We are recording a funky, catchy, and sustainability themed album with up to 8 songs.
We hit the studio April 1st to work with the acclaimed Joby Baker; a producer of Grammy and Juno award winning music.
Before we go on, we want to thank those who have helped us get this far. We've been supported, networked, called upon, and inspired by the opportunity of a generation: to join a movement generating a safe and healthy world. (Learn more about our supporters at the bottom of this page).
About the Album
The album will take the listener on a journey. Starting from the Peoples Climate March in NYC, the listener embarks to Paris in December of 2015 to witness world leaders make decisions on global carbon emissions, and the general fate of humanity. From there, the story travels decades into the future outlining possible scenarios our generation will encounter.
The subject matter is real, raw, and resonant; and so is the music. Upbeat, the music allows the listener to feel the intensity of the situation.
This music will eventually be made available to the public for FREE… but only loving backers can get a pre-release digital copy or any of the special rewards we’re offering :)
You know those moments when everything comes together? It all just makes sense. Feels right. Kismet.
For us two musicians, 2014 marked a threshold. Like many, we ventured to the #PeoplesClimate March in New York City and observed the hottest year on record.
“This will be the biggest year yet and there is no time for sleep” remarked Christiana Figueres at a high level Carbon Pricing Dialogue in New York on September 24 - three days after 400,000+ people marched in a call for climate action. She stated firmly that if we don’t get an agreement at COP21 in Paris, we've lost another 10 years regaining our footing… that takes us to 2025... which is too late.
We feel the need to pour ourselves into the “year of no sleep” the best way we know how.
Imagining what Decades after Paris could look like, we plan to musically express a possible future and the momentum we need to get there.
This album is a passion project that aims to serve a growing movement. And we need your help!
To professionally record the album with award-winning producer Joby Baker, we need to dish out $12,000. Joby has produced Grammy and Juno winning albums, and he is a beautiful person who cares deeply about the cause as well. To print CD’s, we’ll spend another $2000.
We are asking for $7000 of support to help us get started. We will fund the rest either by our own means or through grants.
If we make more money we will continue to fund the album and we will expand our reach through additional channels such as Youtube and traditional media.
Recording great songs is one thing, but to reach the ears of many is another task altogether. More on promotion below.
Danton Jay and Heather Lynn: low-carbon chemistry in the making.
In June of 2013, Heather-Lynn rediscovered her voice at the Social Change Institute, located in the Salish Sea off the coast of BC. As a professional climate change communicator, it reawakened in her the power of music as a means to foster change.
Inspired by passionate change agents, Heather wrote a song to encourage them, which she has been requested to perform for audiences at several sustainability conferences since. It also led her to seek others of the same ilk…
After finishing an environmental psychology degree, Danton traveled Eastern Europe with his artistic lens on culture and environmental change. Driven by the desire to express his lament for humanity's apparent disdain for itself, he expertly wrote, arranged and produced an album, which includes a musical rendition of an essay by David Suzuki.
Upon his return, Danton started working as a project manager in the BC Government’s natural resource sector and crossed paths with Heather. As Danton prepared to host a benefit concert for a local environmental organization, the chemical components for their future endeavors came together...
Born weeks apart in late 1982, when carbon in the atmosphere measured only 341 parts per million, Heather and Danton found commonality in spades.
This project will be a test for them though: as they navigate their second year of a new relationship, you’ll surely get to witness some intense chemical sparks and beautiful harmonies.
Promotion & Social Change Strategy
The vision for this project is derived from pure passion for helping others to accept a new reality (that is currently subverted by current popular culture) and to choose a positive place in it.
The means to attain this vision is activated by the combined education and experience of Danton Jay and Heather-Lynn. Equal parts social scientists and musicians; this duo brings a scientific and business approach to delivering social value through the arts. The strategy encompasses the latest tactics in music promotion as well as social change mobilization.
Leveraging their social change networks, a large initial presence on social media will commence in the summer of 2015. As momentum builds and reach is calculated, sponsorship packages will be available to mission-aligned organizations.
Funding gained this way will support additional online and traditional media reach, and possibly tour availability. The aim is to reach audiences beyond those already passionate about climate action.
This is how we will serve the movement; by bringing the message to new ears.
Additionally, as campaign organizers work towards COP21, we will be offering them free use of our music, videos, and imagery.
This music project aims to help move feet: on the dance floor and in the streets.
It is our key contribution to mobilize our peers and fellow citizens to push world leaders to make strong, impactful decisions at COP21: the UN Climate Change Conference happening in Paris, December 2015.
A dramatic blurb about the album
Imagine it is decades after the COP21 international climate change negotiations.
The world now has full awareness of the impact of humanity’s century’s long alteration of the atmosphere. No longer is there tolerance for burning carbon based-fuels. Carbon sinks, such as peat bogs and rainforest, are guarded with national security measures.
In "Decades After Paris" we travel to this time through an album written by Danton Jay and Heather Lynn. The music embodies the realization of our circumstances with climate disruption and reflects upon the opportunity we had at COP 21 to direct the most positive outcomes possible.
Backers: Thank you for jumping on board with us. Your generosity and support is incredible and we cannot say thank you enough! We look forward to sharing this adventure with you
Love and support: our family and friends are the best! From cuddles to shoulders, from warm meals to board game therapy gatherings... We're running on love.
A trip to NYC: we were driven to kick it up a notch by Climate Week NYC 2014: a trip that wouldn't have happened without the financial support of the great people at Zag Group. Check out how those guys are changing the world.
An incredible network of social change agents: Climate Access, Lead Now, and Zag Group are just a few of the connections we made at the Social Change Institute. This life changing conference will give you hope and the tools to see how we can all make a difference with the unique gifts we each have.
Our Local Community: we are super fortunate to live and work in the town we grew up in, where people support home-grown endeavors.
Our Global Community: in this hyper connected world, we are thrilled to be supported by like- minded humans and fans at a distance. Every Facebook share and tweet makes a difference. Thank you!
Fresh air, clean food & nature: we live in a beautiful place. We're grateful to all the stewards of our life sustaining, spirit renewing environment: farms, parks, trails, beaches, forests, marshes, rivers, mountain tops...
Thanks for reading:)
Risks and challenges
Risk 1: We can't finish the album in the 14 days we have booked in the studio.
Solution: Danton has worked with Joby before and knows how quick he is in the studio. Given the amount of project management experience Danton and Heather have in their professional lives, and given Joby's abilities, the odds of missing the deadline are slim. However, if it does happen, there is still an opportunity to get Joby working on the tracks after the two weeks. His studio is booked solid, but he will be touring in May and would be able to finalize the mixes while on the road. Other alternatives are: rent one of Joby's studios while he is away and finish it ourselves; or work with another producer friend who lives in town. Needless to say there are options to ensure a timely finish.
Risk 2: Recording the album will cost 12K, and we are only asking 7K. Is there a chance we can't fund the rest of the project?
Solution: No, that's what Mastercard is for... and we've scoped the project to be within our spending comfort range.
Risk 3: There are other aspects of releasing an album that we haven't mentioned; and they usually come with associated costs.
Solution: Mixing and Mastering costs are included in the 12K. We will be printing CDs with a Vancouver based company who Danton has worked with a couple times. They are reliable and the cost will be between 1.5-2K. We will do all the graphic art ourselves so there are no costs there. We are fortunate enough to know several professional photographers who want to help, so there are no costs there either.
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