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Hey I'm ToToM, a.k.a. Thomas BOIVIN, 

You probably already know me from the Kanye of the Stone Age album that has had insane media coverage by the end of 2015, everywhere from England's The Independent to Consequence of Sound or Onion's AV Club. The feedback has been amazing. Unless you remember With Boots, a mashup album based on Nine Inch Nails' With Teeth from ten years ago, you may not know I've been making mashups for over a decade at www.totom.eu/

My goal has always been to create mashups that weren't either bad mixtapes or simply slamming two tracks together, as far as I can from either EDM and Top 40. From a starting point that can either be hearing one song while listening to another one or using that particular song, it's about making a new opus that feels like a natural song ultimately, whereas it just happens to be a mix of two different songs or more from more or less far-fetched genres. 

Whereas I barely made any revenue from this activity -- I consider a few paid DJ gigs in ten years don't really count --, it's really time-intensive and processor-intensive. That's why I'm doing this Kickstarter to fund myself a new Macbook Pro plus a license for the software I use (Ableton Live, actually updating from version 7 to 9), as I'm currently using a 13 year-old Powerbook for DJ gigs (still working) and an almost equally old laptop PC for my current productions. For your information, I also have a job so this activity has always been spent on my spare time. 

The reason this isn't just a GoFundMe to beg you for money is because I want you to get something out of the new machine and feel involved whatever the amount you're willing to give. I've usually produced mashups based on what I feel like will sound best, and I want you to join me in making my next batch of tracks or albums because I also always loved being challenged to use on particular track (remix contests, artists), sometimes that didn't appeal to me at first. I'll still make sure whatever comes out sounds great - even if that means disagreeing with you on some things or forcing myself to use a song I don't like, which will become a challenge to take it as far as possible from the original, whether it's towards silly or an extreme clash of genres. 

To be completely transparent, I need to buy a new Macbook Pro along with a new Albeton Live license (which I need to upgrade as I already own version 7), it'll roughly cost me 3500 $ (~3200 €) with the options I currently desire. Any extra money I make over my goal, I will put into adding specs to the Macbook Pro. If I somehow max out the specs on a Macbook Pro, I'll put it into a fund for renewing my license to Albeton Live every year or upgrade my audio hardware. The goal isn't to get money for rent or gadgets - it's to make sure I can keep doing what I'm doing with the best tools possible.

Any intermediate contribution superior by at least 20 € to the price set up (starting from the 50 € reward) will give right to a t-shirt of your choice.

Thanks for supporting my work over the years and into the future. 

The video posted is just an example of my recent work.

Risks and challenges

I assume some of the requests could be on standby for months whereas other could be a deal of weeks or even days but I make myself a personal commitment to satisfy all the requests, which is why limit date is set until june 2017 although I hope everything will be finished months before that. It's like paying a whole year of my mashup time (basically most of my free time) to the Internet in order to buy myself a new computer 100% to musical purposes.

I will keep track of every request made so I can be as efficient as possible.

P.S.: To all right owners representatives or related serial Cease&Desisters, you should notice that I'm not selling mashups here, only my ability to produce mashups, which is very different. Some of them resulting fro mthis campaign could even stay private and never be published.

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    Pledge €1 or more About $1.12

    Support my work if you feel you want to. I'll write a personalized thank you email and add you to a thank you list on totom.eu.

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    Pledge €10 or more About $11

    One bootleg idea between two artists, or one song vs another music genre. This can't be a "song 1 vs. song 2" request unless it works effortlessly, and my opinion always prevails. Donator can be credited for the idea on request.

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    Pledge €30 or more About $33

    One T-shirt* + Two bootleg ideas (see N°2 reward for details)

    * : T-shirt will be chosen among my collection over at crumplclobber ( http://www.crumplclobber.com/bootleggers/totom/ ) including one exclusive t-shirt made for the kickstarter campaign.

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    Pledge €50 or more About $56

    Realtime access to my personal automated tempo and key database* of 2500 songs (and growing). Consider it as the DJ's gift.

    * : All songs' keys and BPM have been checked by yours truly. This seems like small database but it's more detailed than any other you'll be able to find and it contains some interesting features, like a script to help you feed the mashup machine.

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    Pledge €100 or more About $112

    10 hours of lessons via Skype dedicated to Ableton Live, the DAW software I currently use and advices on various production tricks. This can be for everyone from any beginner producer wannabe to an advanced user who wants to dig deeper into his technical knowledge of this wonderful piece of software. I can also provide advice on other software like Reaper, Audition among others. It could even end up into a collaboration why not. Consider it as the home producer's gift.

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    Pledge €200 or more About $223

    One mashup album -- from 10 to 20 tracks -- based on one artist/band (or even artist 1 vs. artist 2 if that's possible) or a compilation based on a concept, the donator will be credited as "concept by ...". Of course, I have to approve the idea first to make sure this is possible based on the criteria that the right instrumentals or enough "remix-ready material" are available. That can also be your own band's music or demos. On demand, it's possible to stay in touch during the mashing process so you can provide feedback on work in progress so the result comes out as good as you expect.

    Of course, june 2017 is iust set up as the furthest limit date.

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    Pledge €500 or more About $558

    Privileged access that includes Ableton Live lessons on demand, online & why not IRL (traveling costs not included, they will have to be paid by the donator although I can pay for my own food wherever I stand), personal contact details (telephone, email, Facebook and Skype). Also, it gives you the right to request one mashup album anytime you want. Exclusive and real time access to my new stuff including demos, even the bad ones, the work in progress,... (that last point can be revoked anytime if stuff gets leaked or ideas get stolen). Finally, it gives you the right to get 2 t-shirts of your choice.

    The limit date is meant for the album request part of the deal.

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    Pledge €500 or more About $558

    This is for bands or artists (or even labels) who want to maintain a longer term collaboration with me and have their upcoming releases mashed up. It gives you the right to ask me three full mashup albums (or six EPs, or 40 single mashups) related to your entity. At least six months must separate two releases.

    I allow myself the right to decline if I think the material doesn't fit my requirements (in terms of production and performance quality). For that reason, you should contact me before getting this one, although I'm very open in terms of music genre but I know it would bother me if I had to make three whole albums of mashups out of music I find mediocre or too amateur.

    You should notice that the amount set is way below market prices in terms of what a remixer could ask to a label or an artist.

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