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$2,962
pledged of $9,001pledged of $9,001 goal
76
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, February 26 2015 2:45 PM UTC +00:00

About

Cover art for our new single, "Pocky Girl!"
Cover art for our new single, "Pocky Girl!"

We're seeking $9001 to make a new album. Will we have the power level to reach our goal??

LeetStreet Boys is an anime otaku band renowned for our unique mix of romance, humor and epic in our catchy pop songs and animated music videos. You might remember our original hit from 2008 "Yuri The Only One," as well as popular singles "She's So Kawaii" and "Imaginary Boys." Maybe you saw us perform in concert at an anime convention. We've passed 4 million views on YouTube, our music has been featured in numerous video games, as well as shown at anime and video game festivals all around the world. We've even had fans propose marriage during our shows and quote our lyrics in their wedding vows.

LeetStreet Boys performing at live at Animethon (Edmonton, Alberta) in 2011.
LeetStreet Boys performing at live at Animethon (Edmonton, Alberta) in 2011.

Why KickStarter?

All that went very well for a long time and then -- for whatever reason -- we stopped being able to get shows at conventions the way we used to. But despite that the encouragement from fans has not stopped. We've gotten countless requests to make another album and we've wanted to do it, but without performance opportunities (and the ability to sell CDs quickly through them) it's a lot harder to justify the time costs of making 10 new songs, especially to meet the high expectations fans place on us and we place on ourselves. Last time around I spent 6 months of nights and weekends writing, arranging and tracking vocals -- on top of my regular job producing music for video games and commercials. With your help I will be able to focus on this "full-time" until the album is done, and (hopefully) offer some exciting ways to give back to our fans in exchange for investing more into LeetStreet Boys!

Making the album

Can we get to album #4?
Can we get to album #4?

Our goal first and foremost is to make a new full-length LeetStreet Boys album. Since I am a full-time music composer and producer I have all my own gear already, I am only charging for my time writing, performing and mixing, as well as my regular musicians to track instruments (with guitarist Patrick Powers and bassist Lawrence Lee). We just released a new single "Pocky Girl" as an example of recent work, and gotten enthusiastic and energizing responses from fans. This is going to be a genuine LeetStreet Boys album and we are going to meet and exceed your expectations!

Stretch goal: Animated music video

Our music video "Imaginary Boys" debuted at Otakon in 2013.
Our music video "Imaginary Boys" debuted at Otakon in 2013.

We've produced 5 animated music videos to date, and since people love responding to them on YouTube then we would like to continue in this tradition. We will be working with the same fantastic animator who made "Imaginary Boys" has committed to signing onto this project if we are able to meet this stretch goal. If it wasn't for our animated videos, LeetStreet Boys would not be what it is today.

Stretch goal: Printing CDs

People buy albums... when we have a place to play at.
People buy albums... when we have a place to play at.

Manufacturing physical albums is expensive. Without regular shows to sell them at (anymore) the boxes mostly sit in my room like a towering cardboard skyscraper. If we can raise the money to do a print run of 1000 albums, we will deliver a professionally pressed CD as our second stretch goal.

Collaborating with our fans

Have you ever wanted to write a song? We get  number of request from fans to write songs about their favorite anime or video game, or even about personal lives. With this album, we're offering fans the opportunity to work with us to create material that's important to them, and share it with all our fans. Just like when we make theme songs for video games and do as our clients ask!

For those who are visually inclined...
For those who are visually inclined...
See you soon!
See you soon!

Risks and challenges

The cost to making this project happen is simply the labor time of getting it done. We have our own gear already, and of course there is always the risk of somebody getting sick or a computer catastrophe. That said, we've produced 3 LeetStreet Boys albums and a number of singles to date. I also have a longstanding career as a music producer outside of LeetStreet Boys, working for game developers and corporations. If I didn't get the work done I simply would not have a job. For examples of my work outside of LeetStreet Boys, please consult my website (www.leetmusic.com) or an article I wrote which was published recently (http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/MatthewMyers/20141118/230329/Producing_winning_videogame_theme_songs.php).

Making music videos involves managing animators, illustrators and post-production specialists. I've produced 5 animated music videos for LeetStreet Boys to date, as well as an animated commercial for a software company. From working with lead animator Songwut Ouppakarndee on both the most recent video and commercial I cannot say enough good things about his talent and his dedication.
I've also had a time when producing animation went really, really wrong and wrote an article about it here: http://www.leetstreetboys.com/2014/10/the-story-of-producing-%E2%80%9Cshes-so-kawaii%E2%80%9D-music-video/ Even when things have gone off the rails I was able to get the project done anyway, and my management skills have grown more from my failures than my successes.

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    "Pocky Girl" MP3

    Our new single!

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    Digital version of album #4

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    Digital version of album #4

    The new LeetStreet Boys album with 10 songs. This is what we are looking to finance and the main point of this campaign.

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    Digital album #4 + karaoke tracks

    Sing along to your favorite songs from our upcoming album!

    If our stretch goal of manufacturing CDs ($15,501) is met, then everyone who backed at this tier or higher will get a physical CD for the cost of shipping.

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    Digital album #4 + karaoke album #4 + another digital LeetStreet Boys album of your choice.

    Pick LeetStreet Boys (our self titled debut), Otaku Hearts or L3g3nds. Our finished albums will be delivered in February, whereas the new album will be delivered in November.

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    Digital album #4 + karaoke album #4 + digital / physical copy of LeetStreet Boys album of choice.

    Same as the previous reward, but we will mail you a physical copy too. Signed upon request!

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    Digital album #4 + karaoke album #4 + 2 digital LeetStreet Boys albums of choice.

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    Digital album #4 + karaoke album #4 + digital / 2 physical copies of LeetStreet Boys albums of choice.

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    Digital album #4 + karaoke album #4 + 3 digital LeetStreet Boys albums of choice.

    All THREE: LeetStreet Boys (our self titled debut), Otaku Hearts and L3g3nds. Our finished albums will be delivered in February, whereas the new album will be delivered in November.

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    Digital album #4 + karaoke album #4 + digital / 3 physical copies of LeetStreet Boys albums of choice.

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    "Thank you" in album #4 liner notes. Access to WIP songs.

    Everything from the previous offer and we will thank you for your generosity in the album liner notes. You will also have access to work in progress song demos to give feedback if you wish.

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    10 physical albums

    10 LeetStreet Boys albums of your choice (while supplies last) to gift your otaku friends or do anything you want with! Also the new album (digital) and karaoke tracks of course.

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    Matt will be a guest at your con or public event.

    I will run up to 5 panels on topics like LeetStreet Boys, composing music, video game music appreciation, singing and recording, and producing animation. Transportation and hospitality costs not included.

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    Direct one of our new album songs.

    Over the years we've gotten lots or requests from fans to write songs about their lives or things they like. Now is your opportunity to be a part of LeetStreet Boys creatively! We will write and produce a song on the album following your spec. (Must be good-intentioned and non-offensive, common sense applies.)

    Disclaimer: We own the commercial and publishing rights to this song, but the backer has a lifetime non-commercial license to do anything they want with the song.

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    LeetStreet Boys will perform at your con or public event.

    For those who are curious about LeetStreet Boys' appearance fee, this is actually what we charge. Transportation, hospitality and stage gear costs not included. (See band rider agreement for details.)

    Matt / LeetStreet Boys will also run multiple panels.

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    LeetStreet Boys will perform at your private party.

    LeetStreet Boys will perform a private show at your sweet 16, bar mitzvah, engagement party, wedding, or other private event. Transportation, hospitality and stage gear costs not included.

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Funding period

- (45 days)