THE UNDERDOG STORY
It all began when I picked up my life in Australia and moved to the United States almost exactly one year ago. Coming into the music industry in the Seattle area as a totally unknown artist was a daunting prospect, but one I had faced once before back home, and succeeded. You have to start somewhere, right?
I became the Underdog, and wrote more than enough songs for a new album. That's why we are here - because it worked. Many people have told me I would never amount to anything because I don't sing, but this is part of my mission - to teach people not to be scared of instrumental music. Over the winter of 2012 and into 2013, I was able to record 8 songs with a full band backing me at Digital Vendetta Studios in Seattle, Washington. My good friends and producers/engineers/collaborators Cody Beebe and Eric Miller (of Seattle band Cody Beebe & the Crooks) agreed that the project had merit and would get the project started without ANY money down! This was an incredible act of generosity, especially because my plan also includes two music videos to accompany the album! The money raised from this kickstarter will pay for the time and resources of Digital Vendetta Studios, mixing and mastering, printing of the CD's, Merch, Promotion, and also, most importantly, the musicians who play on the album (except for myself, of course).
Underdog is the second album by Australian multi-instrumentalist Blake Noble. While his first album was totally solo and instrumental, Underdog delves into Blake's full song writing potential and incredible natural ear for arranging, and uses a full band including strings, and a special guest vocalist - Cody Beebe - on three songs. There are eight songs in total, ranging in various genres from flat out heavy Rock to beautiful finger-picking guitar against soaring violins (provided by Tim Snider). Fans will recognize some live favorites such as Tsunami, Perpetual Leader and Michelle, but you have never heard them like this!
The first music video 'Perpetual Leader' has already been released on youtube and at this time has more than 5,500 views. You can view it HERE. We released it early to help draw attention to the album as part of our marketing and promotion plan. The second video is called TRUCK, which features Cody Beebe on vocals. As with the recording process, Digital Vendetta agreed to start the videos with no money down!
The album is being mastered by Jonathan Plum at London Bridge Studios in Seattle. This is another cost that will need to be covered, and an essential part of any good album. Jonathan Plum is a genius, and albums recorded in London Bridge Studio include Pearl Jam's 'Ten'.
The Underdog logo was actually drawn by the multi-talented Cody Beebe! Eric Miller from Digital Vendetta will be putting the album artwork together, as well as tour posters, t-shirt design, and online promotional artwork. A lot of time and skill goes into this, and is another factor in the cost of producing an album.
Michelle Bounds Publicity handles all my promo. She makes sure that I get spots on TV and Radio, as well as features in magazines, newspapers, and blogs to help promote my music. All this hard work isn't free, even for me! This is an essential part of being a musician and creating a career for yourself.
WHAT IF I GET MORE THAN MY GOAL?
Raising more than my goal will enable me to pay the people involved in my album what they are truly worth. This is my hope for this campaign, to use local talent, and be able to pay them accordingly. I could also tour my new album in more US states, as well as in my home country - Australia. It is important to stay true to your roots, even though I love my new home in Seattle.
I also hope to conduct more school workshops on Didgeridoo, guitar, music, Aboriginal culture, Australian culture and more. I have already done a few of these in the U.S, and have found it to be very rewarding. Being able to teach people about the ancient Didgeridoo - the oldest wind instrument on earth - has been part of my journey since I first received permission to teach and perform Didgeridoo from an elder back in Byron Bay. It is part of my responsibility and goal to spread Aboriginal culture with the world.
Risks and challenges
The risks and challenges of the music industry are many. I've spent the past four years or so as a full time professional musician, and I have never let anything get me down or stop the pursuit of my dream. If any obstacles were to arise, I would find a way to make it work - the way I always have.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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