After 30 days of your support, encouragement and belief I hit my target of $26,000. I couldn't be more grateful and thankful to you all and I cannot wait to share with you all this life-changing chapter of my life!
In these last 12 hours, I'm setting a Stretch Goal...
- With $27,500 I can put some money towards a PR and Press Campaign to ensure that this project is not only shared with you and my fan base but the whole WORLD!!!
THANK YOU so much again from the bottom of my heart. Please spread the word and let's make this a real success together!
Lots of love
Who am I?
Hey! My name is Wolfe Jackson and I'm a singer-songwriter, composer and producer from the UK. My first musical memory is probably aged around 5 singing along to the Disney Lion King cassette tape throughout bath-time every night (much to Mum & Dad's annoyance!)
Fast-forward 20 years and through a variety of musical projects from church choirs, jazz groups and high-school rock bands and I'm now a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer living in New York City.
I composed, co-produced and self-funded my debut record, the "Remedy EP" and released the title track earlier this year. The music video, which I made on a $50 budget in 48 hours, is below...
Music has always been my back-bone. Through every trial and tribulation and every chapter of my life, music has been my closest companion.
I write because I want to make a connection with people, a connection we often never have the opportunity or courage to make. For me songwriting is taking a feeling, whether it be in my most vulnerable moment, my most joyous celebration or reflective realisation and creating something that other people can hear and feel and say: "You know what? I know what that feels like too."
It sounds cliché, but in a world and climate with so much divide, MUSIC is a language we ALL speak and a language in which we can ALL come together.
What am I doing?
This summer I'm recording a studio album, road-tripping and touring across the United States and also being followed by a film crew to make a movie-documentary about the whole journey from start to finish.
Let me tell you all about it...
This summer I am recording a collection of real, raw and honest songs written by myself over the past few years to create a studio album titled "Nobody Knows Me (Better Than You)." The album includes tales of living & loving, longing & loneliness, forgiving & forgetting and a sweet song about my little puppy Bella just for good measure!
Working on this record with me is:-
Leo Sidran - GRAMMY & Oscar-Winning Producer & Composer
Randy Ingram - International Jazz Composer & Producer
Brad Allen Williams - Guitarist, Multi-instrumentalist, Composer & Producer
I want this album to sound as close to a live performance as possible. To me, nobody could understand my heart and soul better then when watching me perform live.
In order to capture that sentiment, I'll be performing each track live in the studio featuring occasional accompaniment from Brad Allen Williams on guitar and a live String Quartet featuring Yves Dharamraj & Andie Springer to create an honest and true record that will feel as intimate as listening to me play and sing in your very own living room!
I will be playing shows in New York City, Philadelphia, Nashville, New Orleans, Austin, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Tour dates confirmed in "Updates" section.
I'll be working very closely with Sofar Sounds, who curate and organise secret and intimate live shows in over 354 cities worldwide, to put on personal and exclusive showcases throughout the tour.
Below: Wolfe performing for Sofar Sounds, New York this summer.
THE MOVIE DOCUMENTARY
The whole experience, from the studio to the stage, from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Grand Canyon and everything in between, is going to be captured by director and film-maker, Stephen Bell, in association with Matte Films.
I'm incredibly excited to work with Stephen who has produced creative concepts, films and live performances for some of the most prestigious cultural portals in the world including including the 2013 Venice Biennale, London Newcastle Gallery and TJ Boulting along with a long list of collaborations with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Kate Moss, Stephen Curry, Levis & T-Mobile to name but a few.
His debut full-length feature movie "All City" was an official selection at the internationally renowned Raindance Film Festival.
Stephen was the perfect candidate to capture this moment in my life. Having already produced films on the like of photojournalists Philip Jones Griffiths and Stanley Greene, his ability to document and display the life and work of others is incomparable.
I want to create and put out the best and highest quality product I possibly can. Having self-funded my debut record and music video I now need a little help in making the next big step...
I've planned carefully and resourcefully and I'm incredibly fortunate to have built a team of phenomenally talented, passionate and giving people who believe and share my vision and have agreed to help me bring it to life. However I need your help to realise the full potential of this once-in-a-lifetime project!
Below is a breakdown of the projects costs and a further detailed breakdown of exactly where your money will go. This will allow you to see the true value of your support and the amazing difference it will make to this project!
Studio & Recording Costs
This will cover the cost of everything from recording studio rates, audio engineers and equipment hire to session musician rates and rehearsals. I'll be using nothing but authentic, vintage guitars, pianos and audio equipment to create a timeless and classic sound throughout the record.
Album Mixing & Mastering
Fortunately, due to the album being recorded in such a performance-style and live nature, there won't be a great deal of mixing required. These costs also ensure the whole album is mastered to a professional broadcast standard.
This is an expensive chunk of the budget but covers cost of accommodation for all staff & crew for the entire duration of the tour, vehicle hire & fuel costs and return flights for the staff & crew. We're staying in Air B&B homes throughout the majority of the tour to save on this part of the budget and this chunk will also cover the cost of session musicians and rehearsal spaces throughout the tour.
Movie-Doc Production Costs
This is where the largest portion of the budget will be spent. We'll be using the highest quality cinematic filming equipment to capture the movie-documentary in 4k. That's Ultra High Definition or "Ultra-HD" to you and me.
I want to truly do justice to the stunning sights this beautiful country has to offer. From the bright lights and vibrant night-life of cities like New York, Vegas and Nashville to the remarkable and marvellous natural wonders of America. The beauty of Joshua Tree National Park, The Mississippi River & The Grand Canyon deserve nothing less after all.
This part of the budge also covers the cost of post-production editing and studio suites to complete the movie-documentary before its release in 2018.
Press & PR
Although I've not dedicated a huge amount of the budget to Press & PR, I do truly value it's importance in the grand scheme of things. This will be the first area to receive additional funds should I over-achieve on my target.
I have a host of unique, exclusive and limited edition rewards that I've spent months planning and creating. I cannot wait to send you all a HUGE thank you for your support. This section of the budget ensures I have enough stock of things like CDs, Polaroid Film, Postcards & Parchment Paper and other materials I'll need to create your awesome and fun-filled packages along with my team of fantastic creatives.
Limited Edition Artwork-
THANK YOU x
I want to THANK YOU from the very bottom of my heart for taking the time to check out my video and page and supporting this project. I cannot wait to bring you the most visually stunning, eye-opening and ear-pleasing movie-documentary, album and U.S tour you've ever seen!!!
PRESS & PR
"Wolfe's sultry soulful vocals and romantic lyrics are at the core of this classic, feel good track which once you hear, you'll be playing on repeat all day."
“Wolfe effortlessly captures and blends R&B and Pop tones with a deep and honest thread of Soul that results in a completely truthful and incomparable sound.”
Risks and challenges
Of course every project comes with it's own risks and challenges however I've done a lot of precise and careful planning to ensure we can overcome any potential bumps in the road.
As far as my time and schedule goes, I have no other major projects on the drawing board right now and can dedicate and commit myself fully to this project along with my awesome and talented production team.
The great news is the majority of the project and it's rewards are being created and produced by me and a small team working with me so there shouldn't be any third-party delays or hold-ups from external companies!
As a musician and performer, opportunities will always arise and some will no doubt be beneficial to my career progression and un-missable. However you will of course be the first to be updated of any delays at all if they should occur!
I want to THANK YOU again for your time and for your belief and support. I cannot wait to share the final product with you ALL!
- (31 days)