About this project
Alright! We think firstly we should get the party started with this awesome rendition of one of our favorite originals, Far Away.
And now that that's out of the way...oh wait...here's our whole Youtube account for your viewing pleasure:
We are Electric Strawberry, aka band of weirdos scattered around the East San Francisco Bay Area. We hail from Livermore (or Spleenless, if your sense of humor is as lame as Briana's seems to be...), Danville, and Pleasant Hill, California. We met off Craigslist (seriously!) and have managed to put together some pretty awesome songs over the past 10 months. So awesome are these songs, in fact, that we want to do them some serious justice by getting some fantastic recordings for our debut album, and we need YOUR help to do it!
All four of us have been in bands before, but for one reason or another, have never gotten the opportunity to not only record professionally, but distribute an album via CD, vinyl, market it appropriately, etc. etc. As you probably know, this takes a lot of time and money, and as broke-ass musicians, we're usually short on both.
But, we all agree, there's something about this band in particular that is special. For all of us. You know that saying, "You're only as strong as your weakest link"? Well, the saying couldn't be more applicable to what it's like being in a working band. You work hard, you want it, you live it and breathe it, but so often there's that drummer who never shows up to practice, or the singer who didn't learn her lines. And then the whole thing ends up falling apart because one can only do so much.
But for us, we ALL want it. We show up to practice, we work as a team to get gigs, we are constantly working on new material, and we genuinely want to put out a record that reflects our dedication and passion to Electric Strawberry's material. And we simply can't do it without you. It's true!
So, did you catch that nifty little part of the Kickstarter video where Briana was talking about where we want to record if we hit our goal? Something about Tiny Telephone? Well, there's this absolutely, ridiculously beautiful BAD-ASS recording studio in San Francisco called Tiny Telephone that, for around 7,000 buckaroos, we could record in to get a sound that's pretty damn hard to get anywhere else.
PIE CHART OH GOD
While most studios record with digital software, Tiny Telephone records with ANALOG tape, which our good friend Wikipedia describes as a "method to store signals as a continual wave in or on the media. The wave might be stored as a physical texture on a phonograph record, or a fluctuation in the field strength of a magnetic recording. ". Or, in layman's terms:
"There are no computers at Tiny Telephone brehs. We'll be recorded from an old school mixer to analog tape. It'll sound warm and jazzy yo." - Bryant
We could go the digital route, which 95% of musicians do today, but we're really hooked on the idea of doing what our idols did, which will get us that warm, fuzzy, rockin' sound of the past.
So, thank you so much for reading and hopefully contributing towards our dream project. We are so excited to put out an album we'll ALL be proud of, including you! So, gracias amigos, and have a beautiful day!
Risks and challenges
Okay, so we all know how ambitious projects, especially ones that have never been done before by its creators, can be derailed when bumps pop up in the road. But we're not going to just take your money and hope for the best. Here are the potential problems that may arise, and how we are going to solve them:
1. Do we really know what we're going to record? And how are we going to go about doing so?
Yes. We've already started pre-production on all of the songs we want to record, so we know exactly what tempo we want, what instruments we want to use, the tone of the guitars, potential overdubs, and the style of each recording. We have a very clear idea of what we want, so there will be significantly less guess-work in the studio.
2. Don't you all have full-time jobs? How are you going to get this album finished?
We do all have very busy schedules, but this album is everyone's top priority. We've already discussed everyone's schedules and how to maneuver around them so we get the album done in a timely fashion. Our goal is to have the recording process done within one month, and we can definitely accomplish that.
3. How are you going to market this album?
Bryant's, like, the ultimate marketing machine. He's already done extensive research into Google Adsense, Youtube promoted videos, which blogs/magazines to contact, etc. We are going to push this album hard, and Bryant's the man to do it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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