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Forenn is a mostly instrumental band from Houston, Tx & Santa Cruz, Ca that is finishing their debut record with Paul Meany (Mutemath).
Forenn is a mostly instrumental band from TX. Our debut album co-produced by Paul Meany (MUTEMATH) is now available everywhere you buy music.
Forenn is a mostly instrumental band from TX. Our debut album co-produced by Paul Meany (MUTEMATH) is now available everywhere you buy music.
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Forenn is a mostly instrumental band from Houston, Tx & Santa Cruz, Ca consisting of Logan Samperi, Neil Sandoz, and Zach McNair. We started creating music together in 2009 out of the mutual enjoyment of each other's deep friendship and musical work. Anyone who’s ever created anything alongside others knows that there’s something magnetic that happens in collaboration. And that was the case for the three of us. We just loved the whole process of creating music together and loving what we made.

We want to put our debut album in your hands!

The Backstory

In 2012, despite living in different cities, we decided to be more intentional with the direction of the music we were creating. We all got a few basic pieces of recording software, synced our audio files between the three of us, and began piecing together ideas we were working on individually. One person would come up with an idea or "scratch," another person would collaborate on it, another person would edit, etc.

Tracking drums for "Circa"
Tracking drums for "Circa"

Fast forward a year or so, we were once again living within minutes of each other and sitting on a batch of songs that were surprisingly developed. One early morning before we went to our respective jobs, we got together at Logan’s house for breakfast to discuss what we wanted to do about these songs we were getting so attached to. We decided we wanted to do three things: continue making music, trust the process, and share it.

Mockup of the 12" Vinyl Packaging
Mockup of the 12" Vinyl Packaging

Continue making music. Fast forward again to today. We are now spread across three different cities between Texas and California, and no matter the distance between us and despite countless ideas, we are just as passionate about the body of music we are creating together. What started as a couple dozen songs and ideas has become eight songs we truly believe in.

Trust the process. Having chosen the eight songs to record, we needed to find a producer who understood our vision and passion and could match it beat for beat. This point was driven home to us in 2013 by a trusted friend/artist who graciously listened through some rough tracks of what we were doing. He saw through the lack of production and got what we were saying. He enjoyed the tunes and gave us one piece of advice to move forward: “Trust the process.” That’s been our mantra as we march forward. Trusting our instincts as friends and musicians. We’ve spent days and days deliberating parts and sections of each of these songs. We truly feel these represent us well, and to continue that high level of quality control we had to bring the right producer on board. 

So we dreamed big and put ourselves out there. 

What started out as a tweet led to an email. That led to a phone call with all three of us and one of our favorite producers, mix engineers, and live performers of all time: Paul Meany — best known as the front man of Mutemath. After sharing our vision for the songs with him and hearing his take, we knew Paul was the one to produce Forenn’s first record. We decided to move forward with him.

Share it. In order for us to ultimately share this project with you, we concluded that we’d need some serious outside help to bring this dream to reality. We believe that Kickstarter is the right catalyst to help us get this album in your hands. 

Pricing

The bottom line is that we need $15,000 to complete our album. That’s not a guess. Just as every note played was seriously deliberated, every dollar we ask for has a home.

Moving forward for us is relatively simple. Fortunately, most of the album is already tracked and ready to get passed off to Paul for additional production, mixing, and mastering. That’s where the majority of our cost will go. The rest of our costs go right back to you. We have some packages we are thrilled to share with you including: a 12” Vinyl Record w/ Inner Sleeve, a super soft Bella + Canvas Unisex TriBlend Grey T-Shirt screen printed with water based inks, an 11"x17" Poster silk screen printed on French paper, Limited Edition 16"x 23 7/8" Artist Collaboration Posters, 8 oz. Limited Edition Forenn Blend Coffee, song remixes from BoyEatsDrumMachine and Salomon Ligthelm, and demos (including unreleased "January Again" that won't be on the album.)

For a little more info on how the money we raise will get used:

The Songs & Collaborators

Unofficial Track Listing: (Listen to album here)
1. A Home (Hear Sample)
2. Carry
3. Existence (Hear Sample)
4. Circa (Hear Sample)
5. A Flame Before The Forest (Hear Sample)
6. Hearth (feat. Breanne Düren & Gatlin Elms) (Hear Sample)
7. Vestal (Hear Sample)
8. Silence of Solitude (Hear Sample)
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9. Vestal (Salomon Ligthelm Re-imagination)
10. Hearth (BoyEatsDrumMachine Remix)



Collaborators:

We’ve had such an amazing time working on this album. This is by far more than a work of us three. Already, we have had a ton of supporters. Here are the people who have been directly involved in the process up until this point:

Breanne Duren (of Owl City) — vocals on “Hearth” and “A Flame Before the Forest” 
Gatlin Elms — vocals on “Hearth”
Josh Sebren — additional audio engineering
Paul Meany — additional production, mixing, and mastering
Brittan Pittman — photos and video for Kickstarter campaign
Lori McConnaughie — model
Josh Taylor — video for Kickstarter campaign
Salomon Ligthelm — remix artist & contributing photographer
BoyEatsDrumMachine — remix artist
Zac Van Der Ven — contributing photographer
Micah Bell — contributing designer
Ryan Booth — contributing photographer
Shawn Roller — contributing photographer
Peter Voth — contributing designer

The Rewards

We've put together a variety of rewards for you to choose from. The details:

Pledge $10 or more: Get the Digital Album + Project Updates.

Pledge $25 or more: Get an 8 oz. Limited Edition Forenn Blend Coffee (Medium Roast) from one of our favorite coffee companies, District Roasters (Houston, Tx).

You also get a digital version of the album and access to project updates from us.

Pledge $30 or more: Get an 11"x17" Poster silk screen printed on French paper by Norman Roscoe Printmakers (Denton, Tx).

You also get a digital version of the album and access to project updates from us.

Pledge $35 or more: Get a super soft Bella + Canvas Unisex TriBlend Grey T-Shirt screen printed with water based inks by Norman Roscoe Printmakers (Denton, Tx).

You also get a digital version of the album and access to project updates from us.

Pledge $40 or more: Get a 12" Vinyl Record with Inner Sleeve pressed by Pirates Press + Remixes by BoyEatsDrumMachine & Salomon Ligthelm.

You also get a digital version of the album and access to project updates from us.

Pledge $60: Get 1 of 3 Limited Edition 16"x 23 7/8" Artist Collaboration Posters. We paired a photographer w/ a designer and let them work together to create a beautiful poster.

The three options are:

After funding is complete, we will send you photos of the three options. You pick the one you want.

You also get a digital version of the album and access to project updates from us.

Pledge $140: Get the Limited Edition Forenn Bundle.

Get access to demos, including an unreleased song "January Again" (This was the first song we wrote together in 2009. It is not on the record, and it will not available anywhere else.)

You also get: 

  • 12" Vinyl Record with Inner Sleeve pressed by Pirates Press
  • Remixes by BoyEatsDrumMachine & Salomon Ligthelm 
  • A super soft Bella + Canvas Unisex TriBlend Grey T-Shirt screen printed with water based inks by Norman Roscoe Printmakers (Denton, Tx) 
  • An 11"x17" Poster silk screen printed on French paper by Norman Roscoe Printmakers (Denton, Tx) 
  • 8 oz. Limited Edition Forenn Blend Coffee (Medium Roast) from one of our favorite coffee companies, District Roasters (Houston, Tx)
  • A digital version of the album 
  • Access to project updates from us.

Pledge $150: Get all 3 Limited Edition 16"x 23 7/8" Artist Collaboration Posters. We paired a photographer w/ a designer and let them work together to create a beautiful poster.

You will receive one of each of the following collaborations:

You also get a digital version of the album and access to project updates from us.

Pledge $300 or more: Get a 1-hour Skype Session with Forenn. You may use this time to ask us anything:

Ask production and engineering questions, ask what it was like to work with Paul Meany and what we learned through that process, ask us what we suggest you do for your own record release, or ask us about any of the visual and physical production. Anything goes.

You also get the Limited Edition Forenn Bundle.

Pledge $500 or more: Listening Party + Workshop (Houston, Tx)

You (and a friend) join us and some special guests involved in the making of this album for a listening party and workshop (lunch included.)

Listening Party: We'll listen through each song on the record together, and you'll hear commentary along the way.

Workshop: We'll walk you through the entire process of doing an album independently — Turning ideas and "scratches" into full songs, recognizing when you need to ask for outside help, creating compelling visuals, collaborating with artists, coffee companies, and print shops, and positioning and marketing your release.

You (and a friend) also get the Limited Edition Forenn Bundle.

Pledge $1500 or more: Get A Day with Forenn + Private Workshop (Houston, Tx)

You (and a friend) get to spend a day with us and a special guest (pending availability) for a day. We'll take you and a friend to our favorite coffee shop, buy you lunch, and spend a full day with you helping you tackle the challenges of your creative project.

We will also provide you with a private workshop that walks you through the entire process of doing an album independently — Turning ideas and "scratches" into full songs, recognizing when you need to ask for outside help, creating compelling visuals, collaborating with artists, coffee companies, and print shops, and positioning and marketing your release.

You (and a friend) also get the Limited Edition Forenn Bundle.

Pledge $2000 or more: Get a song remix / re-imagined by Forenn. We will take one of your tunes and remix or reimagine it with our own production and instrumentation. Includes mixing & mastering.

You also get the Limited Edition Forenn Bundle.

Pledge $5000 or more: Get A Day with Forenn + Private Workshop + Live Show

Get a private workshop and experience a live show the following day. This package is ideal for studios, colleges, universities, churches, etc.

Workshop: We'll walk you through the entire process of doing an album independently — Turning ideas and "scratches" into full songs, recognizing when you need to ask for outside help, creating compelling visuals, collaborating with artists, coffee companies, and print shops, and positioning and marketing your release. 

Live show: The next day, we'll perform a show somewhere in your town. This could be anything from an intimate house show to a show at a venue with a local act or two.

You also get the Limited Edition Forenn Bundle.

Please message us if you have questions about availability, scheduling, or additional costs.

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Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

This journey is something we couldn’t do without you. To show our gratitude, we’ve worked so hard to assemble one heck of a line up of incentives. Give them a look and pick something you love!

More than just getting to enjoy the music you helped us make, we hope this inspires you to take something you love creating one step further — it’s more than worth it. We are passionate about creating meaningful art, and if you are too, we’d love for this to be a start of a lasting relationship with us. Feel free to reach out to us in any way with questions or comments about music, design, video, project management or whatever it is you love doing. We’d love to continue to hear from you.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. Your support means the world to us, and we can’t wait to put this album in your hands.

Cheers,
Logan, Neil, and Zach

Additional Images

Back and front of the outside vinyl sleeve
Back and front of the outside vinyl sleeve
Back and front of the inside vinyl sleeve
Back and front of the inside vinyl sleeve
Screen grab from our photo + video shoot for the album art
Screen grab from our photo + video shoot for the album art

Download Press Kit w/ hi-res images

Risks and challenges

Putting out music and products is rewarding, but it doesn't come without challenges. However, we've done an extensive amount of research and have already considered how to address some of the common challenges that might arise when releasing a record.

First, on the product end, all the design work has been completed — We are ready to go to print with every deliverable. Second, we've done due diligence to get estimates for every printed piece and reward item. We have fulfillment services ready to go, and we've calculated solid shipping figures. Last but not least, when working with the lead singer of an international touring act, a buffer in the schedule is needed — We've included that as well.

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    Digital Album + Project Updates

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    8 oz. Limited Edition Forenn Blend Coffee

    Get an 8 oz. Limited Edition Forenn Blend Coffee (Medium Roast) from one of our favorite coffee companies, District Roasters (Houston, Tx).

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    11"x17" Silk Screen Print Poster

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    Bella + Canvas Unisex TriBlend Grey T-Shirt

    Get a super soft Bella + Canvas Unisex TriBlend Grey T-Shirt screen printed with water based inks by Norman Roscoe Printmakers (Denton, Tx).

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    12" Vinyl + Remixes

    Get a 12" Vinyl Record with Inner Sleeve pressed by Pirates Press + Remixes by BoyEatsDrumMachine & Salomon Ligthelm.

    *You also get a digital version of the album and access to project updates from us.

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    Limited Edition 16"x 23 7/8" Artist Series Print

    Get 1 of 3 Limited Edition 16"x 23 7/8" Artist Collaboration Posters. We paired a photographer w/ a designer and let them work together to create a beautiful poster.

    The three options are:

    1. Ryan Booth (Photographer) / Micah Bell (Designer)
    2. Zac Van Der Ven (Photographer) / Salomon Ligthelm (Designer)
    3. Shawn Roller (Photographer) / Peter Voth (Designer)

    After funding is complete, we will send you photos of the three options. You pick the one you want.

    *You also get a digital version of the album and access to project updates from us.

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    Pledge $140 or more About $140

    Limited Edition Forenn Bundle

    Get access to demos, including an unreleased song "January Again" (This was the first song we wrote together in 2009. It is not on the record, and it will not available anywhere else.)

    You also get:
    • 12" Vinyl Record with Inner Sleeve pressed by Pirates Press
    • Remixes by BoyEatsDrumMachine & Salomon Ligthelm
    • A super soft Bella + Canvas Unisex TriBlend Grey T-Shirt screen printed with water based inks by Norman Roscoe Printmakers (Denton, Tx)
    • An 11"x17" Poster silk screen printed on French paper by Norman Roscoe Printmakers (Denton, Tx)
    • 8 oz. Limited Edition Forenn Blend Coffee (Medium Roast) from one of our favorite coffee companies, District Roasters (Houston, Tx)
    • Digital version of the album
    • Access to project updates from us.

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    All 3 Limited Edition Photographer + Illustrator Art Print

    Get all 3 Limited Edition 16"x 23 7/8" Artist Collaboration Posters. We paired a photographer w/ a designer and let them work together to create a beautiful poster.

    The three options are:

    1. Ryan Booth (Photographer) / Micah Bell (Designer)
    2. Zac Van Der Ven (Photographer) / Salomon Ligthelm (Designer)
    3. Shawn Roller (Photographer) / Peter Voth (Designer)

    *You also get a digital version of the album and access to project updates from us.

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    1-Hour Studio Skype Session

    Get a 1-hour Skype Session with Forenn. You may use this time to ask us anything:

    Ask production and engineering questions, ask what it was like to work with Paul Meany and what we learned through that process, ask us what we suggest you do for your own record release, or ask us about any of the visual and physical production. Anything goes.

    *You also get the Limited Edition Forenn Bundle.

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    Listening Party + Workshop
    (Houston, Tx)

    You and a friend join us and some special guests involved in the making of this album for a listening party and workshop (lunch included.)

    Listening Party:
    We'll listen through each song on the record and provide commentary along the way.

    Workshop:
    We'll walk you through the entire process of doing an album independently — Turning ideas and "scratches" into full songs, recognizing when you need to ask for outside help, creating compelling visuals, collaborating with artists, coffee companies, and print shops, and positioning and marketing your release.

    *You (and a friend) will also get the Limited Edition Forenn Bundle.

    *Travel/Lodging not included.

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    A Day with Forenn + Private Workshop
    (Houston, Tx)

    You (and a friend) get to spend a day with us and a special guest (pending availability) for a day. We'll take you and a friend to our favorite coffee shop, buy you lunch, and spend a full day with you helping you tackle the challenges of your creative project.

    We will also provide you with a private workshop that walks you through the entire process of doing an album independently — Turning ideas and "scratches" into full songs, recognizing when you need to ask for outside help, creating compelling visuals, collaborating with artists, coffee companies, and print shops, and positioning and marketing your release.

    *You (and a friend) will also get the Limited Edition Forenn Bundle.

    *Travel/Lodging not included.

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    Song Remix / Re-imagination

    Get a song remix / re-imagined by Forenn. We will take one of your tunes and remix or reimagine it with our own production and instrumentation. Includes mixing & mastering.

    *You also get the Limited Edition Forenn Bundle.

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    A Day with Forenn + Private Workshop + Live Show anywhere in the U.S. (not including HI and AK).

    Get a private workshop and experience a live show the following day. This package is ideal for studios, colleges, universities, churches, etc.

    Workshop: We'll walk you through the entire process of doing an album independently — Turning ideas and "scratches" into full songs, recognizing when you need to ask for outside help, creating compelling visuals, collaborating with artists, coffee companies, and print shops, and positioning and marketing your release.

    Live show: The next day, we'll perform a show somewhere in your town. This could be anything from an intimate house show to a show at a venue with a local act or two.

    *You also get the Limited Edition Forenn Bundle.

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