[We] have recorded an LP's worth of material using garageband for recording software and a usb microphone. [We] have shot the video for [Dope Chic Remix] with the photo booth camera & edited it using imovie. [We] designed all of the merchandise for Dope Chic City with Adobe Photoshop and illustrator CS6. [We] have built the Dope Chic City app for iPhone and Android with Adobe Dreamweaver CS5.
This album has to be heard, the tour must be experienced and the app has to drop. That being said the rewards for the Dope Chic City project are individually creative and collectible. [We] designed the app features to be functional for us to share information about new tour dates and locations and make the album easy to download. [We] will press a limited amount of Vinyl LP's as rewards for our Dj homies to spin & for Old School Hip-Hop Heads that prefer to listen to Music on Vinyl. Plus [We] think that it would be "Dope" to have our 1st album on vinyl! The reason that [We] choose to develop an application is for greater interactivity with our supporters. [We] want to be able to invite them into Dope Chic City as members. [We] value micro-groups and collectives and [We] think that the best way of reaching others is to be inclusive. This is our way of including [You] in the creative process and getting feedback on what works during the creative process. New media has transformed our interactivity with music and this project will push the boundaries of how we continue to experience it. This project will serve as our bootprint as [We] continue on our journey of self discovery.
The money [You] help us raise for this project will allow us to access a professional studio, pay an engineer to mix and master our album, and record "crispy" vocals on Pro-Tools.
Engineering & Mastering:
Equipment & Software:
Studio Time $1260 12 hours of studio time, including an assistant The Little Village Studio.
Mastering $5,000 $500/each song Includes pre production on all songs, producing 10 tracks, and mixing all tracks
Design EP Cover art $300
Photo shoot $250
New Website $500.
Press 1,000 LPs $1500
Kickstarter $440 takes 5%.
Amazon Payments $440takes up to 5%.
[We] plan to use this project as an impetus to speak about peer funding and how micro-movements can make big change occur within the music industry. [We] will also connect with media artists and internet groups to raise the funds from affiliate supporters: [webisode series], [internet radio shows], and [bloggers] to get the word out about Dope Chic City.
App for iPhone/Android
With the funds from kick-starter [We] will launch the Dope Chic City phone application that [We] built and make it available for download on iPhone & Android.
Highlights & Achievements
Bachelor of Arts, Art & Art History DePaul University, Chicago IL. March 2008
• Concentration: Video
• Minor: Psychology
Related course work: Digital Photography, Black & White Photography, Art & Design, Newspaper Layout, Promotional Poster Design, 3D imaging, Strata 3D
DePaul Women’s Basketball, Athletic Scholarship (2002-2006)
Photoshop CS2 (Experienced)
Illustrator CS2 (Experienced)
In Design CS2 (Experienced)
Final Cut Pro (Experienced)
Microsoft Windows (Experienced)
PowerPoint, Excel, Front Page (Experienced)
Mac OS X (Experienced)
Strata 3D Photography (Experienced)
Graphic Design (Experienced)
Web Design Video Editing (Experienced)
Oil Painting (Experienced)
Acrylic & Aerosol
Once [We] are funded, this project will allow us to keep our integrity and expand our [Life Condition] using the "mystic law of cause and effect through sound". This project is a part of our higher mission to enhance African [Life Condition] as well as others on our path to enlightenment. [<---This needs to occur on a global scale].The challenges will be building and perpetuating a momentum in the U.S. With the pledges and rewards of live shows [We] are going to use those causes to be able to make the trip to Africa. There are risks associated with going to African Countries but [We] have connections to the people and organizations.
[You] will make this trip possible by getting us out in front of the people and in the places we need to be. Our challenge is tapping a reservoir of belief in our ability to effect change in this lifetime and in this form through this medium. That is our task and our mission at Dope Chic City.
Our project plan is to use the "social media startup kit " that [We] designed to spread the word in our social network of "Affiliates & Colleagues". [We] also host a free, monthly [Hip Hop Comedy Jam] in downtown Los Angeles where [We] will promote Dope Chic City in and out of our own personal spheres of influence.
This Album/Tour will have a heavy production schedule and rigorous work load ahead. Hey, thats ok because guess what [We] are pretty good at using project management software yay! The amount of funding required to pull this off is specifically based on each song needing an engineering effort on a vinyl album and booking Africa Tour dates [T.B.A]
[We] plan on building a tribe of constituents around Dope Chic City and [We] will use any means necessary including bribes and mob hits (just kidding). [We] are seriously focused and determined to make this project meet its goal and [We] have been planning rigorously for this Album/App/Tour to launch successfully.
[We] expect to be able order wholesale amounts of Tanks/Tees, Hoodies/Sweaters, and Panties/Boy-shorts from American Apparel LA. [We] will refer to the surveys to decide what sizes/colors to print and how many to order for prizes as well as tour merch.
[We] expect to use high quality vinyl printing for the records. The risk of building and launching the app are that [We] will have to test for bugs and compatibility to make sure that everyone can download the album. The pledge rewards [We] created are purposeful gifts that [We] can readily make and produce once funded. [You] will be receiving in rewards and other prizes from this project.
The Dope Chic City Tour of Africa expenses set aside for travel,[We] will book flights and be able to rent a van or a truck to make the tour trips with the funds. [We] also will want to rent lights and a HD camera to record footage of performances for the DVD. [We] are expecting that once this project is funded [We] can complete the album and launch the app while delivering dope rewards on tour. The DVD will be shipped out after all Africa tour dates have been completed, filmed and edited expected Fall 2013.
Casmir aka Puss 'n' Boots* wears "Dope Chic Boot Straps" and so should you! A "Dope Chic Boot Strap" is worn comfortably over the boot especially good for pounding concrete while touring all over the Africa! Of course the Dope Chic City Deluxe Digital Download of Album App!
Dope Chic City Album Tank(tee shirt)
Exclusive Dope Chic City start up kit*
(includes Dope Chic City Stencil Set & Dope Chic City Comic e-book with Stickers!)
Deluxe Digital Download with special game features to unlock in the Dope Chic City Album App.
Dope Chic City Collectors Edition book of Sexy Photography and Artwork by Casmir. Includes Vinyl LP (Yes I said Vinyl:), Deluxe Download of Dope Chic City Album app & a very sexy Dope Chic City boy-shorts!
I decided to dedicate this pledge in solidarity with #1billionrising to completely end violence against our mothers and daughters to support VDay campaigns I will perform for colleges and universities to support this cause!! I will use the funds to help this movement with music #reasontorise you can book me for #VDAY
Customized Graffiti Dope Chic City Skate Board Deck including wheels included & present you with a hand designed pair of Limited Edition Dope Chic Air Force 1's in person and post pics on "instagram" and send them out!
[You] also will receive a Dope Chic City Hoody or Boyfriend Sweatshirt & "DCC Vintage" hand designed Tee Shirt*
Dope Chic City Guerilla Show [i will perform in gritty underground spaces or the desert] Casmir will tattoo you with Henna Designs anywhere* on your body (Anywhere;) and present you with an Original Framed Painting by Casmir with a certificate of authenticity. [Your Name] featured in the Credits of the Vinyl LP as an Honorable member of Dope Chic City.
[We] will create a Mural on your Organizations/Home Wall with spray paint & acrylic and I'll create a certificate of authenticity for the artwork so you can say that you are one of the (lucky few to get to paint with a Dope Chic;)
Digital Download of Dope Chic App/Album &*Bonus Material Autographed Vinyl LP with Dope Chic City Tour DVD with unreleased video footage of performances and shows in California.
[We] Go Hard.. Dope Chic City to a Barbershop/Café/Bookstore/Backyard/PoolParty/Community Center/ University with lights and [We] film it live! [You] get access to all of the special merch & rewards with a special shout out of our sincere gratitude from Dope Chic City in the DVD Credits. This Reward is truly the most "Dopest"
[You] will cameo in the music video from the 1st Single Released from Dope Chic City Album. Casmir will show up to your house or organization and put on a Dope Chic City Pop Up Photo-Booth (every body in line to take pictures with a "Dope Chic" and post-em on the net)
of new works inspired-by and created by Casmir and present you with a Special Collector Art Object* a Special Dedication in Album Artwork. (What this means is that [You] will be placed inside of the actual artwork for the vinyl cover and lists [You] as an enlightened member of Dope Chic City for Life!