There are 2 versions: the long & the short story.
The short story: I need $5000 to mix my new record How A Stranger Is Made. It's the best, most deepest, most beautiful record I've ever recorded which is why it needs more money and time than I've ever put into an album. I believe this music can reach into dimensions unknown with your help. Thank you for your time - xoxo!
The longer story....
This record began abruptly when Mercury Prize winning producers David Baron & Simone Felice were interested in producing my song Queen Song. It was a late December evening when I wrote to Simone and sent him my very rough demo. He heard the potential and understood where I was going with it. One week later I spent 2 full days back to back building a cathedral of a song with them out of thin air. I played the piano, wurlitzer, hammond organ, & celeste - along with hours of vocal performing to make it sound like a Gregorian choir was backing me up.
Simone's reverence for music is really beautiful. He's like a musical Shaman. We lit candles, channeled the essence of the story I was trying to tell, and he and David were like medicine men behind the panel. Conducting me from the heart through different body gestures as I sang the story. Never had I spent so much energy or money on a song. It inspired me to make this entire album sound as good as possible.
I spent the next several months trying to find the right piano. The Old Dutch Church in Kingston was known for supporting local artists. When I approached them they said yes without hesitation and my amazing engineer, Jason Sarrubi, hooked up 6 microphones around the sanctuary and in the piano itself to get the richest textures and closest, most intimate sounds.
I couldn't make the whole album with Simone and David, so my dear friend, and musical genius, Fredo Viola introduced me to his Grammy award winning friend Justin Guip. Justin and I listened to the record together and he "got it" right away.
Jason Sarrubi recorded everything, Justin Guip mixed the first song Insane & Chris Pellnat shot the music video for it.
The mix is perfect and I have 11 more songs that need to be mixed to complete this album. The problem? I've spent all my money. I'm out. I have personally funded all the recordings, production of Queen Song, production of Insane, shooting the next video for Queen Song, the album artwork, and paying all the musicians who have recorded for this record.
I NEED YOUR HELP! I want to mix the next 11 songs and make CDs with a lyric booklet because the stories I'm telling are important to me and they require a book.
Since 2012 I have independently recorded and released 2 full length records (through Kickstarter), took them around the country on tour with Rasputina and on solo tours and sold them out. With every record, I gain more access to the essence of what I'm trying to create and share. This record is the closest I've ever gotten to that essence and personal truth telling.
Each song is a very honest, very deep expression of my own personal inner world. Stories of my own unorthodox American male experiences emerged as I wrote it and I found myself with 12 songs that, not only expressed, but celebrated pain, beauty, trauma, sexuality, & transformation through music.
Each song was created with the best piano recordings, intricate vocal harmonies, and specifically composed parts for cello, violin, saxophone, & oboe. I even had my friend and Peruvian Shaman, Al Romao, lay down 20 or so tracks of bells, tongue drum, congos, shakers, and rattles for one song. That particular track titled Witch Love also has an electric piano, a harp, a harpsichord, & a choir of vocals behind it - just to give you an idea of the unique instrument pairings that these songs beckoned for.
I had to go to therapy just to write it and now I must release it so everyone can experience what I've been quietly indulging in for three years. I hope, by sharing this music with you, I can become less of a stranger and you'll come to know parts of yourself that were unseen as I share those formerly unseen parts of mine.
I cannot thank you enough for your time and support. Please share this with everyone you know.
Risks and challenges
The only risk is that no one contributes to the funding of this record, and then I back up quietly into my recording cave and silently weep into the microphone, which I will release for free.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter