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
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.
- (40 days)