My first publicly-released full-length studio album, and the long-awaited follow-up to my début EP, 2006's Superhuman.
Music has always been an important part of my life. Writing, practicing and listening to my songs has brought me so much joy, and I feel called to share that joy with you and everyone.
I am asking for your help so that I can record my very first publicly-released full-length studio album of original music, and do so in a respectable, professional, quality manner. I need funds to rent the appropriate recording studio facility, hire technicians, additional musicians and personnel to produce, mix and master my new album in-full, and monies to distribute and promote my album in the world.
I have the talent, motivation, discipline and integrity to follow through with my goals and aspirations.
Included within my Kickstarter video are several samples of my music, so you can get a sense of what I'm all about, musically speaking. What's more, there are many different levels of rewards being offered here for your contribution to my project, including: early bird song downloads, CDs, pictures and posters, one-on-one guitar lessons with me, my original handwritten music manuscripts of songs from the album, and several of my original one-of-a-kind 'guitar chord window' paintings, each of which are painted by me in oil on a large 36" x 36" gallery-profile canvas. There's even the opportunity for you to become an Executive Producer of my album!
If you're not a guitar player, rewards like my Skype/iChat guitar lesson will make a great gift for the guitar player in your life—all of the rewards of this campaign are totally transferable to whomever you wish!
Everything required of this project is in-place and ready to go! I've written all the music, designed the CD packaging, auditioned the additional musicians that I will need to work with, researched and selected the recording studio facilities I will use, etc. All I need now is a little help from you so that I can record and release this album!
Every dollar contributed to this campaign will be applied to the recording, production, mixing, mastering, duplication, and release of this album (i.e., paying for the studio time, renting the necessary equipment, paying the recording engineers and additional musicians, CD duplication, manufacturing & color printing, and paying the industry-standard fees associated with releasing, distributing and promoting an independent artist's album...via the various click-n-order and brick-n-mortar music retailers around the world). And if by some miracle there is any money leftover, I will use the extra money to launch a small tour!
I greatly appreciate your interest in me and my music, and your contribution on behalf of this creative venture. The gifts that we are given in this life are precious... Please help me share my gift of music with the world.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
With much gratitude and respect,
Andrew von Gregor
Los Angeles, CA
On my first professionally-produced, publicly-released, full-length album, I want to give myself, along with the rest of the creative people with whom I'll be working, the opportunity and the freedom to do the best we can. The goal with this project is to make a full-length studio-quality album of some really great and unique music. We will be recording with a highly experienced and proven group of musicians and recording engineers. Music albums have certainly been made for less, but to achieve a quality result with this particular project, while maintaining contemporary quality standards, then duplicate the results of our hard work onto compact discs and distribute & promote them around the world, it costs money.
Kickstarter provides a wonderful opportunity to make exactly the album that I want to make, and one that I earnestly hope you will enjoy as well—without the industry-standard restrictions placed on musicians like me by record labels, venture capitalists, and even certain producers. When music goes through the recording industry system, sacrifices are often required, which can compromise the artistic integrity of the product itself. I love this project and want the best result for myself as well as for you. This will be my album as well as yours, and that is very important and special to me.
I plan to begin recording on October 19th (my birthday), with an estimated completion date sometime in early December. As soon as the album is recorded, mixed and mastered, I will begin offering the downloads (late November). CDs, posters, and other physical items will ship sometime in December.
If you live outside the U.S. and still wish to pledge and receive your physical reward, please message me through Kickstarter. Different countries have different shipping rates, so I will have to adjust on a case-by-case basis. Thank you for understanding.