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About this project

Who am I?

Photography by Max Papendieck
Photography by Max Papendieck

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...

Why music?

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...

THE ALBUM 

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!

Wolfe & Brad Allen Williams at Bunker Studio working on The Remedy EP
Wolfe & Brad Allen Williams at Bunker Studio working on The Remedy EP

THE TOUR 

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.

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 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. 

The Money

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!

This pie chart shows you where you're money is going- detailed description below.
This pie chart shows you where you're money is going- detailed description below.

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.

Touring Costs

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.

One of the beautiful Air B&B homes we'll be staying at in Joshua Tree, CA
One of the beautiful Air B&B homes we'll be staying at in Joshua Tree, CA

 

Our humble Air B&B home in New Orleans, LA
Our humble Air B&B home in New Orleans, LA

 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.

The Grand Canyon - One of America's many wonderful sights we'll be capturing in Ultra-HD during the Movie-Documentary. Photography from Red Stone Tours
The Grand Canyon - One of America's many wonderful sights we'll be capturing in Ultra-HD during the Movie-Documentary. Photography from Red Stone Tours

 

The legendary Hollywood Sign another visual must on our cinematic hit list - Photography by The Modern Hiker
The legendary Hollywood Sign another visual must on our cinematic hit list - Photography by The Modern Hiker

 

The bright lights of cities like Vegas, NYC and Nashville will come to life in our cinematic Movie-Documentary filmed in Ultra-HD! Photography - BallenVegas
The bright lights of cities like Vegas, NYC and Nashville will come to life in our cinematic Movie-Documentary filmed in Ultra-HD! Photography - BallenVegas

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.

Kickstarter Rewards 

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. 

 

Polaroid Snaps - Available with a number of packages
Polaroid Snaps - Available with a number of packages

 

Hand-Written Lyric Sheets - One of the many limited edition rewards available!
Hand-Written Lyric Sheets - One of the many limited edition rewards available!

 

"Wish You Were Here" - Hand-written notes from the road!
"Wish You Were Here" - Hand-written notes from the road!

 

Original Set Lists from the U.S Tour this summer - available exclusively to you!
Original Set Lists from the U.S Tour this summer - available exclusively to you!

Limited Edition Artwork-

A sample of the Limited Edition Artwork especially curated and created by WellSpring Writes & I
A sample of the Limited Edition Artwork especially curated and created by WellSpring Writes & I

 

Customize your Limited Edition Artwork by request.
Customize your Limited Edition Artwork by request.

 

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

"The UK's hottest new export..." What's Trending
"The UK's hottest new export..." What's Trending

 "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."

-What's Trending 

An article & interview with Bello Magazine for my debut single "Remedy"
An article & interview with Bello Magazine for my debut single "Remedy"

 

“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.”

-Bello Magazine 

 

Wolfe performing LIVE @ Rockwood Music Hall, NY - Photography by Matt Young
Wolfe performing LIVE @ Rockwood Music Hall, NY - Photography by Matt Young

 

"That raw, real, impulse draws him to be one of the great performers of his generation" - Leo Sidran - GRAMMY & Oscar-Winning Producer
"That raw, real, impulse draws him to be one of the great performers of his generation" - Leo Sidran - GRAMMY & Oscar-Winning Producer

 

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!

Wolfe
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    + A playlist of influences and inspiration, curated by me and sent privately to you.

    + Polaroid snaps from the tour & the studio.

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    Wow, how could I ever thank you for your support and belief???

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    I'll also send you everything from the "Nobody Knows Me Better Than You" package including:

    + Lyrics to the whole album hand-written by me and crafted into a beautiful song-book.

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    + A playlist of Wolfe Jackson influences and inspiration, curated by me and sent privately to you.

    + Polaroid snaps from the tour & the studio.

    + Handwritten postcards from every city on tour.

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    Associate Producer

    To thank you for your true belief and support in me and this project, I will have your name listed in the album credits as an Associate Producer and you'll get to come and hang out with me in the studio for the day and see where all the magic happens!

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    + Polaroid snaps from the tour & the studio.

    + Handwritten postcards from every city on tour.

    + Original set lists from the U.S tour concerts.

    + Ten signed copies of the album.

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