I am Craig Bidiman. I am 28 years old. I currently live in Boston, but I am originally from Salem-Keizer, Oregon.
I create art, mostly paintings and doodles, and often some music! I work at UMass Boston, where I am a Health and Wellness Promotion Specialist, so I work with students on a regular basis around topics associated with mental health, physical health, sexual health, and overall well-being.
In terms of my music, I use the moniker, Another Musician. I use this moniker for a number of reasons: 1. to be an extension of myself (I know how pretentious that sounds); 2. because I literally am just another musician; and 3. so the moniker can confuse people.
I play a style that has been dubbed, Acoustic Spoken Wordcore. That is to say that I blend the facets of spoken word poetry with singing with an acoustic guitar and some heavier, more emotional, and hardcore tendencies. So I talk sometimes, I scream sometimes, and then I sing sometimes.
I have released three official music releases. My first is an LP titled, Into the Fire, which was released in November 2011. On that LP, I wrote a few stories about things in my life of which I needed closure. So I threw them into the fire. This LP was my first attempt at recording my own music and the outcome was a very lo-fi, DIY sound that isn't the best quality, but it has a lot of heart.
The next release is, Practice What You Preach, which was released in June 2012. This LP was written in 12 hours for a song-writing exercise and is about a fictional divorce that is based on the writings of CS Lewis. I continued to experiment with my sound and the recordings got slightly better.
My most recent release was in May 2013, and it is an EP called, With Foreign Lips and Strange Tongues. This is still my most vulnerable release to date, as I used the EP to exorcise a number of personal demons as I ultimately decided to leave my faith. I was able to release this EP with professional recording equipment and truly developed a sound that I had been hoping to achieve.
So this is my first music release in over THREE YEARS! And I couldn't be more excited to share it with you all. It is being professionally recorded with a full-band, instead of me just going solo. So this is bound to be my most ambitious listen yet!
My influences include Andy Hull from Manchester Orchestra, Saul Williams, Dallas Green of City & Colour, Jeremy Bolm of Touche Amore, Jordan Dreyer of La Dispute, Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou, Sufjan Stevens, and Julien Baker. I am also a big nerd for post-rock instrumental tunes.
The following is a project I have been working on for about 6 months and am in the process of completing. The music is being recorded, and will soon get mastered and pressed into physical form thanks to your contributions!
...and now, for the heart of the project!
THE LOSS OF MY FATHER:
On October 5, 2015, my father, Wayne Bidiman, died at the age of 73—just 4 days shy of his 74th birthday. I was able to be with him during his final week of life. And during those final days, I spent a lot of time talking with my father—discussing mortality, faith, love, and Marty Robbins.
His death marked the end of a 12-year battle with lung cancer, in which it came and went and came and went and came and went. The strain this ordeal put on him, my family, and me, was excruciating. But the true grace of my father was that he did not complain once.
My father adopted me when I was merely months old. He and my mother did not need to do this. But they brought me into their home. I am here today because of this very decision. He taught me how to ride a bike. He taught me how to read. He taught me how to be fearless.
My father lived a quiet life. I was the noise in his life. I loved being this noise. Most who know me well, know that I am pretty talkative. But my father was a man of few words; yet, I always loved talking with him—especially when I was wandering around the grocery store. And the memory of him and those conversations will live on through this project.
I use music to process periods/chapters of my life, and this loss is one of the largest chapters of my life that I am still processing. I may never stop processing my father's death, but through Farewell, I hope to find some sort of closure.
Please read more and consider donating to this project, as it is an incredibly important project to me and I want the memory of my father to live on trough this album.
THE FAREWELL EP:
For those unaware, an EP is an extended play music project that ranges from 2-7 tracks, often less than 25 minutes in length. It's meant as a quick listen from an artist that wants to release a special shorter project instead of something longer and expansive. And this format is exactly how I wanted to tell the story of my father through music.
My music tastes have evolved quite a bit over the last few years since I last released some original music, and I want this EP to be a representation of that development.
Unlike my previous releases, I wanted Farewell to be a full-band release instead of just me and my guitar and voice. So I reached out for help.
I asked my buddy, Tyler Hicks, from the Boston-based post rock instrumental band, I/O, to produce the project with me. He's a brilliant dude, and he's already been pushing me to make this album a new and unique experience. Tyler is also adding guitar, ambience, and bass to the album.
I also asked my dude, Paul DeGrandpre, of the Amherst-based art-punk band, Dérive, to lend his support as the drummer for my new EP. His hardcore background has added a dynamic to this project that I never imagine. Paul's drumming and outside insight coupled with Tyler's input even made me reconsider the entire tracklisting for Farewell!
Speaking of the track-listing, here it is!
1. Farewell starts off with a bang with the song, "Active Ghosts," which is the first song I was able to write about my father that actually contained words. This song focuses on my regrets with my relationship with my father. It also centers on his strength as a man who never gave up, and what I learned from being around that strength. The song also inspired the screen-printed poster that you can snag!
2. "Bastard Son" is a pretty personal spoken word piece that focuses on a number of aspects of my relationship with my father. I wrote it rather recently and it serves to connect all of the other songs together.
3. "forgive" is the first new song I wrote when I sat down to work on the new LP that I will release by the end of NEXT year! This song encompasses my struggles with depression and suicidality, explicitly through the lens of dealing with the loss of my father. This song serves as an interlude for the EP, in which I ask the listener to be proud of your survival in life. A lyric in this song is represented on the shirt you can snag!
4. The next song is a cover. I chose "Enamor Me," by Pianos Become the Teeth because it is a song about struggling with the loss of a father. It appears on the band's "Keep You" album, and I now have a tattoo of my father on my calf containing the words, "Keep You," so it is very fitting.
This cover is NOT going to be true to the original whatsoever. But you can listen to the original by clicking here! It's more of an atmospheric, spoken word experience, where I gave Tyler free reign to create. This song creates a dynamic build up to chaos in order to transition into the third track.
5. The final track on Farewell is a remake of a song I originally wrote and released in 2011, called, "Farewell My Father." You can listen to the original track by clicking here!
This is an instrumental song that I initially wrote when my father's lung cancer returned the first time back in 2010. I struggled because I couldn't write any words, which was weird for a person who always has the words. So I left it instrumental. But on recording, it's always felt a little empty.
I always had the vision that this song would be bigger and more expansive. But I never had the abilities or wherewithal until now. Adding multiple elements to the song has made it completely come alive to me. And I am so glad that we decided to end the EP with it.
THE REWARD ITEMS/BUNDLES:
OH BOY! All of the bundles!!
Since I have become more attune with my own artistic abilities over the last few years, I am offering a number of art-based bundles, as well as music-based bundles. In this section, I will simply explain what each of the reward items consist of, so that you can know what you're getting.
Also, IMPORTANT NOTE: I tried to bundle the items in ways such that people would have the option to snag as many of the items as they would like in a reasonably priced manner. So if you see a combination of items that you WOULD like to order or reserve for yourself but don't see it listed, LET ME KNOW and I'll make it happen!
Also, while I know that the point of this campaign is to raise money, I also know that many folks might not be in the most perfect financial situation. So if you see a bundle that you truly want but can't afford it currently, select one that you CAN afford and I will do my best to work with you to make sure you can get what you want from this project.
Zine: (NOTE: ALL rewards/bundles receive this zine.)
I will be creating a 24-page zine (a handmade, reprinted, DIY booklet) dedicated to telling the story of my father's life, my relationship with him, and his deep connection with our family. This zine will include lots of doodles, illustrations, a more in-depth look at the inspirations behind the album, lyrics, and the liner notes.
Digital download: (NOTE: ALL rewards/bundles receive a digital download.)
I know that we live in the DIGITAL AGE, so I want folks to have a digital download of the album. While I recognize that many of you will receive the CD version of the album, I would suggest that this download could be a way for you to share the tunes with a friend that you think might dig them!
The CD version of Farewell will be printed in a simple sleeve jacket, accompanied with the zine, you'll have everything you need! It will have the album art presented earlier in this description!
Repress of last EP:
For shits and giggles, I wanted to reprint my 2013 EP, With Foreign Lips and Strange Tongues. I'm doing this MOSTLY because I have amassed a new network of friends, colleagues, and fellow music lovers that may want to catch up on the music I created before the Farewell EP.
WFLAST is an EP I wrote at a time when I was struggling with my faith, and ultimately decided to abandon it a year later. Many of the lyrics are lifted from Isaiah 28, and musically, these songs capture a DRASTIC evolution for me as an artist. These songs are very much a part of me. And the day I picked up the initial pressing of these CDs, I listened to the entire EP with my parents and they both told me they were proud of me. So I figured I had done something right. So now is your chance to get it again!
12" vinyl record:
I have become quite the vinyl collector these days. Many people know this. So I want to press Farewell on a 12" record, with a blank B-side that will have a screen-printed image on it. The color is more than likely going to be coke bottle blue (see picture for example), but the weight will most likely be 150g.
[Note: Orders containing vinyl will not ship until I receive the vinyl, which will more than likely be around January or February of 2017. All other orders will ship when the album is OFFICIALLY released in October.]
My lovely partner and I collaborated on the concept and design of this shirt that will be printed to the needs of this campaign. The lyric comes from the song, "forgive," and it is a beautiful reminder that we all may be fighting some struggles in life, but we can make it. This shirt will be available after the campaign, so do not stress it if you are unable to snag one now.
Limited edition screen-printed poster:
The INCREDIBLY talented, Nevan Doyle, created this slick design to be screen-printed on 11x17 black poster board. The imagery and quote are inspired by the song, "Active Ghosts." This will ONLY be available through this campaign! So if you want one to stare at while you listen, snag it now!
I love doodling! So if you snag one of these, I will create a special 5x7 doodle for you based on a quote or song lyric of your choice. While these are smaller than the next option, they take a good amount of time to create. But each one will be unique and handmade. NO PRINTS HERE, BROH!
Painting has sort of become my thing over the last few years, since I last released an album. So I want to offer an 11x14 canvas painting based on any song lyric or quote of your choice! You can check out more of my work by clicking HERE!
Name in liner notes:
If you donate more than $60, I will publicly thank you in the zine/liner notes! Get your name IN THIS PIECE OF HISTORY! Also expect a nice note of thanks as well!
If you donate more than $100, you'll get producer's credit! More than $200 and you'll get an Executive Producer credit alongside me and Tyler.
Special Vinyl Wooden Box set:
This is an exciting reward because I came up with the idea on a whim and my buddy, Cody, was like YEAH! So, he agreed to create at-most 12 (one extra for me, and one for himself) of these SPECIAL wooden box sets to house all of the goodies for the album. I've seen many of these in record stores and I think they are super cool! The album art will be stenciled onto the wood and I will hand-number and sign each copy.
Write you a song:
I will write you a song! If we don't know each other, tell me a little about you, give me a topic, and I'll write! Or give me nothing and I'll have fun with it! I will not only record the song, but I will Skype with you to share the song when it's finally written!
If there are multiple folks who contribute this much to the project, I will release a special digital EP of all the songs!
Campus Speaking Engagement:
Some folks know that I work in health and wellness promotion in higher education, so I wanted to offer the opportunity to bring me to your campus! I speak on a myriad of mental health, sexual health, and first-generation topics. So pick a topic, I'll come to your campus, perform, and give a chat! If it can tie into art therapy, even better!
Note: This offer is most readily available if your campus is within driving distance of Boston. I would be willing to drive as far south as DC, as far northwest as Montreal, and as west as Philadelphia.
For campuses outside of this region, I am willing to Skype ot Google Hangout for the presentation. And will ship the promised CDs and vinyl free of charge!
So, where is the money going? For accountability purposes, here are the ways the money will be spent!
Approximately $2000 is going to the vinyl press (I plan to press 100-150 copies).
Approximately $700 is going to pay the personnel who worked on the album—including paying the artists, the producer, and the mastering.
Approximately $600 is going to have the CDs printed.
Approximately $600 is going toward the art supplies/materials—including the wood for the wooden box set, and screen-printing of the records.
Approximately $400 for campaign fees.
FUNDING UPDATE #1 (07.23.16 at 8:30pm EST):
WE HAVE BEEN FULLY FUNDED! THERE ARE STILL SIX DAYS LEFT! Stretch goals to be announced shortly!
FUNDING UPDATE #2 (07.24.16 AT 8:30am EST):
FIRST STRETCH GOAL IS $5,000 AND 125 BACKERS!
This will make sure the Kickstarter fees don't impact our creation of the project.
FUNDING UPDATE #3 (07.24.16 AT 1:30pm EST):
FIRST STRETCH GOAL COMPLETE!
NEW STRETCH GOAL IS $6,000 AND 125 BACKERS!
This will allow us to make sure the Kickstarter is done the right way, comfortable and with no cut corners. AND I will be able to snag some extra stickers, patches, and other goodies to send along with the Kickstarter rewards!
NOTE: All excess money that is not put into the project will go DIRECTLY to the art-based DIY nonprofit that my partner and I run out of our apartment. The nonprofit is called, The Art of Survival, and we create FREE pieces of art for people who share their stories of surviving trauma. Check it out!
Thanks for checking out my campaign and I can't wait to share this project with you all!
- Craig Bidiman.
Risks and challenges
One of the biggest challenges with this project will be getting the vinyl pressed. Vinyl has made a resurgence in the music industry, and I am definitely a fan. But with the resurgence, many vinyl plants are backed up with projects, which might delay our project a bit.
So I'm trying to be as proactive about this project as possible! Immediately after the project is funded, we will have the tracks mastered and then I will set up our vinyl order, in hopes that the typical turnaround time of 3-4 months will not delay the release of those rewards with vinyl involved too much.
Alas, this is a definite that will mean the vinyl will more than likely not appear until February or so. But I hope hope hope that the album will be out sooner than that.
With that, the special wooden box set will take some time as well, as my buddy will be making them all from hand. So that may delay those orders slightly as well.
Beyond all of these things, the art, the paintings, the shirts, and everything else should be good to go by the digital release date of mid-October! So all orders with CDs will ship around the digital release date as well!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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