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UK Hip-Hop/Trip-Hop band Halfpenny Pass are producing two new singles and accompanying music videos.
UK Hip-Hop/Trip-Hop band Halfpenny Pass are producing two new singles and accompanying music videos.
UK Hip-Hop/Trip-Hop band Halfpenny Pass are producing two new singles and accompanying music videos.
55 backers pledged £5,042 to help bring this project to life.

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Halfpenny Pass - Two new singles and music videos

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Help us bring our music and videos to as many eyes and ears as possible!

Why we need more than half a penny...

We need your help to produce our next two singles and accompanying music videos…

These new singles are called ‘This is Just me’ and ‘Can’t Feel the Floor(have a listen below!) and we’ll be shooting the new music videos over the coming months. Then we’ll be releasing them early 2018.

Getting your voice heard in this competitive industry is one of the biggest challenges, so the money will also go towards funding the distribution and social media campaigns behind the videos and singles to try and get our stuff heard far and wide!

Who are we?

We're all old friends and family trying to bring something a little different to the UK music scene, with a unique sound that combines live instrumentation; including saxophones, flutes, beatbox, rapping and singing with digital Hip-Hop and Trip-Hop.

We've played alongside some cool artists over the past year, like Bombay Bicycle Club and Andreya Triana, and we were showcased by BBC Introducing (check out one of the filmed performances below) at the start of 2017.

We've worked tirelessly since forming over two years ago and we've played across numerous venues and festivals including Hootananny Brixton, The Troubadour, Oxjam Islington, The Magic Garden, Proud Camden and Rich Mix to name a few.

All our music is original and we're truly proud and excited to be able to share it with you. We've got big, bold ideas and we don't fall into any pop genres. We genuinely try to make music that is different and stands out.

Live performance in Camden
Live performance in Camden

Want to hear the new music? Here's a taster... 

 Can't Feel the Floor

 This is Just Me

Here's a sneak peak of our first ever video Sunrays...

(Shhhh it's currently unreleased)

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Here's what we're spending the money on...

Music:

We’ve produced and finished the new singles and funded them out of our own pocket and money earned through gigging. The money will also be spent on:

  • Music distribution 
  • Marketing/Social media campaigns 
  • Physical manufacture 
  • Artwork 

Videos:

  • Shooting 
  • Editing and all post production 
  • Equipment hire 
  • Crew 
  • Art design 
  • Marketing 

Following:

We will also be using funds to build our following; including social media, radio play and on platforms like Spotify and YouTube, in order to grow our audience and fan base. We want as many people to hear our stuff as we can!

It can be really tough for new acts these days, as a lot of modern day music is marketed towards a pre-teen audience and doesn't encourage exploration and curiosity. We're striving for a career in music without simplification or compromise and we can't express enough how vital your backing will be in helping us achieve this.

We hope you'll join us in championing new, authentic music.

The road a number of us grew up on
The road a number of us grew up on

How we got here...

We've been musicians all our lives and came together as Halfpenny through shared ideas and tastes but also through very old friendships and close family ties. For instance, rapper Mark and saxophonist Nick have been writing together for 15 years and vocalists Rosie and David are brother and sister.

We self-funded and released our debut EP 'halfcut' in 2015 with renowned producer George Shilling, who's worked with the likes of OasisDe La SoulMary J. Blige (to name a few). Everything we do, we do to the highest standard possible and we take pride in high quality production with both our music and videos. Since then have been on a journey of exploration and refining both our live act and the music we release. We try and inject our enjoyment and energy of what we do into our music and really hope to be able to bring a smile to the faces of everyone who listens.

Here are some tracks from our EP 'halfcut':

 Sitting Around:

 The Same:

 Stumble:

 

REWARDS

Here's some examples of what we're offering you lovely people (full reward details shown to the right):

Book a full live show

The full Halfpenny Pass live experience! Just like our performance here on BBC Introducing.

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Book a stripped-back, acoustic show

Here's one of our recent Sofar Sounds shows. An example of our stripped-down set and what a night at Sofar Sounds is like.

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Merch!

T-shirts & vests

These are our original and completely exclusive Halfpenny Pass T-shirts and vests. Once they're gone, they're gone. Be the coolest and most underground person at the party with one of these bad boys.

Exclusive Halfpenny Pass t-shirts and vests
Exclusive Halfpenny Pass t-shirts and vests

EP and stickers

We've got a limited number of hardcopy versions of our debut EP 'halfcut'. This EP is the very first thing that we ever worked on together as a band and is a little piece of Halfpenny history.

Our debut EP 'halfcut' and Halfpenny stickers
Our debut EP 'halfcut' and Halfpenny stickers

Signed photos

Grab yourself a signed photo from our most recent photoshoot. We've picked out three of our faves for you to chose from:

Give us a wall or a roof and we will sit on it.
Give us a wall or a roof and we will sit on it.

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

We genuinely couldn't do what we do without everyone's help. Even if you're not able to fund us this time round, thanks so much for thinking of us. We hope that our music and ideas are as much fun for everyone as they are for us! We welcome you all into the Halfpenny Pass family.

Halfpenny love!

Here's a picture of us in sunglasses smiling. Apart from Nick. Nick isn't smiling.
Here's a picture of us in sunglasses smiling. Apart from Nick. Nick isn't smiling.

Social Media links:

Website, facebook, instagram, twitter.

Risks and challenges

As is the nature of new music, it's possible that release dates may be pushed back ever so slightly to fully maximise their success. We want to give you guys the best we possibly can and would never want to rush through anything that wasn't entirely finished and we weren't entirely happy with.

As much time and energy as we give to Halfpenny Pass, we will also dedicate to ensuring that all the rewards are delivered to each and every person who has been generous enough to support us. As with the music though, we won't rush anything out before we're completely happy with it - this includes ensuring we have all the correct sizes of t-shirts and every single member of the band has signed your copy of our EP, for instance. So please do bear with us as we deliver each individual reward to you and know that every single one is personal and will be treated with the time and energy it deserves.

Live performances do of course come with their complications and we'll need to have a proper chat about how we will play for you at your event etc. and all the details involved. However we all do this day in, day out and we have lots of experience of playing in a number of different formats and in all manner of locations (seriously!). We'll work with you to ensure that your private performance is tailored to you and your location.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.32

    Halfpenny Hug!

    Free hug from any band member of your choosing. 20 seconds max! Plus a thumbs up from the rest of the band!

    - We will also include your name in a social media thank you shout out. This will apply to anyone who contributes to the project.

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    Early Digital Download

    Pre-order of digital download for both singles, 1 week before public release, sent straight to your inbox.

    We'll also send you the single artwork along with it.

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    Digital download bundle

    Pre-order of digital download for both singles, 1 week before public release, sent straight to your inbox.

    - Plus Digital download of debut EP 'Halfcut'

    We'll also send you high quality artwork versions for each release.

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    Signed photo

    Choose any 1 of 3 artistic images from our most recent photoshoot, professionally printed, and signed by the whole band (or not if you would prefer!). Photo options shown under our Merch to the left.

    - Plus pre-order of digital download and artwork for both singles.

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    Signed Debut EP

    Physical copy of our debut EP ‘halfcut’ (beautiful CD artwork included for free!) posted straight to your front porch (postage costs apply if outside UK).

    - Signed by whole band either on the front or back (or not if you would prefer…)

    - Plus pre-order of digital download and artwork for both singles.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $26

    Halfpenny T-shirt

    Halfpenny Pass limited edition T-shirt or vest, either in black or white, available in S, M, L, XL, XXL (postage costs apply if outside the UK).

    - Subtly let everyone know you are a super cool supporter of underground music.

    - Plus pre-order of digital download and artwork for both singles.

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    Pledge £35 or more About $46

    Full Merch Pack

    Halfpenny Pass limited edition T-shirt or vest, either in black or white, available in S, M, L, XL, XXL (postage costs apply if outside the UK).

    - Sticker pack, including both our name and signpost logos.

    - Physical copy of our debut EP ‘halfcut’ (beautiful CD artwork included for free!) posted straight to your front porch.

    - Signed photo as above.

    - Pre-order of digital download and artwork for both singles.

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    Pledge £40 or more About $53

    Guestlist Pass

    Free tickets for you and a friend to any 5 shows of your choosing over the whole of 2018 (not including festivals) and be our special guest for the shows. We perform at a variety of cool venues in the UK, and we will honour this even if we are selling out the O2!

    - Plus pre-order of digital download and artwork for both singles.

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    Pledge £45 or more About $59

    Video shoot

    Come along to watch one of the shooting days for a video and have a chat with the Director, the DOP, other crew and the band about how it’s all put together!

    - Technically challenging questions welcome!

    - Pre-order of digital download and artwork for both singles.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $66

    Our guest at Sofar Sounds

    - Exclusive guestlist for you and a friend to our next Sofar Sounds show!

    These events are held in a variety of locations across London and are always cool intimate shows. We only get 2 guestlist slots per night and you cannot buy tickets for these events publicly! Super exclusive!

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    Pledge £100 or more About $132

    Hand written Lyrics

    Hand written lyrics for any song of your choosing from anything that we perform – written by each vocalist performing them. This will be laminated and includes some unique graff doodles from our rapper!

    - Also includes physical copy of debut EP and sticker pack.

    - Plus pre-order of digital download for both singles!

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    Pledge £150 or more About $198

    Halfpenny VIP Pass

    Choose any 1 of our shows for you and a friend to come down and watch us soundcheck, have drinks with the band before we perform, ask any questions, watch the performance, plus backstage passes to the green room (and likely after-party!...) and of course a personalised shout out on stage.

    - Pre-order of digital download and artwork for both singles.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $329

    Half jam cover of your choice

    Choose any cover you like and we will Halfpenny it up with our distinct spin and send it back at you as an MP3 and video. We can hip-hopify any tune!

    Want to give it as a Birthday/Christmas present?...We can even personalise it for you.

    - N.B. This is a private performance for you and will not be released publicly.

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    Be in a music video

    Be in one of our music videos! We will find a way to artistically use your appearance in our video, and you can be assured you won’t be missed on the final edit…

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    Pledge £400 or more About $527

    Private Acoustic Performance

    Book a private acoustic performance. We will come to any location of your choice; your party, living room, school, college, or any other venue and perform an exclusive stripped-back acoustic set (usually 5 of us) for you and your friends, anywhere on the Planet!

    This could be for a birthday party or other special occasion, or simply an intimate live performance for you and whoever else you want there. After the gig, we can spend time hanging out with you and your guests, drop a Beatbox and maybe a freestyle or 2!

    N.B. Travel expenses will need to be covered outside the London/Home Counties area.

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    Executive Producer Credit

    You will be credited as the Executive Producer of the music video with your name appearing on screen at the beginning or end of the video!

    Everyone who watches the video will know that you are responsible for making it happen and we will be forever appreciative of your support!

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    Pledge £800 or more About $1,054

    Private full live show

    We will come to any location of your choice; your party, living room, school, college, or any other venue and perform an exclusive full live set (usually 8 of us) for you and your friends, anywhere on the Planet!

    This could be for a birthday party or other special occasion, or simply an intimate live performance for you and whoever else you want there. After the gig, we can spend time hanging out with you and your guests, drop a Beatbox and maybe a freestyle or 2!

    - We will bring full technical setup including PA – just tell us where and when!

    - N.B. Travel expenses will need to be covered outside the London/Home Counties area.

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    The 'Full Penny' Bundle

    Anything you damn well like!

    The ‘Full Penny’ Bundle - Seriously! If you're pledging £1500 or more, just let us know what rewards you want - All of them if you'd like! If you had anything particular in mind that isn’t on the list then please let us know before donating so we can confirm that it’s possible.

    A thousand thanks aren't enough for this kind of support, but know that our gratitude will be plentiful.

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