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Father: A Full-Length Album By Izzy Heltai

Help me record a singer-songwriter's coming-of-age story.

Father: A Full-Length Album By Izzy Heltai

Help me record a singer-songwriter's coming-of-age story.

$13,560
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209
backers
88minutes to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, November 15 2019 7:37 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Hello and thank you for stopping by my Kickstarter campaign! If you don't know me, my name is Izzy Heltai and I'm raising money to record and release my first full-length album. 

With that, I introduce to you, to:

"Father"

This album is a musical personification of my coming of age: of what it has meant, for me, to narrate my life anew as I become an "adult" and attempt to discover what it will mean to leave my mark.

This record is about the power of feeling fully present in your own identity. I hope you'll help me make it a reality.

Releasing a new album is expensive. You have to pay for studio time, musicians, mixing, mastering, pressing the CDs, art design, press and marketing, and a bunch of other little things that add up over time. I'm trying to raise $13,000 to support the release of this album, and I need your help to do it. Please read more below about the inspiration for these songs, and give what you can - every dollar helps get us towards our goal, which is all or nothing. If we don't hit the goal in 30 days, we don't get any of the money. So thank you so much for your support and helping us reach our goal! 

So what are these songs about? This album ventures also to humanize those who, as a child, I thought were untouchable. My parents and teachers: grown-ups. The people who I once encountered as something other than fully human, as figments and manifestations of what I needed them to be in my life.

This record emerges from the effort to understand the flaws and limitations of the people I love most, at their roots. It reflects a commitment to approaching those failings with empathy and tenderness and, through that process, coming to re-examine myself and my own trajectory of becoming.

And maybe most importantly, this record tells the story of how I, as a boy, defined how masculinity would manifest itself in my own life as I become an adult. How I navigate societies complex and often toxic ideals of manhood as a transgender man.  

 It's only been with the help of friends and listeners that I have been able to get this far in my career. So many generous people have bought a CD, given me a couch to sleep on, or made me a home cooked meal when I needed it most. I hope you’ll lend a hand again to make this record what it needs to be.

Why I need your help:
This record is going to be BIG! 

And it's going to be different if you're used to hearing me play solo and acoustic.

I'm going full band, and i've managed to wrangled up some astonishingly talented individuals to work on this album with me- from producers to musicians to visual artists- and I want to be able to pay each of them fairly. This album would not be half of what it is without their contributions.

I feel grateful every day to be able to make music, and the collection of songs on this album are my best yet. Before starting this project I never knew what it meant to really put your everything into a piece of recorded work.

I hope you will back the campaign at whatever level you can. Help me bring these songs to life. From me, to you, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support.

-Izzy

Risks and challenges

This is my first Kickstarter campaign, and raising $13,000 can be a challenge! That said, I've prepared my October and November schedule to include plenty of opportunities to play in front of new people, reconnect with old fans, and tell as many people as possible about my campaign. I also have a good friend and manager, Abbie, helping me stay organized!

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