For years I've been talking with Tim Easton and Megan Palmer about driving out to Nashville to record a full length LP. One year ago I finally drove out East to cut the record. We recorded nine tracks in nine days, working with Patrick Damphier @ Club Roar. We kept six of those tracks, and finished them. What I originally thought would be a stripped down solo record transformed into something much more complex. Working with mostly vintage instruments, preamps and a studio with everything I could dream up to play, we couldn't help but bring in the whole band. I've had the honor to work with a lot of incredible artists on the record, including;
Sallie Ford, Sam Doores, Megan Palmer, Tim Easton, Bucky Baxter, Martin Zarzar, Kai Welch, Aaron Till, Galen Ballinger, Ariel Bui & Patrick Damphier.
This summer I toured Alaska for seven weeks then returned to Tennessee to finish this record. With a greater concept of what it takes to make a record a composition from beginning to end, I wrote six new tracks, and arranged a few older ones, and have set out to finish a twelve track record.
I have a clear concept of what it takes to do this and have booked six days in the studio in July. I'll be working with Patrick Damphier, Megan Palmer, Bucky Baxter, Tim Easton & Galen Ballinger, amongst other great players here in Tennessee and New Orleans.
I've already spent $5000 out of pocket to get this started and recorded the first nine tracks for the record.
To finish the record, these are my costs:
studio rent for six days: $2100
Guest Artists: $1850
Mixing & Mastering: $1200
In Studio Photos & Film: $500
+ Kickstarter Percentage: approx. $685
($6850 Total to finish the works and print a run by hand on my own dime, without printing the record on vinyl or CD in a traditional approach. and $7535 including kickstarter percentage)
PR (someone who will get the finished record to record companies, radio, managers, out there, make it available to the world): $3000
(That's $10,535 to finish this and get it out there after my initial 5 grand that i've already spent out of pocket)
Why does it cost this much? That's the way the record industry works in a professional studio working with legendary players. Trust me, it's worth it. We're hard at work with great folks and legendary players, working towards creating something that will be the kind of record that can start a career with, tour the world, and step up what i've been working towards for most of my life to a place where it can facilitate a life of music, and more records to come that won't have to be paid for out of pocket!
I will come up with this one way or the other. I am determined to.
I'm asking $7000 in my proposal, because I don't want to stress about whether or not we'll reach our goal. This is an absolute bare minimum for me to go into the studio and record these tracks, while also working very hard to foot the bill on my own and hopefully keep a roof over my head.
The fact is, the more we raise the better the record will be, and every dime will go into creating and making this record available, and eventually, getting us out on the road in the U.S. and the world.
We're aiming high, and hope to finish this record and get out there and tour the world and play these songs this year.
in the words of Muhammad Ali:
"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life"
Thanks for listening,
Dylan Lee Johnston
Risks and challenges
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