After years as a home-recording outfit, my band, We/Or/Me (which is largely just me) is making its first studio-based record. The recording is complete and I am now raising funds to offset the costs of mixing, mastering, and manufacturing the record. This record is a more collaborative effort than anything I've attempted in the past as it has involved a number of other musicians and sound engineers along the way.
A Little History
In 2011, I released my debut full-length record, Sleeping city. That was an entirely homemade record--produced, mixed, and released by myself. You can hear it here: www.weorme.bandcamp.com. Here is a video we made for one of the songs:
You can also hear my 2008 EP, Ghostwriter here: http://weorme.bandcamp.com/album/ghostwriter
The New Record
With this new record I decided it was time to use recording studios, and to open things up and collaborate more with other musicians. I'm very excited about the results. The record is being mixed by Brian Deck, a producer who has produced some fine records by the likes of Iron and Wine and Modest Mouse (to namedrop a few). Among many other talented musicians, the record features the vocal talents of British folk legend Vashti Bunyan, as well as a reading by the internationally acclaimed poet Anis Mojgani. Its title, The Walking Hour, is a reference to the fact that the songs were largely composed in my head as I walked around on my lunch break and on early evening walks home from the train. I'm a full-time editor and a full-time parent of twins, so my resources are limited when it comes to producing art. The model offered by Kickstarter is a logical way for me to produce music with the help of those who feel an affinity for what I do. This record is an exciting step forward as it feels like the closest I have so far come to translating the sounds I hear in my head into recordings that I can happily stand beside and call my own.
Goal -- $2,000
Our goal will offset the costs of mixing, mastering, and manufacturing the album. This is the minimum amount we need in order to ensure that we can release it independently. If we reach this goal, we will release the record this Spring. In reality, however, our costs are quite a bit higher. Producing a professional-quality record is a costly venture. The more support we can get, the better, so please spread the word and consider contributing.
Risks and challenges
This is not the first record we've made, and we have good relationships with the people we will be working with on the remaining production work. There are always potential challenges when it comes to scheduling, but we think our intended release date of Spring 2013 is realistic even if some scheduling issues have to be worked out with the mastering engineer or the manufacturer.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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