If laughing seals could play guitar, barking dogs could play drums, talented friends could play instruments that I can't, and white dudes from Arlington, Texas could write interesting emo-pop music, then that's what you would get on my upcoming debut solo album, Unfall.
The good news? I self-funded that album, all ten songs are already recorded, and it's going to be released no matter what!
So why a Kickstarter? Good question.
This crowdfunding campaign will determine whether or not Unfall sees a physical release or whether it's only distributed digitally. Are you a 21st Century anti-materialist who doesn't want to own your music on CDs? Then that's totally cool -- don't support the Kickstarter, and instead, make sure to follow me on Spotify, Instagram, or wherever will make sure you hear about the album's release in early 2020.
If you're still reading, then maybe you still have a CD player in your car and/or you enjoy shopping at your local record store? Cool! Me too. In fact, if you were to look inside my car right now, you'd see CDs sticking out just about wherever I can fit them. I still believe in the physical medium of music, but more importantly than that, I believe in the ALBUM -- a collection of songs recorded with intention and purpose, connected by specific themes or concepts or musical visions. That's been my main goal throughout this recording process -- (I don't want to admit how many hours I spent coming up with the final track listing) -- and that is my #1 reason for deciding, after self-funding every other part of this album, to crowd-fund the creation of physical copies.
That said, I've designed this campaign to make sure you get everything you could ever want from me as a music-maker, whether the Kickstarter "succeeds" or not. So if you make a pledge of any amount and the Kickstarter does NOT get fully funded, then I will contact you when the record releases with a chance to download the digital album for only $3. (Also, when you make a pledge, you will receive an immediate download of two of the ten songs, including the lead single "Matter" and the not-yet-released "Worth the Wait.")
But enough of me being a Debbie-Downer. (My sincerest apologies if your name is Debbie.) Let's start talking as if this thing is actually gonna work. Eeeek!
I've stacked the rewards on this project with goodies galore to make it more than worth your consideration, care, and potential dollars -- ranging from copies of music made by me and my old bands to personalized songs written and recorded just for you! (And don't worry, I actually have plenty of experience doing that.)
The rewards I'm most excited about, however, are expansions to Unfall and your album experience as a music listener. From the second tier of rewards and up, your pledge will include the unreleased demos for the album AND the Commentary Edition of the album -- nearly 100 minutes of exclusive material! Please note: I only plan on creating and releasing the Commentary Edition if we successfully fund the Kickstarter.
And then we get to the STRETCH GOALS -- the extra-special rewards for if/when we far surpass the original goals. (Maybe I'm not supposed to announce these until later, but I don't care. Because, as mentioned before, it's my aim to make this Kickstarter a win-win for everyone involved at every stage.)
So if we double the original goal and pledge $3,000, I will be getting the entire album remixed and remastered as an instrumental album, which will be released as a free download for all backers of any amount. (People have been telling me for years that I should release my music instrumentally; it's up for interpretation whether that means they reaaaaally like my music or reaaaaally don't like my singing.)
Lastly, if we hit $4,000, everyone who pre-ordered the CD will receive a TWO-DISC CD that contains the instrumental version of the album; and if we hit $5,000 (I'm really dreaming big here), I will have the album pressed on vinyl and sold at a discount to all backers.
That's a lot of info. Maybe you're thinking, "This sounds great, but how do I know I'll like the album?" or "I'm here because I liked the single, but how do I know the other nine songs will be worth it?" I absolutely understand that perspective, and you might have zero reason to trust me when I say platitudes like, "I've poured my heart and soul into this album," or "These are the best songs I've ever written." So how about this? If you're having any reservations, I'll send you a sneak peak of what you can expect on the album. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Risks and challenges
I've tried to eliminate as many risks as possible, including planning ahead for shipping costs, extra materials, Kickstarter fees, etc. I've also promised a February delivery date when I'm actually hoping to ship things out in January. The main problem I can foresee is struggling to meet deadlines because I get far more pre-orders than expected -- but that's a problem I would love to have, so bring it on. (And if we do experience delays, these will be clearly communicated to all backers.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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