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Thanks to you, I'm recording in the studio! New tracks to be released this August and September.
Thanks to you, I'm recording in the studio! New tracks to be released this August and September.
188 backers pledged $10,858 to help bring this project to life.

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ADRIANNA MATEO • The Album

$10,858

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Stretch goal: 11K

For 1) compensating the photoshoot #1 volunteers (Yana Marks, Manuel Martagon, Thomas Lee, Katrina Mateo, Raymond Manalo, Justin Tinker, and Kristen Butcher) as well as Eric Read, the drummer on the track. These talented, good people all pitched in for practically nothing because they believe in me, so this this the least I can do.

and 2) repairing my violin before we start recording.

Thanks for your consideration!
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Hi! I'm Adrianna Mateo: violinist and rock singer-songwriter. I'm super excited to record my first album. :)

I'm a completely self-managed and self-promoted artist. On my own - with a violin, a laptop, and womanly balls of steel (I'm sure that's problematic from a feminist POV, but stay with me here), I've landed gigs on the main stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Winter Garden Atrium (the only solo act in the eight-hour, all-star Bang on a Can Marathon lineup), TimesCenter (with DJ Spooky) and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I've performed internationally in Africa (via One Young World), Europe (on a self-organized, self-produced solo tour in my junior year), and in Asia. I've learned 7 instruments, the main one being violin (with classical rigor, I practiced 6 hours a day to perform two-hour recitals) and been praised for my work in The New York Times, TimeOut NY, and on the front cover of QGuideAdditionally, I've been invited to perform with FKA Twigs; conducted orchestral premieres at Merkin Hall and the Dimenna Center, and met Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and Reggie Watts along the way.

It's been quite a journey for this Queens-born, Filipina, feminist Harry Potter fan. ⚡

  • 2013, winner of the Aaron Copland School of Music concerto competition:
  • 2014, the only solo performer on the 8-hour Bang on a Can Summer Marathon:
  •  Later in 2014, as a budding songwriter and singer:
  • 2015, finally recording the sound I've imagined for years:

 
To move my career forward, I've done some pretty crazy things: organizing fifteen-people photoshoots (personally taking care of production, props, and wardrobe... complete with midnight H&M runs and calls to that one cranky dude who's on the brink of dropping out of the shoot), pausing everything to perform last-second international concerts, and voluntarily moving out of a stable living situation (check out the Kickstarter video at 3:05) so I can safely pursue my art.

I know this probably seems crazy. Who moves to a new apartment every 2-3 weeks, all for the sake of recording an album?

The answer is, you do crazy things for love. 

This is what I've been working towards my entire life. This is what I'm supposed to be doing; this is where my soul needs to be.

My ultimate goal is to internationally tour as a headlining act, win Grammies, and give back to students, creatives, women in need: basically, I want to reach Swiftian levels of galactic awesomeness. :)

To do this, I need your help. I've already been making ripples with the right people. I need help to finish the album and seal the deal.

Studio time is expensive, and I want to pay all of the artists on the record fairly -- which is why I chose to roll the dice, setting the all-or-nothing goal at 10K.  A solo album is too much for me to write, sing, "violin," AND fund on my own. Feel free to check out my work here on Kickstarter (or all over the internet, really). If you like what I do, please donate or share the links below.

There are only a few days left in my campaign; I'd be truly grateful for any help you can give.

Love,
Adrianna

BUDGET:

Total: $10,000

  • 50% (5K) - Studio time: production and mastering
  • 20% (2K) - Rewards raw materials, shipping, handling
  • 20% (2K) - Musicians
  • 10% (1K) - Emergency fund/Kickstarter fee overhead

Risks and challenges

Recordings last forever. I tend to be suuuper specific about how I want to tweak a track; as a result, my creative process is sometimes on the slower side. I've set what I think is a reasonable timeframe in the rewards descriptions, but more intricate tracks may take more time to get right. I'll stay in touch with backers about the progress of the album.

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    An exuberant, emoji-abundant THANK YOU note, written to reverberate across the social media galaxy!

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    SUCCESS!!
    Bonus reward: Be in the OFFICIAL official music video for "Like A Little Kid With a Raging Heart"

    :)

    thanks for supporting. <3 a

    NB: I'm afraid I can't provide transportation to NYC, but if you can make it here, you're in!!

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    A heartfelt, (probably) charming, and (possibly) very strange THANK YOU! video, emblazoned throughout the social media universe!

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    A vivid, funny, and possibly weird vignette in prose:
    1) written specifically for you
    2) sent to your inbox or home address (please specify your preference), and
    2) sprinkled all over the social media multiverse!

    Confused? Here's an example: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152747960700493&set=a.10150207900065493.312474.537515492&type=1

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    A digital download of the complete studio album + album booklet (PDF)! YAYYYYYYYYY

    and

    An original poem OR prose piece (please specify):
    1) written specifically for you
    2) sent to your inbox or home address (please specify), and
    3) hung throughout the social media metaverse!

    Writing challenges enthusiastically accepted! These can specify anything, from form (sestina, graphic poem, etc.); to rhythmic structure (ye olde metre); to topic ("hamsters going through puberty")....The possibilities are endless!

    Note: The poem/prose piece will be delivered earlier than the album.

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    A digital download of the complete studio + with album booklet (PDF). YAAAY MUSIC!

    and

    An original song
    1) written specifically for you
    2) live-recorded by me in one take
    3) sent to your inbox, and
    4) sprinkled throughout the social media Milky Way!

    Writing challenges enthusiastically accepted! These can specify anything, from emotions; to situations (tell me YOUR story!); to topics (Greek philosophers, blue cheese), to MPAA ratings, ...you get the picture.

    Note: The song will be delivered earlier than the studio album.

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    Be featured on the album! [Ensemble]

    Come into the studio and be on the album. You'll be acknowledged in the album booklet (PDF and print) as a contributing artist. You'll also receive the studio album preloaded onto a Car, Rubber Duckie, Cookie, or Lego mp3 player (please specify your preference).

    Feeling nervous? I'll personally be there to help you if needed, shouting into microphones, singing ooh-aaahs, or playing kazoos with you (Please contact artist for more details on this reward.)

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    Be featured on the album! [Solo]

    Come into the studio, record, and be on the album. You'll be acknowledged in the album booklet as a contributing artist. You'll also receive the studio album preloaded onto a Car, Rubber Duckie, Cookie, or Lego mp3 player (please specify your preference).

    Feeling nervous? I'll personally be there to make you feel more comfortable and direct you. (Please contact artist for more details on this reward.)

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    Pledge US$ 700 or more About US$ 700

    Get a haircut with me. Y'know... for kicks. (I have to limit this to three, otherwise I'll be completely bald.)

    You'll also receive the studio album preloaded onto a Car, Rubber Duckie, Cookie, or Lego mp3 player (please specify your preference). Yay!

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    One of the articles of clothing used in the photoshoot O:)

    You'll also receive the studio album preloaded onto a Car, Rubber Duckie, Cookie, or Lego mp3 player (please specify your preference). Woohoo!

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    One of the props used in the shoot (items include glasses, stuffed bear, or head gear); the studio album preloaded onto a Car, Rubber Duckie, Cookie, or Lego mp3 player (please specify your preference); plus a fine-quality, limited-edition signed print of an unreleased photo from the album photoshoots.

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    One of the articles of clothing from the photoshoot :O

    You'll also receive the studio album preloaded onto a Car, Rubber Duckie, Cookie, or Lego mp3 player (please specify your preference). Yay!

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    Pledge US$ 3,000 or more About US$ 3,000

    Dinner for two at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan, NYC; the studio album preloaded onto a Car, Rubber Duckie, Cookie, or Lego mp3 player (please specify your preference); and three individual fine-quality, limited-edition signed prints of unreleased photos from the album photoshoots.

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    One of the instruments used in the recording of the album; the studio album preloaded onto a Car, Rubber Duckie, Cookie, or Lego mp3 player (please specify your preference); three individual fine-quality, limited-edition signed prints of unreleased photos from the album photoshoots; and lunch with the artist followed by a live acoustic performance.

    Please contact artist for more details on reward.

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