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The goal is to fund my record and release, but the big to-do is about you. I want you to be ON the record, not just behind it.
The goal is to fund my record and release, but the big to-do is about you. I want you to be ON the record, not just behind it.
135 backers pledged $12,355 to help bring this project to life.

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After two years of writing, performing, and recording in the studio, my sophomore record is almost complete, so it's time to figure out how to pay the post production monster. The following is a simple breakdown of the larger estimated costs: 

  • - Mixing/mastering: $3000
  • - Duplication: $2500
  • - Radio promo and publicity: $7500
  • - Marketing, postage, and promo supplies: $2500 
  • - Remaining studio and recording costs: $2500 

Total: $18,000.00

I knew that I'd need help, but I wanted my Kickstarter campaign to be special-for my backers to feel that it was more than just another midnight call for money. So I thought about it, and thought about it, and then some more. I asked myself: What would excite the person reading this about my project? The answer, to me, is to let you enjoy the best parts of the process, not to ask you to give away your money and watch from a distance. So, I thought, why not get these beautiful people in the studio? 

That's the plan. I am hoping to get a crowd of you in to record the one remaining song. We'll have my band, a vocal chorus of Kickstarter supporters, and whatever other musical talents you can contribute. Don't have talent? Surely you can shout or hit a tambourine. This will be an amazing day of fun, and hopefully a memorable and lasting experience. Is it crazy? Probably, but it's something I have the ability to truly share. I don't know how to pass that by. I've also created rewards that allow for the design of posters and CD art, as well as co-writing sessions and other creative pledge perks. I want my supporters, if they wish, to be as invested personally as they are financially. 

These days, music is more open, free, and available than ever, and that's a wonderful thing. It's our job as musicians to adapt, find new ways to present ourselves, and overcome obstacles. My hope for this campaign is that it lives up to that challenge. Please join and support me at whatever level you feel comfortable.

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    Signed and numbered limited edition printing of the CD prior to release.

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    T-shirt (the t-shirt back will be printed with the names of each and every supporter!) pre release CD, and signed limited edition poster

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    Mounted and framed limited edition CD, signed, including your name in the "thank you" section of the liner notes, a physical CD (so that you have something to hear) and limited edition poster.

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    All of the above!

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    This is the one! Come to the studio to perform on a song. Play an instrument? Bring it! Ever sang in a choir? Great! No talent whatsoever? I don't care. It doesn't matter. I want you or the person to whom you gift this reward to enjoy the amazing thrill of recording in a studio, being on a CD (including performance credit) and being able to cherish it forever.

    On October 27, 2012, we'll gather at the Congress House studio for a full day of fun, catered lunch, and recording. This song WILL be on the new CD, and liner notes will include your name with a performer's credit. The session will be captured on video and in still photography to document the magic.

    Please pass on this opportunity to anyone who you think might gain from or enjoy it. I invite all who can make it to Austin for what will be a very special day.

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    Design a limited edition poster. Work as little as you want. We can use your concept, your granddaughter's kindergarten fingerpainting masterpiece, or the artist in you can design the poster down to the last detail. These posters will be plastered about the country in record stores and on city streets.

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    All access! Dinner and a show. 2 tickets to an upcoming show of your choosing. Come back stage. Mix, mingle, live a little... or a lot!

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    Design the limited edition CD cover art. We can work with your idea, or you can design the entire package. How cool is this?

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    A 90 minute co-writing session in Austin or via Skype. We can work on your stuff or create something new. A celebratory drink of your choice is commensurate after completing a fine piece of songwriting.

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    This is considered the "Oh yes you did" level, and it includes one simple, sweet reward: a song just for you. I'll write and record a song for/about any thing or person you wish.

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    A show at your home or preferred private location within 200 miles of Austin. This is a great way to enjoy live music outside of noisy bars and late hours.

    Should extra audio equipment or extended travel be necessary, we'll want to discuss prior to commitment.

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    A private full band show. Let's have some fun! The band and I will play at the location you provide within 200 miles of Austin.

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    Executive producer: Full credit in CD liner notes and a private listening party/performance prior to release. This makes you look exceptionally cool, and if you're supporting the project at this level, you are exceptionally cool.

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    I'll go to Vegas and bet it all on black, or buy a new van... whichever you prefer.

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