Hazy J & the Wasted Daze presents the Gypsy Mountain/Silent Wizard split EP Record.
Gypsy Mountain and Silent Wizard are two Extended Play albums that have been written by myself, Hamish Stewart, under the artist name, “Hazy J & the Wasted Daze”. These two short rock concept albums have been carefully constructed to tell the mythological stories of The Silent Wizard and The Gypsy Muse, two characters that are part of a much larger creative cosmos I have created.
This has been a passion project of mine for the last few years and through endless hours of writing and conceptualising, I finally had a product ready to take into the studio. I was awarded a Grant from ArtsSA to help partially fund the recording of the album at Mixmasters Studio in Adelaide. We received support from my good friends at Milk & Honey Enterprises for the Mixing and Mastering and the rest was funded by myself. I now require your help to find the rest of the funds to truly realise my goal of pressing and releasing the album on vinyl. This project as a whole was realised with a strong analogue vision and deserves the physical release that only vinyl can deliver. I come to you, my friends, family and fellow music lovers to help me take this project and move it to the next stage. Should all go well, the band and project is looking to take many different forms as a live stage experience in the future.
Drawing on aspects of Stoner, Classic, Psychedelic and Concept Rock & Roll as well as Heavy Metal, the music on either side of this record bare resemblances to one another, however the feel and style also differ quite drastically.
Gypsy Mountain offers a more chilled out sonic experience with a few big riffs to get the head banging. It follows the journey from the 'Road to Nowhere' to the peak of 'Gypsy Mountain' where you may drink from the 'Fountain of Tears' if you choose. Along the way we meet three mysterious women who guide and test in different ways.
Silent Wizard takes a heavier and more evil ride telling the dark tale of the Wizard of Time. From the inception of the Universe, the evil Wizard longs to become all powerful and overthrow the 7 God's of creation. Through his dealings with the Devil himself, will he become powerful enough to become the one true ruler of mankind and time itself?
After spending the last two years writing, workshopping, demoing and telling the stories to anyone who will listen, I am left with two short albums that were recorded at Mixmasters Studio in the Adelaide Hills. After receiving a Grant from Arts SA, I finally had the green light to move forward and start the process. Together with a supergroup of Adelaide musicians, we took the demos into the studio and let the magic take place, culminating in the badass record I present to you now.
This crowdfunding campaign will help finance the pressing of the vinyl as well as the packaging and printing costs. Records aren't cheap but this is a project that I have decided is all or nothing and vinyl is the only clear option. The artwork has been created by local South Australian design company, small room. After sharing my vision with these guys I knew that they were the team I needed to help bring the artwork and design my music needed. Pressing will be done by Zenith Records in Melbourne and the record itself will be a split colour finish with the covers being screen printed by ourselves to make it a true limited piece of artwork.
Risks and challenges
The music business is always challenging and a risk. Pressing the vinyl is the biggest risk as it is high cost, especially coming from a band with no background, but we are more than just a band. The pressing process can hit hiccups due to the physical production side of things and for this reason the main risk is really in pressing taking longer than expected. This will not be due to anyones mishaps, rather from the precise process required and the desire for a quality final product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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