Splashes of Colour
Splashes of Colour is a collection of 10 original heartfelt and carefully crafted songs and instrumental piano pieces.
The Story So Far
Although I have been writing songs for over 20 years, this is the first time I've recorded an album's worth to a standard I'm really happy with. There are 10 original songs on the album with a mixture of vocal tracks accompanied by guitar or piano, as well as some instrumental piano tunes. The album is in a singer-songwriter style, with folk and jazz influences. Up to this point the recording has been self-funded, which as you can imagine has been expensive!
This is where I need your help!
I’m not out to make money from this album, but have often had people ask at gigs “when are you releasing an album?”. The answer now is, “when I get enough funds to cover the post-production costs”. My brother, Robert Lee – an excellent musician (and sounding board), has very kindly started to mix the tracks for me, however I need help to cover the costs of Mastering and Manufacturing the album. I also have very generous friends and family who have contributed to the album or this project in some way – and I’m nearly out of favours!
I’m really excited about the music itself of course, and getting that out in to the world for people to enjoy. However since setting up this Kickstarter project I’ve also come up with some lovely additional ideas to make the album release extra special, and some extra treats for all those wonderful people who will contribute (I hope).
You can hear some examples of the songs during the recording process in the project video. Additional Songs – If you choose the Musical Edition you will also get some previously unreleased demo tracks to download.
This will feature an artistic booklet, with all the lyrics from the album as well as explanations of how the songs were written, or what inspired me at the time.
Limited Edition Artwork
The Artistic Edition includes limited edition prints inspired by the album. My father, AJ Lee, worked as an illustrator for most of his career and over the years has created some beautiful sketches and pictures for birthday cards and the like. Some of these have been inspired by my music and so I thought it would be unique and special to have a couple of prints commissioned for this album. There will be limited sets of two prints available. Here are some examples of his previous sketches:
Album Launch Package
The beautiful Main Hall at the VoiceBox in Derby (complete with a gorgeous baby grand piano) has already been booked for an album launch gig on the 24th March 2018 – so this better be a success! But in all seriousness, even if the Kickstarter campaign is unsuccessful I still intend to do the gig, and can make the album available for digital download or a short run of CDs – although the Mastering stage may have to be skipped. If you like the sound of the album and want to see it performed live, then this is for you. I don’t do that many gigs – as I’d rather put more effort in to a select few – so do come along if you can, or see my website for other locations if Derby isn’t right for you. Some of the songs were both written and recorded at the VoiceBox, and I’ve been involved with this arts venue before – both leading choir sessions and having singing lessons. The directors of the VoiceBox are passionate about offering a space for music making and performance, so I can’t think of a better place to celebrate the release of my album.
Having been writing and composing for so many years as well, I have a wealth of songs and music waiting to be recorded – and so once this is out there I’m keen to start work on the second album! Not that I ever plan too far ahead.
Thank you so much for reading, and if you do decide to support this project then it will be much appreciated. If you don’t, please consider sharing it with someone who might be interested in my style of music. Thank you!
If the project raises more than my goal of £650 then it would mean an even better quality of album release. I would like to be able to make a payment to my brother for all the hard work he's done on the final mixes, especially while he's finishing off his own album. The amount raised could affect whether I get a no-frills CD case or something more adventurous. It will also be a deciding factor on where the Mastering is done.
Risks and challenges
I’ve mentioned some of these already, and of course no project is without these. Kickstarter is all or nothing – so if I don’t raise enough funds, then I will have to find a simpler way to release the album. I could make it available for digital download, or think about releasing a few CDs, but this would be an unmastered version, and not as sweet and polished. The album launch gig will go ahead as planned in March, all the songs are recorded, so really this Kickstarter campaign is about making the release as polished and professional as possible.
I have partly booked the album release gig to give me a specific yet realistic timeframe to get things done. Working full-time and trying to finish an album has meant things have been delayed a few times (I've moved house twice since starting to record this album) but having the gig booked at the VoiceBox means I will need to prioritise getting all the post-production finished. I already have some quotes for mastering and printing costs, which is what I've used to set the reward prices.
It is a challenge doing a self-release, but this is why I’m doing it on a fairly small scale. I’m not trying to raise thousands of pounds here, because I don’t have a huge fan base, but I would be pleased to finally have something I’d be proud to promote at gigs, share with venues and promoters, with friends and family but also bring my music to a wider audience. Even though it is on a small scale, I want to make sure it’s as professional as possible at this stage – for example ICRS codes and notifying the PRS. This is a challenge in itself, but luckily there is a lot of information available about this kind of thing. This has been a good learning curve, and I have lots of musician friends I can ask for advice, as well as researching all the nuts and bolts of self-release online.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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