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An accident cut off my hand & ended my career as a bassist. I reattached it & now I'm digging for hope in the only thing i know: music.
An accident cut off my hand & ended my career as a bassist. I reattached it & now I'm digging for hope in the only thing i know: music.
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Hey internet friends and family, 

I am fighting for my life because no one else is going to do it.  This is the only way I know how.  I've written a bunch of songs over the past few years that never got to see the light of day over the course of my chaotic music career.  So now I want to finally share my story in my 1st EP and make a music video! I need your help in order to produce this project to an industry standard.  

I have uploaded a preview clip of the track, 'THE LIGHT' on my Soundcloud and will continue to upload other tracks being considered for the EP in the coming weeks.  

My name is James and I used to play bass in a band called Royal Pirates.  Actually even before that I was in a metal band called Azusa.  I moved to Korea in 2012 in hopes of finding success through KPOP.   Things were looking very good as I found myself gaining rapid momentum in the industry.  My band was playing shows in front of thousands of people all over Asia.  I found myself on variety shows I'd never imagined myself being on as well as shooting commercials with top celebrities of the nation.  

Lafuma Campaign
Lafuma Campaign

 

Immortal Song/Laneige campaign
Immortal Song/Laneige campaign

 

Malaysia Tour
Malaysia Tour

I played bass for over 13 years.  On June 10, 2015 approximately 7 PM, everything changed for me. The day after my birthday,a glass panel connected to a door frame slammed me into the ground in a freak accident at a restaurant in Hannamdong, South Korea.  My hand was crushed and nearly chopped off, dangling by a piece of skin.  My shoulder was also severely sprained and I had glass stuck in my head.  I've had a total of 5 surgeries on my wrist with thousands of hours of rehab, but unfortunately doctors are telling me it will never be the same.  

I have more photos showing the carnage but I don't want to get pulled from Kickstarter for being too graphic...
I have more photos showing the carnage but I don't want to get pulled from Kickstarter for being too graphic...

I have been committed to recovering and dedicated everything to getting back to square one.  This entire process has been gruelling.  The physical pain is one thing but the mental damage has been what was most crushing. Every single day I would walk into the rehab centre and prepare for an hour of crying and screaming as they twisted my stiff hand and now I can barely tie my shoes.  I didn't sleep for 6 days at one point because the pain was too much.  

I was dragged into the 3.3 album with my last band in an effort to be positive and overcome.  But rock bottom was trying to please other people while my mom begged me to stop and focus on my health.  I reached a conversation where I told one of my best friends, Brad, that I just wanted the pain to stop, to disappear, to die.  I was taking so many sleeping pills just to shut my eyes.  He finally told me that I needed to focus because there were many battles ahead and I would need to fight if I wanted to win.  No more negative talk.  And this is when I learned I couldn't live like that.  It was either die or fight.  So here I am.

I avoided doing one of these for a long time because I didn't want it to be a sob story.  I hid the truth of my accident from so many people, including my family.  But I am now living with chronic pain and eventually I will need a surgery that will fuse my hand in a permanent, immobile position.  So I need to find an outlet; Now is the time to move on.

During rehab I tried to learn how to play bass backwards but i'm unable to do so because the nerves were severed I still cannot feel and hardly have any strength.  I tried to learn to play the keyboard but my wrist is so unstable that it would feel completely sprained and become swollen more and more rapidly the more i played.  

So I wrote songs. 

 It was the only way to distract myself from the grinding monotony of rehab.  And now I am finally in the process of finishing them up.  

Now that I'm doing this independently, I need your help!

Plan:

  • Record 3-4 songs for THE LIGHT EP
  • Mix 
  • Master
  • Shoot this Music Video!
  • Finally tell my story!

In order to make it work here's where we need additional help and why I've looked to Kickstarter.

THE LIGHT EP 

  • Production  $4,500
  • Mixing $600 
  • Studio Musicians - $500
  • Mastering - $1000 
  • Graphic Design - $500 min 
  • CD Replication (1000 CDs) - $2,000(For digipak packaging with tube)

THE LIGHT EP total $9,100

MUSIC VIDEO

  • Cinematography (dp) - $2,500 
  • Gaffer (lighting) $1,500 
  • Editing $2,000
  • Director - $3,000
  • Equipment (cam/lens) - $1,800
  • Equipment lighting - $1,300
  • Locations - $2,000
  • Traveling, electricity and amenities $3,000

MUSIC VIDEO total $17,100

  • Kickstarter Fees - approximately $1,380

FEES total $1,400

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TOTAL $27,600

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Kickstarter goal: $27,600

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We are on a tight budget for this one, but I'm putting my heart and soul into this and i'm committed to making it as genuine as possible.  I am pulling as many favors as I can for the basics.  However, every pledge has a cost to facilitate the reward and there are bound to be unexpected obstacles along the process.  Either way, I'm determined to finally create and present my story, my way.  Here is some of the music I wrote over the years, albeit unmixed/mastered.

Some of the beautiful people I've met over the years have heard about this project I want to do and have contributed with their talents to offer as rewards.  LOST GENERAL, OPENED JESUS and REMAINS JEWELRY are just a few of the amazing friends who will be participating in the creation of THE LIGHT EP!

OJ x The LIGHT collab piece 1
OJ x The LIGHT collab piece 1

 

 

OJ x The LIGHT collab piece 2
OJ x The LIGHT collab piece 2

 

REMAINS x The LIGHT COLLAB PENDANT
REMAINS x The LIGHT COLLAB PENDANT

 

 

 

          
LOST GENERAL
LOST GENERAL

 

 

REWARDS

This Kickstarter project is ALL OR NOTHING... meaning if we don’t hit the target $27,600 by the deadline, all the money will be refunded and this EP and Music Video will be cancelled.  Most orders are expected to arrive around June 2018 but that is not a guarantee.  I have finished the songs but it will take the time needed to produce the best music I possibly can.

STRETCH GOALS

Raising over $27,000 seems wild to me.. but if we are somehow able to surpass that number, additional funds will go towards making the quality of this mini EP and MV better as well as possible additional tracks and videos.  I will update this section with the particulars if we get to that point...However first we have to reach the minimum goal for anything to happen so please share this project, help spread the word and be part of The LIGHT mini EP.  Thank you!

Risks and challenges

First off.. Kickstarter is all or nothing. The only way this can work is if the community pushing this project forward can passionately spread the word so we can reach the goal. I will need to push this thing without channels of guaranteed promotion. I have always hated asking people for favors, but this is the first time I have decided to break out of my shell in a long time.. This EP and MV are do or die!

I think I have a pretty solid plan for this project. I've learned that life is full of unexpected obstacles and the most important factor in overcoming is rolling with the punches. I will be traveling between countries very often in the next few months so organising meetings and times to shoot will be an experiment. I have never organised a project like this on my own so it is very risky. Putting merchandise together as rewards is bound to have unexpected fees and I'm hoping I can cover all the costs with the amount I am asking for. Still, it is most important to me that i retain my independence so I can tell my story the way I need to. Timelines might vary a bit, but I am passionate about doing this. With God and all of you beautiful people, I hope to use this project overcome and begin anew, as well as help others see that it's important not to give up, but to move on and forward through obstacles.

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    Digital Download

    Digital download of THE LIGHT EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

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    The LIGHT EP 1st Press!!

    1st press of the Physical CD + Digital download of THE LIGHT EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

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    Signed Physical CD+Custom Enamel Pin Set

    Signed Physical CD + Custom Enamel Pin set collab with The LIGHT EP + Digital download of THE LIGHT EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

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    I asked on social media what rewards people might want and for some reason, a Signed Photo was undoubtedly the most requested item. So for this reward I will send a photo of either me or something that inspires me and sign it for you!

    Signed Photo + Signed Physical CD + Digital download of THE LIGHT EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

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    Limited Edition The LIGHT TSHIRT

    Official Limited Edition T Shirt featuring artwork from THE LIGHT.

    Limited Edition THE LIGHT T SHIRT + Signed Photo + Signed Physical CD + Digital download of THE LIGHT EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

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    Come hang! (Early bird!!)

    Reserve 2 tickets for the CD release party in LOS ANGELES (date and time pending) and hang with my friends and me! (Transportation and stay not included)

    Signed Physical CD + Digital download of THE LIGHT EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

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    • Signed Physical copy of THE LIGHT EP
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    CD RELEASE PARTY (ROUND 2)

    Reserve 2 tickets for the CD release party in LOS ANGELES (date and time pending) and hang with my friends and me! (Transportation and stay not included)

    Signed Physical CD + Digital download of THE LIGHT EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

    NOTE: CD Release Party date depends on availability of venue and material prep!

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    Get fitted with LOST GENERAL

    1 of 10 Custom LOST GENERAL collaboration hats just for the release of THE LIGHT mini EP! My super talented friends at LOST GENERAL have designed beautiful clothes sported by supermodels like Bella Hadid.

    Signed Physical CD + Digital download of THE LIGHT EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

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    'OPENED JESUS'+"THE LIGHT' bracelet

    The rock and roll jewelers at OPENED JESUS have contributed a few seriously awesome pieces for this project. This reward is 1 of 3 numbered beautiful custom designed bracelets in collaboration with THE LIGHT EP. Check out their sick designs with a deep message.

    Signed Physical CD + Digital download of THE LIGHT EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

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    REMAINS JEWELRY THE LIGHT EP collab

    REMAINS jewelry creates sleek and beautifully detailed pieces inspired by themes from mythology and folklore.

    REMAINS will be providing 1 of 5 EXCLUSIVE necklaces custom designed with THE LIGHT EP that features a piece of my art on the back of the pendant for this collaboration!

    Signed physical CD + Digital download of THE LIGHT EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

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    Personalized Package

    Get a personalized shout out on social media, hand written thank you letter & your name in the "Thank You" credits of THE LIGHT EP once it's available.

    Signed Physical CD + Digital download of THE LIGHT EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

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    CUSTOM'OPENED JESUS'&'THE LIGHT' collab

    The rock and roll jewelers at OPENED JESUS have contributed 3 exclusive custom numbered collaboration pieces for the LIGHT EP . Check out their sick designs with a deep message. I have hand selected each design for this reward with much thought to reflect this projects message. Send in your ring size so we can custom tailor each ring for you.

    Signed physical CD + Digital download of THE LIGHT EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

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    Personal Written Lyrics & Video Chat!!

    Let’s videochat and we can talk about you, me and the LIGHT! I will also write out the lyrics of any song on THE LIGHT EP for you along with a personal note with my love.

    Your name in the Thank You credits of THE LIGHT EP!

    Signed Physical CD + Digital download of THE LIGHT EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

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    Tall, Grande, Venti?

    Let me take you out for a cup of Coffee at a local favorite of mine. Maybe I'll even bring a special guest! (depending on where we go) Date and time to be determined upon availability but let's make it happen.

    Your name in the Thank You credits of THE LIGHT EP!

    Signed Physical CD + Digital download of THE LIGHT EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

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    Become a Producer!

    Associate Producer Credit on the LIGHT EP!!

    I will write out the lyrics of any song on THE LIGHT mini EP and deliver it to you, sealed with my love.

    Your name in the Thank You credits of THE LIGHT EP!

    2 tickets for the CD release party in LOS ANGELES (pending) and hang with my friends and me! (Transportation and stay not included)

    Signed Physical CD + Digital download of THE LIGHT EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

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    Let's shoot this together!

    Co Producer Credit on the Album + credited in any Music Videos funded by this Kickstarter Campaign!!

    I will write out the lyrics of any song on THE LIGHT EP and deliver it to you, sealed with my love.

    Your name in the Thank You credits of THE LIGHT EP!

    2 tickets for the CD release party in LOS ANGELES (pending) and hang with my friends and me! (Transportation and stay not included)

    Signed Physical CD + Digital download of THE LIGHT mini EP as soon as it’s ready. (Kickstarter exclusive bonus track included!!)

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    • Digital Download of THE LIGHT EP (Kickstarter version)
    • Signed Physical copy of THE LIGHT EP
    • Hand written Lyrics and Letter
    • 2 Tickets for the CD release party for THE LIGHT EP
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    Executive Producer

    Executive Producer Credit on The LIGHT EP!

    You have single handedly funded just about every aspect of the production of this album. Any or all of independent previous rewards packages (excluding fashion collaborations). You are officially an Executive Producer of the album. Your name in the credits.

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Funding period

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