Buy a Ltd Edition Double Vinyl of 3 Knights "Burial" and transfer the Tape Archive of Music of Life to Digital for Reissue and Remixing
Income from this project will be ploughed in to transferring the tape archive of Classic UK Ragga Hip Hop label, Music of Life to digital format, remastering and reissuing the music, making remixes and issuing some classic lost tracks that, for reasons no one can explain, did not get released in the early 90's. The archive revealed 5 unreleased Son of Noise classics. 4 more versions of Militant Posture - Dawn of Terror and other gems yet to be transferred.
Music of Life has been dormant since 1998 with a limited online offering. After a meeting with Chris France (the business brains behind MOL) in September 2012. Robin Allinson was appointed Label Manager. His mission was to complete the catalogue available for download.
Many of the recordings were missing. After months of searching, a chance discovery revealed the location of 19 boxes of the original 2 track production master tapes and 24 track tapes in a Publishers storage warehouse. Simon Harris (the music production brains behind MOL) supplied all the DAT tapes he could find. The digital offering expanded as a result with the addition of classic recordings by:
- Killa Instinct
- Son of Noise
- Daddy Freddy & Asher D
- First Frontal Assault
- Kobalt 60;
- Professor Griff
- The Microphone Prince
- Chris Biscuit
- She Rockers
- Sparky D
Brothers On Organised Mission
The analogue tapes have been sitting in storage since the late 80's and early 90's so they need baking before recording to digital format. Luckily they were stored in the right environment and the tapes we have transferred so far have come out well. The tapes were baked and transferred to high quality Digital files at FX Group in Acton, London, using state of the art machines for the best results. We can get a big discount for doing it in bulk. Transferring tapes allowed us to reissue the first ever LP from MOL, DEF BEATS. Relicense Hijack titles for reissue and start this remix project.
With a modest budget to transfer the tapes to digital for remixing and a wide choice of 24 track tapes to choose from Robin chose a classic.
3 Knights - "Burial Proceedings in the course of 3 Knights"
The idea being that we could raise income to transfer the entire archive in one go. Complete the catalogue, remaster and reissue some lost classics and issue new 21st Century UK Hip Hop and other styles again. The rebirth of a classic label. The rescue and restoration of a classic archive.
Our rewards are being added to the promo list, digital files and physical Vinyl containing remixes of 3 Knights - "Burial Proceedings in the course of 3 Knights", which is essentially Hijack by another name. We invited Hijack Producer, DJ Supreme to do a remix. Other producers were invited to make new versions. They all contributed them for free to this project. People that have kindly contributed so far are:
- DJ Supreme (Hijack)
- Mista Bohze (II Tone Committee)
- Krash Slaghta (II Tone Committee)
- DJ Mada (Son of Noise)
- Spatts (The Criminal Minds / 32 Troop)
- Chrome (DEF TEX / Son Records)
- DJ Tones (Sublime Wizardry / 32 Troop)
- AJ (Hardnoise)
- Sure Shot (Blak Prophetz)
Links in brackets are Discogs
The remixes are all different, with totally new backing tracks. Equally we found the mixes to be of a very high standard and the feedback has been very positive. So much so that we want to commit as many as possible to wax for the vinyl lovers. The full length tracks are available to hear on soundcloud.com as 128kbps streams along with much of the Music of Life catalogue.
COSTS of making and sending the rewards
Curved pressings have quoted me for 500 Double vinyl records with Full colour label, 5 Test presses of each vinyl in a poly lined inner sleeve. Also 3 more digital masters to add to the package.
- Lacquers cut double vinyl £520
- Metalwork £320
- Test press a/b/c/d £50
- Vinyl x 550 double packs £660
- Labels printed a/b/c/d £150
- Polyline inners £198
- 3mm spined colour print sleeves £345
- PVC outers inc packing £200
- Digital Mastering X 3 £120.
Prices are plus vat and delivery Total = £2563
300 Mailers and 600 stiffeners cost £129 from sounds wholesale. I can only buy in batches so will buy 1000 at £309.
Total for manufacturing and materials £2872
Postage & Packaging Costs
Postage costs for the UK have been worked out based on Royal Mail price finder and vinyl will be sent by signed for post using Royal Mail and insured proof of postage will be retained. Each record costs £4.10 postage to send in the UK for up to 600 gram package. £11.80 for Airsure delivery to the rest of the world plus the Packaging costs for quality mailers and stiffeners.
If all records are sent to the UK total postage is a £2050 including VAT and this has been factored in to the total needed to complete the project.
TOTAL COSTS £4922
Tape Transfer prices
£7900 - £8300 in total if we did everything!
Stereo 2 track tapes £30 each (we have 180)
Multi track tapes £40 each (We have about 60)
3TB Storage Drives £400 each (we need at least one maybe two)
We have 60 Music of Life slip mats in stock to add to the first vinyl heads package. 10 of them are Glow in the dark.
We know that there are an army of UK Hip Hop fans that would love to get their hands on some exclusive new vinyl from Music of Life and feel this is the best way to involve fans directly in Kick Starting the process.
We have transferred HUSTLERS CONVENTION and Militant Posture. We also have the Demon Boyz LP as 24 track reels!
If we don't meet our goal then we won't get any money at all and the release will have to go to digital only and the tapes will sit on the shelf which would be some sort of Hip Hop crime.
The video was made by Robin in one shot on his smart phone in the studio so may be a little rough and rugged. Thank you for taking time to read about our project. Check out all Music of Life and Stay On Target remixes below.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The main risk that could occur is that production of the vinyl is delayed by the pressing plant or that there is a fault with the cut and it needs doing again. Or even that xmas printing needs slow the whole thing down. That can have a big knock on effect. As we use Curved Pressings for the whole process we can talk to one person about any delays and quickly resolve any issues and keep our project participants up to date as well as the project running as close to on time as possible. From the cut to getting test pressings is 3 weeks.
IF they are good then delivery should be within 3 weeks after approval. We anticipate no issues but you never know. Machines can go wrong and that part of the process is out of our hands. If something like that happens we will inform people. The digital side of the project cannot get disrupted like this.
The Cut has to be booked in advance and how far in advance we can get a date booked is hard to tell so we are booking the cut to take place two weeks after the projects 30 day funding stage as that is when the funds will be released to Music of Life Ltd.
Vinyl manufacture processes are not exact so 10% under or over run can occur and allowance for this must be made to satisfy all customers. We'll have to request more copies be made than are asked for by 10-15% to cover that possible under run so there may be some left for promos or as one of the prizes in a remix competition.
Digital downloads will be supplied using React Promo delivery system as that has been supplied to us free of charge for this project and tells us when someone downloads the files which can be up for 90 days at a time.
Mastering is not a problem it is already done and paid for by Music of life. Artwork is supplied at the same time the cut is done and is handled by Curved. Adjustments can be made up to the test press stage but must be approved before manufacture of the Test Pressings.
No, It is coming out on Vinyl just after this project ends, the record is already cut and at the pressing plant. The digital release will be a month later. Well before the project is due to deliver.
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DIGITAL HEADS - You will receive lossless (WAV) files to download of all tracks on the vinyl plus some exclusive versions for this project only, not to be released to the public. Also the Instrumental versions (not all tracks) which will not be made commercially available. Files will be delivered well ahead of any official digital release date using React Promo to your email address at the same time the vinyl is shipped, ahead of the official release on Digital which is in January 2014. You will get regular updates on the progress of the project by way of our tweets, twitter.com/MOLDigital, facebook page, You Tube video posts about our progress.Estimated delivery:
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Promo list and Digital Files - You will be added to our digital promo list to receive advance high quality mp3 files of all remixes, reissues and remasters from Music of Life and sub label, Stay On Target Records for the for seeable future. You will also receive lossless (WAV) files to download of all the 3 Knights Remixes on the vinyl plus some exclusive versions for this project only, not to be released to the public. Also the Instrumental versions (not all tracks) which will not be made commercially available. Files will be delivered well ahead of any official digital release date using React Promo to your email address at the same time the vinyl is shipped, ahead of the official release on Digital which is in January 2014. You will get regular updates on the progress of the project by way of our tweets, twitter.com/MOLDigital, facebook page, You Tube video posts about our progress.Estimated delivery:
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Limited Edition 12" Vinyl Single on our Stay On Target Label PLUS all the digital files of the remixes. SOT 001 Asher D & Daddy Freddy - "Raggamuffin Hip Hop" 2013 Remixes by: Spatts (The Criminal Minds) HIP HOP, 6Blocc (LA's Jungle 140 King) Jungle 140, Cool Hand Flex & Effekttz (MacII Records) D&B. Preview the music here https://soundcloud.com/stay-on-target-records/sets/sot-001-asher-d-daddy-freddy Please note. The cost of the record is exclusive to this project and will be on sale for £8.99 + P&P of £4.50 when released. Price includes Shipping anywhere in the UK. (£4.10). Please add the fee (£6.50) for International Customers. Posted in brand new mailer with two stiffeners, signed for post. Sent by Royal Mail.Estimated delivery:Add £6 to ship outside the UK
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VINYL HEADS - 3 Knights "Burial In The Course Of The Proceedings" - 2013 Remixes. Limited Edition Double Vinyl with picture sleeve. The first 50 people will get a free Music of Life Logo slip mat. Made in the USA. waxed for cutting and scratching. Vinyl will come in inner sleeve enclosed in a picture sleeve and a quality polythene outer dust cover. Posted in a quality cardboard mailer with two stiffeners. Hand packed by ourselves with a personal thank you note. Also included in this reward are the lossless (WAV) files to download of all tracks on the vinyl plus some exclusive versions for this project only, not to be released to the public. Also the Instrumental versions (not all tracks) which will not be made commercially available. Files will be delivered well ahead of any official digital release date using React Promo to your email address. For UK customers P&P is included (£4.50). International customers should add the fee. The item ships from the UK using Royal Mail, signed for post. Airsure trackable for International customers. Proof of postage will be taken. You will get regular updates on the progress of the project by way of our tweets, (twitter.com/MOLDigital), facebook page, You Tube video posts of the cut and any other way we can think of.Estimated delivery:Add £12 to ship outside the UK
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