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Kansas City, MO Music
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This project was successfully funded on July 7, 2012.

Our indie label wants to bring you completely hand made, artistic vinyl records - we just need the lathe.

Kansas City, MO Music
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Do twice as much! A mysterious benefactor has agreed to match all incoming donations up to $1,500! 



What is Future Oak Records?

Think of each of our releases as a ticket to a private art show with a soundtrack. It's more than just music; it's a veritable mobile gatefold gallery. Our projects transcend traditional vinyl releases, offering a rare treasure for those who value handmade craftsmanship and analog music. We are working with amazing musicians to re-establish a sense of worth for music in the digital age.

Additionally, we pair our releases with high quality letterpress packaging, unique artwork, photography, short stories – even comic books. The final product is a stunning hand cut vinyl record with accompanying artwork that has been moved or informed or inspired by the music - a full multimedia experience without the use of a computer.

Who is Future Oak Records?

Future Oak employs a small but talented stable of artists, musicians, writers, and audiophiles who are eager to contribute to a musical revolution. There's no way I could do this alone; even building the courage to pursue this venture took the support of many. I consider myself lucky to have the assistance of so many amazing people by my side, and it is by their generosity that I'm able to offer professional mastering for my artist and unique letterpress packaging to house our releases. Over the course of this project, and even thereafter, you'll get to know the beautiful faces of our Future Oak team through backer-only updates as we walk you through our first production.

Where is Future Oak Records?

While Future Oak is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, our team is spread far and wide across the country, with strong support in three major cities: KCMO, New York City, and Athens, Georgia. Outside of that, we have contributors in Ohio, Florida, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Oregon, even as far away as Japan. One of the biggest perks of doing this project is we aren't bound by geographical boundaries, which helps us work with talented musicians from all over the world.

When did this happen?

This idea has been floating around in the ether for more years than I care to count - it took the encouragement of my friends and loved ones to squeeze the idea out in a tangible way. While we've been getting things ready for the last couple months, for the most part this is it, now! You're witnessing it, you're a part of it. At the end of this campaign we will be able to set up our equipment and glide through our first release, which should be due out late this summer/early fall. As a backer you'll follow us through all the steps, and be the first to know our release schedule and other events.

How does this happen?

Well, to tell the truth, without your help it doesn't. Although we have been able to form working relationships with professionals in the industry, we find that, outside of the realm of manpower, we are lacking. Like Ben said, we need three things to put out our first release - we need the equipment, we need the training, and we need the materials. Our baseline is a modest $8,800, which will afford us just enough to put out our first release as well as provide you with the fantastic incentives you can only get through this Kickstarter campaign. If we exceed our goal the money will go towards buying additional equipment and securing further releases. We're going to do the greatest of things!

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    Follow us through backer-only updates for behind the scenes documentation as we set up shop and produce our first run and other incentives.

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    7 backers

    PDF Download of E.S. Glenn, founder of ZAT Comics', exclusive comic book inspired by the birth of Future Oak Records + Hand written postcard thanking you quite sincerely for your support.

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    Autographed, frame-worthy portrait of our lovely spokesperson, Benjamin Franklin, with a hand written thank you note on the back.

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    Physical print copy of E.S. Glenn's Future Oak Comic Book sent to your home via U.S.P.S. with hand written Thank You note + unique redemption code to download the songs from our first split 7" featuring original music by Gabriel Slavitt and Jude Roberts.

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    Silk screened Future Oak t-shirt + physical print copy of E.S.Glenn's Future Oak Comic Book + unique redemption code to download the songs from our first split 7" featuring original music by Gabriel Slavitt and Jude Roberts.

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    Exclusive art print designed and letterpressed by the beautiful people at the famous Hammerpress here in Kansas City + PDF Download of E.S. Glenn's Future Oak Comic Book + unique redemption code to download the songs from our first split 7" featuring original music by Gabriel Slavitt and Jude Roberts.

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    July 4th, 1776 - Our most benevolent and noble Founding Fathers declared independence from a tyrannical ruler, and thus, we celebrate their achievements on this day. The Post Office might be closed, but the Kickstarter Project goes forth!

    In honor of this great American holiday we are offering you the chance to have everything in the Ultimate Believer Package ($250 level) for only $100. Show your patriotism by funding the next great American endeavor.

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    A copy of OAK-000, our first release exclusive to Kickstarter! This split 7" features original songs from Gabriel Slavitt and Jude Roberts - this is your only chance to get this historical release + Screen Printed Future Oak T-Shirt + Print Copy of E.S. Glenn's Future Oak Comic Book.

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    Ultimate Believer Package -- Screen printed Future Oak t-shirt + A copy of OAK-000 featuring original songs by Gabriel Slavitt and Jude Roberts + exclusive art print from our friends at Hammerpress + Print copy of E.S. Glenn's Future Oak Comic Book + A handsome autographed portrait of our very own Ben Franklin with an ever-so-sweet thank you written on the back.

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    Sons of Liberty -- You will receive special acknowledgement on the Founding Fathers section of the Future Oak Webpage. We will talk on the phone (or Skype if you're into that sort of thing, or over a lunch or a beverage of your choice; locally - my treat) about your creative ideas for the project, and you will get a copy of the Kickstarter 7" with music from Gabe and Jude, the Hammerpress art print, E.S. Glenn's Comic Book, Beautiful autographed portrait of Ben, T-Shirt,

    a free copy of our first LP release with your name in the credits!

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