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We are creating an album in a unique way. We invite you to join the incredible family of people involved in our project.

Balancer

We are a group of musicians from Colombia and Puerto Rico based in Boston, MA. We came together to create music from our hearts that people could connect to. A year and a half ago we recorded our debut EP "House in the Clouds." Through recording this EP we learned how we worked best as a group and we were able to explore the spectrum of our sound. Since then, we've written new songs, learned much from each other and ourselves as a group, experimented with different textures, refined our sound, and now we feel that it's time to create our first full-length album.

The Album

We decided to make this album in a unique way. To us, sufficient time and space are crucial components in making a work of art. This is why we are leaving our day-to-day surroundings in Boston and spending 2 months in a small town south of Seattle to record the album. The Seattle based production company that we've worked with from the start, Amati Sounds, built a humble studio for us that we will be able to record in free of charge. Spending two months with a studio all to ourselves will give us the freedom to be fully immersed in the colors, atmospheres, and emotions that we've been working with. With this time we will also be able to focus on the little, essential details that we believe make all the difference. In short, we believe that by taking the time to fully submerge into the music and direct all of our energy into it, we will be able to create in the most pure way so that you can listen to our music at its best.

The Studio

The Amati Tracking Room was built inside of a 100 year old barn and the room was built with our sound in mind. The gear is modest but the room has a huge sound with concrete floors, a 16 foot vaulted ceiling, and wooden walls. It has the tendency to make drums come alive.

The Money

We have the opportunity to spend a long time working on the album and have a modest budget because our time at The Amati Tracking room is free. Even though this expense is covered we still need funds to make our project a reality. We are asking for $7,000 to get the album mixed and mastered, cover our plane tickets to Seattle, and to help cover a portion of our living expenses during the making of the album. To be able to spend 2 months recording a full length album on a budget of $7,000 is rare and we are proud of the fact that any money contributed to our project will be used efficiently and effectively. 

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The first challenge that comes to mind is the transportation of our gear to the west coast. We have factored this extra cost into our budget but we had to make tough decisions on what to bring with us. In the end, we think that this limitation will help the album to be better as it will force us to be even more creative with the things that we do bring. We believe that it will also inspire us to use them to their full potential.

Another challenge will be getting exposure in Seattle. We've always viewed this trip as an opportunity to spread our art to the Northwest but it wont be an easy task. We are working hard to get shows and link up with other artists during our stay.

The last challenge that comes to mind is housing. We have places to stay and a small housing budget, but it's going to get cramped no matter where we end up staying. Its a challenge, but an exciting one. We know we are going, and we know that there are people waiting for us, but the arrangements are still a bit of a mystery until we raise all of our funds.

There are many other unexpected challenges that we may face in the process of making this album, but we won't let them get in the way of our main priority: making a great album from our hearts. We believe that one of our greatest strengths is a burning desire to work as hard as we can and to make our work the best that it can be. It is our strongest desire to make the best out of every sound, every idea, every emotion, every musical moment. This desire is passed on to anything else we do surrounding our collective. Whether it be playing live, working on our artwork, or tackling challenges.

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