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We are City of Fallen Kings, a new rock project featuring Brett Hestla, Will Hunt, and Elliott Ecton. Past projects we've been in include Dark New Day, Evanescence, Device, Signum A.D., Virgos Merlot, Creed, Black Label Society, Skrape, and Methods of Mayhem, just to name a few. We are excited to get in the studio and lay down an EP you will be proud to be a part of.
For all three of us, music is an integral part of our lives, and since you are reading this, we are certain it is for you, too! Throughout the years in our separate projects, fans have made it clear how important music is to them. We have heard everything from how it gives them the boost they need to make it through the day, to how it has saved their life when they were wading through a dark spot. Unfortunately, a lot of music is losing that power, becoming empty, mechanical, and overproduced. It is our goal to put out a real record, but we cannot do it without your support. This is your chance to create something special with us, and you will be able to say that you played a critical part in launching this project.
So what is this whole KICKSTARTER thing? We are glad you asked! In a nutshell, it is a way for musicians like ourselves and people like you to come together and turn an idea into a reality. To demonstrate, we have put together this very scientific flow chart...
The non-nutshell version... We set a financial goal that we need to hit to make the project a reality. KICKSTARTER then allows you to pledge any amount you want (up to $10,000) to help us achieve the goal. You will not be charged immediately when you pledge, because it is an 'all or nothing' fundraiser. When the clock runs out, if we haven't hit our goal, the whole project is scrapped. You won't be charged, and we won't record an EP. HOWEVER, if the clock runs out and we have met or exceeded our goal, a whole load of awesome takes place. Your pledge will be processed. We will solidify dates to hit the studio and make this EP. You will get some really cool merchandise and we will love you forever!
So what would you like in exchange for pledging? An early download of the album? We have that. Maybe something more along the lines of a Kickstarter exclusive t-shirt? We have that as well. A signed guitar or snare drum? Check and check. Do you want to be the EXECUTIVE PRODUCER? Yes, we even have THAT (Please contact us for all the details on that package)!!! We also have a package where we will fly you +1 to Orlando and give you accommodations at The Hard Rock Hotel (dependent on dates/availability), dinner at the five-star Palm Steakhouse (which is in the Hard Rock) and a private acoustic show (location to be determined)! For people with their own band or business, we have the promo package. Bottom line is, we almost certainly have a reward that you would love to have, and everything will be exclusive to you who supported us through this campaign! Even the artwork on the physical copies will be exclusive.
If you are interested in any of the rewards, but need some questions answered, please ask us using the 'Contact Me' button on this page (by our profile pic above the rewards list) If you are interested in being the EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, a talk is definitely needed so we can go over what all that package contains!
We have set our lowest goal at $8,000. If we hit this goal exactly, we will have enough to record a three song EP, fulfill all the rewards, and pay the 8% to 10% Kickstarter and Amazon fee. Obviously we would love be able to record more than that, so the following chart shows what our stretch goals are!
KICKSTARTER has two great benefits:
- First and foremost, it helps us connect with you, and allows you to be DIRECTLY involved with the success of the project. This also keeps as much business out of the creative process as possible, which is a good thing! And of course, you will receive merchandise and experiences that won't be available anywhere else.
- Second, it makes projects like this possible. Contrary to popular belief, most musicians are not rich. (Take a minute to let your mind get unblown from that... You good now? Ok...) Unfortunately, bills don't pause for rock and roll! (Did we just reblow your mind?) The cash raised from the campaign will enable us to make time for the studio AND keep the lights on, and we will reward you handsomely for it! You could be walking around in your Kickstarter exclusive COFK shirt, and people will be coming up to you saying 'Hey! I want one of those!!!', and you can respond by saying 'Hey! You should have pledged to the Kickstarter campaign!'
WE ARE EXCITED TO START THIS PROJECT WITH YOU, AND CAN'T WAIT TO SHOW WHAT THREE GUYS AND THEIR FANS CAN DO IN THIS CHAOTIC INDUSTRY.
- Brett, Will, and Elliott
Risks and challenges
Barring any unfortunate event where perhaps one of the members get mauled by a vicious tiger and can no longer perform his part, this EP will happen if the campaign is successful; however, there is always the possibility of delays in the creation of the album. We will keep you all updated every step of the way!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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