Who we are
We are Austin, Texas-based progressive rock band, The Aaron Clift Experiment. Known for our diverse, expressive music and powerful live shows, we're on a path to creating innovative new rock music.
In January this year, we began writing and performing songs that are going to be a part of our upcoming second album. We have a very exciting set of songs ready to record in January 2015, and we need your help to raise the money to make this vision a reality.
The road to our second album
In June 2012, we released our debut album, Lonely Hills, to major accolades from the progressive rock community. Progressive Rock and Metal Magazine proclaimed: "Lonely Hills is a joyful trip, with a richly varied and multifaceted musical experiment . . . the recording and production are perfect, and the songwriting is outstanding," and in 2013, the prestigious industry publication, Prog Magazine, selected The Aaron Clift Experiment as one of its top unsigned acts of the year. With the success of "Lonely Hills," we knew that we had a big act to follow.
The good news is that we're now not only ready to equal the quality of our debut, but we're going to TOP it with our second album. When we recorded "Lonely Hills" in early 2012, The Aaron Clift Experiment had only been a band for about 2 months. However, since that time, we've performed a steady stream of live shows and have become a very tight live unit. With the addition of guitarist Eric Gutierrez in late 2013, we gained a virtuoso musician and accomplished composer who has helped us take our sound to the next level.
Our growth as a band has spilled into our songwriting: The music for The Aaron Clift Experiment's second album is our richest, most expressive to date. Our new music hits harder and deeper than anything we've done before, and with the added benefit of doubling our recording budget from our debut album to our second album and having Blue October bassist, Matt Noveskey, produce and record the album in his state-of-the-art Orb Recording Studios, the end result is going to be a high-quality classic progressive rock album.
Why we need YOU
We have amazing music and an awesome studio where we plan to record our second album, but without the funds to cover recording costs, we won't be able to share our vision with you. We've set up this Kickstarter campaign to raise our recording budget AND to give you a chance to be involved in the making of the album.
By contributing just $10, you will be the first to download the album plus get exclusive updates, first listens, and a behind the scenes look at the making of this album at Orb Recording Studios.
Our Kickstarter campaign also features exclusive rewards like limited-edition artwork from the album, hand-written song lyrics by Aaron, and your chance to be listed as a major patron for the album. These rewards are available nowhere else.
There are also chances to get to know us more: take a guitar lesson with Eric or spend time with us in the studio when we record the album. There's even a chance to get a PRIVATE concert from The Aaron Clift Experiment and have us write a song just for you!
Our goal of $15,000 will cover all the costs of recording, mixing, producing, and mastering our second album. But, don't forget that Kickstarter campaigns are all-or-nothing. If we don't reach our goal, we won't receive any money and we won't be able to make an album and give you our awesome rewards. So, after you contribute, please be sure to share this campaign with your friends.
If we're fortunate enough to exceed our goal, we'll be able to invest the money into other album costs such as artwork, CD duplication, and promotional expenses.
We want to thank you in advance for supporting us. Fans like you are one of the biggest reasons we love making music.
Thank you for appreciating the passion and hard work of independent musicians!
Aaron, Eric, Joe G, and Joe R
The Aaron Clift Experiment
Risks and challenges
We started pre-production on this album in early 2014, so when we enter the studio in January 2015 to record the album, we'll have a year's worth of planning that has already gone into the album. We're therefore very certain that recording, mixing, and mastering will go very smoothly and finish right on schedule.
Sometimes in the making of an album, production delays can occur, but we have an excellent team backing us, and we anticipate that any disruptions to the album release schedule will be none to minimal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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