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We're promoting my album, Texodus, to thousands of new listeners in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Click here for tickets to Go Dutch With Dylan II.

If you haven't already, please watch the video above to get the gist of this project. For more info on me, visit my site, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or YouTube.

A respected promoter in folk radio is going to promote my latest record, Texodus, to the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

This promotion will happen in May and June, coinciding with my second European tour.

Some confirmed dates (more dates coming in every week):

  • May 24 - Glasgow, SCT - Glad Cafe w/Steve Poltz
  • May 25 - Dingwall, SCT - Tea Posy
  • May 25 - Ullapool, SCT - Argyll Hotel
  • May 29 - Aviemore, SCT - Old Bridge Inn
  • May 30 - Inverness, SCT - Hootenanny
  • June 11 - Nijmegen, NL - Trianon
  • June 12 - Helmond, NL - Lokaal 42
  • June 13 - Gemert, NL - De Bunker
  • June 15 - Eindhoven, NL - Naked Song Festival
  • June 25 - Wexford, IRE - Candlelight Sessions

Why is this a big deal? Here are a few reasons:

  • Massive, focused exposure. Texodus will go out to 850 radio stations all over the world. This will bring my music to tens of thousands of new listeners--listeners who are really interested in the kind of music I do.
  • Street cred. Going through with a campaign of this magnitude will show industry professionals that I'm serious about my career. It's much easier to take someone seriously who takes himself seriously. This increased credibility will help me build relationships with those who can open doors for me.
  • Career acceleration. This is not a shortcut, per se. More of an inroad. The more people are familiar with my music, the more opportunities will arise. Better bookings, increased album sales, more buzz. In other words, this will start my career on a new trajectory.

Here's what I'm going to use the money for:

  • Promotion fees
  • CD manufacturing
  • Postage
  • Travel expenses

If we exceed the goal, that money will go to additional travel expenses. Touring in Europe can be expensive, and the budget I've laid out will only cover some of those costs.

This project is about independent music and its place in the world.

The best music in the world isn't always on a major label. Through new avenues like Kickstarter, artists like me are able to connect with forward-thinking trailblazers like you who want to advance the cause of creativity. In the past, record labels decided if an artist received support or not. They controlled the acceleration. Now you, in effect, are my record label. Now you get to decide if my album gets a chance or not.

This is the biggest opportunity I've had so far in my music career. I had to think long and hard about taking this step. I dealt with fear of failure, but also with fear of success. Through the help of a great support system, I've looked those fears in the eye, and I'm moving toward them. 

I want to grow a sustainable career in music. I want to record more music and come play that music for you, and through this project you can help me accomplish this goal.

I think Texodus is the best thing I've ever done, and I want to give it a real chance. If you've ever popped in the CD or pulled it up on your iPod and thought, Man, more people should know about this, now is your chance to make that happen. To be a part of the acceleration. 

Thanks for reading this far. It must mean you care on some level. If you'd like to see how far Texodus can go, please make a pledge today. I've included some pledge highlights below.

Love you guys,

Dylan - www.dylansneed.com

Pledge Highlights

Limited Edition Poster - A screen printed poster commemorating my 2013 European tour ($50).

Design by Jeff Rogers
Design by Jeff Rogers

Collectible Postcard Set - Here are a few examples of the photos we'll be using for the collectible postcard set ($150).

Photography by Wade Griffith
Photography by Wade Griffith

The Texodus Special Edition Liner Notes ($250) - Here's a short video preview of this special 40-page companion to the album.

There's tons more on the right side of the screen. Skype dreamcasting sessions, guitar lessons, postcards sent from overseas, a sneak peek at my next recording project, house concerts--I'll even write you a birthday song! 

One pioneering soul will even get an original song based on their suggestions included on my next album!

We've worked hard to make sure there's something available for every budget. If you have questions about any of the rewards or the project itself, don't hesitate to ask.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The most obvious risk in this project is that there are no guarantees it will do what we want it to do. This is a very scary realization to make. What if we send the record to all these music directors and no one plays it? What if the radio stations play the record, but we don't see bigger crowds at the shows or increased album sales?

This is a possibility. I can't ignore it. But I take solace in my promoter's track record. She has a long history of sending independent records up the folk charts. Client after client raves about her attention to detail and how much she has helped their careers.

But let's say I'm an anomaly. Let's say we go through with the promotion and nothing really happens. At the very least we will have exposed my music to hundreds, if not thousands or tens of thousands of new ears. And again, these are people who are particularly interested in the kind of music I just happen to enjoy writing.

And even if nothing happens for me, you all will be enjoying some fabulous pledge rewards ;) And I will be reminded again of what a fantastically supportive fan base I've been blessed with.

In the end, this is all part of a huge process. This campaign, as big as it seems now, may just be one small step in the grand scheme. Even after the campaign does it's job, I have a lot of work cut out for me: touring, attending conferences, writing, recording, promoting, networking. If this is just the first of many steps I say why not take it?

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    THANK YOU! - I will send you a personal thank you email with a link to stream my unreleased single, "Wandering Eyes." You'll receive Backers-Only updates, and an opportunity to opt in to my fan newsletter.

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    TEXODUS - You'll receive everything at the $5 level, plus a copy of the critically-acclaimed Texodus. Makes a great gift!

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    POSTCARD FROM OVERSEAS - You'll receive everything at the $5 level, plus a SIGNED copy of Texodus, and I will send a postcard from Europe to the address of your choosing!

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    THE BEAUTIFUL NOISE - You'll receive everything at the $25 level, plus a digital copy of my new single, "The Beautiful Noise."

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    LIMITED EDITION POSTER - You'll receive everything at the $35 level, plus a limited edition poster for my 2013 European Tour.

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    3-SONG SNEAK PEEK - You'll receive everything at the $50 level, plus a 3-song sneak peek acoustic demo of my next recording project!

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    SKYPE DREAMCASTING WITH DYLAN - You'll receive everything at the $75 level, plus digital copies of Texodus, No Worse For The Wear EP, "The Beautiful Noise" (single), "Wandering Eyes" (single), and a 45 minute Skype "dreamcasting" session with me. I've toured internationally, released 5 records, and started my own promotion company. I love following my dreams. What are your dreams? Wanna learn a Dylan Sneed song? Some cool fingerpicking? Songwriting? Touring? Got a cool business idea? Do you just have general questions about music or promoting events or following your dreams? Let's talk about it! For more info, email dylansneedmusic@gmail.com.

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    COLLECTIBLE POSTCARD SET - You'll receive everything at the $100 level, plus two (2) signed physical copies of Texodus, two (2) signed physical copies of No Worse For The Wear EP, and a limited edition set of collectible postcards featuring photos from the Texodus Special Edition Liner Notes. Look to the left for some examples!

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    DYLAN'S FIRST BOOK - You'll receive everything at the $150 level, plus of a copy of the Texodus Special Edition Liner Notes, a beautiful 40-page book with complete lyrics and stories and photos from the Texodus recording sessions. Watch the video to the left for a sneak peek.

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    BIRTHDAY SONG - You'll receive everything at the $250 level, plus I will write and record an original birthday song for you or a special someone!

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    A CONCERT IN YOUR LIVING ROOM - You've helped me write a song, how about hearing it live? You'll receive everything at the $500 level, plus I will perform a concert for you and your friends in your living room (or back yard, rec center, or wherever you want)! - - - - - - - - - - Limited to the lower 48 states, U.S. Date subject to availability. Host agrees to provide lodging, transportation, and food. Please email dylansneedmusic@gmail.com for complete details.

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    TEXCELERATOR I - Once we promote the record, my website will get a big spike in traffic. You or your company will be featured on the front page of my website for one year as a Texcelerator Level 1. I'll also send you a special framed copy of Texodus with a personalized inscription. - - - - - - - - - - You'll also get everything at the $750 level, including the private concert, the birthday song, the special edition liner notes, the collectible postcard set, the private guitar lesson, digital and physical copies of my complete catalog, the 3-song sneak peek, the limited edition poster, and the postcard from overseas! - - - - - - - - - - House concert limited to the lower 48 states, U.S. Date subject to availability. Host agrees to provide lodging, transportation, and food. Please email dylansneedmusic@gmail.com for complete details.

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    TEXCELERATOR II - I will write and record an original song for you or anyone about anything you want! You'll also receive recognition as a Texcelerator Level 2 on my website for 2 years. We will display your name or your company name more prominently than the Texcelerator Level 1 backers. - - - - - - - - - - ALSO, I'll give you 2 VIP passes to Go Dutch With Dylan, my European tour send-off concert in Hartsville, SC, on Saturday, April 27! You'll have dinner with me and the band before the show. You and your guest will enjoy front row seats for the show that evening. Plus, you will get your name or company logo on all media associated with Go Dutch With Dylan. - - - - - - - - - - You also get everything at the $1,250 level, including a framed copy of Texodus with a personalized inscription, the private concert, the birthday song, the special edition liner notes, the collectible postcard set, the private guitar lesson, digital and physical copies of my complete catalog, the 3-song sneak peek, the limited edition poster, and the postcard from overseas! - - - - - - - - - - If you are unable to attend Go Dutch With Dylan, please email me to work out a different timeframe for your visit: dylansneedmusic@gmail.com. Travel and lodging not included. House concert limited to the lower 48 states, U.S. House concert date subject to availability. Host agrees to provide lodging, transportation, and food for house concert.

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    TEXCELERATOR III - This is crazy. I will include the original song you help me compose on my next recording! - - - - - - - - - - You'll also be the one and only Texcelerator Level III on my website for 2 years. We will give you or your company name top billing on dylansneed.com, plus a link streaming your song for all the world to hear. - - - - - - - - - - You'll also get transportation and lodging for two nights in Hartsville, SC. I'll take you out for a private dinner with me at my favorite restaurant in Hartsville, The Midnight Rooster. - - - - - - - - - - You'll of course also get everything at the $2,500 level. Just to recap, that's 2 VIP passes to Go Dutch With Dylan, an original song, a framed copy of Texodus with a personalized inscription, the private concert, the birthday song, the special edition liner notes, the collectible postcard set, the private guitar lesson, digital and physical copies of my complete catalog, the 3-song sneak peek, the limited edition poster, and the postcard from overseas! - - - - - - - - - - Limited to domestic flights in the lower 48 U.S. House concert limited to the lower 48 states, U.S. House concert date subject to availability. Host agrees to provide lodging, transportation, and food for house concert. If you are unable to attend Go Dutch With Dylan, please email me to work out a different timeframe for your visit: dylansneedmusic@gmail.com

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