Hello and welcome, people of Kickstarter! First off, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to check out my project. My name is Adam Brenner, and I am a college student in Michigan, but more to the point of this project, I play drums for the band Undercut. We are a hard rock/metal band out of Hudson, MI, a small town near the Ohio border. We've played quite a few shows in Michigan and Ohio; check out our website if you so desire: http://undercutband.com.
We try to be complete professionals in our budding music careers, and this involves having quality equipment. This not only applies to our live shows, but the recording that we do. We are looking to record sometime soon for another album, and I want to have a great snare sound for our songs. A snare drum can make or break a record. I'm sure you can think of many examples of this happening, I sure can. As of now, I have fairly nice drums, but I've had a hard time getting my snare to a level that I'm happy with. It's certainly not a bad snare, just now that I've had it for a while, the rest of the guys and myself realize we would like to have a more full sound out of my drums, something with a wider tuning range. I'd like to have Undercut's next recording use a very nice snare drum, and get something that will serve any snare sounds we need. Carbon fiber is the material I have decided on, as it is a tough, light material that can be tuned to sound nice in any musical situation. I've looked into different custom drum companies, and the cost can get pretty high with this type of drum, not even including other customization options. After looking for a company, I've decided on SJC Drums to make the snare. Their work is amazing and they love doing out of the box stuff with their drums. They are very personal with their customers and are quick to get back with you with more ideas. If you check out their website their work can speak for itself: http://www.sjcdrums.com
It seemed to be out of the reach of a struggling college student, but then I went out of the box. I knew about Kickstarter, and thought "Maybe I could apply this awesome crowd-funding thing to the drum that Undercut needs!" Thus, here I am. With your help, we can get that drum made. It would be selfish though and not in the spirit of Kickstarter if I'd just asked you to fund the drum and have no part in it. I wanted this to be a creative, collaborative effort between Undercut, our fans, friends, family, and anyone who wanted to take part in it. Thus, you get to decide what is on the drum! Most of the rewards give you a say in some part of the drum, whether it is the hardware, the badge, or your own personal space on the wrap to do whatever you want! I thought this would be a great way to give back and collaborate with all of you, while getting Undercut the equipment it needs to move forward with our sound. With this format and with Kickstarter, we can create the drum with a mix of all our creativity. Maybe you have a business or something you'd like to advertise. That was the original idea that sparked this actually, letting local businesses advertise and support local music, a way to give back to the community. Maybe you want to send in a picture of someone or something. Maybe you just have something you need to say and want this to be your way of getting it out! Really, just about anything will be accepted onto the drum, lots of different things around the wrap will give this drum a personal flavor of each and every one of you, and it's a great way for us to connect with you. Now, I've mentioned it in the reward descriptions and will say it here as well: we can't have any sort of illegal imagery on the drum, or things that may not be illegal but are extremely gory, disgusting, vulgar, etc. I wouldn't think you would want anything like that here anyway, but it had to be said.
To show you how I came up with how many spots will be on the drum, here is the image I sketched up. The spots aren't going to look like this, I'll get the images once the project is done and let SJC do their stuff with the design on the wrap, this is just to show how I decided on the amount of spots.
Well, I've said pretty much all I can say. Hopefully you've watched the video and actually seen me and heard me talk about this project, that way you can really get a good vision of my passion for this. Feel free to get a hold of me or ask questions whatever questions you have below, and if you want to be a part of this, choose whatever level you want and back the project! Undercut will be eternally grateful.
Risks and challenges
I see only three challenges to this project, besides being funded. One would be something costing more than I would expect, and a second is not having enough to get the drum and deliver the rewards. Both were handled easily by the amount I have chosen for the funding goal. Extra funds have been accounted for in case something costs more than expected, and the goal is enough to fund rewards and obtain the drum. The other challenge was fitting all of the images desired onto the drum, as it is a small space. I've covered that by just limiting the amount of backers each size of space can have. Really, if the project is backed, there will be no challenges in getting the drum and getting rewards to the awesome backers.
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