https://soundcloud.com/karenchoimusic (stream my first album, Paper Birch)
When I think about my favorite aspects of being a songwriter and musician one of the first things that comes to mind is the people I get to cross paths with. One of the most meaningful experiences I have, is when somebody stops me after a show to talk about how a specific song moved them in a specific way. Music has the power to move each of us in unique and powerful ways, and I consider it a privilege to be one of those who feels this deep burning to be a songwriter. With that internal need to put melody to lyrics comes the daunting task of recording that material. To capture a cross section of my music, which is in fact a cross section of my life.
Not only does it take a lot of time investment, it takes a lot of financial investment. But it is also something I love to do and it is all worth it. So I come to you, who like me, is a lover of music. I come to you to ask you to partner with me in this cross section of music in my life. To invest in it, to pre-order the album before it is even finished.
I recorded my first album in Nashville in 2012 and this part of my journey has brought me to the Arts District of Northeast Minneapolis to work with Matt Patrick at the Library Recording Studio. He has a long list of singer/songwriters he has produced and I am in capable hands as we have already dug deep into these songs and pulled the very best out of them during our preproduction meetings. We will begin tracking the album in mid-November.
My Kickstarter goal for this project is $10,000. There are many different rewards for each backing level starting with a ten dollar digital download. There are some other great things to check out as well—including beautiful, hand-lettered lyric prints by Lovewell HandLettering (https://www.etsy.com/shop/lovewellhandlettered) and tote bags by Screen Ink (http://screeninc.com) as well as opportunities for me to put on a personal concert in your own home.
This budget of $10,000 covers the costs of recording, but to receive above and beyond that goal would delight me to no end, as those extra costs of manufacturing physical albums, travel expenses, photography, design work… It all adds up. At the moment I am focusing on finishing the record, but if we exceed that goal it would be an enormous aid in my releasing it as soon as possible.
Again, I count it a privilege to tell stories through song and to perform and record those songs. I am grateful that I have people like you who help make that possible.
What goes into the process of making and studio album and why is it so expensive?
-Producer/Studio/Engineer: my producer is the owner of the studio and he gets paid hourly for all the work that goes into making an album. He also engineers the entire project.
-Producer for several days of preproduction: finalizing the songs and recording rough outlines of them.
-Musicians: The musicians who play on the album get paid for 3 days of tracking (roughly 8 hours per day).
-Additional Tracking: Final editing to what we already recorded as well as the addition of other instruments
-Recording vocals, background vocals, group vocals and any other sonic enhancements (string arrangments, tracking, other players, etc)
-Mixing process: This process takes about 4 hours per song (44-48 hours in total for a full album).
-Mastering: The final stage is where the mixes get sent off to be mastered at another facility (the final glossy coat over the whole thing before it is sent off to be duplicated).
Risks and challenges
Potential risks and challenges include: production delays or CD manufacturing delays which would simply push the release date back.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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