I’m Dave Kerzner, also known by my nickname “Squids”. “New
World” is my first solo album after splitting with award-winning
Progressive Rock band “Sound of Contact”. My new Prog record brings classic rock
elements of the 60s and 70s into a modern musical soundscape. New World is a
concept album done in two versions, a standard edition with over 70 minutes of
music and a deluxe double disc extended edition with over 140 minutes of
theatrical, rich and picturesque music to dig into! The subject matter of the storyline deals with the journey of human emotions from the darkness of facing your demons to rising above the obstacles that hold us back in life.
All of the lyrics and music are written, produced and sung by me and I am joined by some amazing special guests such as Steve Hackett (Genesis), Durga McBroom (Pink Floyd), Francis Dunnery (It Bites), Nick D’Virgilio (Tears for Fears, Big Big Train), Jason Scheff (Chicago), David Longdon (Big Big Train), Fernando Perdomo, Heather Findlay (Mantra Vega, Mostly Autumn), Adam Gaynor (Matchbox 20), Ana Cristina and more!
WHAT WOULD THIS CAMPAIGN BE FUNDING?
Making a record can be very costly. You have to pay all of the people who work on the album with you. Then there’s the studios where the artists live, mixing, mastering, art design, manufacturing of the CDs and the marketing costs. All of this adds up! The goal of this campaign is to fund the production and promotion of this album so that it can be made without any artistic compromises and for it to reach the listeners who look for music like this. My intention is for this album to find its audience. By pledging through Kickstarter backers will not only make this happen but they will have access to exclusive benefits and bonuses only available through this campaign. All backers will also be the first to hear and receive the album.
By backing this project you’ll truly feel like your pledge is not only making a difference in the success of this album but know that by participating in a campaign such as this, you are helping independent artists make more albums in a style you like with an unhindered approach to the art and production of the music.
ABOUT THE REWARDS
Take a look at the rewards in this campaign. Each one of them offers better value than you would normally get outside of Kickstarter. Besides exclusive extras only available through backing this project, EVERY reward tier includes downloads of the music in both mp3 and high quality FLAC formats (downloadable content varies per tier).
EVERY BACKER IN THIS CAMPAIGN ALSO GETS A BACKERS “BACKSTAGE PASS”!
The Backers "Backstage Pass" includes exclusive video journals, interview Q&A, advance audio clips of works in progress, rare pictures and a behind the scenes look at the making of the album.
THE REWARDS ARE MAINLY ABOUT THE MUSIC!
The primary focus of the rewards is of course on the album New World itself in its various versions for download or on disc. You can get the standard album on CD or digital download, which is jammed packed with over 70 minutes of lush Progressive Rock. Or, for those that want even more there is the Deluxe Extended Double Disc version which not only has longer songs than the standard version but it also includes almost a full additional album’s worth of material making it over a 140 minute epic odyssey!
EXCLUSIVELY FOR KICKSTARTER BACKERS ONLY: I’ve put together unique bundles that include both the Standard and Deluxe Editions of the album with an exclusive booklet of images, lyrics, detailed notes and stories plus a variety of signed items and fun collectible swag that brings you closer to the project. Most items are at affordable prices and when you compare them to everyday activities whether it’s a lunch at a fast food joint or a dinner for two at a nice restaurant, it’s good to remember that music lasts forever! Skip a meal and enjoy some new Prog instead! :)
INTERACT WITH SQUIDS!
In addition to the physical and download products some rewards offer unique interaction with me in fun and interesting ways. You’ll get to know me better and enjoy being part of the team that has made this intricate production a reality from A to Z. Whether you choose a reward that gives you a virtual hang in my studio while I work or one where I write a custom piano or keyboard song just for you or give you my personal handwritten lyrics it'll become a more personal experience being part of the creation of this album.
WHAT ABOUT VINYL, 5.1 SURROUND, DVDs, T-SHIRTS AND OTHER REWARDS?
The $17,000. goal of this campaign is barely enough to do the items in the reward list. However, since Kickstarter has no upper limits and everything depends on word of mouth (that means you!) it is possible that we can far exceed the goal! So, depending on how the campaign goes if we reach higher amounts then it will be possible to entertain the idea of adding rewards such as vinyl versions or a 5.1 surround version on DVD and/or Blu Ray. If you want something like that to happen then by all means spread the word far and wide about this campaign so we can get the numbers to a level that will make these additional versions doable. If you have any reward suggestions go to my Facebook page and let me know! It’s http://www.facebook.com/davesquidskerzner
I want to thank you for taking the time to read, watch and listen to my story. If you also choose to back the project I am truly grateful for your contribution! - Dave
If you want to find out more about me and my music projects check out these links and resources:
davekerzner.com (coming soon)
Facebook Music Page
Dave Kerzner YouTube Channel
Dave Kerzner Band Sound Cloud
Bring The Prog Back Group
Sonic Elements (Fantasy Band/Tribute Project)
PROG MAGAZINE NEWS ON DAVE KERZNER "NEW WORLD"
Risks and challenges
Fortunately, an ambitious project such as this elaborate Progressive Rock album production, is something that I have done before and have resources and experience to overcome challenges if they are to arise. Between favors from friends in the industry to operating my own project studio in Miami I have developed a unique network and range of tools to help me achieve my artistic visions. The conviction behind this album is evident in the music you can already hear. I've funded the project so far all on my own taking risks I know are worth it! This album is something I am driven to do in all of its incarnations because I have been preparing for this moment for many, many years and it must come out no matter what it takes!
Realistically there is always a risk that an album will not be finished on time and especially with regard to the turn around from manufacturing houses. While everything at this point is looking on schedule as planned for a Fall release of the album and extras, anything can happen and delays (however unlikely) are possible. Still, my backers will receive the album before anyone else and have access to the digital downloads even before the physical discs are in their hands. I will give frequent updates on the progress and status of the album so that backers can know when to expect to receive it. We're doing this together and I am confident that we will not only reach all of the goals set forth in this campaign but that we will have a great time reaching them!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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