About this project
Who are we?
My Satellite is Bryan Stage, Andy Marshall, Justin Paul and Ryan Ward. What began as a solo project in 2010 has since become a fully realized vision. We have put out two self-produced EPs, created our own music videos, received radio play across the US and Europe, played throughout the West Coast and have built a world wide fan base. Our music has been called "electrifying", "euphoric", "a sound that demands the attention of the listener and refuses to simply blend into background noise" and "dreamily taking its audience to wherever their minds allow".
Now that we have a firm foundation and a new set of songs it is time for us to release our first full-length album as a band. This album will be called Lift.
Why are we here?
We are an independent band and luckily we're pretty resourceful. We've always used our own skills and tools to make our art. This album is no different. We were able to write and record for free at a great studio called The Residency which has given us a huge advantage out of the gate. Having no time or monetary constraints on the recording process has given us the freedom to artistically explore this album and to make sure that it's done right. But we're not done yet.
To make this album become as big and beautiful as we know it is, we have to bring in some outside help. We need to get this album professionally mixed and mastered, the album needs to be pressed and distributed, and a publicity team needs to be hired to give Lift the push it deserves. Often these costs are initially covered by a label, costs which the artist is typically on the hook for repaying. We aren't on a label so we don't have the benefit of their deep pockets, but using our own resources as well as a little combined help from you, our fans, we can release this album and take My Satellite into new territory.
Where will the money go?
This campaign has a very clear objective: Finish and release Lift. We have set a very modest goal of $6,000 which will cover the mixing, mastering and the first round of CD production. That's the minimum that we need. Anything beyond that will go towards publicity, distribution and hiring a team of people to get this album out into the world and us out on the road. We hope we shatter this goal. The more money we can raise, the further we can go.
The more you give, the more we can give.
What's in it for me?
A whole lot of awesome. Our fans have always come first. We have spent a lot of time figuring out cool and unique ways that we can reward you for your help. From receiving the album in advance to one of a kind art pieces to hanging out with us all day in the studio where we recorded Lift. We're offering exclusive items and experiences that you can only get here. Your involvement will make you an integral part of the creation of Lift and will forever become a member of the My Satellite family.
Risks and challenges
We are making this album at a time where it is extremely difficult for an artist to make any profit off of releasing their music. If this project is successfully funded, our record will be finished and ready for release by the end of September. Of that we can say for sure. We are currently expecting to self release this album, but we are also going to work very hard to get Lift in front of the music industry with the intention of giving it a larger voice. Were we to just toss our new record out into the world without trying to take things to the next level then we would be throwing away a big opportunity. If a label decides to get involved with us and this album that could set our release date to a more favorable time for them. This would be a bummer in the short term because it would mean that we would have to hold onto our musical secret for a little longer, but the end result will be a much greater reward. We will be updating you with the progress of this project as time goes on and we get nearer to completion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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