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CAPTURING THE MAGIC: Help Cynthia Lin and the Blue Moon All Stars make a new album - and zombie video!
CAPTURING THE MAGIC: Help Cynthia Lin and the Blue Moon All Stars make a new album - and zombie video!
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UPDATE: WE'RE FUNDED!  THANK YOU!!!!!!!

Wow, this is amazing.  With your support, we will be making a new album and zombie video.  Dreams become reality.

4 DAYS LEFT: STRETCH GOAL OF $9000 for SOCAL TOUR 

Please keep spreading the word about our project - if we can reach $9000, then we'll be able to recoup our initial recording costs plus take the band to LA and San Diego.  We've never played outside the Bay Area, so this will be a new adventure for the band.  Help us go to SoCal! 

DONATION TO TYPHOON HAIYAN RELIEF

You're giving us so much.  To give back, we will donate 10% of the funds we receive above our goal to disaster relief for Super Typhoon Haiyan.  

The journey is just beginning - join us for backer-only updates and be part of our Kickstarter family as we finish recording our album and create the zombie video.  We're having a ball, and it will be even more fun if you're a part of it.  THANK YOU!

CL + BMAS

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Hi all!  Check out our online fundraiser to get a taste of the songs we're recording for the new album, and have some fun with the band. :)

WHY A NEW ALBUM?

BECAUSE THE BAND SOUNDS AWESOME and WE WANT YOU TO HEAR IT!  We believe we really have something special.  We want to capture our stage energy in a professional quality live studio recording, and share it with you.  This music will make your ears happy, your heart full, and move your soul.

WHY A ZOMBIE VIDEO?

Music videos have become one of the main ways that listeners find out about new music.  The song ZOMBIE HEART is gleeful, quirky, and the perfect visual vehicle for sharing our "little big band" sound.  Plus, we have the opportunity to work with an amazing animation artist to produce a combination live action / animation music video.  A love song about zombies!  A stumbling, zombie acoustic/ukulele/brass band and awesome animation!  Guaranteed to put a smile on your face. :)

WHY HELP?

We love making music together, and we're reaching out directly to the music lovers and zombie lovers who believe in our projects for help and support.  We want you to be part of the journey, and only with you can we reach our goal.  If you can help us reach our $7500 goal, then you become part of our new album. You become part of our zombie world.  We're also asking you to help spread the word, because Kickstarter is ALL OR NOTHING - we must make our goal or get $0.  We'd love to share this music far and wide - can you share this Kickstarter with other music lovers who might like to support this project?

It's going to be a fun ride, and we really hope you'll join us!  All backers get access to backer-only updates and behind-the-scenes details on the making of the new album and zombie video.   

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THE BACKSTORY: HOW THE BLUE MOON ALL STARS CAME TO BE

Hi, I'm Cynthia Lin. I'm a singer/songwriter who has mostly been performing solo over my 8 years in music. (Get a pay what you want download of my latest album Microscope here) Now, I'd like to present my sweet Bay Area band, the Blue Moon All Stars.

The Blue Moon All Stars - my musical family :)
The Blue Moon All Stars - my musical family :)

Lenny, David, Renie, Andy, and Albert (and Brian and April, who now live in Japan but will always be BMAS in spirit) met through Cal Band at UC Berkeley.  Shortly after I moved to San Francisco from NYC, we began jamming together, and several jam sessions later, we decided on a band name and debuted as the Blue Moon All Stars at the SF Taiwan Fest 2011.

After playing together for 2 years, we have a cohesive set of songs (including new arrangements of some tunes from my solo records + brand new original tunes) that we're ready to record. Our live performances in the Bay Area have been met with great reception, and we're excited to capture that energy and sound and share it with the world beyond.

OUR SOUND

We don't have a professional recording yet (hence this project), but here's a live take of Zombie Heart (will have additional guitar and sax for studio recording).  I like to call us a "little big band" - horns, ukulele, acoustic percussion, and a soulful approach define our sound.

THE PLAN FOR RECORDING

We're working with Bird and Egg Studio in the East Bay, which has a large, sonically wonderful Red Room where we can all be in the same room as we record - this allows us to connect with each other and bring our stage performance energy to each song.  I feel confident that we will achieve our best sound this way. We will record each song as a full take (like bands did before digital audio), so we won't be able to correct every note, but I know the SOUL of each performance will come through in the recording.

MEEJIN HONG - ZOMBIE VIDEO ANIMATOR

I have been a fan of Meejin's work for a very long time.  The walls of my home bear several of her pieces, including a monoprint called Doppelganger, which was inspired by my song.  Together we will direct and produce the Zombie Heart video.  Here's a look at her reel, and you can see we're in store for a fun, trippy zombie adventure:

And here is my most recent video for Microscope, which I co-directed and produced on a very limited budget.  I'm proud of how the Microscope video turned out, and I'm very excited to tackle this new video project with Meejin.

WHY ARE WE ASKING FOR HELP? COST BREAKDOWN

The album we are making is not expensive by industry standards - we're making the most of a limited budget.  The pre-production, rehearsal, and initial recording costs have come out of our pocket and earnings as a band, but we still need funds to cover the remaining recording costs.

ALBUM COSTS: $2800 will cover additional recording, editing, mixing, mastering, and CD manufacturing.

The Zombie Heart video is the more ambitious project - videos regularly cost > $10K, but I believe we can make a fun, magical video on a budget.  We're keeping costs down by working with friends who believe in the project, and bartering/trading with fellow artists.  If we exceed our funding goal, then we can take our music video to the next level with more extensive makeup, costume, lights, etc.  But even with our minimal budget, I know we'll make something delightfully entertaining.

VIDEO PRODUCTION COSTS: $4000 will cover animation fees, production fees, equipment rental, logistics, travel.

KICKSTARTER and CREDIT CARD FEES: $700 

TOTAL: $7500 It would be wonderful to exceed our goal and recoup the initial recording costs, and take our video to the next level!

BACKER REWARDS! 

We really do want to invite you to be part of the recording, the zombie video, and experience the Bay Area love - aside from the standard swag of downloads, cds, and tshirts, pledge early to snag these limited rewards. 

  • $50: Instagram A Cappella Cover
  • $200: Ukulele Cover Song of your choice
  • $500: Ukulele Karaoke Party on Google Hangout
  • $750: Be a Zombie Extra in the Video
  • $1000: SF Foodie Tour with Cynthia (only 1, get it now!)

All backers get special backer-only updates, which will include photos, videos, and other treats we'll make for you during the recording and video production process.

Thank you in advance for supporting our project.  Please spread the word and help us succeed so we can deliver these sweet rewards to you!

example of letterpressed cd, lovingly handprinted by cynthia.
example of letterpressed cd, lovingly handprinted by cynthia.

CHOOSE YOUR REWARD - woohoo!

$1 {VIRTUAL BAND HUG} we are putting our arms around you and SQUEEZE!  every bit helps, plus you'll get backer updates

$10 {THANK YOU SONG SHOUTOUT} for all backers at the $10 level and over, we'll shout out your name in a special thank you song, sung to the tune of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire," recorded and posted to YouTube for posterity

$15 {DELUXE AUDIO + VIDEO DOWNLOAD} for digital mavens! you get the digital album and high res zombie video.  + thank you shoutout!

$25 {SIGNED HAND-LETTERPRESSED CD} you'll get the album on CD in a nifty letterpress cardboard case hand printed by Cynthia, with a personalized autograph, plus a letterpress thank you card signed by the band + deluxe download + thank you shoutout!

$40 {SUPER COMFY BAND TSHIRT + DELUXE DOWNLOAD} I always make super comfy band tees.  you'll wear it all the time. + deluxe download + thank you shoutout!

$50 {INSTA-GRATIFICATION} Cynthia records a 15 second a cappella cover song of your choice, posts on Instagram and tags you, and emails you the video to regram or use in any way you wish. + deluxe download + thank you shoutout!  limit 10

$75 {ALL THE SWAG} signed CD + tshirt + handwritten thank you note + surprise goodies. + deluxe download + thank you shoutout!

$100 {PRIVATE BAY AREA LISTENING PARTY} you and a guest will join the band and our closest friends for a listening party before the official release of the album.  we'll have yummy food and the band will play an acoustic set.  + {ALL THE SWAG}. limit 15

$200 {UKULELE COVER SONG} cynthia records video of cover song of your choice on uke, with dedication to you or someone you name, to be posted on youtube. + {ALL THE SWAG} limit 10

$250 {ORIGINAL ZOMBIE HEART VIDEO ART} video animator meejin hong will create an original piece of art based on the Zombie Heart video. the medium will depend on how meejin wants to create the animation - rest assured it will be awesome!+ {ALL THE SWAG} limit 5

$500 {UKULELE KARAOKE PARTY on GOOGLE HANGOUT} You and up to 8 sets of friends across the globe can join a Google hangout with Cynthia + available band members to sing and play covers of your request - it's a private online karaoke party. + {ALL THE SWAG} limit 2

$750 {ZOMBIE FOR A DAY! HANG OUT ON SET!} We will get you in costume and make you a Zombie extra in the Zombie Heart video. You might even learn a Zombie dance! Or if you're camera shy, just come hang out and get a behind-the-scenes look at our shoot. Will shoot on a weekend day in Spring 2014. + {ALL THE SWAG} *note: you cover your own travel to SF. limit 2

$1000 {SF ULTIMATE FOODIE TOUR} Cynthia will take you and a guest on an epic one-day eat-fest throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area (food costs included!).  Fresh oysters, amazing sourdough, roasted crab, burmese delights, dim sum, gourmet pizza, farmer's market treats, luscious bread pudding, the best bubble tea in town.  Crafted for your tastes, we'll hit all the yummy spots til we can't eat no more.  + {ALL THE SWAG} *note: you cover your own travel to SF. limit 1

Risks and challenges

One risk of recording live in studio (but also the reason why we're choosing this method) is that each track will be recorded as a single take. We need to be ready to play each song fully at studio performance level. We are well rehearsed and have clarified the arrangements we want for the record - if necessary, we'll have to secure more funds for another recording date, but what's more challenging is finding a day that we're all available - so we will bust our butts to get it done on Oct 26-27!

Making the zombie video on a budget will definitely be a challenge, but I've known Meejin Hong a long time, and she is wildly creative and resourceful. I too have experience with limited budget production (Microscope was made for less than $2000), and I believe we'll create something fun and magical with the funds we're trying to raise.

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