The goal of this Kickstarter project is to record, manufacture, and release a CD of five original songs titled Blood Like Fire (Songs for Syria). I wrote Blood Like Fire, Feza Feza, Weary World, Syria the Healer, and Not a Civil War at various critical moments in the Syrian uprising as a way to document its evolution. As an expression of solidarity and unity with the Syrian people, I sing the choruses of these songs in Arabic and English. I have already recorded three of these songs (Weary World, Blood Like Fire, and Feza Feza) at Trout Studios in Brooklyn with renowned producer, engineer and mixer Bryce Goggin. With your backing, I will return to the studio to record my two newest songs about the crisis in Syria, called Syria the Healer and Not a Civil War in order to complete this five song concept album Blood Like Fire (Songs for Syria).
The following is a list of each project goal and its cost:
- Record at Trout Studios in Brooklyn: $2,250
- Master the recordings at Kevorkian Mastering: $625
- Produce album artwork and design: $500
- Manufacture 1000 CD's (including digital distribution): $1,500
- Produce a video for "Not a Civil War" (all other tracks already have videos which you can see at www.dylanconnor.com/videos): $1000
- Total Minimum Cost: $5,875
Now that I have written, recorded and performed these songs over the past two years, it is time to bring them all together into one cohesive product. When the CD is completed, it will serve as a document of the human story from this important moment in world history. Let's show the people of Syria that they are not alone - We are watching, listening, and reacting to their tragedies and triumphs. You can give voice to their story by becoming a backer of this recording project, Blood Like Fire (Songs for Syria).
The $6,000 goal of this project will only cover the minimum expenses. In order to make the project a success, I will need more funds for press releases ($500 per release) a website overhaul, and tour support. We need to reach $6,000, because if we don't I get nothing; but let's not stop at $6,000 - the more money we raise, the bigger effect this project can have.
Risks and challenges
The main obstacle that this project faces is time. A lot can happen in the geopolitical chess match that is playing out in Syria. The sooner the project is completed, the bigger chance it has at being relevant. That is why I am making this kickstarter campaign a brief, but urgent 2 weeks in duration.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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