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My new EP "Hello Hi" is completed. It's a beautiful and eclectic mix of new music, now it's time to print CDs, and make a music video!
155 backers pledged $14,251 to help bring this project to life.

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This project began 25 years ago while my late father was jamming on his guitar, he came up with a song called Hello Hi, he recorded it onto a tape, but over the years it faded away.  In an apartment in Brooklyn in 2012, the project was revived.  I was in NYC preparing for a show in D.C, staying with my producer/keyboardist, Arlen. In the midst of rehearsing something happened and a new song began to develop.  Within about an hour we had written our first duet, Static.  After that night, it wasn't long before we began talking about a new album.  We weren't sure what the other songs would be, nor the direction of the album until an interview of mine was scheduled to be played on NPR.  In the interview a short snippet of the song my dad wrote 25 years ago was played.  It struck a chord in us both, Arlen and I knew the song had to be re-made.  So, I held my phone up to the cassette player and hit record, sent it to Arlen and within a few days I couldn't believe what I was hearing in my headphones.  I knew this was the missing piece and it soon became the inspiration for my new album.

Here's the story that aired on NPR's Studio 360:

I grew up watching my father perform countless times before joining him on stage.  I soon realized why my father dedicated so much of his time to hosting parties and performing.  I learned of the power of music.  He created so many happy memories in those moments, and instilled hope that better days would come for those who had faced horrific atrocities such as my family did during the Khmer Rouge genocide.  This album is a tribute to all the people that have been displaced and have struggled simply to survive.

Here's a picture of the cassette tape we found.
Here's a picture of the cassette tape we found.

"We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams." ~Arthur O'Shaughnessy

Our studio session in Brooklyn, NY. In this photo (L to R) - sound engineer Matt Shane, drummer Kenji Tajima; producer Arlen Hart; and bassist Nick Gianni.
Our studio session in Brooklyn, NY. In this photo (L to R) - sound engineer Matt Shane, drummer Kenji Tajima; producer Arlen Hart; and bassist Nick Gianni.

Inspired, Arlen and I began working away and soon found ourselves back in the studio recording a new set of songs for the album.  We brought in a couple of musicians to lay down some live tracks and with the help of talented 2 time Grammy Award winning sound engineer Matt Shane, now all tracks are mixed and ready to be heard by you!

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." ~George Bernard Shaw

In the 5 years I've been making music and working as an independent artist, I've learned that in order to give myself the best chance to spread this music and the message behind it, I need to do more.  That means finding the right artist to represent the music and create the physical embodiment of the audio.  I found that artist while doing a show in Montreal.  Cambodian Canadian artist, FONKI  (https://www.facebook.com/fonki514) is an incredibly talented and rising star in the world of visual art, whom we've commissioned to create a masterpiece for the album cover.

Photo of a mural in Montreal, Canada by FONKI (courtesy of FONKI)
Photo of a mural in Montreal, Canada by FONKI (courtesy of FONKI)

"From this hour I ordain myself, loos'd of limits and imaginary lines." ~Walt Whitman

To bring the music to life even more, Arlen and I reached out to two amazing artists to create remixes of my upcoming single Hello Hi and before we knew it, they jumped onboard this project. I am so excited to start our collaboration with Los Angeles based electronic duo Indradevi (https://www.facebook.com/indradevimusic) and producer Okay Tony Beats out of Chicago (http://okaytonybeats.com). 

"The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will." ~Chuck Palahniuk

Lastly, to take the final step, a new music video was screaming to be made!  My last music video Chnam Oun 16 (I am 16) has been featured at festivals, in classrooms, and at a number of events raising awareness for human rights.  It is still making an impact around the world.

With the help of my incredible music video production team, we will finish telling the story that my dad started when he wrote the first notes to Hello Hi twenty-five years ago.

So to recap, here's the breakdown...

Where will the funds go towards?

• Mastering of the album

• Commissioning of the album artwork

• Printing CDs and Merchandise

• Paying our remix artists/musicians

• An Awesome Music Video

I'd still love to do more!  If I can exceed the goal amount of $10,650 the funds will go towards:

• Promotion of the album

• Vinyl print of the album and artwork

• Bringing the live shows to you on a tour with my band.

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." ~Marcel Proust

In addition to the fabulous selection of merchandise available through this campaign, I wanted to create something special for all of you, my supporters.  Those who are familiar with my work know that fashion is another form of medium I use to convey my art.  I was very fortunate to have connected with Aariya Creations (http://Aariyacreations.com), a custom handmade jewelry and design company owned and operated by two lovely Cambodian American women.  They graciously volunteered to create a signature piece specifically for this campaign. Please check out the perks section!

Khmer Chorabap.  For complete details, please see the "Rewards Section".
Khmer Chorabap. For complete details, please see the "Rewards Section".

We are the media.  We are the future of art and music. Together, let's make it happen!

I am so grateful for all of you and for this truly humbling journey.  Thank you so much for visiting my campaign page and for your support.  I look forward to making music together. 

With all my Love,

BOCHAN

p.s. - As soon as you support this kickstarter, PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU'VE DONE IT, AND SPREAD THE LINK FAR AND WIDE.

A special thanks to all the wonderful artists and musicians involved in this project: Arlen Hart, Matt Shane, Yvan Iturriaga, Mecky Creus, Alejandro Morales, Darren Colston, Indradevi, OkayTonyBeats, FONKI, Kenji Tajima, Nick Gianni, and the ladies of Aariyah Creations. 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is reaching the goal amount. If I do not meet my goal, this project will be postponed until funding is obtained. Other challenges include scheduling and coordinating between all the artists. However, my team and I are dedicated to making this project happen and we will try our best to keep delays to a minimum. As for the rewards I expect them to be delivered by the delivery date noted. If there are any concerns or questions, please feel free to email me at bochanmusic@gmail.com.

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    A special "Shout Out" on my social media sites and a pre-release digital download of my new EP album “Hello Hi”, plus a personalized postcard from me.

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    A special "Shout Out" on my social media sites, Pre-release digital download AND an autographed CD of my new EP album “Hello Hi”, plus a personalized postcard from me.

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    Pre-release digital download and autographed CD of my new EP album “Hello Hi”, a CD of my first LP album “Full Monday Moon”, plus a cotton KRAMA (A traditional handcrafted garment, worn as a scarf or sarong, or to swaddle a baby, or for decorative uses - it is used in the everyday lives of the people of Cambodia and symbolizes Cambodian heritage), and a personalized postcard from me.

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    Pre-release digital download and autographed CD of my new EP album “Hello Hi”, a KRAMA PLUS an exclusive Bochan 100% cotton T-Shirt, and a personalized postcard from me.

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    The MERCHANDISE PACK: Pre-release download and autographed CD of my new EP "Hello Hi", a KRAMA, an exclusive Bochan 100% cotton T-Shirt AND a Frame-able limited edition high quality print of the "Hello Hi" album artwork by FONKi, plus a personalized postcard from me.

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    The MERCHANDISE PACK plus a VIP pass to my album release party (Location will be in California, details TBA soon. Must provide own travel). VIP pass includes admission to the pre-party: a meet and greet and we'll load you down with gifts and hugs.

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    Receive 2 VIP Passes to my Album Release Party, plus your name listed in the "Special Thanks" section of my album and all items in the MERCHANDISE PACK.

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    Absolute gratitude! A handmade jewelry piece by Aariya Creations, exclusively made for the BOCHAN collection plus the MERCHANDISE PACK and your name listed in the "Special Thanks" section of the album.

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    Those who know me, know that I absolutely love to cook and very much believe in feeding the soul with delicious home-cooked meals. Join me for an evening of good food and company. I will host an intimate group dinner serving some of my mother's signature Cambodian dishes prepared and cooked by me. Plus, you will also receive the MERCHANDISE PACK. (Location will be in the Bay Area, exact date and time TBA).

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    TWO 1-hour piano/music lessons with Arlen Hart (my producer). Lessons can be focused on Piano, Music Theory or Music Production. Preferably located in New York, Chicago or Bay Area (also available on Skype), 2 VIP passes to my Album Release Party plus the MERCHANDISE PACK

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    Receive a beautiful Khmer CHORABAP (a traditional luxurious Cambodian silk fabric, handwoven and embroidered with gold or metallic threading creating a geometrical motif. It measures 3 feet wide by 9 feet in length. It is often used in Khmer classical dance outfits, and in traditional Cambodian weddings. It can also be used as a decorative addition to the home), plus the MERCHANDISE PACK, your name listed in the "Special Thanks" section of the album, and 2 VIP passes to my Album Release Party.

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    STAR IN YOUR OWN ROLE - That's right, you will make a debut in my next music video! My video production team and I will create a role just for you! (must provide your own travel, location and date TBA), and your name in the "Special Thanks" section of my album. You will also receive 2 VIP passes to my Album Release Party plus all items in the MERCHANDISE PACK!

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    My producer Arlen and I will remake, record, and release a digital recording of your favorite song and dedicate it to whoever you'd like! Plus your name listed in the "Special Thanks" section of the album, 2 VIP passes to Album Release Party, plus all items in the Merchandise package!

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    Write a song with me! Meet with my producer Arlen and I to brainstorm/collaborate an idea for a new song, you can contribute anything from lyrics, to an idea, your voice or music performance, plus your name listed in the "Thank You'' section of the album, 2 VIP passes to my Album Release Party and the MERCHANDISE PACK.

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    Fulfill your dream of becoming a producer! Join us as Co-Producer of my next music video! You will be credited as Co-Producer of our next music video, plus your name in the "Thank You'' section of my EP album, plus 2 VIP passes to my Album Release Party and the MERCHANDISE PACK.

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    Your most generous gift will never be forgotten! As a thank you, we’d love to bring a live show to you! My band and I will play at your next private event! Plus all the perks above! (Must provide band travel and accommodations if outside the United States)

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