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Help David Chen make pop music with his looping cello.
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My name is David Chen and I play cello covers of pop songs. I want to record/release an EP of my music, and I'd love your help to make this happen. 

Credit: elldubphoto.com
Credit: elldubphoto.com

I practiced and performed cello for almost 10 years as a kid, then gave it up when I went to college. One year ago, I picked it up again because I thought I could do it differently: by using a looping pedal and a pickup, I could re-create pop songs all by myself using a single cello. So I launched a YouTube channel and was off to the races: http://www.youtube.com/davechenmusic.

Pop Music and Movie Music, Reinterpreted

In the past year, my videos have garnered over 350K views on YouTube and Facebook. But all of the music for these videos were recorded using really basic equipment in my living room. I wanted to capture some of these arrangements in a professional studio, so that they can be enjoyed in the highest quality possible. 

Here are some of the costs I have incurred or plan to incur while creating this EP:

~$150 - cost of cello pickup (used for cello amplification)
~$300 - cost of looping pedal (used to create cello loops)
~$1000 - licensing rights to do cover versions of the songs
~$1000 - recording/mixing/mastering

I've already started recording these tracks with sound engineers and am hoping to release the EP later this summer. But this endeavor will be very costly in terms of time and resources, and your contribution is invaluable towards helping me meet the costs.

Any amount you can contribute will help. Thanks for considering supporting me. I can't wait to share my music with you!

Risks and challenges

While this project might run into some minor delays (e.g. the rewards might be delivered a few weeks late), there is pretty much no chance that the rewards will not be delivered at all. Several tracks have already been recorded and completed, and I've fulfilled many Kickstarter projects successfully in the past.

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    Pledge $3 or more About $3

    GET A COPY OF THE EP! At this reward tier, you'll receive the full EP at a lower price than anyone else. Files will be delivered in un-DRMed MP3 format.

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    GET THE B-SIDES: At this tier, you will not only receive the EP, you'll receive audio files of the versions of many of the tracks I've already recorded and put on YouTube. Their quality will not be as good as the EP, but they are part of what inspired me to take this journey in the first place.

    You will also get thanked by name on davechenmusic.com.

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    EARLY BACKERS: GET A CUSTOM RINGTONE - At this tier, I will perform a cello solo of your choosing and make it into a ringtone for you. Ringtones may last up to 40 seconds and they will be delivered in .m4r format.

    You will also receive the EP and B-Sides and get thanked by name on davechenmusic.com.

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    GET A CUSTOM RINGTONE - At this tier, I will perform a cello solo of your choosing and make it into a ringtone for you. Ringtones may last up to 40 seconds and they will be delivered in .m4r format.

    You will also receive the EP and B-Sides and get thanked by name on davechenmusic.com.

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    I will use my video camera to record myself playing a cello solo of any song of your choosing (up to 5 minutes), and send you the video file. If it's a song I love, I may even publish the video on Youtube.

    You will also receive the EP and B-Sides and get thanked by name on davechenmusic.com.

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    LET'S CHAT: I will Skype you and play you a song of your choosing on the cello. Or we can just chat and hang out for a bit! Whatever you prefer.

    You will also receive the EP and B-Sides and get thanked by name on davechenmusic.com.

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    We will make a home recording of a cover song of your choice, featuring me on the cello and local singer Annie Jantzer on vocals. Delivery will be in audio format only, although if we can shoot a video of it, we will do that and deliver that instead.

    You will also get the cello EP, the B-sides, and your name thanked at davechenmusic.com.

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