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19-piece jazz/soul big band. Funds will go towards recording, mixing, mastering, PR. Grab the action. Sounds good. Feels good.
19-piece jazz/soul big band. Funds will go towards recording, mixing, mastering, PR. Grab the action. Sounds good. Feels good.
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SOUNDS GOOD, FEELS GOOD

Big Beat is putting together our first full-length album. Get ready to rethink everything you know about the big band.

We JUST finished our recording at Lucky Penny Studios in Caldwell, New Jersey on February 10th & 11th, 2018. The session will be run by our superb studio engineer Cooper Davis, and produced by Grammy-nominated composer, trombonist, and singer Pete McGuinness. 

After the music is recorded, we will bring the whole session together with world-renowned mixing engineer, Paul Wickliffe. We will run a strong PR campaign to get national radio play and grow our fan base.

We plan to put 9 songs on the album, roughly 75 minutes in length. The album will feature compositions from the three bandleaders, our singer Allison McKenzie, and one arrangement from the hand of Cecil Bridgewater, a jazz icon and our mentor and friend. 

We need your help to take this band to the next level. 

Check out our previous EP recorded live on Brave New Radio

 We love the band. We know this project will be a success. WIth the help and support of all of our backers, we can make this band shine in a the light that it deserves. 

We are following in the legacy of so many great jazz and RnB musicians. There is still such a great story to tell. Joy, sorrow, triumph, eloquence, and sometimes just some funky funky grooves. 

 Big Beat was formed in the spring of 2014 by the baddest of all arrangers in north Jersey. Caleb Rumley, Charlie Dougherty, Ryan Tomski, and Phil Engsberg began to pioneer the sound that you will hear on our debut, full-length record "Sounds Good, Feels Good."

We have so many great things to offer our backers. BRAND NEW MERCHANDICE IS AVAILABLE. We have just finished designing our very own Big Beat hats. They are sleek, stylish, and go well with any outfit.

Red with white stitching, or white with red stitching
Red with white stitching, or white with red stitching

 Now is the time my friends. Big Beat is ready for action. 

Lets get phunky. 

Lets get phresh.

Lets get groovy. 

Lets get down.

Sounds Good, Feels Good

Risks and challenges

This band is really something special. We've been going at it for four years, we've played nearly 50 gigs, and we have two EPs. We can't keep going at it alone, and we need to make a full length, professionally recorded and produced album. That's why we need your help to fund this recording.

We're recording the album on February 10th and 11th, and post production will be this Spring. We will be polishing up arrangements, working tightly and meticulously during rehearsals, and bringing the band to the highest musical level possible.

Your support will go directly to funding the post-production recording process. We need to make physical copies of the CDs, hire a PR firm, pay our musicians, and feed them too! A 19-piece band costs a lot to keep running, and to make this album right we need your help.

We will meet the unexpected with strong force. We love the band and will do whatever it takes to create the best album we possibly can.

Album Financial Breakdown

Paying our musicians - $2,000
Booking the studio and our engineer (2 days) - $1,600
Mixing - $1,100
Mastering - $1,000
Printing and production - $1,500
PR campaign - $1,300

Personnel and Credits:
Vocals: Allison McKenzie

Saxes: Nick Brust, Phil Engsberg, Matt Tischio, Dane Alexander, Sam Tobias

Trumpets: Mike Spengler, Chris Rogers, Ben Hankle. Rich Polatchek

Trombones: Adam Machaskee, Stephen Justice, Collin Banks, Tim Newman

Guitar: Arath Corral - Keyboard: Will Dougherty - Bass: Charlie Dougherty - Drums: Joe Spinelli

Conductor: Caleb Rumley

Photography: Julianne Karr
Social Media: Karthik Purushothaman'

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    SOUNDS GOOD, FEELS GOOD

    Thank you for your help!! We couldn't do it without you :)

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

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    LEAVE YOU A WEIRD VOICEMAIL

    Just like it sounds, we'll leave you a personalized, weird voicemail. Straight from the band. We basically run a rodeo twice a month, it'll be good and weird.

    Full disclosure, we can also leave you a totally normal voicemail if you would like.

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    PHYSICAL ALBUM

    Big Beat for LIIIIFE!!

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    BIG BEAT HAT

    Preorder our exquisite headwear. Hats will be available in red with white stitching, and white with red stitching.

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    EARLYBIRD-MERCH PKG W/ SIGNED CD

    FIRST WEEK OF CAMPAIGN ONLY!!!

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    • Big Beat Sticker and Pin
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    MERCH PACKAGE (SIGNED CD's)

    Great for purses, backpacks, instrument cases, and dive bar bathrooms

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    GIG-WORN SCORE/LYRICS SHEET

    Straight from the hand of the band! We have handwritten scores and lyric sheets, as well as our marked-up scores that we're giving to YOU!

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    HAT & CD COMBO

    Save $5 on your CD when you order it with our fine fine hats!

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    COFFEE WITH THE LEADERS

    We will sit down and have a nice hot beverage with you! Via Skype for those outside the greater NYC area. The conversation will be engaging, the times will be good, and the drinks will be hot. Might I add, Caleb Rumley is one of the most pleasant people to get coffee with. He is a real pro. Like 5 star coffee buddy. Seriously great.

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    SCORES AND PARTS

    Play Big Beat with YOUR big band! Get a full score and parts to a song of your choice from the album.

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    THE ADAM MACHASKEE TROMBONE EXPERIENCE

    This is the special treatment. Its like a spa day. Our lead trombonist, Adam Machaskee, will play you a personalized, one-of-a-kind, trombone experience.

    Usually saved for birthdays, but certainly something for all occasions.

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    LESSON WITH THE LEADERS

    Via Skype for those outside the greater NYC area. Any and all of the leaders (Caleb, Charlie, or Phil) will answer all that we can.

    LESSONS INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO...
    Composition, Arranging, Trombone, Bass (upright and electric), Saxophone, Flute, Band Management, Band Image, Music Industry, Studio Recording, Planning and Budgeting, Alexander Technique

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    COMMISSION/ARRANGEMENT

    We will write something for you!! Maybe you're a bandleader and have always wanted that certain song arranged. Maybe you're in love with The Black Eyed Peas and want to get things started in here.

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    CO-PRODUCER

    You're invited to our recording session on February 10/11! We will put you in the lap of big band luxury for the weekend. Experience the heart and soul of the band firsthand!

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    • Co-Production Credits
    • Coffee with the Leaders
    • The Adam Machaskee Trombone Experience
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    LIVE PERFORMANCE

    You get ALL the perks of being a Co-Producer, and we will play a show for you! We are willing to drive 75 miles from Paterson, NJ and will bring the fire wherever we go.

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    • Personal Big Beat Performance
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Funding period

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