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£873
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28
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 10 2016 4:45 PM UTC +00:00

About

Hello humans!

My name is Gabriel Collins. Firstly, just for the record- I don't usually sing in a pseudo american accent as in my pitch video, but I think the song required it :). I’ve been writing and playing music since around 1997 and writing/singing my own songs in earnest since around 2006 whilst studying at the late lamented Dartington College Of Arts and have been involved with various bands and projects including Donna Blitz, Melonbud, Berry Pomeroy, Moscow Magazine, Disney's Head and Kissing Cozens . My music, singing and songwriting have been compared to that of Damon Albarn, Robert Wyatt, Laura Nyro, Kurt Weill, Elvis Costello, Todd Rundgren, David Bowie, Franz Schubert, Mike Post, Jonas Hellborg, The Streets and many others.

 For the past 2 and a half years or so I have been recording, producing and mixing what will be my debut EP and first professional quality release as a solo artist, alongside co producer and recording engineer Adam Diamantides at Sonicworld Studios, Totnes.  http://www.sonicworldrecordingstudios.com/studio/ Hear some unmastered versions of some songs at: https://soundcloud.com/gabriel-collins. All this time I have been funding myself. Now I am running out of funds and I realise I need more money. 

 The EP will be called ‘Count the Seconds’ and the general theme is time passing. There are two romantic songs on there, a political one and two impressionistic, exploratory songs. We are very close to the end of the mixing stage and will be finished and ready to master in early 2016.

 I now want to catapult my career into (and out of) the realm of new artists. For this I need your help to fund all the things that usually come with a professional level release: Physical copies and merchandise to sell at gigs, music video costs, promo photos and artwork, website costs, PR and plugging campaign to get my music and content some attention and help me rise above the bubbling, babbling ocean of market saturation. I see this labour of love as an investment for my future, so that I can realise and sustain my long-term `life goals’ as a full time songwriter, producer, music artist and singer. This will also help me to get gigs and find a manager. 

I've had some fantastic musicians play on this record, including Phil Oberheinrich, Nemo Jones, Tami Jaton, Amie Willingale, Paul Hussell, Adam Diamantides and a whole bunch of amazing singers and I want them to also get the exposure they deserve for their great work!

 I have written a synopsis for the music video for one of the songs from the record ‘London is Losing its Crown’ https://www.evernote.com/shard/s712/sh/cfbbdba3-6e02-4a47-8db1-2291c8b31ec1/bc0d7c6d4232bb077e6c709e474cc20c  Now I just need the people and the money to help make it a reality. I would love to have the cd and digital format artwork, photography, mastering and music video done as soon as possible. I have an artist and some possible photographers/videographers lined up to begin the work soon.   

If I exceed my funding goal, I may be able to get a PR and plugging campaign underway which would help my career prospects very much.

Here's a detailed breakdown of the budget: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s712/sh/476b0290-f5e1-47fc-95ae-d17b9e9e8a1d/33d961f9112285f6b3e8665ec1e13216

Thank you in advance to all kind backers and fans! And if you like what I'm doing but can't afford to donate then I would be immensely grateful if you'd share my project with your friends/family etc to give me a better chance of success...

Lots of love, Gabriel

Thanks to Peter James Millson https://petemillson.wordpress.com for taking all the photos (except the one below which Phil Oberheinrich https://www.facebook.com/beandogstudios/ took)

Risks and challenges

This is my first time releasing a professional quality EP and making a professional music video, however I am confident I will realise my goals with your help.

I'm looking forward to meeting the challenges of coordinating the release schedule so that everything meshes together at the right time, i.e. artwork finalisation, distribution, manufacturing, shipping etc- but with self confidence I will overcome these challenges.

My new motto in life is "I can and I will".

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    HAIKU NAMATATA

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    VALUED VERSE (COULD BE WORSE)

    From the heavens will descend a rhyme besmirched upon your merry brow (I will write a limerick for you and send it via post). includes digital download of the EP. Amen.

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    DELUXE FLOSS AND WAX YOURSELF LYRICAL

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    GRAND CANDY KISS AND TELL PACK

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    LOVE AT BIRTHED SIGHT

    Exclusive concert of relaxing, soothing improvised piano music at my home on a mutually agreeable date. For pregnant mothers and expectant fathers. 1 person per pledge. (Travel and accommodation not included)

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    BIRTHDAY BOOM BOX

    Handmade birthday card to you (or a person of your choice) from me and the band (if applicable). With signed CD and digital download of the EP.

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    LOGOPHILE'S DREAM

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    NEW MODEL BARMY

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    UP YOUR OWN BACKSTAGE PASS!

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    MAYBE YOU'RE BORN WITH IT MAYBE IT'S A LATRINE

    A one hour songwriting lesson/feedback on your songs. I'll give you all the help and tips I can. At my house if you can get there, or over Skype. Plus digital download of the EP.

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    JAMBOREE WITH ZEST FOR THE BIRTHDAY GUEST

    I will compose an original birthday song for you or your chosen one and sing it down the phone or over Skype on your next birthday. Includes digital download of the EP

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    WELL VERSED IN THE LAY OF THE BAND

    You and a friend can peek into the strange and mysterious world of a rehearsal (UK) and watch me and the band in action for a few hours. If you can't get there in person we could connect you over Skype. Includes digital download of the EP.

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    I PREDICT A DEMO

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    I PRESCRIBE A MEMO(RY)

    I will write an original song especially for you and record a demo CD version of it on piano or guitar. You can tell me if you want a specific theme or maybe discuss with me over email, phone or Skype if you want me to respond to some ideas/experiences/etc that you have (had) which could inspire the lyrics.

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    PINK CELLULOID IN MY TAMBOURINE DREAM

    A limited few will get to be featured extras/actors in my first ever music video for the song 'London is Losing its Crown'. If you want to be immortalised on screen this one is for you. Transport and accommodation not included. Sandwiches/snacks/tea included.

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    LIBERAL IN LIBATION POTTY FOR THE PATISSIER

    We'll go for tea/coffee and cake. I'll also bring along a signed CD copy of the EP. Only available in UK, in either Totnes, Torbay, Plymouth or Exeter. Travel and accommodation not included.

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    TOP OF THE POPULOUS

    You can have a VIP pass and be on the guest list (free) for any gigs I have this year and your choice of another two rewards under the £100 bracket. And you'll get a signed copy of the CD.

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    PA DE TROIS TROIKA MOI?

    I will record 3 cover versions of your choice and get them to you on a CD. Includes signed CD and digital download of the EP.

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    STORM THE CASTLE! (UK 200 MILE RADIUS OF TOTNES ONLY)

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    HOLLER HURRAH FOR THE WHITE-COLLAR STAR!

    For so generous a pledge and your obvious belief in the project and me, you will be named and credited as executive producer of the EP and you will be remembered as an awesome badass wonder-thing until my last breath. Includes signed CD and digital download of the EP.

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    THE COUNT/COUNTESS OF BEST-NESS

    As well as anything you'd like of the previous reward tiers (subject to their respective conditions) I will write and record piano/guitar demos of 10 original songs/covers- whatever you prefer- especially for you and put them on CD with unique one of a kind homemade custom artwork/photography by myself- and you and I will have the only copies! Also I will henceforth think of you as infinitely wonderful beyond the wonderfulness of space and time and I will love you always- thank you! (Includes CD and digital download of the EP)

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