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I'm a completely independent musician who basically lives on the road. I love love. I stand up for what's right. I loop!
I'm a completely independent musician who basically lives on the road. I love love. I stand up for what's right. I loop!
222 backers pledged $13,544 to help bring this project to life.

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Wait so WHAT IS THE LOOP?!

For those of you who've never seen me live, I use a technique called "looping" to live record/loop/layer all of my instruments on the spot. With your help, I can create a new album where I will incorporate much of the live looping everyone is used to my from my live shows with proper studio treatment and no limitations! See me LOOP "Home Tonight" live from the Bitter End in NYC.

So as many of you know I just moved to LA! Well, not quite just I guess. I moved last August 2010, but spent the majority of my 1st official LA year (8 months to be exact) on the road. So it feels like I JUST moved here. 


Why I Need Funding

Ever since I got back from my Summer tour I've been writing a lot! As you can imagine it takes A LOT of money to make a GREAT record! The money will go towards the studio, engineer, producer, musicians, mixing, mastering, artwork, photography, replication, music video (maybe), and so much more that goes into putting a great record together. I'm excited to get your input along the way. 


Weekly Streaming Sessions

I'm going to hold weekly streaming sessions where I'll play a few new songs that I'm working on and we'll have a talk back, Q&A session (via the chat box). I'll take your input and use it to make the album better. I'll also live stream from inside the studio (exclusive for backers) so you can see how it all works. 

Do You Play Covers?

Typically no, but I will for you! I'm going to learn, record and post in the updates a cover song that you choose EVERY WEEK. Every Sunday I'll post in the updates section 5 cover songs to vote on and the winning song I'll make a video of in my style (most likely looped and hopefully with trumpet).

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    1. ULTIMATE ACCESS: Access to exclusive updates here on Kickstarter like demos, song ideas, lyrics and you get access to live streaming inside the studio while we record!

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    2. FIRST LISTEN: The first single from the new album sent to you a month before it's released. Plus ULTIMATE ACCESS

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    3. ALL DIGITAL MUSIC : Digital download of the album emailed to you 1 month before it's released, plus a digital download of my last two studio albums: Clean Up EP and Whispering Endearments - for the meantime! Plus everything above.

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    4. PRE-RELEASE PACKAGE: Signed CD mailed to you 1 month before the release, plus an exclusive signed poster AND a "hugs help" sticker. Plus everything above.

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    5. FLOAT PACKAGE: A ticket to my private pre-release online concert, a digital 5 song acoustic EP and a digital 5 song looping EP (FULL WAV files if you prefer) (pending we reach $15,000), digital "Float On By" Package including 5 different recordings of this song: 1st recording on my high school band's CD (Spring 2003). 1st solo performance at my first solo coffee shop gig (yes very first) (Fall 2003), radio performance on KUMD (Duluth) (2005), version on One Take (2006), version on Live at the Pause (2009). Plus everything above.

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    6. BEHIND THE SCENES: An exclusive "Loop Builder" American Apparel T-Shirt (your choice unisex or female fit). Behind the scenes DVD from the studio with commentary, interviews, alternate takes, and so much more (not released to the public)! Plus everything above.

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    7. YOU'RE FAMOUS: Your name listed in the liner notes. A signed VINYL record of the new album sent to you a month before it's released. 8 cover song MP3s including the weekly songs voted on by you emailed to you the day the campaign finishes! Plus everything above.

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    8. HAPPY DAY: I'll call you on your (or your friend's) next birthday and sing happy birthday! Plus everything above

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    9. 1 MONTH FACEBOOK RELATIONSHIP: yup! I'll accept. You can title us whatever you'd like us to be. I was never good at the title thing! Plus everything above.

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    10. MUSIC LESSON: Did you know I went to college initially to be a high school band director? Well, let's put my teaching skills to work! I can teach you how to loop one of my songs or how to play one on the guitar or piano. I'll step you through every part of the song. We'll do this via Skype. Plus rewards 1-8.

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    11. YOUR SONG: I'll write a song about you or anyone you like. You give me the details of what the song could include and I'll make it magical! I'll put in on YouTube and send you the mp3. Plus rewards 1-8

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    12. ULTIMATE VIP EXPERIENCE: When I play your city, you and a friend can come to the venue early for soundcheck (after load in - hauling gear is not fun). Hang out in the green room with me and the band/tour manager/or just me depending on the tour. I'll get us dinner and drinks and reserve a table/seats for you in the front (if there are seats) for the show. Plus rewards 1-8

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    13. TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: You'll receive an HQ MP3 (or WAV if you prefer) of my version of "Carol Of The Bells," plus a great sounding demo of my newest original song "Another Christmas Eve" (not currently recorded or released). These will be sent to you on December 10th - do this in time for the holidays! I'll also record an acoustic version of your favorite Holiday song (we'll chat about this before hand obviously) and send it to you December 23rd (pending you pledge before then). Plus rewards 1-8 and 12.

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    14. SKYPE DATE: I'll make us (me) dinner, put on some Norah Jones (or Bon Iver depending on your taste) and we'll hang out and chat about whatever for about an hour. You tell me about your life, I'll tell you about mine. We can chat about football, musicals, bands, my album, your album, your parents (or kids) or whatever. It'll be fun! I'll play you some songs too if you'd like - of course your requests. Dudes of course welcome! Bring friends and pool your money if you like! Plus rewards 1-8 and 12

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    15. BOWLING DATE: (or if you don't bowl - a movie). When I pass through your town on tour (or if you live within 50 miles of LA) I'll pick you up in my tour mobile and take you out to your favorite bowling establishment (or you can pick a movie). My treat! I promise to have you home by 11! (not really) This isn't just for the ladies! I go on bro dates all the time! Feel free to bring friends (not my treat though)! Plus rewards 1-8, 12 and 13 or 14

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    16. MOVIE STAR: Be in my next music video! It will be filmed in LA so if you're in the area it's easy. If you're not, I'll let you know when we're planning to film it and it'll be a perfect time for you to plan a vacation! We'll also have lunch together on set and after the full day of shooting we'll head down to Canter's Deli for late night meal - my treat! Plus 1-8 and 12-15

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    17. LIVING ROOM CONCERT: When I pass near your city on tour I'll plan an extra night to come play your house. I've done a few living room shows in the past and they are some of my favorite concerts to do! Invite as many people as you like. I'll play 2 hours of music - half unplugged and half looped! - yes in your living room (or basement, backyard, wherever). If I'm not touring near you, then you can fly me out (air/loding not included). Plus rewards 1-8 and 12-16

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    18. EBAY ITEM: This is a one of a kind. I JUST discovered the CD of a recording of my first (yes VERY firs) coffee shop performance at the European Grind in Minneapolis, MN on November 8th, 2003 when I was 18 (forgot we even recorded this!). Other than the version of "Float on By" which is a part of the "Float Package" here on Kickstarter, no one else has any of these recordings (as they really shouldn't!). I just discovered the only existing CD. It contains all 15 songs from the concert, including the very first time I ever performed "Rose Stained Red" and "Proud Honeybee." There are also 5 songs that are so old I never recorded them and haven't performed them for about 6 years. Lucas Shogren (my roommate at the time) sat in on cello for a few songs. I will never release this so you and I will be the only owners of these recordings - until you put them on EBAY! This is a music only CD (very little banter). Plus rewards 1-8, 12-17.

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    19. EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: You can come hang out in the studio for the day and be a part of the magic. Eat lunch with the band and production team. I'll give you a personal tour of the studio. If you'd like, we'll ask you your opinion on different parts we're recording. AND you can record something simple (or complicated depending on your skill) on the album. Be it shaker, hand claps or backing vocals! You will of course be credited. This will most likely take place in Minneapolis (travel not included) Plus ALL rewards above (excluding 9, 18).

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    20. SKI TRIP: I haven't been skiing since high school, but every year I say I want to get back on the slopes. We'll plan a trip to a fantastic slope in Colorado. I'll get us rooms at a nice lodge and get us lift tickets and ski/snowboard rental if you need. I'll treat us to plenty of hot cocoa along with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Feel free to bring a friend or two (lift tickets/rentals not covered). I'll also plan a show at a venue near by and you can help me plan the setlist for the night and get the ULTIMATE VIP EXPERIENCE (reward 12). Your airfare not included. Ski by day, show by night. Plus ALL rewards above (excluding 9, 18).

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    21. YOUR WEDDING SINGER: I'll fly out for your wedding and sing all the songs that you choose during your ceremony (I'll learn up to 8 songs) (you provide PA). I'll hang out all night (just seat me at a good table) and dance the night away with you and all the guests. It will be a wedding to remember! I don't play weddings so this is uber special. This never expires so even if you're currently not dating someone and by the time you get married I'm more famous than Elvis I'll still honor it! Plus ALL rewards above (excluding 9, 18, 20)

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    22. MY BELOVED GUITAR: If you seriously shower me with this much love, I will hand over my beloved Taylor 410CE Acoustic/Electric guitar. The one featured in all of my music videos and used to record all of my songs on every album. This comes with the battle scars from over the years of 500+ shows. There's a hole directly below the pick guard which brings out the character and, I say, makes it sound even better. I'll sign it too (only if you'd like) Plus rewards 1-20

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