Welcome to the Dave Kerzner "Static Live" Kickstarter!
This is my fourth Kickstarter campaign. The first was for my debut solo album "New World" which resulted in many highly acclaimed reviews and the song "Stranded" being nominated for "Anthem of the Year" by Prog Magazine in 2015! After this, I did a campaign for a "New World Live" album and concert video in 2016 so that fans of the music could see and hear it performed live regardless where they lived in the world. In 2017 my third campaign was for the follow up concept album "Static" featuring special guests like Steve Hackett of Genesis, Durga McBroom of Pink Floyd and more.
All three campaigns were a success and they all accomplish two important things:
• You are included in the process of making the album and/or concert video and you're able to pre-order special versions of the albums and videos with lots of extra music, swag and collectible items.
• The Kickstarter campaign approach provides the funds needed for me to create high quality productions independently, without requiring a major record label budget to do it.
So, now I'm back with even more live material than before. The main event is the entire album "Static", a progressive rock opera about the chaos of modern day society, performed live from beginning to end by my group, the Dave Kerzner Band, at ProgStock which is an awesome new festival in New Jersey. We had special guests Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd) on vocals, Francis Dunnery (It Bites) on vocals and guitar and Ruti Celli (Fern & Celli) on cello joining mysef, Fernando Perdomo, Derek Cintron and Andy Robbins on stage for this rare performance of the whole album. The show was captured on video and audio for both HD Blu-Ray and CD.
In addition to "Static Live", I have prepared several more concert videos and audio mixes with different line ups and set lists with additional special guests like Matt Dorsey (Sound of Contact), Randy McStine (Sound of Contact, The Fringe), Lorelei McBroom (Pink Floyd), Alex Cromarty (Mostly Autumn) and Stuart Fletcher (Seahorses). All of this makes this campaign the ultimate "Dave Kerzner Band Live" audio visual source. Since I only do a limited amount of touring per album, this is a chance for our fans to see and hear us perform songs from my two solo albums and the album I co-wrote and co-produced with Sound of Contact, "Dimensionaut" as well as some very special covers of Kevin Gilbert, Genesis, ELP and Pink Floyd.
If this is your first time being part of one of my Kickstarter campaigns you can expect a lot of updates with behind the scenes blogging, photos, video clips and insider news as things happen. I'm further along in the process than I've ever been before in my campaigns and this will help me to deliver the rewards on time without sacrificing quality which is always my goal. So come join the fun and be part of the new "Static Live" Kickstarter campaign!
Risks and challenges
When I first did a Kickstarter for my previous live album and concert video there was a risk of the planned shows not happening or coming out the way I wanted them to. As it turned out, one show was rained out and the other one ("Live in Miami") was great but didn't look how I had imagined it to look. I was saved by a powerful looking and sounding performance we did in the Netherlands which is what was used for the "New World Live" concert video (and select songs from "Live in Miami" were used on just the live album on CD and download).
What I've learned from this experience is not to count one's chickens before they're hatched! So, I've removed all the risks this time by starting the campaign only AFTER I have the shows completed and recorded! Now, it's just a matter of mixing, editing and post production, manufacturing and shipping the items listed. Not only does it make my May 2018 prediction more reliable but it also allows me to put a lower minimum goal than I have before. If it reaches the goal I will have the funds necessary to finish all the products being offered. Any money above the $10,000 minimum goal will go toward the costs of touring so we can try to reach more fans in person this year. We already plan to return to the Boerderij in Zoetermeer Netherlands in March this year and I would like to tour in Europe and the US this year as well. The more funds this campaign raises the better when it comes to that because touring at the independent progressive rock level that I'm at typically loses money. In other words, it costs more to travel and pay the musicians who play with me than what comes in from ticket sales and merchandise. Eventually that changes but it can take years for that to happen. In the meantime, things like a Kickstarter campaign and pre-orders of special edition products can allow more of that to happen. This is how the modern music industry thrives amidst a lot of streaming and illegal downloading that goes on. You have the chance to support the artists who make the music you want to hear and see performed live!
Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy the music! - DaveLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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