I’m Andy Milne, leader/pianist/composer of the NYC-based band Dapp Theory. I’m launching this project to raise funds to finish recording, mixing, mastering, manufacturing and marketing the next Dapp Theory CD, which will commemorate the band’s 10th anniversary. During our history, we’ve been described in many ways, but essentially we’re about groove and melody, superimposing socially relevant commentary about our world. I’ve invested my own funds to launch the project but I’m reaching out to friends, family, current and future fans to help participate in the project’s completion.
How & Why?
Our music relies heavily on live interaction so it was important that we use a professional recording studio with a great acoustic piano and quality microphones to capture that interaction. Although it’s become common to experience music through inexpensive headphones or computer speakers, I’m still committed to delivering my music to the world with the best fidelity possible, so you have the option to rock the house and feel like you’re in the studio with us. This explains the need for professional mixing and mastering. In addition, part of the budget will go towards compensating the musicians for their time and talent. Since we’re not a household name, marketing the release of this recording is essential so that we can continue to broaden our fan base. By contributing to this project, you’ll sleep knowing that you are an important part of our marketing efforts. There’s no political agenda or super pacs associated with your contribution, just a transparent and sincere effort to bring honest creative music to the ears of people who appreciate it.
Most of the music has been recorded, featuring a phenomenal guest appearance by guitarist Ben Monder and the core band, (John Moon – poetry, Aaron Kruziki – reeds, Chris Tordini – basses, Kenny Grohowski – drums, Andy Milne – piano/keyboards). We’ve also scheduled a final tracking session with vocalist Gretchen Parlato. Then together with our producer Jimmy Haslip, we’ll mix the CD and sprinkle some fairy dust on the tracks. I’m excited to share this recording because I think it captures the essence of Dapp Theory’s expanding musical universe. In addition, the chemistry and sound of the current edition of the band is something listeners outside of North America have yet to experience.
I successfully managed numerous touring and recording budgets for my own projects and other artists over the past 17 years. You can be confident that I’ll complete this project staying within the proposed budget.
I’ve put together a range of rewards to thank you for whatever contribution level you’re comfortable with and I hope you’ll introduce your friends to Dapp Theory. I believe our video offers a taste of what you can expect to hear but I appreciate that some of you may want to know more before making a decision to contribute. Hopefully the next few paragraphs serve to tell a bit more of our story should you choose to read on. For those of you who are ready, I thank you for your time and your decision to contribute.
Dapp Theory – A brief History:
Somewhere between 1998 and 2002, Dapp Theory came into being. It was in 2002 that the band proved our commitment to our craft and objective, making a huge impression on the Los Angeles music scene during a month long residency. For a virtually unknown east coast band (New York, DC and Toronto at that time) to coax many of LA’s most established musicians and industry insiders to a small, unknown Hollywood venue, it was clear Dapp Theory was onto something special. Since that time, the band has endured seismic shifts in the music business economy, adapted to personnel changes when big names like Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock and Marcus Miller recruited our members, AND continued to evolve and survive. The month in LA led to Concord Records releasing the band’s debut release, “Y’all Just Don’t Know” in 2003. After that, I began diversifying my focus, exploring other directions and projects, recording three solo/duo CDs before releasing the 2nd Dapp Theory CD, “Layers of Chance” in 2008.
One of the established LA musicians who witnessed the band back in 2002, was Grammy award winning bassist and founding Yellowjackets member, Jimmy Haslip. Since then, he’s been a strong advocate, making introductions to labels, agents and venues. A couple of years ago, I asked Jimmy if he’d be interested in producing the next Dapp Theory CD. He said, “definitely,” but since we didn’t have a label, I figured it was going to be a long shot. The conversations continued, including discussions about the possibility of inviting Bobby McFerrin to guest on the CD. Finally after our bassist Chris Tordini reminded me just how much time had transpired since we recorded Layers of Chance, I realized it was time. That was January 2012, three years since our eight-year battle with George W. Bush. The band had evolved considerably both musically and personnel-wise since the last CD. An important influence were those mid-decade years when I was launching and composing for new projects and textures. Those sounds and compositions were finding their way back into Dapp Theory, and developing into completely new works, thanks to the creative contributions of the band (Aaron, Chris, Kenny and John).
So, I called Jimmy and told him, “I’m ready to do this”. As fate would have it, Jimmy had just announced he was taking a leave from The Yellowjackets after more than 30 years, so he was, in fact, going to have a bit more time on his hands. I had no idea how I’d fund this recording but I knew I couldn’t go down the path I’d taken in the past of taking on considerable personal debt. I’d heard good things about Kickstarter but wanted to focus my energies on music, logistics and possible guests. Now that I’ve met those challenges, I’m ready to launch this Kickstarter campaign. My plan is to complete production in the fall of 2012 and release the CD in the spring/summer of 2013. If you’ve got questions, feel free to ask.
Thanks - Andy Milne
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