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Limited edition colored 10" vinyl pre-order that includes terrariums, wizards and other magical goods.

Rabbit pulled from hat by Velvet Blue Music, Tree Fall Sounds and Spune.

Listen to snippets from "The Crystal Gazers". While you are listening you can read all the fun facts below about my project. All of these songs will be included on the 10" vinyl record.

UPDATE: NEW SONG ADDED FROM THE EP

If this is your first time hearing of me, let me introduce myself. My name is Datahowler / Ross Edman. I am a musician, designer, producer and philosopher. I love to build things and make products. My main love is music though. Datahowler is an electronic project I started 2 years ago that was an outlet for all of these passions. My first album, Slowdrifter,  was successfully funded through Kickstarter in January 2011 and since then I have been creating non stop.

After Slowdrifter was funded, I won Dallas Observer's Best New Artist and was signed to a management deal with Spune. Since then I have been playing shows and have been able to share the stage with Baths, Braids, Yelle, Egyptrixxx, Junior Boys, Purity Ring and more. It has been a great experience to say the least.

All of those experiences led me back to where I started though - to the people who gave me legs. My original believers were just friends and family who saw what I was doing and wanted to help. Since then, those believers have grown and I want to do something unique for all of us to share.

Hence, magic colored vinyl.

Abracadabra. I'm releasing a new EP, "The Crystal Gazers". It's 5 songs and 20 minutes of some of my favorite sonic compositions. It is darker than before but I also think it is deeper and more complex. Not just musically but emotionally. I went through a lot to produce this and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

The theme of the record is focused around an esoteric / occult vibe. It isn't meant to be sinister but I have always loved the fantastical and some of the darkness surrounding these concepts. In some ways it is cheeky like my video above, but in a lot of ways it is very serious and focuses on concepts like death, fatigue, loss of motivation, heartbreak, survival.... problems in the human condition that we all struggle with, and especially myself. So I decided to document it from my perspective.

Many of my previous backers and supporters had asked for vinyl. This time I wanted to up the ante and produce the product I thought was best, a 10” Limited Edition Multi-Colored Vinyl Record. With the help of Velvet Blue Music, Tree Fall Sounds and Spune this record became possible.

I am fortunate enough to be able to write, record, play, produce, and design all the art and promotional materials. I literally have no expenses except for equipment and the manufacturing of products.This has allowed the cost of the album to stay down significantly, but there are still expenses associated with producing all these marvelous artifacts. What will the money go to?

The money will go to a few things:

Producing the vinyl. The total cost of producing the vinyl alone was $2,200 and other people helped me invest in it because we believe in the product! We took a chance on the fact you would want a cool 10” record. This is a limited run that is coming out through Velvet Blue Music, Tree Fall Sounds and Spune, but I want the first run to be special and available to my best friends and supporters.

To deepen the story of the product. My favorite artists and products are ones that don’t stop at the norm to tell their story. Anything you can do to broaden the experience is worth it. The Kickstarter is a perfect facilitator for this because it allows me to tie in objects and ideas that you normally wouldn't associate with just an album. And that makes it more fun for everyone.  But making all of these little nuances happen requires capital. T-shirts, stickers, posters, CDs, etc all add up really quickly. Most of the money left over after vinyl production will cover this expense. T-shirts alone are $300, CDs are $200-300, stickers are $200... you can see how this would add up quickly.

To make more friends and have fun doing it. I love making music but I love making an experience that people will enjoy from top to bottom! Last time I did this I found a whole world who appreciated the experience as much as me. That might sound cheesy, because it is. But I still mean it. And sometimes artists need some fun and to mix things up as much as everyone else does. Why not try to raise money to do something special? Set your goal to break even, but you really win in the end because you meet new people.

What happens if the Kickstarter isn't completed?

  • You will not be charged for a single cent. And I will fail miserably. It's really just my ego on the line. Not your dollars! Don't let me down guys! *show me mercy

What happens if you make more money than expected?

  • Depending on the amount made, some of this will go into throwing an awesome release show which you are cordially invited to.
  • If enough money is made I would like to have a PR and marketing budget to market the album more heavily!
  • If I make more then I ever expected there will also be more rewards. I don't know what. Maybe we could all go to Medieval Times.

When does Kickstarter charge my credit card?

  • Kickstarter / Amazon will not charge your card until the project is completed and funded.

When do I get my rewards / magical items?

  • The rewards take a while to produce because we have to complete the Kickstarter, process the funds, transfer the funds, order the products, and then once received, ship them. This can take anywhere from 30-90 days once the money is transferred.

How will you know where to send my rewards? What t-shirt size I need? Blah blah blah

  • Upon completion of the Kickstarter I will send out a survey which will ask you all necessary questions needed for your reward including shipping address, t-shirt size, etc.

Now that we've got some of the complicated stuff out of the way. Let's look at the rewards! Woohoo!

This time around I have lots of cool stuff to give away from my personal collection. I think I have grown up a lot as an artist and many of my interests and random skills are starting to collide. Some of the items I will be including in the Kickstarter are t-shirts, stickers, hand bound books filled with original art, hand made terrariums with wizards in them, a whole extra CD of music, vintage tarot cards, personalized mix tapes, crystals, crystal balls and more...

I will showcase some of these items and as I get more I will post them in the updates section!

First up is the hand made terrarium! These are so interesting and fun to make. Composed of low light plants, mosses, soil, rocks and a cool wizard (or something). You have to keep them alive, but you also get to have your own ecosystem....

What album release would be complete without a cool t-shirt? I sketched this one night, scanned it and it instantly became something I wanted to own. Nothing says I love you like a t-shirt with bleeding hands on it.

I know it's probably insane to tell people you are going to hand bind a book filled with art that you also created... but it's worth it right? I have so much art from over the past few years that was never released, but I love all of it. I wanted to share it with those who really enjoy heartfelt artifacts! Here are some cropped shots of some of the pages.

I like to draw monsters so there will be some of those included as well. What would a book of art be without some good crazy slime man doodles?

Thanks for your time and even your interest in my project. I hope you laughed and were intrigued and maybe even cried a little.

I love you.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Since this project is based on physical goods, some created and some mass produced, the challenge lies in making sure all of these are manufactured correctly.

Ordering records alone can take 8 weeks just to manufacture. Once they are ordered they still have to be sleeved and the download cards have to be printed and numbered by hand! This could take anywhere from a week to 2 weeks to turn around. CDs and T-shirts can take 3-4 weeks to manufacture. These items are being entrusted to other people, but sometimes things can go wrong. The challenge here lies with picking reputable vendors (which I have already) and getting orders in promptly.

The other side of the project that is a challenge for me is the physical binding of the books, doing the artwork for them and building the terrariums. I did go to school for printmaking and know how to bind but it is a labor of love. This requires lots of tedious work and tender care. Same with the terrariums since these are living objects.

The risks involved in this project involved lots of fragile items. Shipping can be expensive and must be handled delicately. I believe most people who back this project will live near me, but I know there are others who do not.

I have however tackled many aspects of these items above. I have practiced building terrariums, I have gathered and work on the book for a matter of weeks now and have selected vendors carefully in hopes that if this project is funded everything else will go smoothly, but there is time involved to make great products so I ask for your patience as I grow!

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