It's that time again.... the posse and I are headed back to the studio to record new melodies for us to share. This will be the first project on the KRISHNA DAS MUSIC label !
We are excited about the new music, already in the works. There's a sneak peak in the video of KRISHNA WALTZ and I PHONE GOVINDA (and the story around how that name came to be !) We will bring you these chants and new melodies to the Devi, Hanuman and more ! Without giving too much away, these new chants are coming alive as you read this. Updates will be posted here, so stay tuned for more information as we go deeper into the zone! We will be in full swing this fall and plan the album release for the Spring 2014.
Of course there are many costs involved to do this and that's why we are here. This campaign on Kickstarter is in lieu of taking money from a record company. The funds we raise will go directly toward studio rental expenses, professional engineers and producers, our awesome musicians, mastering fees, artwork & design, CD manufacturing costs, and legal/production/management staff. Your partnership supports this entire process and will bring the album to life !
If Kickstarter is new to you... here's some information that will help you participate:
Kickstarter provides creators like us with a platform from which we can raise funds to make our projects happen by the direct support of people like you.
We have listed several several "rewards" on the right side of this page. If you choose to back this project, you will need to set up an account and click on the green button to the right of the video that says "back this project". After this, you can either select a level from the reward list or you can enter your own amount in the box provided. If you want to pledge an amount in between two levels you can do this - we will consider the amount above our preset level as a donation. We sincerely appreciate every dollar contributed here. Funding on Kickstarter is all or nothing. This means in order for us to receive the money pledged to this project we must meet or exceed our funding goal within the funding period. If we are not able to do this ... we don't get anything at all.
A project can be over-funded too. If this is the case we are given all the money pledged. Our funding goal is considerably less than the total cost for this project. If we exceed our goal, these additional resources will go toward the total budget and making everything about this album even better.
So please join our project for whatever feels right and together we will make this happen.
For more information on Krishna Das please click on these links :
"Because you chant with me, I can do my practice" - Krishna Das
"Chanting just hits you and you want to be a part of it. That’s the point of this whole thing. That’s what cuts through all the ‘stuff’. You get lit up. You don’t have to know what it means." - Krishna Das
"You can’t manipulate a heart open, you can only allow it to open, in the right circumstances, and this is what chanting is for me." - Krishna Das
"All blessings of your own heart" - Krishna Das
Risks and challenges
We have released 16 albums and books so far. To date, we have not had any major delivery issues. We are totally confident that our experienced team will see this through. For this new album we are using the same trusty studios, professional producers, engineers and musicians that have worked with us in the past. We have applied for and received the required permits for the tracks.
Every now and then there are delays in the overdubbing, mixing and mastering processes. This could add a little time to the schedule, maybe a couple of weeks. Also, sometimes KD gets new music ideas and inspiration while in the recording studio and we may need to add a day or two here. We have allowed for these possibilities in our scheduling and hope to stay on track with our release date in Spring 2014. If there any unforeseen delays this could become Summer 2014. We have considered all the rewards offered carefully and do not expect problems in getting them to you around the estimated delivery date we have noted. As a backer, you are our partner. If there are any issues along the way, we will be sure to keep you updated.
In the past, we always took an advance from a record company to record a CD. In return, the record company would share substantially in the income from sales after the cost (which they advanced) of producing the CD was recouped. The record company would also do publicity, promotion, and distribution so that people would know that the CD was available. This income and the income from touring and chanting with people is what I live on and is what supports the people that help me tour and help me make the music. The record companies helped us get this far and I am grateful for their support. The music industry has evolved and because of the internet and our ability to communicate with you directly, and the fact that I am fairly well-known in certain circles, we want to give it a go ourselves and take on this business ourselves - but where will the money come from to make a new CD?
In the old days, when people still bought CDs, I would have been able to support the touring and some rest time, from the sales. But as you know these days, many people don't buy CDs (or legal downloads) anymore; they find "alternate" ways of getting the music. It puts a tremendous amount of pressure on this 66 year old body to be on the road more than is really good for its health. This is why we are essentially selling the album in advance to the people that would probably buy it anyway. And that is why we formed our own record label and are putting out my first studio album on this label. As you can imagine, making an album involves the costs of producers, recording engineers, musicians, studio rentals, administrative/legal/distribution staff, and more. Please note the total budget is double of what we are trying to raise here. If we raise more than our goal amount , the money will still go toward the production of the CD.
Let me tell you a story…
Back in the mid-eighties I was sitting in the jungles of India with a very old Baba. This yogi was 163 years old at the time. He's older now!!!
One day he looked at me intensely and said, "You are going to be famous." Even though it was 120 degrees out there at the time I still
had my wits about me, so I replied half jokingly, "and rich!" The Baba cracked up laughing and leaned over really close to me...eye-to-eye...
nose-to-nose, and said, "Famous!" So that was that.
So to just to be clear, I am semi-famous, but have no extra money. We keep touring so that we can keep touring and pay the bills, so that we can keep touring. When I take a break to go to India to recharge and quiet down, by the time I come back and start singing with people again we are in the red. And to be clear again, it is perfect the way it is. Chanting with people is the one thing that keeps my heart singing and alive and I am blessed to be able to do this.
It is all in the service of the Chanting. I am still experimenting and trying to find the best way to do this.... to chant with the people who want to chant with me; to be able to make this offering to and from my own heart to the hearts of all and stay healthy to do it again and again and again.
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