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Midas Whale is making an album! Pre-order/get more info on exclusive, kickstarter-only downloads, CDs, and how YOU can be in the band!

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WE DID IT!  We made our mark. But, obviously the more pledges that come in the better we'll be able to market and distribute the record once it's been created. So, we've decided to create another incentive for everyone to keep going strong to the finish line. 

If we hit $40,000 by the end of the campaign we'll create a bonus track for backers only. We're gonna let the backers vote on which song (of the following) that they'd most like us to cover:

Cecilia - Simon & Garfunkel

We Can Work It Out - The Beatles

Trinity: titoli - Theme song from My Name Is Trinity (Song playing during the end credits of Django Unchained) 

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Hi People! This is Jon from Midas Whale and we’re fresh off of The Voice on NBC and kind of scratching our heads about what to do next. Leaving the show has been what I can only imagine a dead person would feel like if they were around to hear their own condolences. Lot’s of “you gave it your all” and “you we’re robbed” and “I’m really going to miss you.” WEEEELLLLLLL, good news! We’re alive! The party doesn’t have to stop! We’ve got a ton of new songs that we can’t wait share with you. Since the beginning of our journey on the Hunger Games, er, I mean The Voice, we’ve known that the odds were not in our favor. Ryan and I have been constantly writing new songs and revamping old demos in preparation for an inevitable fond farewell to our TV friends, and warm welcome to new fans. 

 Already, between the both of us, we have enough material for a pair of CDs, a grudge match with the Geico folk duo, and a voyage to mars. Fortunately we’re only looking to fund one of those… Hint: it’s not the Geico grudge match (although, that is a priority for sometime in the future). For backers, however, we will be making several exclusive songs and content options available. Plus, for the extra generous, we have several fun rewards planned. For now, if you liked our instrumental from the video here it is for you to listen to over and over:

You know, we can’t come to your house, wearing ascots and try to convince you with smarmy grins that we are the most interesting men in the world, then expand your mind with some HARMONIEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSS! But, we can make sure that this album is awesome. And we want to make it available for as little as a DOLLAR! But if you want to lay your hands on a PHYSICAL COPY, you can get: 

  •  -Exclusive Kickstarter-only designs. You’ll never see this one again. 
  •  -CD’s will be signed by us and packaged in a beautiful jewel-case that includes a booklet with band-photos and song-lyrics. NOTE: This will be included in every reward above $25. 
  •  -The VINYL comes in retro brown packaging and is a gorgeous 10” record (same size as the classic 78’s). You’ll be kicking it old school.

We Performed our debut track of "Howling at the Moon" live at Randall Lake's Guthrie Artist Coop in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is one of many songs that will be featured on the album this fall.

We are continuing to try and make our demos accessible to you in a way that makes the most sense. We truly want you to be a part of this journey in every way. Here are a couple videos we've made so far

Photo by Kristopher Orr
Photo by Kristopher Orr

So, me (Jon Peter Lewis) and Ryan J Hayes created Midas Whale, an American Folk band, in the summer of 2012 when we decided to audition for NBC’s The Voice. Both Ryan and I are lifelong musicians/songwriters and currently coproduce an original rock opera called “Deep Love”. I started my career a few years ago as a finalist on American Idol and have since released a pair of records with some success. Disenchanted with the industry I eventually I went back to school with the intention of leaving the music business behind. When I met Ryan, a geology student at the time, plans changed after he showed me some of his songs. I began looking for opportunities for us to play some tunes together and when I found out that The Voice accepted duos, I figured a bit of exposure on national television couldn’t be a bad thing. So when I asked Ryan, “Wanna form a band and be on TV?” Ryan answered “Might as well”.  And thus Midas Whale was born.

Much to my pleasant surprise, we turned 4 chairs and eventually advanced to the knockout rounds of the show, at which point we were released with dignity. 

Rolling Stone said this about our departure:

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/videos/the-voice-recap-women-rule-adam-levines-team-20130430#comment-880454979

Adam Levine often praised us as “most original”, “charismatic”, “brilliantly talented” and “charming” while Shakira noted that our most distinguishing trait was the overall intelligence of our act.

Due to our moderate success on the show and a knack for performance and songwriting/arranging, we immediately decided our next move should be an album. 

Apart from our listed incentives, we offer something more—membership within a secret club. Our secret club. SHHHHHHHH! Our little secret! Listed among all our incentives are correlating rank numbers. Donors within each category will qualify for an honorary title within the club and receive instructions, benefits and privileges commensurate with their rank. You may find yourself at secret meetings, reading secret newsletters, attending secret shows, or completing secret missions. Who knows? It’s a secret.

  • $5-Rank 1 
  • $25-Rank 2 
  • $50-Rank 3  
  • $75-Rank 4 
  • $100-Rank 5
  • $250-Rank 6 
  • $500-Rank 7 
  • $1000-Rank 8 
  • $2000-Rank 9 
  • $5000-Rank 10 
  • $10000-Rank 11 

Above all, we want to express our gratitude for the overwhelming support we have received thus far on this extraordinary musical journey. Who we are and what we will eventually become is a reflection of the people that believe in us. If you like what you've seen here or you've decided to back us, please tell everyone you know. Like us, love us and share us with all of your friends! Thank you!

-Midas Whale

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

While we strive to keep everything running smoothly, there are ALWAYS unforeseen problems that arise... like re-writes, remixes, re-tracking, equipment failure, etc. Nothing ever happens as one expects.

Fortunately, this isn't our first rodeo. Between the two of us we've overseen similar, large projects including the creation, marketing and distribution of two CD's and an EP, and the writing, directing and production of a 30-person rock-opera. These have given us an ability to avoid common mistakes and meet unexpected challenges with creativity and determination. If you have any specific questions please feel free to drop us a line!

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    -DELUXE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD- Digital download of the album. Includes extra music downloads PLUS a PDF of all the lyrics and band photos and an a PDF introduction to our secret society. PLEASE NOTE: if you're currently backing @ less than $5, you can UP your pledge & get this! just go to your page and top up, then re-select this package. (this PDF will also be added to EVERY bundle over $5!)

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    -BACKER-EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION CD- beautifully packaged backer-only version of the CD in a hardbound case, signed by us. Includes the deluxe digital download, PLUS you receive official induction papers into our secret society, a cool membership patch and information about your rank (the 2nd rank) in the society.

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    -BACKER-EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION VINYL- a gorgeous backer-only version of the album in retro brown packaging and pressed into a 10” record (same size as the classic 78’s)! So you can bring "the devil's music" into your home, same as your parents did. Also includes your Secret Society paperwork, patch and info sheet about your rank.

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    -BACKER-EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION SONGBOOK- A beautifully-printed limited edition book of our songs annotated. This package also includes the LIMITED EDITION CD so that you can sing along to our music in style, or learn to play them on your instrument of choice. You'll also receive your Secret Society patch, rank, certificate and paperwork.

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    **CD & T-SHIRT** By popular demand we've FINALLY made a T-shirt option! This will be a beautiful design on a high quality tee that will made exclusively for backers only!! WARNING: wearing this tee shirt may result in swaggering, swaying, leaping tall buildings in a single jump, shooting lasers out of your eyes, apprehending villains, having high-stakes gun fights at high noon, making bold new scientific discoveries, and/or spontaneous time-travel. Of course, your limited edition CD will be included along with your patch, rank and induction papers into the society.

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    -WE BECOME YOUR FANS- In addition to receiving the LIMITED EDITION CD and your official induction into our secret society with patch and paperwork. We will write YOU a letter and explain how we're YOUR biggest fans. In cursive. Just so you know that we mean it.

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    -THE FANGIRL- Yep! If it's your wish, we will hang out with you, fangirl style, on skype or ichat or google hangout... whichever works for you! We can have a heart to heart, tell each other secrets, have an educated conversation about justin beiber, team edward or team jacob, or just be awkward and say nothing. Up to you! PLUS, we'll add you to facebook and follow you on twitter and make our BFF status official. Like the other rewards, we will also send you the limited edition CD signed by us and give you all of your Secret Society paperwork, rank, patches, etc.

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    **The Old-School Fan** This reward is for those of you who are keeping it analog in a digital world. You may not care about video games, google hang-outs, or the "interwebs." Maybe you want us to just send you a little note on your birthday, or leave a message on your answering machine. OR maybe you want us to surprise your neighbor or relative with one of these things? This is our way of showing you we're just gonna be that good to you. Like the sons and grandsons you always wanted. PLUS, you get the exclusive t-shirts, CDs, downloads, secret society membership.... the works!

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    -THE FANBOY- If fangirling isn't your thing, then Jon will add you to his XBOX live friends list or his Battle.net realID or whichever social gaming platform you prefer and while dominating at the video game of your choice and consuming copious amounts of Code Red Mountain Dew and Flaming Hot Cheetos, you can talk about Japanese anime, comic books, Star Wars, the future of Marvel movies, or whatever ultra-fanboy subject you desire. We'll make this bromance last a lifetime by adding you to facebook and following you on twitter. Your Secret Society info will be carefully included.

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    -THE COLLECTOR- BACKER-EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION VINYL, SONGBOOK, EXCLUSIVE MIDAS WHALE T-SHIRT, And a CD of demos that didn't make it onto the album. Yep, Demos! This is the only package where it's available. You know, keepin' it real for collectors. Might as well. Oh, and of course you'll get your Secret Society ranking, paperwork, certifications, etc.

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    -MAKE ME IMMORTAL- This reward is basically your chance to be forever remembered by being put into the liner notes of the Album booklet. Obviously, you'll be getting a copy of the CD along with your Secret Society info, patch and ranking! I mean, what's immortality if you can' show it off to your friends?!

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    -I'M THE DJ!- Consider this reward our equivalent to a radio station's call-in request line. You request it, we play it. But, in this case we'll record any previously-recorded song upon your request, dedicate it to you, and send it to your inbox. And I mean anything. If there's an Insane Clown Posse track that your itching to have folkified, we'll do it. Society rankings included.

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    -PUPPET SHOW- Ryan makes a pretty killer sock puppet and we decided that for this one we'll create a brief version of any play or broadway musical and showcase it through the magical world of sock puppetry. We'll record it, tape it, and send it on down the line with your Society information. Keep it secret, keep it safe. PLUS, don't forget that you get the LIMITED EDITION BACKER-ONLY CD and downloads!

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    -BE MY VALENTINE?- Are you in need of a valentine next year? Midas Whale will be that valentine for you in this reward. We will EXPLODE your mailbox, inbox, voicemail and social media sites with chocolates, cards, candies, flowers and arduous confessions of love! You will never need another valentine for the rest of your life.

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    -I'M THE DJ! (Deluxe)- This is similar to the previous reward in that we'll play you a song on demand, but this time we'll WRITE an original just for you, record it and send it to your inbox! Along with your signed CD, exclusive downloads, and Society info.

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    -HOUSE PARTAY!- Jon, Ryan, guitar and accordion will come to you and give you your very own hoedown. I'm not going to say it's the kind of show where you'll have hide your kids or your wife, but it'll come close. This reward includes foot-stomping, hand-clapping, hell-raising, fist-pumping, breakdancing and much more! Plus, we'll break out our iPhones and take some good old fashioned/new-aged glamour shots. This time we can HAND DELIVER your CD and downloads...oh wait. Strike that. Just CD, and society info. Downloads will have to be, well, downloaded. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS US AND CANADA ONLY.

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    -THE INDIANA JONES- Ryan, a geologist, will offer you a choice of the following geological outings: Panning for gold in the snake river, geological survey of southern Utah and northern Arizona or a fossil dig in Boxelder county Utah. Jon, meanwhile, will tag along and pretend he's an outdoorsman or possibly, inappropriately, dress in ceremonial indian garb and attempt to ride bareback at some point during the expedition. This package obviously includes many of the previous rewards, such as the CD, downloads and Secret Society info and rankings. **Travel expenses are not included**

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    -BE IN THE BAND- Have you ever wanted your own True Hollywood Story? Yes? We will provide a suit, tie, hair, beard, and vintage eye-glasses and you can join us for banter and smoke and mirrors as a MEMBER OF THE BAND in our first music video. This will also include an attempt to recreate classic rock photography and an eventual break-up of the band. A possible reunion tour will be considered. **Travel expenses not included**

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