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Join the voyage to Taimane’s first self-produced Album “We Are Made of Stars”.
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Why this Project is Important To Me:

This album will be a new chapter in my life. After creating 3 albums with record labels, I am ready to do this on my own!  I want the music to be absolutely pure from my mind, to your ears. I also want to challenge myself with new music and new aspects of the music business! With your help, this project will be an example that it IS possible to express Art the way it was intended and to do it independently. 

My Vision for this Album

"We Are Made of Stars" will consist of original songs in honor of the planets along with melodies inspired by our universe. My well known genres of classical, flamenco and rock on ukulele will be enjoyed by the listener.

Costs

The cost of this project will run in excess of $30,000.  Kickstarter will help cover a large part of my expenses.  Below is a short list of costs:

  • Recording studio/ fees
  • Sound engineer/ fees
  • Studio musicians
  • Equipment rental
  • Graphics and art design
  • Editing/ mastering/ copyrighting
  • Pressing and packaging cds
  • Distribution
  • Promotion (shows, props, tour)                        

                                               REWARDS!

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POSTER: EXCLUSIVE for KICKSTARTER 2015!
POSTER: EXCLUSIVE for KICKSTARTER 2015!
LAVA LAVA:  Also called a pareo or sarong, lava lavas are used in the islands and can be worn around the house, parties, or the beach. They can also be used as tablecloths, tapestries and mats. Men also wear them around their waists. Random colors.
LAVA LAVA: Also called a pareo or sarong, lava lavas are used in the islands and can be worn around the house, parties, or the beach. They can also be used as tablecloths, tapestries and mats. Men also wear them around their waists. Random colors.
Long Sleeve Tattoo Shirt:  The design is a replica of the tattoo on my hand. It also comes in white and short sleeves.
Long Sleeve Tattoo Shirt: The design is a replica of the tattoo on my hand. It also comes in white and short sleeves.
Lady's Tank Top: This top was personally designed by yours truly and was inspired by the traditional tattoos women receive in Samoa.
Lady's Tank Top: This top was personally designed by yours truly and was inspired by the traditional tattoos women receive in Samoa.
First 3 CDs:  Top is "Loco Princess" recorded when I was 15, middle is my most recent Ukulele Dance,  and bottom is LIVE in Waikiki
First 3 CDs: Top is "Loco Princess" recorded when I was 15, middle is my most recent Ukulele Dance, and bottom is LIVE in Waikiki
The Cordoba ukulele. Beautifully crafted by the well known guitar company, mahalo Cordoba!
The Cordoba ukulele. Beautifully crafted by the well known guitar company, mahalo Cordoba!
Uncle Fred made this ukulele.  Notice the lovely shell rosette he crafted. Mahalo uncle Fred!
Uncle Fred made this ukulele. Notice the lovely shell rosette he crafted. Mahalo uncle Fred!
Hapa ukulele.  This lovely ukulele is half brown and half blonde. In Hawaii, my ethnicity is called Hapa; Half samoan (brown) and half caucasian (white). Thanks parents!
Hapa ukulele. This lovely ukulele is half brown and half blonde. In Hawaii, my ethnicity is called Hapa; Half samoan (brown) and half caucasian (white). Thanks parents!
ELE UKE:  (Electric uke) The little pieces of tape on the neck helped me learn notes and chords when I was a little kid. They're still there!
ELE UKE: (Electric uke) The little pieces of tape on the neck helped me learn notes and chords when I was a little kid. They're still there!
My Ho'okani ukulele crafted by luthier Reid Shigemura.  Very nice work!
My Ho'okani ukulele crafted by luthier Reid Shigemura. Very nice work!
My Ko'Aloha ukulele.  A great choice among many professionals!
My Ko'Aloha ukulele. A great choice among many professionals!
MINI UKE:  Exclusively made for my Kickstarter!!  My name & tattoo are inscribed into the wood. Only 1 made!
MINI UKE: Exclusively made for my Kickstarter!! My name & tattoo are inscribed into the wood. Only 1 made!

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges include breaking the bank! ;)
Art cannot be rushed so production delays, packaging delays, mastering etc. may occur which can add up. Also since this is my first experience doing everything on my own, I may forget a step or two which may require more time. I will make sure that the album will be done by the end of this year to make way for more speedy albums in the future.
If you want to achieve goals you've never achieved before, you have to do things you've never done.
Mahalo!
-T

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    "Fa'afetai Wall" Your name proudly illustrated on my "Thank You" page. (Fa'afetai means thank you in Samoan.)

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    Taimane's UNRELEASED new Songbook for intermediate to advanced Ukulele players + poster + autographed new CD + lava lava + 1st 2 rewards!

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    Skype/Facetime session > a personal mahalo + your choice of a 30 minute uke lesson or music writing discussion or anything music related + 1st 2 rewards.

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    COLLECTOR'S BASKET: A Collection of all 4 Taimane cds /each autographed to YOU personally! (Loco Princess, Live, Ukulele Dance, We Are Made of Stars) + t-shirt + lava lava + personalized Exclusive KS poster + 1st 2 rewards! Loco Princess, to our knowledge, will never be available again.

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    My personal Lanikai soprano ukulele used back in the day. Perfect for the beginner! I will autograph it for you + new CD + lava lava + 1st 2 rewards!

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    Custom "Mini Uke" made especially for my Kickstarter campaign + autographed. Only one exists. My name & personal tattoo inscribed across the face + case + 1st 2 rewards!

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    Luna concert ukulele given to me + case. Perfect for intermediate players. A tribal tattoo design on front reminds me of my Samoan heritage + Electronic pickup. I will autograph it + autographed new CD + t-shirt or lava lava + 1st 2 rewards!

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    A beautiful mandolin given to me by Uncle Dave but haven't used much (Dont know how to play!)+ autographed new CD + t-shirt or lava lava + 1st 2 rewards!

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    Given to me by Cordoba, this ukulele is great for the intermediate player. It has an electronic pickup and some scratches from my playing. I will autograph it for you + autographed new CD + t-shirt or lava lava + 1st 2 rewards!

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    This was given to me a long time ago. It's called ELE (electric) UKE. It still has chord/note stickers I put on personally to help learn + autographed cd + t-shirt or lava lava + 1st 2 rewards.

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    My HO‘OKANI soprano ukulele from my personal collection (autographed) - made entirely of Hawaiian Koa wood + my personal strings & personal thumb pick + autographed new cd + t-shirt or lava lava + 1st 2 rewards!

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    “HAPA” soprano ukulele from my personal collection. This uke is half dark wood (Koa) & half white + bag + my personal strings & pick + autographed new cd + t-shirt or lava lava +1st 2 rewards.

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    HO‘OKANI ukulele made by Reid Shigemura (Reid has worked on my broken ukuleles for years) + my personal strings & my thumb pick + autographed new cd + t-shirt or lava lava + 1st 2 rewards!

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    Uncle Fred made this ukulele especially for my Kickstarter campaign. It has a beautiful green abalone & gold mother of pearl rosette + autographed new cd + t-shirt or lava lava + my personal strings & thumb pick + 1st 2 rewards!

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    From my personal collection, a Soprano professional quality Ko'aloha ukulele. - Hawaiian Koa & Mahogany + autographed new cd + my personal strings & thumb pick + tattoo t-shirt or lava lava + 1st 2 rewards!

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    LIVE PRIVATE 45 MINUTE PERFORMANCE at your place on Oahu + Rewards 1st 2 rewards. Must be used within 1 year and scheduled on open date.

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    LIVE PRIVATE 45 MINUTE PERFORMANCE at your place on Oahu + 10 autographed new CDs + 10 Autographed posters + 10 lava lavas as gifts for your guests + 1st 2 rewards. Must be scheduled within 1 year on available date.

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    LIVE PRIVATE 45 MINUTE PERFORMANCE on a (Neighbor Hawaiian Island) + 10 autographed new CDs + 10 autographed posters + 10 lava lavas as prizes for your guests + must be used within 1 year + 1st 2 rewards! *Note: Sound system + Travel & accommodations for 2 will be needed.

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    LIVE PRIVATE 1 HOUR PERFORMANCE on the (Mainland USA) + 10 autographed new CDs + 10 autographed posters +10 lava lavas as prizes for your guests + must be used within 1 year + 1st 2 rewards! *Note: A sound system + travel & accommodations for 3 needed.

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