My friends! The last week has been one of the most moving and energizing times of my life, and I have each one of YOU to thank for that. The fact that we were able to fully fund CONFLUENCE in less than a week is just unbelievable. And incredibly motivating too. The excitement you’ve built is an inspiration. The funds we’ve raised so far will ensure that a wonderful record is ahead of us.
Putting fulfillment, Kickstarter fees, and credit card fees aside, our production budget is extremely tight. Each additional dollar over our original goal means we will be able to improve and enhance each aspect of this record, the most important of which is the actual RECORDING. The longer we have in the studio will directly affect how much discovery and sound development we’re able to accomplish. Recording studios range from $600 - $3000 per day, and the more advanced studio we’re able to obtain, the better final product we'll have. Added funds also mean getting the best quality post-production team to mix and master the album, guaranteeing pay for our musicians and songwriters on the front end (and added time with them in the studio, which is insanely important), creating the best possible album art, and arguably the most exciting…the opportunity to promote the album with A TOUR in the near future!
That’s why I’m putting into place our very first official STRETCH GOALS & REWARDS:
$40,000 guarantees: EXCLUSIVE LIVE VIDEO RECORDINGS of album content for BACKERS ONLY! The creation of new music is developmental at its core, so how about tracking the process with entirely new live video footage made available only to those to have contributed—these videos are going to be an amazing time, something I know we will get to treasure as we continue working.
$48,000 guarantees: A BEHIND-THE-SCENES DOCUMENTARY for BACKERS ONLY! This is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime journey. From writing sessions across the country, rehearsals, concept meetings, production work, eating sandwiches, and time spent recording, I want to commit to a featurette that tracks each step of the experience from start to finish—exclusively for those who have contributed to the project!
$57,000 guarantees: A full-scale MUSIC VIDEO! Crossing this threshold means our production opportunities will be out of this world! We’ll be able to support an unprecedented group of the best musicians (meaning a much fuller sound), and the finest recording studios. The possibilities are endless. Because we are producing this record without the help of a label, the budget traditionally set aside for music videos is non-existent. This is definitely a lofty goal, yes, but together we will be able to make something truly special. Never in a million years did I think I would have the means or the opportunity to produce a quality music video, but with this backing, we will make it happen!
To put these goals into perspective, as of today, March 31st, 2013, if each backer can pledge an additional $6, we will meet our first goal! If each backer can pledge an additional $23.50, we will MEET ALL OF THESE GOALS! It is an ambitious aim, but one that will be so worth it in the end.
Your commitment so far has blown me away. Let’s see how far we can take it to make this dream a reality!
Thank you so much.
con·flu·ence. noun. (1) a body of water formed by the flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like. (2) a coming together of people or things; a concourse. (3) a crowd or throng; an assemblage.
My name is Dylan Saunders and I’m an actor and a singer based in Los Angeles, CA. Some of you may know me through my work as an actor, through projects I’ve done over the years as an original member of StarKid Productions, or through more recent collaborations with my friend George Watsky. But we’re about to get to know each other a whole lot better through a brand new project, something I’ve been dreaming about for a long time, my debut original solo album.
Over the past several years, I’ve been blessed to work with some amazing friends on projects that have shaped who I am as an artist and human being. Up until now, the idea of an original album has really just been a pipe dream—I knew that if I wanted to do this right, I would need a lot of help, and a lot of resources.
Two years ago, I had the privilege of getting to know the unbelievable Tomek Miernowski while on tour. Aside from his work as a gifted musician, Tomek is an incredible producer--he was the main engineer and producer on Charlene Kaye’s latest album “Animal Love,” and has collaborated with The Pierces, Diane Birch, Mos Def, Darren Criss, Eli Paperboy Reed, and Outasight). After a lot of brainstorming, we couldn’t be more excited to team up to create this new work. I am very proud to be working with him. CONFLUENCE will be a collaboration in the truest sense of the word. Tomek and I will be working with songwriters and musicians from across the country, people we love, to create a new sound, something that combines the genres and styles that I grew up loving, and that have inspired me throughout my life. Collaborators will include some insanely talented singer-songwriters, including Jonah Smith, Theo Katzman, and Joey Dosik, among others. It will be a full studio album, with elements of soul, pop, funk, rock, and at least twelve original tracks.
I'm asking for your help.
Because we are working without the help of a label, creating an album from scratch will require money for:
-paying musicians and songwriters
-mixing and mastering
-duplication and fulfillment
Any funds raised past our original Kickstarter goal will mean a more polished, enhanced record down the line: We will be able to pay our musicians and songwriters more on the front end; we will have worlds more flexibility with added time in the studio (which will mean fewer limitations in what we can actually create); we will ensure the best quality post-production team to mix and master the album once it has been recorded.
We’ve come up with some out-of-this-world perks for everyone who contributes, including original artwork, personalized songs, exclusive merchandise, backstage passes, acting and voice lessons, early access to music, and the chance for me to come over and cook you dinner!
YOU are the most important ingredient in all of this. Each and every backer of this record is a collaborator in my eyes, no matter how small or large the contribution. In the end, we will be making this effort happen together. I hope it goes without saying that I wouldn't be even remotely where I am today without your support, and for that, I owe you everything. I promise with your help, we’re going to create something truly unique and special...and funky...in return. Along the way, I will make it a point to update you with photos and video content of how work is going, what we've been cooking, and the trials and tribulations of the journey. Having you beside me throughout the process is incredibly important to me.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It’s been a privilege getting to know you over the years on tour and after shows, and I’m so excited that we’ll get the chance to join forces together now.
a few past collaborations:
With Charlene Kaye at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC and at London Music Hall in London, Ontario:
With George Watsky at Slim's in San Francisco:
With StarKid at the House of Blues in Cleveland and Roseland Ballroom in New York City:
Risks and challenges
I am beyond excited by the potential that exists for this project--it is something that I have wanted to get underway for years. Because I am working independently, a lot of the traditional "risk" associated with making an album from scratch is eliminated. There is always a chance that production elements won't always work the way we want them to. This is also a project that will honestly be created transatlantically--I already know that will be challenging: writing sessions in Los Angeles, recording sessions in Brooklyn, fulfillment and production in the midwest. But WE will be creating this TOGETHER. The fact that no label is attached to this record really means THE SKY'S THE LIMIT! We truly get to make the album we want to make!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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