn, Marriott Courtyard or equivalent (Norm to arrange). Dinner will be at one of several local eateries that Norm loves (you will, too!).

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