About this project
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
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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