It's pronounced SPROULE …like rock 'n ROLL
My name is Devon Sproule. I live in Austin, Texas. I wouldn't live in Austin if I hadn't lived at an eco-village in Virginia. And I wouldn't have lived at an eco-village if I hadn't been born to some hippies in Canada. And without being born to those hippies, and without the support of people like you, I doubt I'd have ever been brave enough to become a professional musician. So thank you! May I tell you about my new project?
THE LIGHTHOUSE WORKS
In November, I was granted a writing fellowship with a program called The Lighthouse Works. I got to go to a tiny island and write a bunch of songs. Writing songs is nothing new -- that's what I do! -- but because I was on a tiny island, and because I didn't have to pretend I knew how to cook, I wrote songs waaaaay faster than usual. And now I'm making them into a record.
The working title of the record is Colours. It was co-written with the fantastically talented Mike O'Neill, who I met remotely when he contributed to a project of mine called Low-Key Karaoke. Mike has a moustache and lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and we're meeting in Ontario (where we were both born) to record it.
WHY KICKSTARTER, DEVON?
I'm using Kickstarter because it's a two-in-one: it allows folks to pre-order the record, which enables me to finance it without loading up my credit cards. But it also lets people know about the album, how it's progressing, etc., which helps to build momentum for its release. It's been a long time since I've done something as community oriented and open as this, and I'm really, really excited.
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART
Thank you so much for your support, and for passing the link along to your friends. You only have to contribute $3 to get an advance copy of the digital record. But boy, there are some cool incentives for people who want to give more...
- all 4 unreleased paul & devon duet records
- my entire digital discography
- hammocks + heirloom seeds
- homemade guitar straps
- my berlin compass
- personalized video or handwritten lyrics
- a tour of twin oaks!
- one-of-a-kind scrapbook
- a private concert & custom song
- our cd collection
- and more!
Now let's look at some pictures!
ABOVE: During my fall writing fellowship, making songs on Fishers Island. They also let oysters live there (for a while).
ABOVE: I met Mike O'Neill (who co-wrote Colours) when he sent in this video to my Low-Key Karaoke project.
ABOVE: Our secret babies... home-spun Paul & Devon duets from 2004-2008
ABOVE: My discography... I Love You, Go Easy; Live in London; Don't Hurry for Heaven; Keep Your Silver Shined; Upstate Songs; Long Sleeve Story; Devon
ABOVE: Carrie Elkin's beautiful Strappy Go Lucky guitar straps. Get 'em personalized!
(ABOVE): Our CD collection. We're digitizing and trying to save space. Can you give it a new home?
(ABOVE): Our lap steel guitar. Comes with a song and a signature.
Risks and challenges
In my decade+ doing this, I've learned that nothing is guaranteed in the music business. Most of us do it because we love it, not because we expect to make a bucketful. This is especially true of making records. I've worked to set reasonable goals for this project, and I plan to meet those goals. Most importantly, I plan to maintain good communication with collaborators and backers as the project unfolds -- not just to build momentum and enthusiasm, but also to maintain confidence and accountability.
The Kickstarter kicker: if I don't meet my goal, I get nothin'. But I think I can do it! I think WE can do it!
Thanks especially to Raina and Drew for their help and advice with Kickstarter, and to Paul for making the video. Oh, and thanks to Windmill Bicycles for the sweet ride on that sick 'cycle!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (27 days)