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A personal, political, sexual and spiritual electronic album that plays like a soundtrack to our postmodern liberation and freedom.
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SOUNDTRACK TO FREEDOM by #1 Logo, Billboard Top 10, 3x LGBT Academy Of Recording Arts (LARA) Outmusic "Visionary Award" winning Recording Artist SIR ARI GOLD. Co-produced by one of Holland's premier electronic music producers Bob Sandee (aka Subgroover). 

Music is the great healer. While all kinds of people listen to all kinds of music, theres no denying the inextricable relationship between the the LGBT community and dance music. If soul was the soundtrack to the black civil rights movement, if folk was the soundtrack to women's liberation, then dance music is the soundtrack to the LGBT movement for equality.  From 70's disco to 80's pop/R&b to 90's house to the electronic invasion of contemporary pop and EDM, we watched ourselves gain visibility, lose millions to hate and disease, win our civil rights, and find our way toward self love in what is arguably the preeminent human rights issue of our time. I am honored and humbled to have been performing and prolific during this seminal time of struggle and progress as an openly gay artist with my own brand of dance music and balladry for the past 15 years. I've been writing and singing my songs from the front lines of this battle-not necessarily the front pages of the mainstream, but the rainbow brick road that was paved for me and others like me by those who came before-the artists, the activists, the drag queens, the dandys, the martyrs, and even those who had to live in secrecy and shame. Who is popular falls flat next to who made a difference. This album is a tribute to our music history; the sounds and grooves that have been the background and foreground while we fought to set ourselves free. Feminists got it right: The personal has always been political-especially for those who have to fight for their equality. This is a meditation on my own personal freedom; freedom from fear, from oppression, from addictions, from the past & future, from my body, my sex & gender, from fame, shame and pain. Dance music is the soundtrack to our freedom. Share this choice for freedom for we are not free until we are all free. Reclaim our dance roots. Make music. Make magic. Make love. It's all this moment has. - Sir Ari Gold

PROJECT EXPENSES

Costs for this project include but are not limited to:

**Studio time: studio rental fee's, recording, mixing, editing, and mastering, electrical bills, food while recording

**new music video for first single

**remixes for first single

**photo shoot for album and press (costumes, hair, makeup etc.)

**Design and artwork for album. If enough money is raised we hope to afford hard copies as well as digital.

**PROMOTIONS: Anyone in the music industry knows that for as much as it costs to record an album, you need at least double the amount to promote it properly. While reaching Ari's core audience can be done modestly, this project has the potential to bring Ari to an entirely new audience, gay and straight, the U.S. and beyond, and in order to create the awareness, the album needs proper promo. Hiring the right promotions team is essential. This includes radio, press, Billboard, TV, online marketing etc.

**WEBSITE: www.arigold.com will be updated to reflect this latest project. With enough funds raised we can develop a Sir Ari app for apple.

**TOUR: With the launch of this latest project, Ari will begin a new tour schedule continuing to perform at Pride & music festivals, music venues, clubs, colleges and will be continuing the development of his autobiographical musical with Obie winning writer/director David Drake.

COME SEE SIR ARI GOLD LIVE! FEBRUARY 10th AT JOE's PUB @ The JOSEPH PAPP PUBLIC THEATER (JOESPUB.ORG) 9:30pm

SIR ARI's SIZZLE REEL:

INTERVIEW WITH ARI & ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK STAR LAVERNE COX: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laverne-cox/sir-ari-gold_b_3520468.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FitKErC9D28&feature=youtu.be

Risks and challenges

I met Subgroover after singing with my fellow out artist Jason Walker and the amazing Kristine W for a human rights benefit. I fell in love with Subgroover productions. It was a fresh sound with all the most current tricks of technology, which I've always been a sucker for, but also had a musicality that clearly reveled in unexpected and soulful chord progressions. Bob aka Subgrooover and I began working on this album over the internet. Bob would send me some ideas for tracks and I would write a "topline" of hooks, melodies, song titles and lyrics. I had no idea that when I flew to Holland to meet with Bob we would write and record an entire album's worth of material recording the ones we already started but also working on new ones on the fly. We created songs from scratch with brand new progressions and beats inspired by favorite producers like Quincy Jones, Jane Child, LaFace, Jam & Lewis, Deadmau5, Georgio Moroder and more. It was the greatest, most concentrated and inspired musical collaborative experience of my lifetime. But now that we started 10 new songs (including the first proper ballad I've recorded since 2006!) we have to actually produce, arrange, edit, eq, mix, and give to the creative process the technical love it deserves. While I'd love to go back to Holland to finish the album together, we can do this from across the seas--but it still costs money: rental space for studio, equipment (software and hardware), electricity etc. Even without the very real expenses listed above, time making music is time not paying bills if no one is getting paid.

How do we get enough people to know the music is out there? Thats the biggest hurdle. Despite the power of the internet and social media, radio still rules the roost and you need a big budget for that. Major labels still have the monopoly on radio play. There are some independent channels to get some possible radio play and internet radio and such but this still all costs money to hire the right companies with the right connections, data bases and strategies. There may be opportunities to get the music signed to a label overseas and maybe even the U.S, but we can't even begin to explore this without getting the music to a more finished place so that we can shop it.

Despite the contemporary idea that music can be downloaded for free, music costs money to make. Artists need not only the money to create the work, but also money to eat and live. If we only have artists with corporate funding, we only get art within the boundaries of corporate America and do not get a real artistic reflection of our time. A culture that does not support artists and provide a space for them to make their work is not a culture at all. We hope that with this project, if we raise enough funds (which would far exceed the amount of the budget listed here) we can get Ari's music to the millions of people who would love his sound and dig his message and get gay music out of the ghetto once and for all. There are still virtually no openly gay artists getting radio play--especially any who have gay content in the music. And if you think gay content is too niche, one only has to look at the history of rap to see how a ghettoized genre can appeal universally. With your help we can make Soundtrack To Freedom this kind of breakthrough.

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    Personal thank you from Ari and new anniversary maxi-single zip file of "Wave Of U 2014" with remixes by Tracy Young, Subgroover, Andalo, Naked Highway, RhythmDB and more!

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    The above and Zip file with all 4 studio albums and 2 Remix albums including Play My F**kn Remix: A Remixed Retrospective (2013) , Ari Gold (The Debut Album 2000), Space Under Sun (2004), Transport Systems (2007), Between the Spirit & the Flesh (2011)

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    All the above, plus a personalized signed copy of The Photobook (published by Bruno Gmunder w/ photos and text by Boy George, RuPaul etc.) w/ the first remix CD The Remixes (2005), signed hard copy of "Play My F**kn Remix" CD and a signed copy of new 2014 Calendar (w/ photos by Mike Ruiz, Edwin Pabon, Wilson Models etc.)

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    All the above, plus, Ari will perform his hit song "Wave Of U" at your party, wedding or bar-mitzvah or his song "Bashert (Meant To Be)" at your wedding along with VIP tix to Ari's next show w/ meet and greet after.

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    All the above, plus a personal concert w/ Ari's mobile sound system. At your house, wedding, party, bar-mitzvah. (If outside of NYC in the U.S., Ari will fly to you to do the concert but you must provide sound system.) This is a rare opportunity to have Ari perform w/out paying his typical performance fees.

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    All of the above (albums, DJ gig, full show w/ mobile sound system), plus a personal visit to Ari's NYC home to see his collection of Wonder Woman (comics, dolls, action figured, books), Madonna (records, magazines, dolls, merch) and Ari's own personal artifacts from throughout his career including personal photos, videos and old recordings. You will also receive producer credit on the album.

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