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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING REACH THE MINIMUM! THE GOAL OF $50,000 for REST OF RECORD+RELEASE COSTS IS NEXT! PRE-ORDER NOW!

I wake up every day and the first thought I have is “thank you.” So this is how I do it here: I would not be able to do this KICKSTARTER without: ALEXANDER OLEYNIKOV (Video-Cinematographer, who put in way too much time documenting editing and helping, I owe you my first born). My friends, J.J. BLAIR (Producer), STATIC, PAUL ILL, WALTER EARL, NICK ANNIS, SEAN AND JULIETTE BEAVAN, MURV, MAX MACVEETY, M. SHAWN CRAHAN (Slipknot), KYLE SHERROD (Black Dots of Death), SASCHA + KMFDM, MATT MCJUNKINS + JEFF FRIEDL (The Beta Machine), JAMES BAUTISTA (Beat Ventriloquists), KID LUCKY + KAILA (aka Adventures of Kaila+The Kid) EDWARD CAO (Artist), BRIAN BOWEN SMITH (photographer), TIFFANIE BYRON (photographer), TONY BUDENZ (sicker donations), JULIETTE MARQUIS+TINA LOK+HAYLEY ROSENBLUM+KYLE MORTENSEN+ANDY STERNBERG+RON GARRETT+NATHAN LEVINSON+LELA LOREN (for coaching me through this Kickstarter and moral support, believing in this!). ALL OF MY DEAR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO ENCOURAGE ME TO KEEP MAKING MUSIC, AND ALL OF YOU WHO CONTINUE TO LISTEN AND SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE YEARS—I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOU EVERY DAY.

  • Release the best solo record I could EVER possibly make with a quality of presentation and experience to match
  • For every single person to enjoy the process--from Kickstarter to release--of VOLCANO + THE SEA

ME + YOU. THAT’s IT. I CAN’T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU.  THIS RECORD WILL NOT HAPPEN WITH OUT YOU.  

WHY AM I DOING IT THIS WAY? I BELIEVE THAT AS ARTISTS, WE CAN RE-DEFINE THE ABILITY TO MAKE RECORDS, WHILE BUILDING AN EVEN STRONGER BOND WITH YOU.

I am a 100% independent artist.  Every single person who joins this Kickstarter campaign is part of the creative process. Just saying it out loud sounds a lot more fun!

The OLD SCHOOL WAY:  It would take me years to refine and finish something like this--the sound, the high-level production, saving my pennies, getting everyone’s SCHEDULES together--all of these details.  THIS WAY, it becomes an experience we all get to have. You get MORE--inside peeks, prizes, feedback, listens and tracks. We all accomplish this TOGETHER.  If you pre-order the album and go on this ride with me, or if you find something special in the other offers--I am committed to making this great for everyone! 

SO YOU KNOW: I do not own a studio. I do not have access to the studio in which kidneythieves records are made.

In order to get a record completed, this is the MINIMUM needed, I NEED YOUR HELP.  I have already started the following: Remixes are going on, Art Concept Planned, Pre-Production of Songs with JJ and STATIC, continual developing so when we hit the studio: It’s ON.

$30,000 breaks down like this:

  • Subtract 8-10% off the top for kickstarter/credit card fees
  • Subtract fulfillment budget costs which are at $11,000 (so far) for production goods involved in U.S. shipping + supplies, video costs reimbursement, thank you cards and shipping, mastering the vinyl, shipping of goods to me, paying some designer fees. 
  • Live Show Rewards Detail factoid: Each one, after costs, leaves approx. $1000 to the cause itself. I took all of this into consideration--the amount of work that will be put into fulfilling the orders, to ensure that the remainder is the ABSOLUTE MINIUM needed to go to the record:
  • Producer fee
  • Some mixing
  • Musician fees
  • STATIC to be here.  As we wrote most of the songs together, he needs to be here for the core of the recording.

Going over the minimum amount will relieve the burden of:

  • Extra Mixing + Mastering + Extra designer fees 
  • Art photo shoot for album: I have always fronted these, and they usually cost a minimum $1500-2000 from start to finish. 
  • Extra HELP for shipping, organization of all marketing and actual marketing services (I pay $700 a year for my email service, and paying for Facebook sponsored posts can get costly, but that is the extent of my access. I need the Pros!) 
  • Get a new website (you’ve seen it, you know I need one)
  • loss of income for time of recording and fulfillment 
  • Produce more cool stuff, merch

To set aside a fund so I can finally say “yes” to tours domestically or internationally, add visuals to shows, need a couple better things gear-wise ... Keep going….making MORE MORE MORE ART !  

Our own virtual connected Secret Club. You will have exclusive announcements first--from the MAJOR VIDEO GAME SOUNDTRACK I will be announcing soon, to all UPCOMING COLLABORATIONS.  You will receive demos in different forms (acoustic, inside the studio, rehearsal recordings on my iPhone), even a couple of special remixes!  WATCH ME RECORD SOME VOCALS, TAKE A TOUR OF THE STUDIO via USTREAM private access! I MAY SING OR PLAY YOU A SONG or show you how I make something in the kitchen…you never know!

VOLCANO+THE SEA will be my 3rd solo album.  The first two were mostly acoustic due to costs and lack of access to studio.

The type of record I want to make requires a synchronicity and openness to collaborative and community work, so enter J.J. Blair, one of my closest friends who has a KICK ASS STUDIO.  

 J.J. Blair (2x Grammy winner) has worked with legends from June Carter and Johnny Cash, The Who, Rod Stewart, to modern luminaries such as Ryan Adams, Black Eyed Peas and Weezer.  His talent and ability to get great songs and sounds is rare.  J.J. knows how to rock, he knows warmth and grit and how to make a song the best it can be.  I shared him the songs for VOLCANO+THE SEA and he "got it."  He has always encouraged and liked my songwriting.  He has such an accepting energy, and I feel so comfortable around him. With J.J., I know my performances will be completely open and untainted.  Well then, how perfect is that scenario?

THIS WILL NOT BE AN ACOUSTIC ALBUM

VOLCANO + THE SEA: 

  • Grit, Passion, Light+Dark, Heaven, Hell, Outer Space and In the Dirt. We have actual musical references, but I thought this is more creative than stating artists here
  • Impeccable Musicianship:  STATIC from Ours, Paul Ill (Truly Blessed, Alicia Keys, Pink, Linda Perry), Walter Earl (Truly Blessed, James Gadson (drummer of Bill Withers, Beck, and more), Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), are in this budget
  • Most Personal Lyrics Ever
  • GROOVE is the KEY
  • My voice is stronger than ever, and I’m putting it all on the line and ripping my guts out

THIS IS GONNA RULE!  I am so honored that KMFDM, M. Shawn Crahan (Slipknot, Black Dots of Death) + Kyle Sherrod (Black Dots of Death) aka Psychosis Industries, Matt McJunkins (APC, Puscifer, Ashes Divide, Carina Round) + Jeff Friedl (Devo, Ashes Divide, Filter, Puscifer, Carina Round) aka The Beta Machine and Beat Ventriloquists (groovemasters who I collaborate and work with often), are doing remixes to have this VERY SPECIAL boutique offer of a remix vinyl.  Also included will be the original + a cappella version of Darkest Rivers.

I will sign and number them.  Printing 200 and that's it.  Signing and numbering for Kickstarter ONLY.

THE LIMITED EDITION CD - WITH PHOTO CONCEPT, ART BOOKLET WITH LYRICS, SIGNED FOR BACKERS ONLY.

I am working with my dear friend, photographer Brian Bowen Smith on a visual album concept that fell into my lap.  It is out-there, purely artistic and I’ve never seen it done.  We are excited about the plotting and execution of this.  We have worked together since Zerospace, and most recently The Invisible Plan cover photo.   

VOLCANO+THE SEA will include booklet, with paintings/illustrations and accompanying lyrics by up and coming painter, Edward Cao.  This will blend PERFECTLY with the crazy photo concept Brian and I are doing.  He is also a dear friend, his talent blows me away:

 STICKER with EDWARD'S ART AND A LYRIC FROM A VOLCANO+THE SEA SONG FOR KICKSTARTER CD backers and higher!  TALK ABOUT BEING GRATEFUL!!! 

THANK YOU CARD DESIGNED BY EDWARD CAO WILL BE SENT WHEN KICKSTARTER ENDS.  

EDWARD CAO PAINTING:

ORIGINAL ZEROSPACE PHOTOS FROM MY PRIVATE COLLECTION 

choose here from the FIVE offered: 

MIXING FOOD AND MUSIC  - ROCK AND ROLL DINNER PARTY

I have had a passion for food since age 7, with my mother putting a stool by the stove (not sure how safe that was LOL) and letting me make my own pancakes.  I would test recipes in the kitchen and obsessively read cookbooks.   Through my whole life, I have always had a space for food, learning, and being a better chef.   I have had dreams of opening a café that coexisted with community and art and have been developing the concept and menu since I was 19!   A few years ago, I registered for culinary school.  I had some time off, music had slowed down a little.  And I found out I’m really really good at and it is another creative outlet!  I’ve “accidentally” become a respected chef amongst high-profile and foodie crowds!

I was asked to do a home concert with STATIC this year, they found out I was also a chef.  They asked if I would provide the food and I said of course!  It was an amazing, all-inclusive experience.  I have always wanted to mix food and music, and I saw a glimpse.  The organic process of combining food and music has become a brand new path to pave.  

If you select this reward and want to learn during the process, I have no problems giving you tips and cooking lessons and ideas along the way!  If you wanna be my sous chef and chat with me all day, that sounds like fun too (or just supervise, LOL).  Food + Music are life.   

Message me with any questions you have. 

PLEASE SHARE THIS KICKSTARTER LINK EVERYWHERE--ON YOUR FACEBOOK, TWITTER,  AND AS REPLIES TO OTHER YOUTUBE VIDEOS THAT I AM ON.  ALSO, IF YOU HAVE ANY CONNECTIONS TO ANY SORT OF BLOG, PRESS OR RADIO, CONTACT ME.  THANK YOU. 

I need this to happen!  p+l fd

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

THIS WILL BE MY 5th INDEPENDENT RELEASE, so I know the ins and outs!

Other than the world ending, or a ban on artists releasing music, I will get this done.

A Funded Kickstarter means I will order, get designed and produced cds and vinyl and everything associated. Then, depending on how many that need to be fulfilled, I will have 3 people or a small army helping!

WE’RE ALL PROS HERE!

**NOTE: I will not have funds released to me for up to 20 days after the ending of this. I have scheduled for START SHIPPING as early as LATE MARCH, and APRIL 2013 is when EVERYONE should have their record!

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    {THE VOYEUR}: Have access to backer updates and content here until the release of VOLCANO+THE SEA. I put this up for those who stumble upon and curious +/or just want to see the process. Welcome!

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    {RARE BONUS TRACKS}: Get 2 free downloads: CORRIDORS demo (written with STATIC) and never heard before electronic track "SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS" (by Free Dominguez), Backer *all access* to receive surprise demos, tracks, views from the studio, private streaming and more.

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    {DIGITAL BUNDLE}: Download of VOLCANO+THE SEA upon completion w/ DIGITAL BOOK pdf specially designed with LYRICS, IMAGES, credits, PLUS the rewards in the {RARE BONUS TRACKS} bundle. *Want a 4x3 STICKER with art and lyric, a signed CD and a lyric-art booklet inside? $15 more dollars gets you that!

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    {KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION SIGNED CD}: VOLCANO+THE SEA with cover art shoot by Brian Bowen Smith, cd with art BOOKLET INSERT of lyrics and Illustrations/paintings by Edward Cao, PLUS the {DIGITAL BUNDLE} rewards, and STICKER donated by Tony Budenz of lyric+painting by Edward Cao and Thank You Card. *Once these CDs are sold out, they will not be re-printed and will be replaced with Eco-Jackets. THE ONLY SIGNED ONES will be from Kickstarter.

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    {REMIX VINYL: LIMITED EDITION SIGNED and NUMBERED}: 6 tracks total: 2 of "Darkest Rivers, 2 remixes of "Wolf." Remixers: M. Shawn Crahan of Slipknot + Kyle Sherrod of Black Dots of Death aka Psychosis Industries, my dear good friend Sascha + KMFDM!, groovemasters Beat Ventriloquists, and The Beta Machine (Matt McJunkins + Jeff Friedl's sexy funky new project) PLUS the original + a cappella "Darkest Rivers" PLUS {DIGITAL BUNDLE} rewards, as well as STICKER donated by Tony Budenz of lyric+painting by Edward Cao and Thank You card. THIS IS IT-- NO MORE WILL BE PRINTED.

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    {HANDWRITTEN LYRICS} of your choice from any song i've ever written on Fine Archival Japanese paper. A great Holiday gift! I will start working on them in December. It will be frame-worthy! I would love to know what the song means to you :). PLUS the {DIGITAL BUNDLE} rewards, STICKER donated by Tony Budenz of lyric+painting by Edward Cao and Thank You card. NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL: If you want this sent "Priority" add $8 and put in a note.

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    SKYPE: 20 minute Skype (ask me anything!), and one song a cappella of your choice, everything in the {DIGITAL BUNDLE}, STICKER of lyric+painting and Thank You card. PLEASE EMAIL ME to schedule the month of December. **You will agree to not video or audio record this conversation, it is personal between me and you!

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    ORIGINAL PHOTO #1 (Listed in description to the left-scroll down) from Zerospace shoot. This is my own private collection. EACH PHOTO is original testing of different ink, color, etc. You will have the ONLY ONE like this! Put in Matte Frame + will be a work of art forever. See photo on Kickstarter page. 8 1/2 x 11 on matte vintage stock high quality paper. See photo on Kickstarter page. 8 1/2 x 11 on matte vintage stock high quality paper. PLUS the {DIGITAL BUNDLE} rewards, STICKER of lyric+painting by Edward Cao and Thank You card.

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    SKYPE {PRIVATE CONCERT} of 7 songs acoustically and some will be with electric, depending on songs. We will need to email, tell me what you would like to hear, and we will come up with a personalized set + 20 min ASK ME ANYTHING. PLUS the {DIGITAL BUNDLE} rewards, STICKER of lyric+painting and Thank You card. You will need a good internet connection. **Email me to schedule During the end of December 2012 - February 2013.

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    ORIGINAL PHOTO #2 (Listed in description to the left-scroll down) nude silhouette from Zerospace shoot that Matthew Welch did. I call it "Discovering Zerospace" This is my *own private collection.* EACH PHOTO is original testing of different ink, color, etc. You will have the ONLY ONE like this! Put in Matte Frame + will be a work of art forever. See photo on Kickstarter page. 8 1/2 x 11 on matte vintage stock high quality paper. PLUS the {DIGITAL BUNDLE} rewards, STICKER of lyric+painting by Edward Cao, and Thank You card.

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    *THIS WAS SOLD* ADDED TO ANOTHER BACKER. EMAIL FOR WAIT LIST IF IT DOES NOT GO THROUGH. Original EDWARD CAO Painting of Kickstarter Sticker (9" x 12") on Acrylic on Watercolor Paper with Handwritten Lyric from Free "There's No Water Under Bridges Burned" from the song "Simple Life." This is the original color he painted with. The sticker is an earth-tone background. International *must* pay for priority trackable shipping. [SEE PHOTO IN LEFT SCROLL DOWN]

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    ORIGINAL PHOTO #3 (Listed in description to the left-scroll down) from Zerospace shoot that Matthew Welch did. This is my *own private collection.* EACH PHOTO is original testing of different ink, color, etc. You will have the ONLY ONE like this! Put in Matte Frame + will be a work of art forever. See photo on Kickstarter page. 8 1/2 x 11 on matte vintage stock high quality paper. PLUS the {DIGITAL BUNDLE} rewards, STICKER of lyric+painting by Edward Cao, and Thank You card.

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    ORIGINAL PHOTO #4 (Listed in description to the left-scroll down) from Zerospace shoot that Matthew Welch did. The back cover "Leaves on Arms." This is my *own private collection.* EACH PHOTO is original testing of different ink, color, etc. You will have the ONLY ONE like this! Put in Matte Frame + will be a work of art forever. See photo on Kickstarter page. 8 1/2 x 11 on matte vintage stock high quality paper. PLUS the {DIGITAL BUNDLE} rewards, STICKER of lyric+painting by Edward Cao, and Thank You card.

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    PHOTO #5 (Listed in description to the left-scroll down) from Zerospace shoot that Matthew Welch did. ORIGINAL INSIDE MAIN AND FEATURED This is my *own private collection.* I call it "Zerospace: Found." EACH PHOTO is original testing of different ink, color, etc. You will have the ONLY ONE like this! Put in Matte Frame + will be a work of art forever. See photo on Kickstarter page. 8 1/2 x 11 on matte vintage stock high quality paper. PLUS the {DIGITAL BUNDLE} rewards, STICKER of lyric+painting by Edward Cao, and Thank You card.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: You will be listed as Executive Producer of VOLCANO+THE SEA. You, your Company, your PET, or as a GIFT! Single Purchaser or gifted person will be LIFETIME GUEST LIST TO MY SHOWS + including Record Release Party (can't guarantee pet if venue does not allow animals). Schedule coffee tea or backstage hang before or after shows (just not right before, to get in the zone). You will be on my list forever, my good list that is, and i will be watching you :). PLUS you will receive the {KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION SIGNED CD} rewards and TEST PRESSING of {LIMITED REMIX VINYL}. SKYPE phone call of complete gratitude. Items sent as upon completion.

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    I BET YOU THINK THIS SONG IS ABOUT YOU... IT IS!! I WILL WRITE A SONG ABOUT YOU: We will discuss your life over SKYPE, maybe for an hour, maybe many different times, maybe even over coffee if we are in the same city, what you are going through, what you have been through, etc. until i feel like I have enough material to write a song. **You will sign away all rights to it (I don't need an Adele situation)** It may or may not have your name in it but it will be released in the way I see fits as "TITLE OF SONG" (written about (Your Name)) and forever and ever you will have a song written about you, by me. I will pay for production, sessions, mixing and mastering. I will perform it for you FIRST, over UStream or Skype and then to the WORLD! And thereafter release it as I see fit. You will receive THESE LYRICS HANDWRITTEN on Fine Japanese Archival Paper}, PLUS you will receive {KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION SIGNED CD} rewards. PLEASE EMAIL ME FIRST before purchasing.

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    {DOMESTIC U.S. CONCERT} I, along with STATIC will come to your office, home, party, venue and play a private show for however many people you can bring! (Add $800 for drums/rhythm to cover flight and a little of fee, however, if you have miles for extra player ONLY, EMAIL ME FIRST). **Email to discuss details prior to purchasing this offer (i.e., location depends on what type of PA or Amplification that will need to be provided. You will need to provide this.). We've done these before, and it is a very personal, fun time! You will also receive the {KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION SIGNED CD} rewards.

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    {INTERNATIONAL CONCERT} STATIC + I will come to your office, home, party, venue and play a private show for however many people you can bring! (Add $1300 for drums/rhythm to cover flight cost and some of fee. if you have miles for extra musician ONLY, EMAIL ME FIRST). ***Email to discuss details prior to purchasing this offer. (i.e., location, what type of PA or Amplification that will need to be provided. You will need to provide this). *Add $1,000 for JAPAN. AUSTRALIA: email me to discuss! You will also receive the {KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION SIGNED CD} rewards. **If Visa fees are needed, we will need this as an add-in to purchase.

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    {SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: ROCK and ROLL DINNER + SHOW} I will cook a 4 course 4 star meal for 10 at your home (see description and photos to the left). I will need to know if you have any allergies, and will propose meticulous seasonal designed dinner + will also be your sommelier should you like. AFTERWARDS, I, along with STATIC will come play a personal private show for however many people you can bring! (Add $200 for drums). Email to discuss details prior to purchasing this offer. (i.e., location depends on what type of PA or Amplification that will need to be provided. You will provide this. You should schedule a housekeeper to come for clean up). We've done these before, and it is a very personal, fun time! You will also receive the {KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION SIGNED CD} rewards.

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    {UNITED STATES OUTSIDE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: ROCK and ROLL DINNER + SHOW} I will cook a 4 course 4 star meal for 10 at your home (see description and photos to the left). I will need to know if you have any allergies, and will propose meticulous seasonal designed dinner + will also be your sommelier should you like. AFTERWARDS, Me + STATIC will play a personal private show for however many people you can bring! (Add $800 for drums/rhythm and/or donate miles for the flight for extra musician ONLY). Email to discuss further details prior to purchasing this offer. (i.e., location depends on what type of PA or Amplification that will need to be provided. You should schedule a housekeeper to come for clean up.). We've done these before, and it is a very personal, fun time! You will also receive the {KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION SIGNED CD} rewards.

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    {*ANGEL BACKER* FOR VOLCANO+THE SEA}: ANGEL BACKER would change the course of this album and more. Aside from all kinds of gratitude, Please come spend a day in the studio with us recording VOLCANO+THE SEA, I will take you out to dinner. If this is not possible, Static and I will re-create my entire solo show for you via Skype or U-Stream and chat about the future of music, life, etc. You will be listed as Executive Producer first on the list (and as an Angel Backer, with a special thanks), LIFETIME GUEST LIST (including any Record Release Party) + YOU WILL HEAR THE FINISHED VOLCANO+THE SEA FIRST. You will receive Everything in the {KICKSTARTER LIMITED EDITION SIGNED CD} rewards, {REMIX VINYL: LIMITED EDITION SIGNED and NUMBERED} and a framed {HANDWRITTEN LYRICS} on Handmade Bhutan Paper and a Framed Original Artwork from Zerospace Shoot. **Please email me prior to purchasing.

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