////UPDATE//// The new flexi-reward (described below), if we hit $1600, will now go to EVERYONE who donates FIVE DOLLARS or more, in addition to any other rewards that apply. Here's a sneak peak of a song that'll appear on the flexi:::::::::
NEW FLEXI-DISC FLEXI-GOAL
We made our minimum! Cool. Now, If we hit $1600 before time runs out, we'll have enough to get a Wabi Sabi 7" flexi-disc made! Every backer of $25 or more will get one included with their Wabi Sabi TV video tape. Very Exciting! What a deal! Let's do it!
Help me launch a tape label! Flower Orgy! Son of Dad! Regal Degal! Eola! Wabi Sabi! More to Come!
THE PAST I've been playing in bands and making art for a long time- most recently I played (and still sort-of do when I'm on the East Coast) in a band called Flower Orgy- you can scope our releases here and here.
Earlier this year, though, I had a mystical experience during which a kind of star-creature told me that Rock and Roll is becoming as outdated as bluegrass and that I had to step up my Pop game if I wanted to make an impression on anybody.
THE PRESENT I still like Rock and Roll (bluegrass too), but I saw its point--- My new band, Wabi Sabi, is the result of my experimentation since then in the beat-centered idiom, and New Camp is at least in part a way to get those jams out into the world as fast as I can.
THE FUTURE I know it's cliched to say that the music industry is a mess right now (because it's always a mess in one way or another); but the music industry is really a mess right now. It seems like the smartest thing to do is follow in the footsteps of some of the artists and musicians I admire most, and take as much of the process as possible into my own hands. I've got a lot of great friends who make great music who are as confused as I am by the death-shudders of the record business, but who are responding, as I have done, by focusing inwardly, writing, recording, playing shows, honing their craft, and waiting for the next step, whatever it might be, to present itself.
So many people I know want a creative partner to give input, positive reinforcement, or just a push out the nest for their first release, while others want a lower-key avenue to release more experimental (I use the word to describe personal musical development, rather than just hewing to the now predictable tropes of 'experimental' music) avenues of creative fulfillment, without monetary or careerist pressures. That's where I come in!
I hope to keep a foot in the past, putting TLC into packaging, physicality, etc, while also stepping forward and embracing the dizzying potential of the digital world, hopefully without splitting myself up the middle. I want to support my creative community and provide a means for releasing work into the world without falling into the trappings of buzz-life that even modestly sized indie labels must deal with.
THE NOW As the medium with the lowest overhead, the first series of releases is going to be on audio (and one video)-cassette, in limited runs--- After that I hope to start releasing small-run artists books, vinyl, weird other things, and probably never cds.
So I'm asking for your help to fund the first batch of five releases, sent out (to you) as they're completed, roughly once a month, beginning in February. The first release will be Flower Orgy home recordings, followed by, perhaps not in this order:
-the debut release from Son of Dad (Real Estate drummer Jackson Pollis's psycho-spiritual-house solo project),
-a long-fermenting (maybe double-tape?) collection from proggy LA psych-meisters Regal Degal, (RVNG INTL, PPM))
-a new ep from soulful digi-crooner Eola (aka Tonstartssbandht's Edwin White),
-and a sci-fi short movie with a soundtrack by my new (age?) band Wabi Sabi.
I'm not totally sure how I'm going to bridge the physical-digital divide (maybe the Wabi-lord will give me more advice). I'll probably release a slightly different version of each release digitally, to keep each version special.
THE MOOLAH The vast majority of this money is going to go toward the professional dubbing, packaging, and shipping of this first run of tapes. Most of the rest is going toward reward production shipment, with a small bump to offset the site fees.
Professional dubbing, labeling, & shipping of 5 releases: each run of one hundred is $150 x 5 = $750
Raw Material for rewards + shipping them (and tapes) to you: $250
Kickstarter + Amazon fee = 8% (of $1000 so far) = $80
Which brings the grand total to $1080 (Tony Hawk style?).
That is the bare minimum to get these tapes pressed, a pretty modest amount, as most everyone involved is working for free/cheap. If I happen to exceed my goal, there are a number of possible projects... One is to get started right away with the transition to vinyl, either 7" or lathe-cut 10". Both would be extremely small-run, and offered first (and potentially exclusively) to backers here...
Another possibility is to up the video production quality--- as of now everyone is working for free on borrowed gear, but if I had even a little bit of money to throw at Wabi Sabi TV I'm sure it would jump from amazing to ultra-amazing.
Another possibility is purchasing a tape duplicator, removing yet another middleman from the equation, and allowing for super-small pressings, (less than 100...)
A thousand thanks!
Scope some rewards!
Risks and challenges
I'm someone who is innately afraid of failure, so the biggest challenge right now feels like simply putting this thing out into the world, with the possibility that I won't be able come up with a measly grand...
In reality the big challenge is probably sticking with this thing past the first run, especially having it follow me as I (probably) move around a bunch. Once it gains momentum, though, I think my (and your?) excitement will be enough to keep the ball rolling. I have a pretty healthy creative dribble and drive, but my weakness tends to be prizing breadth over depth. I think this will be a great avenue for me to focus my wide array of skills and interests on one long-term project.
I guess business stuff might pose a challenge too, but I'm good with numbers...Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (25 days)