About this project
The orchestra costs between $2,000 to $3,000 per song depending on the length and intricacy of each song, and there's currently only about $4,000 in my Kickstarter fund after the costs of the merchandise are covered. YIKES!!!
The Smashing Pumpkins, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Elton John, David J (Bauhaus / Love & Rockets), Tiësto, Brett Anderson (Suede), Christina Perri (Twilight), Greg Dulli (Twilight Singers) and William Reid (Jesus & the Mary Chain) have all had me play violin, viola and cello and/or I've arranged and recorded strings for songs they've sung.
As one of the world's most sought after alternative rock and pop strings musicians, I'm honoured to have played with rock's most legendary, innovative and inspiring musicians, including Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction / Red Hot Chili Peppers), Steven Severin (Siouxsie and the Banshees), Alain Whyte (Morrissey), Laurie Anderson, and Nik Turner (Hawkwind).
It's only natural that I want fabulous strings for my own solo album. Especially as it's an album of love songs that I've written and recorded over 8 years, featuring some of my talented friends including David J (Bauhaus / Love & Rockets), Steven Severin (Siouxsie and the Banshees), Alain Whyte (Morrissey), Nick Yeatman (Joe Strummer / Nick Cave) and Amina Bates (Scanners). It's been recorded and produced by Kerry Brown (Smashing Pumpkins / Catherine), Kevin Dippold (Smashing Pumpkins / The Seeds), Liam Watson (The White Stripes) and Earle Mankey (Sparks / The Runaways / Concrete Blonde) with much of the album recorded on the same 2" tape machine that was used for the Smashing Pumpkins album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.
It sounds a m a z i n g...
This Kickstarter campaign will raise the funds to hire an orchestra to record my string arrangements. It's the cherry on top, and will complete my album of beautiful, yearning and melancholy love songs. Also a few happy love songs, a vampire love song, a song where I totally get my PJ on, and one sweet and saucy little bragging song, oh my!
We hit the minimum target in only one day, But... the target figure was the absolute bare minimum.
$3,000 is only just enough to get one song recorded with the orchestra, and...
And of course, the figure raised isn't all profit! The actual money for the orchestra is maybe half of that due to the expenses for the rewards, like buying T-shirts and perfumes etc... so...
Please keep pledging! Let's rock this entire album!!!
This is how the MINIMUM goal $3,000 will be spent:
- Minimum orchestra fee: $6,000
- Hotel: $500
- Flights: $1,500
- Kickstarter / Amazon fee = $300
- Total: $8,300
As you can see, this adds up to FAR MORE than the minimum Kickstarter goal target figure, which I set at $3,000 because unless you hit your goal, Kickstarter don't let you have any of the funds raised!
I'm not expecting you to foot the whole bill! But I hope you'll be inspired to add to my own kitty, so that every song will be recorded beautifully with the orchestra!
And... this is not charity! It's an old-fashioned patronage model where I promise to make music, and the patrons (that’s you!) get to enjoy this work of beauty and also get cool stuff!
*~This Song Needs Strings~*
1. The Idea
There's nothing more romantic than a symphony orchestra, except perhaps a beautiful love song... and Prague! So it's going to be super-romantic to hire a symphony orchestra to record strings for my love songs in Prague!
That's why this Kickstarter campaign is all about love, music, strings and Valentine's Day.
I regularly make records with the greatest songwriters of our time, but the last time my string arrangements were played by a symphony orchestra was 2004. It was a concert at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen for 80,000 people, a special show to celebrate the Prince of Denmark's wedding. It was televised and fabulous, with opening bands Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Powderfinger.
I created new orchestral arrangements of three of Suede's biggest hit songs, Trash, The Wild Ones and By The Sea. Suede's lead singer Brett Anderson sang them, and my arrangements were played by the Royal Danish Orchestra. It was an unforgettable and exquisitely romantic night.
The time before that I was commissioned by the English National Opera to arrange strings for an opera by UK band Asian Dub Foundation. It was an alternative opera, with a full classical orchestra as well as rappers, Indian percussion and rock guitars, making an epic and wildly unique show!
That was 8 years ago, and in that 8 years, I've been super busy arranging and playing strings, composing soundtracks for television and movies, gardening (yes, lots of gardening!), and officially moving from London to Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world.
But no-one has had me work with an orchestra since then, because orchestras are expensive and (if I say so myself!) I do a fabulous job of recording strings simply by layering myself one track at a time to make a mini-me orchestra. Much cheaper, and it sounds great :)
But honestly, it's not the same as a big, luscious symphony orchestra!
Think about this for a second. I'm a gal who writes music for orchestras, and I've not had the opportunity to work with one for EIGHT years! Now just imagine what I'll do when I finally get my hands on one again!
So here's our goal in a nutshell:
Get a symphony orchestra in Prague so I can finish recording my songs, and have my album ready to release by the end of 2012!
And then... let's see if we can keep going, with more strings for more songs and more music for everyone to enjoy :)
2. Orchestras cost a lot.
Symphony orchestras are expensive. Recording studios, recording personnel and recording equipment are also expensive. Just renting enough chairs and a parking lot big enough for all those cars takes a chunk of change!
So although I am deeply honoured that Maestro David Coleman has offered to come from Germany to take part in the session, and that Joe Wohlmuth has offered to fly in from Los Angeles to engineer the session, and although it's strangely cheaper to travel to Prague and record an orchestra there than do it where I live in Los Angeles... well, European flights, hotels and travel expenses are all far from inexpensive!
In short, there's a good reason why everyone isn't recording orchestras on their records, and it's called 'budgetary constraints.'
But as a world-renowned rock and pop string arranger, and the girl who played strings for HBO's Big Love, it's essential that my album has an orchestra on it. My songs are sumptuous and full of emotional beauty, and they'll only be fully realised with an orchestra playing the intricate string arrangements.
*~This Song Needs Strings TOO~*
I love strings so much that you'll find me at www.ILoveStrings.com so you can imagine, I would love some strings please :)
THANK YOU FOR PLEDGING and sharing this link with your friends xxxx
SCROLL DOWN TO READ WHAT HAPPENS NOW THE MINIMUM TARGET IS REACHED... THIS IS WHERE IT STARTS TO GET EXCITING!! YEAH, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING...:)
*~What About The Booty~*
But please bear this in mind...
The minimum orchestra fee of $6,000 provides enough time to record strings for maybe two songs. So if the album is going to have the orchestra on twelve songs, the target needs to be broken by a very long way...
And now to SPill the beans on my Secret Plan :)
3. And my plan beyond the minimum target $3,000...
How long is a piece of string?!
While the goal was set on raising $3,000, we all know EXACTLY what I'm going to do with every extra penny. Yep, you guessed it... MORE STRINGS!
If there are more funds, there will be a longer session, and a longer session means more strings for more songs. We'll keep going until there are orchestral strings on every song on my album.
There will be a whole album of beautiful love songs of hope and sadness, yearning and reflection, joy and sauciness, and all will have lashings of strings!
And if we raise enough money that there's plenty of time for my own album, and there's more time available, I shall just keep going!!!
And something uber-special might happen...
I adore arranging orchestral strings for other people's joyful and melancholy songs as well as my own, so what better thing to do than arrange and record strings for some of my fabulously gifted musician friends' songs.
My most extraordinary and celebrated musician friends love my strings...
and I love their songs, so it would be a dream come true if we get the chance to put my superstrings and their perfect songs together :)
It would be a huge honour for me, and very exciting for all lovers of great music to be able to hear songs written and sung by my most amazing friends, with my string arrangements beautifully realised in full orchestra Technicolor!
Anyway, I have dreams, BIG dreams, and I'm so excited to have you on board this good ship, my darling Patrons!
I LOVE STRINGS!!!
Thank you so much for your time and your love! Amor vincit omnia
Thank you for spreading the word and letting your friends know! xxx
Poster design by Kateri Forbes
T-Shirt designed with Kateri Forbes
Perfume label, with painting by Gail Potocki, for Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs' beautiful perfume inspired by the lyrics of my song, The Orchard.
Silk knickers with side-strings designed by British lingerie line, Ciel
Fishman AFX Reverb pedal with Ysanne's custom orchestra design
Cherubs by Russell Lownsborough
And lastly... Prague!
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