Formed in 1994, Carnival Collective is celebrating its 20th Birthday in 2014, and what better way to celebrate than to record and release a new album!
We secured some local studio space at the very end of 2013 and, with the help of a very good friend of the band behind the engineer’s desk, we set about recording 10 tracks in 3 days. No mean feat for a group of 30 musicians!
Recording a full album’s material has been a huge buzz, and we are thrilled to have pulled it off. But now, mastering and releasing it is going to be another challenge.
Carnival Collective is a non-profit making voluntary organisation. All of our musicians pay a small monthly fee which, combined with the money we make from gigging, goes towards paying for rehearsal space, instruments, repairs and maintenance, insurance and travel.
All these outlays mean we have to be very careful with our finances. So we decided to go to you, our fans, to try and fund the production of the actual physical album. We have put so much time and effort into rehearsing and recording for this record, and we all feel like we have individually and collectively been a key part of the process: now we want you to be part of the process too.
The money we hope to raise from this campaign will go towards the crucial basics:
- mixing and mastering the record
- designing the artwork
- pressing the CDs
Any money we make over and above our target will be spent on a video for one of the songs, as well as merchandising and marketing.
We are incredibly excited about this project. Our members range from professional musicians playing all over the world to people who had never picked up a pair of drumsticks before they came to rehearse with us, and from elder statesmen who have served for over 10 years to newcomers who have only been with us for a few months! Recording this album has been a wonderful experience, and one which some of us will most likely never experience again.
Please help us by sharing this page with your friends, family, co-workers, pets and anyone else you think might be interested.
Many thanks for your time
Carnival Collective Xx
UPDATE: As of 20 Feb we have hit our target! Thanks so much to everyone that has contributed so far, but we still have 10 days to go to raise as much as we can! Any extra money pledged will go towards making a music video and designing and ordering new merchandise, so please please please keep sharing and promoting our page! We love you, you guys are great xx
Risks and challenges
As we have already recorded the material and paid for the sessions, the risks involved are minimal. We are factoring in enough time before the summer for mixing and mastering, and any delays with artwork can be dealt with directly as we will be in close contact with the designers we use.
Barring any major mishaps, we aim to have the record finished and ready to be sent out during April. This gives us a month or so after this campaign has finished to mix, master and order the CDs. Our aim is for the album to be ready before the summer, our busiest period for gigs and the time we have the most opportunity to attract new fans.
In the event that we don’t raise enough money through this campaign, we will attempt to fund the release of the album through money we raise from gigs during 2014 - so there would still be an album in the end but it could take another 6 or more months and, after a 5 year gap, we want CC's brilliant new album to launch in the middle of the band's 20th birthday year.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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