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My name is Cobus Potgieter. I want to record & produce an album & feature length DVD, with other musicians from YouTube.

Update #01

New Goals (summary):

$60,000.00 = Beefed up rewards for everyone who backed $40 or more

$75,000.00 = MORE Beefed up rewards and we go INTERNATIONAL!

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Read this (BELOW) if you have not already....

#YTBP (My YouTube Band Project) explained in words:


My name is Cobus. I have a YouTube channel. I have accumulated more than one hundred million views by playing the drums along to my favorite songs, but now I want to write and record and produce my favorite songs: especially the ones that don't exist yet.

The core of this project is to reach out to the masses, accept auditions from completely unknown (but completely epic) musicians, choose and connect with the people that inspire me and that I have chemistry with, fly them to Los Angeles for a few weeks, and write and record an album. I also want to film the whole process, start to finish, involve YOU (the backer) in every step of the process, and clearly show what social media has enabled: that it is now possible to put together a band, make inspired music that comes from a place of freedom, and all of this without ANY pressure from record companies.

$35,000 seems like a lot of money, and that's because it IS. Undoubtedly. But we have kept the cost as low as we possibly could (no 5-star hotels or Hollywood-priced recording studios in the budget..) even though it's as big as flying a group of musicians to Los Angeles (an INSANELY expensive city, let me tell you) and put them up in a hotel for a few weeks - a clean and cheap hotel just down the road from my apartment.

I have been incredibly excited about this project for many months, so the goal for this Kickstarter project is NOT to become a millionaire, but simply to see this idea actually happen.


If you don't know how Kickstarter works: all Kick Starter campaigns are all-or-nothing. That means that if we reach our goal of raising the total amount of money in 30 days, everything is successful and it all goes ahead. But if we only raise 99% of the goal.. your credit card doesn't get charged, you don’t lose a cent, I don’t get a cent, and the project can’t go ahead, unfortunately. So there is absolutely zero risk in donating: you either fund a project that is definitely going ahead (and you become as big a part of this as the band members and I are), or you get your money back.

If you are a musician and you’d like to audition for this project, please head over to the official project website for more details. Also, if you are a songwriter and you’ve written some songs of your own that you’re really proud of, you can submit them too (you will NEVER lose writing credit, and your song might end up on the album, possibly heard by millions). If you want to support this project, there are some epic rewards I put together that you can get your hands on. If you know of ANYbody that might be interested in this project (either as a musician who might want to audition, or somebody who might want to support the project financially) please send them the link to this project so that they can check it out. Speaking about rewards, just check out the rewards on the right. :-)


I think that the size of this project is possibly miles above anything any independent musician has ever tried, and that makes this the most intimidatingly big idea I have ever had. I’ve had this idea for so long, and I am more excited and passionate about this than I have been about almost anything else. I just sincerely and honestly and really believe I have to try this, I can't NOT try it, I can't wuss out and not try this. I have always pursued what I am passionate about, that’s the way I try to live my life and that’s what I am doing here. So if you’ve followed my story and you want to be a part of this next chapter, or if you have no idea who the flip I am and you just think this is a rad idea, or if you’re at all as excited and passionate about this as I am.. then please contribute as much as you can afford to, and let’s just see what happens.

Much Love,

~Cobus

* Official YTBP Site

*Official YTBP FAQ's

*Official YTBP Facebook

*Official YTBP Twitter

*Official YTBP YouTube

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    Every bit helps! You get a shout out from my official Twitter account & your name on the thank you project page. Also, you get that warm fuzzy feeling because you're part of this project, now. Welcome :)

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    Exclusive access to a digital download of the album 2 weeks before it's released, as well as access to a private and closed Facebook group with daily updates directly from me (and the band) about our progress and the 'SUPER THANKS': your name on the thank you project page with a link to your website / twitter / facebook or wherever you want.

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    SIGNED physical copy of ALBUM (with same "new cd" smell. If you ask me, that's worth 30 bucks right there. I LOVE that smell.), digital download before album release, Also a signed one of a kind postcard from me and the band sent right from Oxnard California to you and access to private Facebook group with exclusive updates from me and the 'SUPER THANKS' (PLEASE ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING)

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    THE ENTIRE PACKAGE (UNSIGNED): This is what I had in mind when I first thought of this project: You get a digital download before album release, a Physical Copy of Album, and the feature-length DVD of the whole recording process (and extras), Also a signed one of a kind postcard from me and the band sent right from Oxnard California to you, as well as access to private Facebook group with exclusive updates from me and the 'SUPER THANKS' (PLEASE ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING).

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    THE ENTIRE PACKAGE (SIGNED): This is what I had in mind when I first thought of this project: You get a digital download before album release, a Signed Physical Copy of Album, and the feature-length DVD of the whole recording process (and extras), Also a signed one of a kind postcard from me and the band sent right from Oxnard California to you, as well as access to private Facebook group with exclusive updates from me and the 'SUPER THANKS' (PLEASE ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING).

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    THE ENTIRE PACKAGE (SIGNED, +DRUMSTICKS!): You get a digital download before album release, a Signed Physical Copy of Album, and the feature-length DVD of the whole recording process (and extras), as well as a pair of my own custom Pro-Mark signature drumsticks. On top of that you get a signed one of a kind postcard from me and the band sent right from Oxnard California to you, as well as access to private Facebook group with exclusive updates from me and the 'SUPER THANKS' (PLEASE ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING).

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    BAND PACKAGE: Exclusive YTBP project T-shirt (I will request your size later. Also, it will be a freakin awesome shirt. I promise.), signed poster, signed physical copy of album (CD+DVD), digital download two weeks before release date, access to private Facebook group with exclusive updates from me and the 'SUPER THANKS' (PLEASE ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING)

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    DELUXE BAND PACKAGE: This is the same as 'Band Package, but with the addition of one-of-a-kind Polaroid picture of me holding a personalized sign just for you, as well as a call to thank you for your support and the 'SUPER THANKS' (PLEASE ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING). When I call to say thanks, let's not talk about the weather, ok? ok.

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    DELUXE BAND PACKAGE: Plus a signed handwritten lyric sheet from one of the songs (pulled right out of my actual lyric notebook, so there will be very few of these and no copies ever.) and the 'SUPER THANKS' (PLEASE ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING)

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    DELUXE BAND PACKAGE: Plus a personal 10min Skype chat with me and the band members during our recording/writing sessions and the 'SUPER THANKS' (PLEASE ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING)

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    Full "Deluxe Band Package", plus a 45 minute drum lesson from me via Skype or Google Hangout and the 'SUPER THANKS' (PLEASE ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING). You WILL get 45 minutes of my time, but if you don't want a drum lesson, here are two more topics you can choose from: "The South African Accent 101", and "How To Make The Drummer Face".

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    DELUXE BAND PACKAGE: Plus a video posted to my second channel, thanking you by name for your support, with a link in the video to your website / twitter / facebook or YouTube channel and the 'SUPER THANKS' (PLEASE ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING).

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    FEEDBACK PACKAGE: When you back with this reward I will have a look at any (one) video of your drumming, I will give you extremely thorough and personalized feedback about your playing, and I will record all of this in my own response video that I will send to you. If you want, I will even post your video and my response to my second YouTube channel to give you some promotion. This reward also includes THE BAND PACKAGE (Exclusive YTBP project T-shirt (will request your size later), signed poster, signed physical copy of album (CD+DVD), digital download two weeks before release date, access to private Facebook group with exclusive updates from me and the 'SUPER THANKS' (PLEASE ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING)

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    DELUXE BAND PACKAGE: Plus an hour-long drum lesson from me at DrumChannel studios, Oxnard, CA. or Via Skype / Google Hangout and the 'SUPER THANKS' - (your travel expenses to Oxnard, CA not included. PLEASE ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING.)

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    DELUXE BAND PACKAGE: Plus an hour-long drum lesson from me at DrumChannel studios, Oxnard, CA. or Via Skype / Google Hangout. You also get the actual RED Truth Shirt I wore while recording the whole 101 Series (it's clean, I promise) as well as the 'SUPER THANKS' (your travel expenses to Oxnard, CA not included.PLEASE ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING)

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    DELUXE BAND PACKAGE: Plus you get to come hang out with me for a few hours at DrumChannel studios, Oxnard, CA. (you can even bring a friend along) I'll give you a tour of the DW factory, jam with you in the Showroom, give you a few lessons if you want, and take you out for lunch. You arrange your transport to Oxnard and back home, and I'll take care of the rest. Lunch is on me.

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    COVER SELECTION PACKAGE: This reward entitles you to choose a song for me to cover (I will cover anything except songs where I don't agree with the lyrical content or overall band message. Other than that.. you can pick absolutely anything!). It will also feature a video tag at the end of me personally thanking you by name for your epic support as well as getting posted to my main YouTube channel. This reward also includes THE BAND PACKAGE (Exclusive YTBP project T-shirt (will request your size later), signed poster, signed physical copy of album (CD+DVD), digital download two weeks before release date, access to private Facebook group with exclusive updates from me and the 'SUPER THANKS' (PLEASE ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING)

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    Sabian XS20 Cymbal Pack, including shipping. (I'll sign all the cymbals, if you want!) and you still get the DELUXE BAND PACKAGE. (This reward is unfortunately ONLY AVAILABLE TO USA BACKERS - Sorry rest of the world *sad face* )

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    You get a replica of my brand new kit, a 7-piece PDP Concept Maple Drum Kit. Including shipping. (I'll sign all the shells, if you want!) and you still get the DELUXE BAND PACKAGE. (This reward is unfortunately ONLY AVAILABLE TO USA BACKERS - Sorry rest of the world *sad face* )

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    Oh You are gonna LOVE this reward. (Limited to 5 backers ONLY) You Get the DELUXE BAND PACKAGE, PLUS You will get your name prominently printed in the CD booklet and in the DVD credits as 'Associate Producer.' We will also include a 3min video interview with you on the DVD where we chat about you, what you do for a living, what an amazing person you are and some other things. (remember that this DVD will be shipped worldwide.) You will also be featured on the Official YTBP website, with you very own 'associate producers' page on the site, including things like, your own mini bio and links to your social profiles or company or wherever you need - All this because you are an Associate Producer and need to be given credit where credit is due :-) As if that is not enough already, you will get one of my TRX Cymbals and I will sign it if you want (it will be one of the actual cymbals that have been featured in MANY of my cover videos) It does not stop there though, you will also get to come hang out with me for a few hours at DrumChannel studios, Oxnard, CA. I'll give you a tour of the DW factory, jam with you in the Showroom, give you a few lessons if you want, and take you out for lunch. You arrange your transport to Oxnard and back home, and I'll take care of the rest. Lunch is on me.

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    COLLABORATION PACKAGE: You and I will collaborate. We will work very hard to make a very awesome song/cover/video. The end result will be posted to my main YouTube channel for the world to see :) This reward also includes THE BAND PACKAGE (Exclusive YTBP project T-shirt (will request your size later), signed poster, signed physical copy of album (CD+DVD), digital download two weeks before release date, access to private Facebook group with exclusive updates from me and the 'SUPER THANKS' (PLEASE ADD $5 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING)

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    Probably the CRAZIEST REWARD ever! If any backer chooses this one, we'll probably be friends for life. Seriously. You Get the DELUXE BAND PACKAGE, PLUS Get your name prominently printed in the CD booklet and in the DVD credits as the 'Executive Producer' of the project. You will be featured on the DVD by way of a video interview and on the Official YTBP website. Being an 'Executive Producer' you need to come see us, so I will fly you and a friend/partner out to Los Angeles, California (Return from any Major Airport within the USA) You will spend the first week (7 days) with us at DrumChannel Studios, during the recording and writing sessions. This includes your hotel accommodation and food while you are here. It does not stop there though... I will also post a video to my MAIN YouTube CHANNEL of a cover of your choice and will thank you during that video for your support. You will also get a signed 7-Piece PDP Concept Maple Drum Kit as well as a pair of Ultimate Ears In-Ear Monitors. I will also personally take you on a tour of the DW factory, we can jam a bit if you want, there will be lots of hanging out, and as things go around DrumChannel Studios you may get to meet some pretty famous musicians that stop by from time to time... THEN... to top it off we'll ALL (you, your friend/partner, me and the band) go to Disney Land or Universal Studios for a day. Being the 'Executive Producer' you can choose whether we go to Disney or Universal. Finally, you will get concert tickets to ANY tour venue (we tour to), world wide, for LIFE. Nice. ----------------------------- IF YOU WANNA BACK THIS REWARD LEVEL AND YOU NOT IN THE USA, WE CAN SUBSIDIZE PART OF THE FLIGHT COSTS TO GET YOU TO LA.

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