Dear Friends of the World,
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this! We are Eagle and Talon, a Los Angeles-based duo who have spent many years making music together and releasing albums with our hands, thoughts and spirits.
We spent the last year working on our new EP "In Manila." It features guest appearances by comedian/musican Reggie Watts and close friends from the LA music community. We've finished the recording/mixing/producing and cd replication. Now we are finally ready to put it out! We are asking for help because we've realized that the business side of being a musician (booking tours, running our own amateur PR and radio campaigns, courting distributors, trying to master the art of social networking sites (myspace?!!!), figuring out contracts) has squished the artist side (writing music we care about, playing shows for/with amazing people, recording/mixing/producing three albums, touring, creating music videos, choreographing some very special dances) and we thought, why not ask our friends and fans to help us with this.
"In Manila" will be the first official release on our new record label BI/AKKA RECORDS and we want you to be our partners. We are very excited about the new EP and think some of you out there might like it too. It's a little different than our past releases, it's a little softer, more danceable, and much more tropical. If you like it TELL US! If you don't like it TELL US! We just want help getting our music out there and here's the plan...
1. We'd like to hire an experienced professional to do a 6-week PR campaign to help get the word out. They would be sending to music blogs, music publications, tastemakers & critics. A portion of the Kickstarter funds would go to covering their fee and the cost of mailing and postage supplies.
2. We need to get on the road and tour the album! Your donations would help offset the cost of van rental, insurance, keeping gas in the tank, tour posters, cockroach-free accommodations and tour publicity (via radio and weekly publications)
We want people to have a chance to hear what we've been working on and decide for themselves if it's worthwhile. We want you to decide that too. You can preview the whole record here:
If you like what you hear, we'd love for you to join team BI/AKKA by donating or re-posting our video on your facebook or forwarding it to your friends.
It's been a challenging but incredibly empowering process to do everything on our own, but we know it would be a lot more fun and rewarding to do something collectively with our friends and fans. So please join forces with us, and thank you in advance for sharing this with your friends, donating and taking the time to read this. We so appreciate the support we've received so far and are humbled by your attentiveness :) THANK YOU!!!! THANK YOU!!!! THANK YOU!!!!
Wishing you all the best in 2011, hope to play these songs for you in YOUR city this spring/summer!
Love from Los Angeles, Alice Talon & Kim Talon
Photo credit: Emma Kathan
** domestic shipping and handling are included in pledge amounts. for international shipping, please add $5 to your pledge amount for a single item, $10 for the loot bag, and $7 for anything else. thank you!
- (30 days)